Mr Phoenix seems to be a self-identified expert on the dairy industry and used his acceptance speech to rant about what he perceives to be the shortcomings of the dairy industry and the “abuses” the cows suffer.
The Ethical Dairy up in Scotland is running a series of cheese making courses for the public, along with farm tours for vegans and morning milking experiences. All of this is to help open the farming experience to people who wouldn’t normally be seen at a farm.
In much of Europe, this week people return from holidays and get back to their routines. Children return to school. However, dairy farmers and processors don’t have such luxuries.
It is the festive season here in Europe and as usual, there is a butter issue. For example, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain is selling imported butter.
With the COP 25 meeting in Madrid, many minds were on the environment.
We tend to not discuss the farmer, or even other aspects of the food chain aside from dairy, in this dairy processor’s space.
It used to be that with private label, own brand dairy was the poor relation to branded products. The commodity SKUs that everyone bought just when they couldn’t be bothered buying branded, or the brand wasn’t available.
The European Union plans in its post-2020 renegotiation of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), to include an amendment to EU regulations on a common market organisation for agricultural products, which includes restricting the name use of vegan and vegetarian products.
I put out a cheeseboard at a party this weekend and it was demolished. The cheddar, manchego, brie, goat cheese and aged gouda was cleared, as was the mass of bread and oatcakes. I also put out some homemade membrillo (quince paste), which was also duly gobbled up.
It’s been a relatively quiet year for dairy, despite the political machinations globally.