Photo source: California Milk Advisory Board
Hold on tight, it’s Friday the 13th! It’s the second one of 2020. The first was in March. We all know what followed. On that note…
Let’s never forget that “Dairy is Defined by Bipartisanship,” the title of a statement issued this week by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). The NMPF writes:
It’s no secret that farmers overall tend to be conservative politically. But unlike commodities in which production tends to cluster in deep-red states, dairy has always developed not far from urban areas, due to the perishable nature of its much-needed products. In the 21st century, that’s naturally encouraged a bipartisan approach to problem-solving. Even the most conservative dairy farmer has an interest in working with someone who’s more liberal, given how many of those farmers live in deep blue (shout out to California and New York) or profoundly purple (hello, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and let’s not forget Arizona) states…In the end, dairy farmers produce a commodity, one among numerous other commodities jostling in the policy arena. But the most valuable commodity in America today may be the ability to bridge partisan divides: That’s always been important, but it may be becoming existential. Dairy, in its own way and for its own reasons, is well-positioned to be part of today’s necessary policy solutions, and it’s all because of that word that keeps coming up: bipartisan.
We congratulate President-elect Biden and the incoming members of the 117th Congress. There’s a lot of work to do in this country in the next few months and years, from legislating to healing. Dairy is ready to do its part, and much more, if that’s what the nation needs.
To read the entire statement, link HERE.
Here’s something exciting that happened this week. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) held its semi-finals for the Real California Milk Snackcelerator, narrowing down 16 entrees to the final four. This is the second event of its kind by the California dairy industry. This one was designed to inspire ideas integrate the values of fluid milk and dairy ingredients into snacks in order to better compete in the booming global snack food market. To read more about the competition and the 16 finalists, link HERE.
- Peekaboo Ice Cream is the first and only organic ice cream with the added nutritional benefits of vegetables.
- Petit Pot developed a new indulgent chocolate dessert made with organic, local ingredients.
- Sach Foods Organic Paneer is a line of flavored artisanal paneer cheese.
- Yummy Industries Cheese Bits are all-natural, fresh and wood-smoked scamorza and chechil cheeses, conveniently shaped and packaged for snacking fun.
- Not too much sugar and preferably less processed sugar, e.g., honey, fruit juice, etc.
- Quality protein, e.g., whey or plant blends for a complete amino acid profile
- Smarter carbohydrates, e.g., fiber, low-glycemic, sustained energy, etc.