The new mood

A top trend in dairy, according to Innova Market Insights in its new report on the top trends in dairy 2021, is “mood.” Making a way for consumers to get a decent night’s sleep, calming and relaxing drinks, and conversely, energy boosting dairy products, are what people are after.


The cheese and the music

Worthy Farm’s new Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar is made with milk produced from the cows that spend most of the year grazing on the site of the world-famous Glastonbury music festival in the UK. As part of the launch, there is a promotion on-pack and in stores to win tickets to the next festival, which is now scheduled for 2022. I think it’s a nice reminder that out there, beyond lockdowns and vaccinations, there will be a time when we can all get together in muddy fields and listen to music.

Keeping your neighbours friendly

Trust in one’s producers and the suppliers of food is key. Everyone in the supply chain has been working throughout this year to ensure that the shelves are stocked in a timely fashion and consumers globally do not miss out when they head to the shops.

What’s in your coffee?

The debate between vegan drinks and dairy milk in the UK took a trendy turn on the BBC’s 4 Farming Today radio show, with the National Farmers Union weighing in on the use of statistics in advertisements.

Sadder but wiser

In response to the horrific events of last Wednesday in my country of origin, I refer you to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s excellent video about the subject of the US Capitol being invaded by people who seemed to think a free and fair election means nothing unless your candidate wins. The video is at the bottom of this blog.

Samuel Pepys on plague

There is a joke Samuel Pepys diary entry going around the internet, where he talks about how 1665 was a horrible year with the plague, but he’s really looking forward to trying out the new bakery on Pudding Lane in 1666. London’s Great Fire started there, and he had to resort to burying his Parmigiano Reggiano wheel in the garden before fleeing London. Protection of the cheese is still important, I think.

And what a year it was

For many in the dairy industry, this year has been a whipsaw of emotions, ranging from fear to happiness, and the many facets in between.

The future is sustainable

Under the Dairy Sustainability Framework, the global dairy industry has been busy offering a framework for a holistic approach to sustainability in the dairy value chain.

The impending arrival of Brexit

I have been trying to not write about the endless negotiations going on in Brussels about Britain’s trade deal with the European Union. I have interviewed many people about it and there is almost a universal cry of, please, just give us some solid answers to base our plans on.

Defending the cow

Although the dairy industry has work to do, a world without cows is probably best left as a Twilight Zone episode and not a reality show, says an article published in Nutrition Today.

Cheese is the new sourdough

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in the UK came up with a fairly clever idea in its new 500g packaging for the upcoming holiday season – a perfect fit between people raising their own sourdough starters and getting dogs, with educating consumers about how cheese is not just a dairy product, it’s a living entity.

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