MIV milk policy debate goes online in Germany

Every year the German Dairy Industry Association (MIV) organises a ‘milk policy morning pint’ debate on the fringes of Internationalen Grüne Woche (Green Week), a large international trade fair held annually in Berlin for processors and marketers in agriculture, horticulture and various food industries.

Even though Grüne Woche is not taking place as usual in 2021 due to the pandemic, the traditional morning pint was held digitally on 19 January. Personalities from politics, business, agriculture and science debated their different opinions online on the subject, “And will the milk price be better tomorrow? Agricultural Policy 2023 (CAP 2020).”

In the debate were Patrick Liste (editor-in-chief of the agricultural weekly paper and moderator of the discussion); Karsten Schmal (DBV milk president), Peter Stahl (chairman of the board of Hochland SE and chairman of MIV); Karl-Heinz Tholen (head of the milk department at BMEL); Johannes Pfaller (spokesman for the BDM federal advisory board) and Professor Holger Thiele (ife).

The Milchindustrie-Verband (MIV) represents around 80 companies in the German dairy industry. With an annual turnover of around €27 billion, the dairy industry is the largest segment of the German food industry.

For those, who speak German, a video of the morning pint is available at: milchindustrie.de/videos/film-zum-milchpolitischen-fruehschoppen-2021.

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