Farm dairy shuts down

Nöbbelövs Gårdsmejeri south of Kristianstad in Skåne has produced organic milk, cheese and yoghurt since 2012. Now the owners have decided to shut down the dairy.

 

Owner of the dairy farm Peter Nilsson explains to the local newspaper, Kristianstadsbladet, that lack of profitability is one of the reasons for shutting down

– Milk prices have not followed the price increase on other products. And still you work 365 days a year to take care of the cows, he states. Today the farm has 130 cows and the owners consider if they will continue milk production in general.

Last week on Facebook Nöbbelövs Gårdsmejeri posted:

– It is with sadness in our hearts that we must inform all our fine customers that for personal reasons we will cease dairy production for the time being. The future is uncertain ….

Thank you for all the appreciation you have shown us and THANK YOU for acting and supporting us.

Read more about the farm dairy on its Facebook site HERE

Skånemejerier removes plastic caps after dialog with consumers

The consumers have decided, that the plastic caps on Skånemejerier’s organic milk should be removed for good.

During the spring, Skånemejerier decided to remove the caps from all Hjordnära organic milk packagings, and then let sales figures and consumer reactions determine the future for the caps.

The consumers got in touch with the dairy via social medias and corporate customer service, and a clear majority — 79 percent — wanted to avoid the caps for good.

– This is exactly the result, we hoped for. It is gratifying to see that Hjordnära’s consumers prioritize sustainability over convenience. Removing the plastic caps reduces the packaging’s climate impact, and it also makes it easier for consumers to recycle because everything now can be sorted as paper, says Cecilia Lindwall, marketing manager at Skånemejerier. Read more HERE

Cafes boycott Oatly

Oatly faces international shitstorm after Blackstone investment deal. As a consequence, cafes are abandoning the company.

This summer Oatly landed a $200m investment deal with Blackstone, one of the largest private equity firms in the world, known for purchases of housing, investments in soy production in Brazil and maybe contributing toward Trump’s re-election effort. All actions, that doesn’t harmonise with Oatly’s image and ambition to save the climate.

The criticism is growing, not only in Skåne, where Oatly has its home base, but also cafes in in Germany, UK and Finland have reacted and changed to other suppliers of oat drink, Sydsvenskan writes in an article the 5th of September.

On its homepage Oatly.com the company responds to the critique and arguments:

– Getting a company like Blackstone to invest in us is something we have been working on to create maximum change to benefit the planet. From a sustainability perspective, we are convinced that helping shift the focus of massive capital towards sustainable approaches is potentially the single most important thing we can do for the planet in the long-term.

Less plastic in Allerum’s packaging

Skånemejerier’s cheese brand Allerum switch to a new packaging with less plastic. This means that the packaging can be sorted as paper.

The change in packaging means a reduction of four tonnes of plastic per year and includes a total of 15 different packages of Allerum cheese.

– We believe that the change will be well received by our consumers. In surveys we see, that consumers who buy stored cheese are more interested in environmental issues than the average consumer, Louise Heegaard, marketing manager at Skånemejerier, says.

– We face a common challenge in the industry to reduce plastic and reduce the climate impact. Today, we have 97 percent recyclable packaging and our goal is 100 percent by 2022, says Skånemejerier’s sustainability manager, Jeanette Flodqvist.

Read the press release from Skånemejerier HERE

Organic September is here!

For the second year in a row the campaign ’EKO-September’ will set spot on organic food through activities and information.

 

EKO-September is financed by the Swedish Board of Agriculture and is part of their action plan to increase production, consumption and export of organic food. The organizations behind the campaign are Organic Sweden, Ekologiska Lantbrukarna, KRAV and Sweden’s consumers.

The campaign is aimed at consumers, farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and others, who are interested in organic food.

The EKO-September campaign has been developed to spread knowledge and information about the benefits of organic food and how it is produced.

Read more about the campaign and find activities HERE

The finalists in ‘Dagligvarugalan’ has been announced

Dagligvarugalan’s category the Dairy Department of the Year goes to an Ica store  — because all the finalists are Ica stores.

Every year, the branch magazine Fri Köpenskap holds a gala evening, where employees and other players in the retail business are attributed for their efforts – within 20 categories. One of these categories is the Dairy Department of the Year, and the three finalists have just been announced. They are Ica Kvantum Landvetter, Ica Nära Rosendal, Uppsala and Ica Kvantum Vellinge.

– The winner will be a store that has inspired its employees to focus on creating added value in the dairy department and to create a good workflow in the department in a rational and efficient way. The store must have worked with assortments, exposures and campaigns that have increased customer value, attracted new thinking and brand purchases at the consumer level and thereby strengthened the store’s overall attractiveness, the jury says.

The winners will be presented on October 8, 2020. Read more about the competition HERE

Arla tightens the control on animal welfare

Arla sets up a so called zero vision (nollvison red.) concerning animal welfare on the farms. The vision is part of the updated quality program ’Arlagården’.

– The zero vision means that all cows, at all Arlafarms, should feel good every day. Setting up a zero vision and measuring the development means that we work even more focused and achieve progress faster, says Patrik Hansson, CEO of Arla Sweden. For instance, every cow will be checked four times a year – and more unannounced controls will be carried out according to the updated program.

During the thirteen years that the quality program Arlagården has been in use, 16,000 audits have carried out. They show that the absolute majority of the approximately 2,500 farms in Sweden work very well. But there are a few percent of the farms that have problems, Arla explains in a press release. Read more HERE

Norrmejerier invests SEK 10 million to reduce climate change

For five years, Norrmejerier will invest SEK 10 million in projects to reduce the climate impact in Norrland.

 

– Everyone must contribute as much as they can to slow down the climate crisis and for us, climate change demands even greater personal responsibility. We have been inspired by the criteria in the government initiative Klimatklivet to ensure that the projects we invest in have a high climate benefit, says Anna-Karin Karlsson, sustainability director at Norrmejerier.

At the moment, Norrmejerier is considering various investment alternatives — where investments in reduced food waste and energy efficiency of the dairies are judged to have the greatest potential to reduce the climate impact. The first project is expected to start this autumn.

Norrmejerier’s sustainability program extends to 2030 – aiming to  meet the UN’s global sustainability goals, Sweden’s national environmental goals and industry-specific initiatives. In Sweden, Norrmejerier wants to establish Norrland as a climate-positive zone with an active food production.

Read more HERE

Arla hires new sustainability manager

Victoria Olsson is Arla Sweden’s new sustainability manager. Her task will be to drive Arla Foods’ sustainability work towards a zero climate footprint in 2045.

 

Victoria Olsson, formerly Burgoyne, has over 16 years of experience with sustainability issues both nationally and internationally. Recently she comes from SJ AB, where she has worked as sustainability manager. Before this she also worked with sustainability in Tetra Pack and Ikea.

– I am very happy and proud to welcome Victoria. With her broad knowledge and experience, Victoria will help us to achieve our ambitions , which include reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and a net-zero CO2 emissions before 2045 for Sweden, says Patrik Hansson, CEO of Arla Sweden.

Victoria Olsson begin her job as Head of Sustainability on 1 October 2020 and will report directly to Patrik Hansson. Read the press release from Arla HERE

Lund University and Tetra Pak innovating together

Lund University and Tetra Pak have recently signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement – with the ambition to promote innovative approaches to sustainable products, businesses and society.

Together, Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academia development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies, explore opportunities to enrich ideas, and create a platform of exchange between students and professionals.

Torbjörn von Schantz, vice-chancellor of Lund University, says:

– Tetra Pak is a key strategic partner and we have collaborated for many years. As we now deepen, broaden, and formalise this cooperation, we see even greater opportunities to develop excellent research, knowledge, and innovations together, while strengthening the region’s attractiveness. Academia and industry need to work closely in the long-term to solve complex societal challenges such as sustainability, which is very much in focus for this collaboration.

Tetra Pak, established in 1951, is currently the largest food packaging company in the world by sales —specially within the dairy industry. Read more abort the partnership HERE