The rise of organic for small dairy companies

By Jim Cornall contact

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Biofach, the world’s biggest organic food event, held in Nuremberg, Germany, attracts visitors and companies from around the world.

The 2018 event saw almost 3,000 exhibitors and 10,000 delegates from more than 130 countries in attendance.

Of the visitors, more than 90% are involved in purchasing for their companies, and 45% of those in attendance were seeking out new products, according to Biofach’s post-event survey.

While not all of the companies attending were in the dairy industry, there were many companies with dairy or dairy-alternative products.

What companies are saying

DairyReporter spoke with three companies in attendance about being a smaller company in the organic sector, what challenges there are and how those challenges can become opportunities.

La Via Lattea​ is an Italian company established in 1989, and was the first company to introduce packaged organic ice cream in Italy.

In addition to organic ice cream, the company also has a VeganIce range of almond-based vegan frozen desserts, and was one of the first companies to enter the vegan ice-cream-alternative space.

From the Netherlands, Ghee Easy​ is a small company selling the organic cooking product ghee.  The organic butter oil they produce is lactose free, and comes in a variety of sizes and flavors including rosemary and Indian spice.  The company sells online, and exports its products across Europe.

Saaremaa​ Dairy Union is based in Estonia, and produces a variety of butters and cheeses that are influenced by the fact that the cows graze on a unique flora, as the company is located on an island in the Baltic Sea.

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