Fresh & Farming

  • “Shades of autumn”

    29 September 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    As summer slowly drifts into autumn, and cool breezes and rain begin to dominate, the weather brings a imperceptible but decisive change in taste and style for most shoppers. The summer sensations of Feta, Brie, additive cheese and BBQ favourite Halloumi slip off the agenda in…
  • “BMW flair?”

    25 August 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    No, it’s not an advertisement for a famous brand of German cars, it’s the trade reference to ‘Buy-Me-Whole’
  • “Bricks and clicks”

    07 July 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    The cheese award fest is by now in full swing, with a whole series of heavyweight events claiming some unique positioning in the trade
  • “You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone”

    22 May 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    From its wartime decimation, the unique heritage of UK artisan cheese has slowly clawed its way back to national and international recognition. More than 600 different and culturally diverse types were effectively destroyed to meet the understandable compulsion for national survival post-WWII, indirectly gifting Cheddar a…
  • “Rediscovering the White Knight”

    14 April 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    In past articles I have noted the demise of some sectors of our regional cheese heritage, most notably Farmhouse Cheshire
  • “Changing channels”

    09 March 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    It is one thing to make great cheese, another to import great cheese, to handle, store and pack great cheese, but in the end it’s all about who buys it
  • “Pump up the volume”

    06 February 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    In the dark months of winter, as the cold chill winds numb the body and brain and simply doing the routine tasks is a chore, it’s hard to engage the spirit in creating and delivering the new, facing the challenges of looking forward and, most importantly,…
  • “Blurred vision”

    02 January 2017 Dairy Dispatches
    Rarely has a year ahead looked so confused as when trying to predict the opportunity and challenges that face the dairy trade in 2017
  • “Keeping it in the family”

    03 November 2016 Dairy Dispatches
    It’s a historical reality that British artisan cheese was affected more between 1939-45 than any other European country, and hundreds of unique regional types lost out in the drive to uniformity, mass production and Government cheese that created the dominance Cheddar still holds today
  • “Double trouble!”

    05 October 2016 Dairy Dispatches
    It's rare that cheese runs through a period of stability for more than 18-20 months, and we are seeing another of those cyclical surges that are the hallmark of this trade
  • “New days and new ways”

    25 August 2016 Dairy Dispatches
    Since the momentous decision of 23rd June, rarely a day has passed without someone examining the consequences, outcomes and impact of that Brexit vote
  • “Blues brothers”

    12 July 2016 Dairy Dispatches
    When privileged to meet and listen to the cheesemaking fraternity of the UK, I am frequently surprised by the almost consistent desire by so many to make a blue cheese type, whether as a new line or an extension of their brand
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