Dairy Dialog podcast 60: IDF, Cannon Equipment, Styles Solar Van

By Jim Cornall

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Dairy Dialog podcast 60: IDF, Cannon Equipment, Styles Solar Van
Dairy Dialog podcast 60: IDF, Cannon Equipment, Styles Solar Van

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This week’s Dairy Dialog podcast has three guests on a range of topics of interest in the dairy industry.

We spoke with John Serpiello, vice president business development and Dan Rosa, vice president, sales MHAS equipment, at Cannon Equipment, about what the company says is a revolutionary new washer for cleaning crates in the dairy industry.

We also talked to María Sánchez Mainar, International Dairy Federation (IDF) science and standards programme manager, about the 8th IDF International symposium on sheep, goat and other non-cow milk, which takes place May 4 and 5, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

And an environmentally-friendly ice cream van that runs on solar power so it doesn’t have to use its engine at events will be on show at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show, from February 11 to 13, 2020 in Harrogate, UK.  The Styles Solar Van was invented by David Baker, the owner of Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream in the UK.

We also have our weekly look at the global dairy markets, with Liam Fenton, from INTL FCStone.

Cannon Equipment changes dairy crate cleaning

Cannon Equipment, a US company that designs and deploys custom material handling carts, equipment, conveyance, and aftermarket parts, has launched the Infinity Sidehill Washer, pioneering sidehill screen technology in cleaning applications for the dairy industry.


“The Infinity Sidehill Washer truly revolutionizes crate cleaning for the dairy industry,”​ said Robyn Walker, president at Cannon Equipment.

“We heard from our customers that they needed a reliable cleaning solution that would give them cleaner dairy crates with simplified machine maintenance – and that’s what we designed using parabolic screen technology with the Infinity Sidehill Washer.”

By incorporating patent-pending sidehill parabolic screen technology—which has never been used in dairy washers—this washer removes solid waste from the washing system before it can contaminate wash and rinse water or damage pumps and clog nozzles. The result is cleaner crates, reduced routine maintenance, and less risk of equipment failure.

Compared to conventional washers, the Infinity Sidehill Washer allows users to spend up to 80% less time on washer maintenance and up to 70% less money on annual operating costs.

“By saving time and money with a more efficient and easier-to-use washer, our customers can spend more time where it matters – running their business and serving their customers,” ​Walker said.

Speakers announced for IDF symposium

The IDF has announced speakers for the 8th IDF International symposium on sheep, goat and other non-cow milk, which takes place May 4 and 5, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

Presentations will describe the latest scientific advances about milk originating from other animals than cows on the fields of human nutrition, science and technology, milk production and quality, as well as advances on animal health.

Invited speakers are Dr Nicoline de Haan, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya; Anna-Maria Baka, World Organisation for Animal Health; Dr Haim Leibovich, consultant on dairy systems, Israel; Dr Sophie Gallier, Dairy Goat Co-operative, New Zealand; Assoc. Prof. Mutamed Ayyash, UAE University, United Arab Emirates; Prof. Thom Huppertz, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; and Assist. Prof. Nurit Argov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

More details on the symposium and the specific titles of the speakers’ presentations can be found at the IDF website​.

The scientific committee is also inviting authors to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations; the deadline is December 20, 2019.

Conference topics include: Sustainability (socio-economic and environmental aspects); animal health, udder health and milking efficiency; milk production strategies; novel milk products and health impact; processing technologies; and quality and safety from farm to table.

The IDF said the event will be of interest to scientists and other professionals involved in the sheep’s, goat’s and other non-cow’s dairy sectors including milk producers, the dairy processing industry, trade associations, academia and governments.

World’s first solar and battery powered ice cream van at Ice Cream & Artisan Food Show 2020

The world’s first and only commercially available solar and battery powered ice cream van – The Styles Solar Van – will be showcased at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show, from February 11 to 13, 2020 in Harrogate, UK.

The Styles Solar Van is the brainchild of David Baker, the owner of Styles Farmhouse Ice Cream, based in Rodhuish, Somerset. 

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“I listened to our customers - event organizers and show directors - who did not want their visitors to inhale the fumes from a diesel engine ice cream van whilst they were stationary selling ice cream.  So, I went looking for a solution. After a great deal of research and development, I created a successful system using solar panels and batteries,”​ Baker said.

The Styles Solar Van concept started life in 2016.  The first prototype – using four solar panels – was ready in 2018 and the second prototype using eight solar panels started trials in May 2019.  It is now available commercially for the first time.

It is built on the Peugeot Boxer Van (though other van types can be used).  Its latest Euro 6 low emission engine gets the ice cream van from ‘A’ to ‘B’ – but on site the solar panels and batteries will power not just the freezer compartments but also machines as well as equipment like coffee and slush machines.

“We have been trialling our vans all summer and have had an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from both event organisers and the public at places like Glastonbury and the Henley Regatta,”​ Baker added. 

“In full sun the van can operate for up to five to six days. On cloudy days it will run for two to three days.  The system can be fully re-charged using mains electricity in just four hours.”

Baker and his team will be at the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show to showcase their vehicle, run through how it operates and take orders.

“This is brilliant news for both the ice cream sector and The Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show,”​ Ice Cream Alliance CEO Zelica Carr said. 

“Issues with vehicle pollution, idling engines, and Local Authorities restricting and banning diesel vehicles will only increase. Development and use of the Styles Solar Van shows that the sector is environmentally aware and doing something about it.  David Baker and his team are to be congratulated.”

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