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For dairy farmers like myself, USMCA is another kick in the teeth - The Globe and Mail

Each foreign dairy product on store shelves displaces dairy produced here in Canada, by Canadian farmers for Canadian consumers. This affects Canadian jobs and the livelihood of our farmers and their families. In order to produce milk in Canada, dairy farmers must purchase a share of the market, commonly called quota. This quota is measured in kilograms and one kilogram of quota is roughly the amount of butterfat a cow will produce in one day. A kilogram of quota ranges in price from province to province, from around $20,000 to $40,000 per kilo. Our farmers have paid good money for the ability to produce milk for their fellow citizens and now another portion of our market has just been given away.

A good chunk of our monthly milk cheque goes to mortgage payments on this quota as well as on our land and buildings. That cheque will be smaller once this deal comes into effect as we will be forced to cut back production by selling some of the cows in our herd, but we will still be required to make the same payments to the bank for quota that will be taken away from us.

For us, on our farm, we will be forced to take another hard look at our finances. We’ll likely put some projects on hold and re-evaluate any significant farm-related purchases. We’ll continue keeping the same long hours and working just as hard as we always have.
competition  crossborder  dairy  disappointment  international_trade  market_share  supply_management 
october 2018 by jerryking
Why glass milk bottle deliveries are back
APRIL 13, 2018 | FT | by Carl Wilkinson.

Milk & More offers what Müller calls “a farm shop on wheels” with more than 200 locally sourced premium products (as well as normal and organic milk, it stocks free-range eggs, biscuits, bread, bacon, organic cheese and veg), which can be ordered online up to 9pm the night before and be waiting on your doorstep by 7am “like magic”. This year, Müller is investing a further £20m in the Milk & More business, revamping IT, upgrading machinery and — most visibly — from this month rolling out a new fleet of more than 200 electric floats to replace many of the older diesel vehicles used on longer rural rounds. “David Attenborough has reignited people’s love of the great British milkman,” he says.

Yet most of the investment in Milk & More was put in place well before Blue Planet II aired. What did Müller — who is Swiss and recalls visiting his local farm as a boy to collect milk in buckets — spot in the ailing business?

“We saw three general trends,” he says. “Customers want to know what they’re eating and who produced it. People are environmentally conscious and want to do their bit to reduce plastic waste. That’s why we kept the glass bottle and decided to keep the factory open. It’s great packaging. And finally, community values are becoming more important. The human touch and the sense of community are becoming more important in today’s world.”
dairy  home-delivery  tracking  traceability  last_mile  milkmen  glass_bottles 
april 2018 by jerryking
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Recipe -
2 teaspoons butter 2 heads cauliflower 2 heads broccoli 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups milk 1 tablespoon mustard powder 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 pinch paprika, or to taste
recipes  fresh_produce  dairy  cheese  vegetarian  Thanksgiving 
october 2017 by jerryking
Dairy Factory Gears Up for Production - WSJ
Updated Jan. 9, 2015 10
dairy  exporting 
february 2015 by jerryking
Captain of top dairy producer Saputo stands tall between the posts - The Globe and Mail
MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 201
Saputo  dairy  CEOs 
january 2015 by jerryking
Crème fraîche: The perfect summer accessory - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Aug. 12 2014
Sue_Riedl  summertime  dairy 
august 2014 by jerryking
Got Growth? - Forbes
Lynn J. Cook

While a gallon jug of white milk delivers single-digit gross margins, single-serve bottles of flavored milks and coffee drinks gross 45% to 55%. So Dean has been doing licensing deals with the likes of Hershey’s, Folgers and Land O’Lakes to market milkshakes to teenagers, mocha lattes to folks in their 20s and 30s and lactose-free milk to minorities (70% of Hispanics, 80% of African-Americans and 90% of Asians are lactose-intolerant)....Marketing, however, is not his forte. Engles is a market consolidator, spending most of the past decade eliminating his competition by buying it up.
soybeans  Dean_Foods  dairy  licensing  consolidation  food  growth  roll_ups  single-serve  high-margin  gross_margins  margins 
december 2013 by jerryking
Chilled champion
Jun 27, 2007 | Marketing | Charles Gemma.

Richard Tolley has no interest in golf, and has never played on the rather odd mini-course on Dairy Crest's ...
marketing  dairy  branding  brands 
december 2013 by jerryking
A Big Exit For A Big Agri Data Startup: Who's Next? - Forbes
10/03/2013 | Forbes | by Gil Press.

With new data collection devices and increased regulatory reporting requirements, the volume of agricultural data is growing rapidly and the race is on to develop the best models. One corner of this vast market is a good example of what can happen when quantitative methods are applied to what previously has been a matter of smart guesses.
massive_data_sets  agriculture  farming  Monsanto  Climate_Corporation  Solum  Farmeron  AgSmarts  i-Linc  Land_O’Lakes  John_Deere  dairy 
october 2013 by jerryking
Dairies Profit From Home Delivery Resurgence -
May 15, 2007 | WSJ | Gwendolyn Bounds.

As American consumers rush toward healthier, home-grown foods, the old-fashioned trade of home milk delivery is making a comeback in pockets around the country. And that appetite for wholesome fare, coupled with rising gas prices, is giving an unexpected marketing boost to some tiny dairies and local milk distributors, helping them compete against larger rivals who saturate store shelves....For its part, Crescent Ridge, believing its core business was strong, took advantage of the difficulties by purchasing the trucks, customer lists and assets of other small struggling dairies.

Today, the small business has about $7 million in annual sales, serves 6,000 home-delivery customers and is profitable. Its milkmen are paid $40,000 to $50,000 a year, have 401(k)s and health benefits. What's more, the milkmen and glass bottles are now a core marketing asset -- a nostalgic chit that distinguishes Crescent Ridge products from competitors'.
dairy  small_business  Gwendolyn_Bounds  home-delivery  milkmen  glass_bottles  last_mile  nostalgia 
january 2013 by jerryking
Big data, cows and cadastres
Jul 5, 2012 | KMWorld Magazine July/August 2012, [Vol 21, Issue 7]| by Stephen E. Arnold.

The hero of the story is a bull named Badger-Bluff Fanny Freddie. Dairy cattle sired by him yield more milk. Genetic information processed by sophisticated numerical recipes yield more efficiency. With Badger-Bluff Fanny Freddie, the dairy industry has an opportunity to convert big data into more milk per head. Therefore, the knowledge generated by big data analytics methods translates directly to money.

The article explained: "Dairy breeding is perfect for quantitative analysis. Pedigree records have been assiduously kept; relatively easy artificial insemination has helped centralize genetic information in a small number of key bulls since the 1960s; there are a relatively small and easily measurable number of traits—milk production, fat in the milk, protein in the milk, longevity, udder quality—that breeders want to optimize; each cow works for three or four years, which means that farmers invest thousands of dollars into each animal, so it's worth it to get the best semen money can buy. The economics push breeders to use the genetics."...The IBM approach is to understand the prospect or customer's problem, develop a plan of action and then assemble the solution from the components in IBM's toolbox....The only problem is that the user-friendly system assumes that the marketing manager understands sample size, the strengths and weaknesses of specific statistical methods and the output itself. Eye-catching graphics is not the same as statistically valid data.
The challenges

The problem in those two examples boils down to people. There is a shortage of staff with big data and analytics skills. The problem is not local; it is global. Data and the need to exploit it are rising faster than the talent pool required to use the sophisticated, increasingly user-friendly systems. Kolmogorov worked with a pen and paper. He could tap into today's powerful system because he had the mathematical expertise required to tame big data. Using a mouse is the trivial part of figuring out cow genetics.
dairy  massive_data_sets  data_scientists  IBM  Google  Palantir  Pentaho  Jaspersoft  talent_pools 
december 2012 by jerryking
Enzymes and Cultures
June 2006 | Dairy Field | Lori Dahm
dairy  enzymes  cheese 
august 2012 by jerryking
Private Matters
October 2003 | Dairy Field | by Lynn Petrak
private_labels  Safeway  Kroger  Trader_Joe's  dairy 
august 2012 by jerryking
Big Organic, Small Organic
October 2003 | ATLANTIC MAGAZINE | By Corby Kummer

Organic food may be coming from bigger and bigger producers, but the best flavor is still coming from organic farms, as a case study of good and great yogurt makes plain
organic  yogurt  dairy 
july 2012 by jerryking
What Greece Makes, the World Might Take -
Published: July 3, 2012

In the last decade or so, companies in the United States, France, Denmark and elsewhere flouted the feta ruling and invested in their own food-science research and manufacturing equipment. They subsequently turned the salty, crumbly cheese into spreadable, grillable, fat-free and shelf-stable forms. In Italy and Spain, small olive-oil producers merged into globally competitive conglomerates and replaced presses with more efficient centrifugal technology. The two countries now provide nearly all the world’s supply. And the Greeks, despite their numerous inherent advantages, remain in the least profitable part of the supply chain, exporting raw materials at slim margins.

Tassos Chronopoulos, owner of Tassos, a Greek food importer based outside Chicago, says that the country’s disorganized agricultural business all but disqualified itself from partaking in the fancy-food craze of the past few decades. Greek growers never banded together to establish uniform quality standards and trade rules.
agribusiness  agriculture  cheese  competitiveness_of_nations  conglomerates  dairy  Denmark  disorganization  economic_development  farming  food  food_science  foodies  foodservice  France  gourmet  Greece  Greek  innovation  olive-oil  quality  quality_control  rules_of_the_game  standardization  standards  supply_chains  value_chains 
july 2012 by jerryking
Got Milk? You Don't Need It -
July 7, 2012, 3:56 pm2 Comments
Got Milk? You Don’t Need It
Mark_Bittman  dairy  allergies 
july 2012 by jerryking
The milk of human avarice

"The Canadian dairy industry is really no longer about milk. It's about quotas and the No. 1 objective is to protect the value of that asset," says McIlroy. To do that, farmers must keep out cheaper imports that drive prices down. A government-ceded monopoly allows them to fix domestic prices -- at more than double the global price of milk, according to the OECD.
dairy  protectionism  supply_management  exporting  quotas  Canadian 
june 2012 by jerryking
The Organic Myth
OCTOBER 16, 2006 | Business Week | Diane Brady

Stonyfield still cleaves to its organic heritage. For Chairman and CEO Gary Hirshberg, though, shipping milk powder 9,000 miles across the planet is the price you pay to conquer the supermarket dairy aisle. "It would be great to get all of our food within a 10-mile radius of our house," he says. "But once you're in organic, you have to source globally."

Hirshberg's dilemma is that of the entire organic food business. Just as mainstream consumers are growing hungry for untainted food that also nourishes their social conscience, it is getting harder and harder to find organic ingredients. There simply aren't enough organic cows in the U.S., never mind the organic grain to feed them, to go around. Nor are there sufficient organic strawberries, sugar, or apple pulp -- some of the other ingredients that go into the world's best-selling organic yogurt...For Big Food, consumers' love affair with everything organic has seemed like a gift from the gods. Food is generally a commoditized, sluggish business, especially in basic supermarket staples. Sales of organic groceries, on the other hand, have been surging by up to 20% in recent years. Organic milk is so profitable -- with wholesale prices more than double that of conventional milk -- that Lyle "Spud" Edwards of Westfield, Vt., was able to halve his herd, to 25 cows, this summer and still make a living, despite a 15% drop in yields since switching to organic four years ago. "There's a lot more paperwork, but it's worth it," says Edwards, who supplies milk to Stonyfield...But success has brought home the problems of trying to feed the masses in an industry where supplies can be volatile. Everyone from Wal-Mart to Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST ) is feeling the pinch. Earlier this year, Earthbound Farm, a California producer of organic salads, fruit, and vegetables owned by Natural Selection Foods, cut off its sliced-apple product to Costco because supply dried up -- even though Earthbound looked as far afield as New Zealand. "The concept of running out of apples is foreign to these people," says Earthbound co-founder Myra Goodman, whose company recalled bagged spinach in the wake of the recent E. coli outbreak. "When you're sourcing conventional produce, it's a matter of the best product at the best price."

Inconsistency is a hallmark of organic food. Variations in animal diet, local conditions, and preparation make food taste different from batch to batch.
food  organic  local  globalization  Wal-Mart  supermarkets  grocery  Danone  yogurt  Stonyfield  dairy  myths  variability 
june 2012 by jerryking
Agricultural co-operatives provide incentives to perform.jpg - Google Docs
May 15, 2012 | The Globe & Mail | An Information Feature "The Power of Co-operatives"
co-operatives  agriculture  Agropur  Quebec  farming  dairy 
may 2012 by jerryking
I’m lactose intolerant – what foods other than dairy should I avoid? - The Globe and Mail
LESLIE BECK | Columnist profile | E-mail
Special to Globe and Mail Update
Published Wednesday, May. 02, 2012
diets  dairy  soybeans  mens'_health  Leslie_Beck 
may 2012 by jerryking
Behind a Food Giant's Success: An Unlikely Soy-Milk Alliance -
February 1, 2005 | WSJ | By JANET ADAMY (Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL).

Nature's Way:Behind a Food Giant's Success: An Unlikely Soy-Milk Alliance; At Dean Foods, CEO, Buddhist Team Up to Sell Silk Brand; And Gain Clout in Organics; Mr. Engles's Lesson on 'Sukha'
soybeans  dairy  entrepreneur  organic  organizational_culture  Dean_Foods  Steve_Demos 
may 2012 by jerryking
Why the Soy Milk King Still Reigns By selling out to the nation's largest dairy distributor, White Wave president Steve Demos turned Silk into a beverage for the masses. - April 1, 2004
April 1, 2004 | Business 2.0 | By G. Pascal Zachary.
(1) Mainstream packaging - 1st soy milk packaged in conventional cartons and sold in dairy sections.
(2) Traditional taste - specially formulated for better flavour and mouth-feel.
(3) National distribution- an alliance with Dean Foods scored valuable shelf space.
(4) Devoted Management- Dean left the hippies in charge because they know soy best.
G._Pascal_Zachary  dairy  entrepreneur  soybeans  Steve_Demos  exits  organic  marketing 
may 2012 by jerryking
Nestlé to Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Unit -
Nestlé  Pfizer  infants  China  dairy  Danone 
april 2012 by jerryking
California Farmers Retool to Feed China -
April 20, 2012 | WSJ | By VAUHINI VARA.

Farmers Retool to Feed China
Dairies in California Make Powdered Milk Last Longer for Growing Middle Class
dairy  China  farming  exporting  California  cattle  agriculture  agribusiness 
april 2012 by jerryking
Protein - What is it? How Does One Get Enough?

Dairy products, soy products, nutritional yeast. sprouts, whole grains, nuts, seeds. legumes and vegetable.
Combining certain foods is helpful for obtaining maximum protein potential‘ As mentioned earlier, certain amino acids are supplied by the food we eat. They are known as "essential amino acids“ because they are the only 8 that the body cannot manufacture. Foods which contain those missing one or more of the amino acids are called incomplete proteins.
proteins  dairy  grains  seeds  legumes  vegetables  vegetarian  soybeans 
march 2012 by jerryking
Even Dairy Farming Has a 1 Percent -
March 6, 2012
to accommodate global trade rules and diminishing political support for agricultural subsidies, the government allowed milk prices to follow market demand. People in other parts of the world — notably China and India — also became richer and began demanding more meat and dairy products. Animal feed, especially corn and soybeans, became globally traded commodities with all the impossible-to-predict price swings of oil or copper. Today Robert can predict his profit or loss next month with all the certainty that you or I can predict the stock market or gas prices. During my visit, Robert said that his success this year will be determined by, among other things, China’s unpredictable economic growth, the price of gas (influenced, of course, by events in Iran and Syria) and the weather in New Zealand (a major milk exporter), where a drought can send prices skyrocketing.

There are ways to manage, and even profit from, these new risks. The markets offer a stunning range of complex agricultural financial products. Dairy farmers (or, for that matter, anybody) can buy and sell milk and animal-feed futures, which allow them to lock in favorable prices, hedge against bad news in the future and so forth. There’s also a new product that combines feed and milk futures into one financial package, allowing farmers to guarantee a minimum margin no matter what happens to commodity markets down the road.
farming  risk-management  agriculture  dairy  hedging  risks  soybeans  commodities  futures_markets  bad_news 
march 2012 by jerryking
Some investors finding China full of fool's gold
24 June 2005 |The Globe & Mail pg 10 | Geoffrey York.

"Despite all the evidence that only the tiniest minority strikes it rich in the Chinese domestic market, there is never any shortage of corporate gamblers," Joe Studwell (editor-in-chief of the China Economic Quarterly) writes in his book The China Dream , which tackles the age-old myth that China's vast population is a paradise for investors.

"For 700 years, ever since outsiders first started writing about the place, the Western world has believed that there are untold riches to be garnered in China," he says. "No nation in history has ever been promoted as a surer bet for investment returns. Yet history also teaches that time and again China has failed to fulfill the promise that foreigners ascribe to her."

John Gruetzner, a Canadian business consultant in Beijing, believes that investors can still make money in China, but they need intelligent research and planning.

"A portion of Canadian investors think you can fly in and pick some cherries and leave," he says. "That might have been okay in the 1980s and early 1990s, but now you need a high level of representation, just as you would in Buffalo or Ottawa or Paris."

The China dream is an alluring one. China today is attracting more foreign investment than any other country in the world. A record $61-billion was invested in China by foreign firms last year, and a staggering total of $570-billion has been invested since 1980. Of the world's top 500 multinational corporations, more than 400 have invested in China. Everyone seems to believe you have to be in China.

Yet the actual level of profits in China is surprisingly small. A survey last year by the China Economic Quarterly found that the affiliates of U.S. companies earned only $8.2-billion in profits in China in 2003. By comparison, they earned $7.1-billion in profits in Australia and $14.3-billion in Mexico -- two countries with far smaller populations and much less hype than China.

Joe Studwell, editor-in-chief of the China Economic Quarterly, says the profits in China have been concentrated in a small handful of foreign companies, including fast-food chains (which face no competition from state interests) and telecommunications firms (which he says were the recipients of "lucky breaks" by gaining entry to heavily regulated industries).
Geoffrey_York  China  ProQuest  risks  investing  dairy  corruption  piracy  rule_of_law  myths 
october 2011 by jerryking
Bits & Bites: News You Can Eat -
JUNE 25, 2011 | WSJ | By CHARLOTTE DRUCKMAN. It doesn't sound
so appealing when described as a fermented milk product, but not only is
kefir packed with healthy cultures said to aid digestion and boost
immunity, it's actually delicious.
desserts  yogurt  mayonnaise  fermentation  dairy  probiotics 
june 2011 by jerryking
What you need to know about 'other' milk - The Globe and Mail
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2007
Leslie_Beck  milk  dairy  nondairy  rice  soybeans  plant-based 
june 2011 by jerryking
Danone Expands Its Pantry to Woo the World's Poor -
JUNE 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By CHRISTINA PASSARIELLO. Danone Expands Its Pantry to Woo the World's Poor.
Danone  multinationals  yogurt  consumer_goods  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid  dairy 
june 2010 by jerryking
Creamy world-class goodness
May 13, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | by SUE RIEDL. All about ricotta cheese.
food  dairy  cheese  Sue_Riedl 
may 2009 by jerryking

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