Suzanne Christiansen


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.

The coffee carriers in lockdown two

Dairy can be found everywhere, no matter how limited the foodservice industry is right now, I discovered during a recent walk around deserted London.

Ireland on the up

I thought the Bord Bia Virtual GB Trade Reception of particular interest in my flurry of webinars last week, seeing as how the UK is heading towards Brexit at high speed now, and taking Ireland, its largest trading partner, along with it.

Second verse, same as the first

For those of you not distracted by the US election, Europe and the UK are going back into a second lockdown due to the upsurge in coronavirus cases. Same show, different day. But here we are, and how is dairy doing? Well, after attending the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers policy conference this morning, I can say, I am optimistic.

What’s in a name

I understand why makers of non-dairy and plant-based products want the label of “milk” for their products, as it provides a health and nutrition halo that the word “drink” may not offer. However, it is precisely why these terms should not be affiliated with non-dairy products.

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