Dairy developments all over the world
Interesting news is that the EU has adopted a policy on not leaving dairy out of the school scheme, but instead has resolved to ensure that adequate fruit and vegetables, along with dairy products, are available to school children in its legislation. This is under its Common Agricultural Policy regulations. Despite the efforts of the anti-dairy campaigners, the European Parliament has seen sense, I think. We support the school nutrition programmes of the world, and dairy is a key part of that.
In Africa, Arla’s Kaduna dairy farm recently took delivery of 216 Danish Holstein heifers in Nigeria, The Nation reports. The farm is set to open later this month, and is the first state of the art facility in the country, with space for 400 milking cows. Production should commence in the third quarter of 2023. Arla has been involved in Nigeria for years, and earlier this year, it signed a new five-year memorandum of understanding, further committing to it helping and developing the local dairy sector in the country.
In India, dairy giant Amul has opened a research laboratory for the testing of organic products of all types. As the industry there becomes more organised, Amul is leading the way with food safety testing in the organic sector.
In multinational news, Danone is seeing positive prospects as China reopens post-pandemic, according to its first quarter 2023 report. A recovery in tourism and hospitality, along with a reopening economy, may aid dairy demand, which is Danone’s second largest market, after the US.
Here in the UK, Dairy Crest’s Davidstow creamery is looking to expand production at its Camelford site, and has applied for a permit variation to the UK’s Environment Agency to up its output to 11.4 tonnes per hour from 9.6 tonnes. This site was fined in 2022 for environmental offenses, and part of the application is to update operations and make improvements, including to the treatment works. (via southwestfarmer.co.uk)
- Suzanne Christiansen, editor, Dairy Industries International.
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