Suzanne Christiansen

 

Cheese? Yes please

My friends returned from Paris after the break in education they have here in the UK, known as half term. What did they overindulge in while they were in the City of Light? It was cheese, Gromit.

COP26 and dairy

For dairy, the requirement to reduce greenhouse gases and reduce waste has been a much longer process than the last year or so. As an example, Dairy UK’s first Dairy Roadmap was launched back in 2008.

Dairy doesn’t sleep

I spent a decent portion of the last working week on my computer, watching dairy leaders from around the world discuss the effects of the pandemic on the industry, and what the industry did in response. Overall, it was quite a feat on the part of the organisers in Denmark and of the international dairy industry in general, to produce a conference with both in-person and remote sessions. But this is not the first time that dairy has stepped up to the plate and managed to deliver.

The time is now

The UK is still part of the EU, even if it is just geographically. As we are all discovering with climate change, the issues facing agriculture are the same, no matter where in Europe one lies and what one’s status is. Location triumphs over all.

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Working with the environment

British cheese maker Wyke Farms’ study showed its carbon footprint was much lower than either the UK or the world average, but what did it do about its flatulating cows?

Supply chain issues

Issues of supply chain disruption have come to the fore with the news that Marks & Spencer has to shut its 11 French stores. The question is, what is to blame – Brexit, Covid-19, lack of drivers, or all three?

Play of the game

The US National Dairy Council is encouraging university students to develop innovative dairy-based products for gamers. Having a devoted gamer in the house myself, we are in good company.

The path to cheddar

We took some time off the week before last and went to Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge in Wells, Somerset. My son kept asking if there was ore that could be mined that was made of cheese, but we did come back with quite a load from the Mendip Hills, which are crisscrossed with caves suitable for putting cheese in for ageing, it seems.

Spotting the trends

I have been a long-standing home delivery milk customer for years. So, the news that milk deliveries are up in the UK, with Müller reporting that its Milk & More delivery service has added 175,000 new customers in the last year and 90 per cent of them using the glass bottles, is perhaps a sign that I am ahead of the curve. Or maybe not. There’s been a pandemic on, and home deliveries are a thing now.

Dairy Industries International