Every fifth Swede drinks directly from the milk package

In many homes it is an issue whether it is okay to drink directly from the milk package. But the fact is that 22 percent of the Swedes do drink from the package once in a while. Double as many men than woman.

In a new survey by YouGov on behalf of Arla, 3,500 Swedes answered whether they drink directly from the milk package. Every fifth person said: ’Yes I do!’. Among men, almost 30 percent stated that they drink milk directly from the package. Two percent in the group 55+ stated that they sometimes take a sip, among the younger ones, aged 15-34, the number was 10 percent.

– I understand why many people drink directly from the package, you often end up with the refrigerator door open in search of something good to eat and then it is easy to use the opportunity and take a sip, Konrad von Otter, category manager for milk at Arla says.

He adds that another common occasion, where people drink from the package is after exercise, which he recommends because, ‘there is a lot in the milk that makes it suitable as a sports drink, not least the protein that helps build muscle’.

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The scene is set for a new grill-cheese season

The Swedish market for grill has been growing rapidly the last years – and several Swedish cheeses has entered the scene. February brought news from Dalsspira and Norrmejerier.

Dalsspira dairy has entered two cooperation agreement, starting here in February. The dairy is going to produce the cheese to Sibylla’s newly launched Swedish Grill cheese burger. And Dalsspira has also made an agreement to produce grilled cheese for Svenska Hamburgare AB. The cheese is a new product to the market, where the cheese will be sold as frozen pieces in multipacks.

Also Norrmejerier launched a new Swedish grill cheese in the Supermarkets this week. The cheese, called Grilloumi, is the result of a collaboration between Fontana — who was the first with the original halloumi on the Swedish marked — and Normejerier.

– When we at Fontana enter a collaboration with other companies, it is very important, that you share the same values. We have this connection with Norrmejerier, and therefore it is both fun and rewarding to work together. When it comes to the cheese, Grilloumi, that we have produced ourselves, it becomes extra important that everything works well, says Fontana’s CEO Loizos Papadopoulos in a comment.

The new cheese is launched in ica, Coop, City Gross, Willys and Hemköp.

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Arla sues the municipality of Boxholm

The conflict over the dairy in Boxholm continues. Now Arla has sued the municipality of Boxholm and the new owner ÖMF Invest / Glada bonden.

The dairy in Boxholm has been the centre of conflict for a very long time. The recent dispute over the dairy began in the autumn of 2020 after Arla sold the facility to Boxholm municipality, which shortly afterwards sold it on to Glada bonden. The disagreements have been about what equipment was included in the purchase and what the dairy might be used for.

According to Swedish Radio P4 Ösergötland Arla Foods is now suing the municipality of Boxholm and ÖMF Invest / Glada bonden, demanding the right to certain equipment in the dairy. This includes a pair of tanks and a filter. The application is very comprehensive with 35 appendices and contains previously unknown emails from municipal director Göran Lundström to ÖMF’s representatives.

Ylva Nykvist, who is Arla’s General Counsel, believes that Boxholm’s municipality may have violated several laws. Göran Lundström does not want to comment, when asked by the radio, because he had not yet read the lawsuit, he answered.

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Milk suppliers to Skånemejerier consider the future for Fipros AB

Last year Skånemejerier ekonomisk förening bought the majority of shares from the ingredient manufacturer Fipros AB in Kågeröd. The new owners still keep their cards close to the chest, chairman Anders Rolfsson says.


The dairy in Kågeröd has had a long and changing story with many different owners. I 2009 the facility was sold by Skånemejerier to the Danish company Fipros A/S, which is engaged in contract production for the food and pharmaceutical industy. It is a company is in good growth.

Now the dairy is back on the hands of Skånemejerier ekonomisk förening – the association, which consists of milk producers who supply to Skånemejerier AB.

The Danish minority owner remains as CEO and the company continues under the name Fipros AB.

Alt.nu has interviewed the chairman of Skånemejerier ekonomisk förening, Anders Rolfsson, now also chairman of Fipros AB.

He rejects that there are current plans to procced raw milk from the members at the facility – ’at least not right now’.

– We will see how we choose to develop this company. Of course, we have an idea with the acquisition, but we do not want to say more about that yet, Anders Rolfsson says to Atl.nu.

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Swedish dairies processed more milk in 2020

The total amount of milk brought to the Swedish dairies in 2020 increased by 2.5 percent, compared to 2019. For organic milk, the amount increased by almost 4 percent. This is stated in a new statistics report from Jordbruksverket.


The total amount of milk in 2020 was 2,772,000 tonnes. The proportion of organic milk was 481,000 tonnes. Compared with the figures for 2019, the total amount increased by 68,000 tonnes or 2.5 percent. Organic milk increased by 17,000 tonnes or almost 4 percent compared with data from 2019.

The milk was used to produce 694,000 tonnes of drinking milk and 236,000 tonnes of fermented dairy products. This meant a reduction in drinking milk by 5 percent, and an increase in fermented products by 6 percent, compared with 2019.

The production of cream, cheese and butter increased compared with the previous year, while the production of milk powder decreased.

The report ”Animal production, annual and monthly statistics – 2020: 12” also have statistics concerning the slaughter of agricultural animals. For example, 434,400 cattle were slaughtered, corresponding to 141,000 tonnes. The slaughter of cattle increased by 1 percent compared to 2019. Read more HERE

Nordic Dairy Congress postponed

It is with regret that the organizers behind the Nordic Dairy Congress must announce to further postpone the upcoming congress due to the Corona pandemic.

The organizers have carefully considered the best alternative dates for the congress and the conclusion is that the congress will be held May 18th – 20th 2022. The location will remain unchanged, Malmö in Sweden, Hotel Clarion Malmö Live. On May 18th the congress will start with a visit and presentations at Tetra Pak’s head office and production site in Lund. Tetra Pak is the Gold Sponsor for the NDC 2022.

Some minor adjustments regarding dinners and scheduling of the days are expected but overall, the programme will remain pretty much the same. Of course, some needs for updating of content, speakers and timeframes could be relevant but with more than one year ahead to the NDC 2022 the adjusted programme will be released in due time.

The congress is open for sign up via www.nordicdairycongress.com and the early bird is reopened.

DMS Seminarium Ingredients in Dairy Products

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Organic sales are growing again — except for milk

A new report from Ekologiska Lantbrukarna shows that the sales value of Swedish-produced organic food increased by 2.6 percent in 2020. As an exception the sales of organic dairy dropped by 1,9 percent

For two years in a row, sales of Swedish-produced organic food have been falling. Now new statistic shows a trend break according to Jordbruksaktuelt (ja.se).

The report ”Swedish eco-index 2020 quarter 4” presents new statistics developed by The Nielsen Company. The numbers show that the sales value of Swedish-produced organic food increased by SEK 133 million during 2020. The statistics also show that there was an increase for all organic food during the year, something that KRAV confirms in its recently published statistics on KRAV-labelled food in 2020.

The results differ from the preliminary analysis Ekoweb previously made in its annual market report, which showed that sales of organic food declined during the year.

The report also highlights the differences in different categories of organic food – and notes the sales value of organic dairy products decreased with 50 mio. SEK (1,9 precent).

– We are worried about the trend for organic milk, because we also know that a large part of organic milk goes to public kitchens and other food services, which have reduced their purchases due to the pandemic. This is serious and not just for dairy farmers. Cows are absolutely crucial for well-functioning cycles, biological diversity and continued development in all organic farming, says Sofia Sollén-Norrlin, operations manager at Organic Farmers, in a press release.

Västerbottensost® teams up with National Culinary Team of Sweden

Västerbottensost®, the National Culinary Team of Sweden and the Culinary Junior Team begin a long-term collaboration. The goal is to inspire both the industry and the home cooks.

– Västerbotten cheese represents the highest quality and a unique taste, and in addition it is one of Sweden’s strongest brands. We find that our collaboration can strengthen our Swedish gastronomic successes, Jens Ericsson, General Manager of the National Culinary Team of Sweden, says.

– We are extremely proud of the collaboration with the Culinary Teams and see great opportunities to highlight the unique taste of Västerbottensost® for a wider audience, both nationally and internationally, Lina Jonsson, Product & Relationships Manager for Västerbottensost®, says.

The firs result of the partnership is soon to be revealed: A new product launch from Västerbotten, linked with recipes, created by Anders Karlsson, one of the coaches for the Junior team. The new cheese hits the shops here in February.

Read more HERE

Animal welfare is not an obstacle to competitiveness

A new study at SLU will investigate how the rules for animal welfare affects the agricultural economy in different EU countries.


An interdisciplinary project at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, investigates the connection between animal welfare legislation, the economy of animal production and the international competitiveness.

The rules for Animal protection in Sweden are stricter than in the average of EU countries. In Sweden, it is often argued that the stricter requirements lead to a deterioration in competitiveness, but there is no scientific basis for this. That is why, there is a need for scientifically based knowledge about the effects of legislation on competitiveness, imports and exports and consumer attitudes and demand.

The study will provide decision-makers with data and advice on how to improve animal welfare in a way, that is sustainable from an economic perspective. The project will focus on the production of pork, beef and milk in Sweden and other EU countries.

Read more HERE