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Dairy Farmers of Canada will participate in Front-of-Package consultations

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:11

The Government of Canada announced it is moving ahead with its Front of Pack Warning Labeling public consultation (Gazette 1).

By exempting whole milk from this proposed policy, Health Canada recognizes the scientific evidence demonstrating the nutritional value of milk as a key contributor to the health of Canadians. However, as currently proposed, many other dairy products, rich in essential nutrients, will be stigmatised by a warning label that may confuse consumers as to which products are healthy and which are not.

“Dairy Farmers of Canada supports the education of Canadians on the benefits of a balanced-diet. We are concerned that this approach to labelling may come with the unintended consequence of deterring Canadians from seeking more information on the nutritional value of dairy products, at the expense of a balanced-diet for Canadians,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada. “We are pleased that the Government is recognizing the nutritional benefits of whole milk, however given the importance of dairy to the overall health of Canadians, we want to make sure that as the Government goes through the consultation process, they take a more holistic approach. DFC will be fully engaged in the consultation on Front-of-Package warning labelling, to ensure that Canadians can continue to enjoy nutritious dairy products as a part of a healthy, balanced diet. Canadian dairy farmers will make their voices heard in this important debate.”

DFC shares the overall goal of promoting healthy eating for all Canadians, so long as it is supported by evidence-based policy. One of the main objectives of Front-of-Package warning labelling is to reduce chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Health Canada’s own 2015 Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance identifies the scientific evidence showing that milk products are beneficial for bone health, and are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer. The report also states that Canadians do not consume enough vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and fibre – milk is a valuable source of six of these nutrients.

“The intent of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy is to help consumers make informed healthier choices. The best way to do this is to drive them to the Nutrition Facts Table. What assurances can Health Canada give that this type of warning labelling will not simply deter consumers from the products themselves?” said Lampron. “This approach runs the risk of alarming consumers, and ultimately preventing them from learning more about the nutritional benefits of a food. This is completely contrary to the stated intent of Health Canada. How will they address this issue for Canadians?”

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

Dairy Farmers of Canada is proud to partner with the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 08:23

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to be the Principal Partner, Cow Milk Cheese, of the Canadian Cheese Awards.

DFC has long supported our country's cheese makers and we are excited to participate in the upcoming Canadian Cheese Awards as sponsor of the cow’s milk cheese category. Cheese makers who are currently using the 100% Canadian Milk logo or the new DFC Certification Mark of Origin are eligible to compete for the Best Cow’s Milk Cheese in Canada award and win a $5,000 cash prize.

Held for the first time in 2014, the Canadian Cheese Awards are now Canada’s largest cheese competition; organized by The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, the contest is open to Canadian cheeses made from cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo milk. It is a great opportunity for Canada's world-class cheese makers to showcase their creativity.

The deadline to submit entries is February 16. Winners will be announced June 6 at the Awards Ceremony and Tasting Gala in Toronto. For more information, visit www.cheeseawards.ca.

Dairy Farmers of Canada reacts to reports regarding the revised CPTPP agreement

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:18

This morning, it was reported that Canada will likely sign a revised CPTPP agreement which includes the market access concessions originally agreed to in October 2015, when the United States, the world’s largest economy, was still a part of the deal.

Although the loss of the US represents a loss of approximately 60% of the original TPP market GDP, the original concessions to our domestic dairy market remain. How is this in the best interests of Canadians?

While some sectors may see the recent CPTPP developments as a positive, it is a somber day for the 221,000 Canadians that depend on the dairy sector for their livelihood.

“On the one hand, the Canadian government has repeatedly stated that it wants a vibrant, strong, and growing dairy sector that creates jobs and fosters investments; on the other hand, it continues to carve out pieces of our domestic dairy market, first through CETA, and now through the CPTPP,” said Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC). “The Government must understand that in continuing to make these concessions, they are putting the Canadian dairy sector in jeopardy.”

Today’s announcement also comes in the middle of the renegotiation of NAFTA, another vehicle that threatens to weaken the Canadian dairy industry. The Government must realize that there is a cumulative effect to these carve outs, which cannot be understated. It is critical that the Government understand that when it comes to the renegotiation of NAFTA, they must not give up any more on the backs of the hundreds of thousands of farmers and workers in the Canadian dairy sector.

“Our message to the Canadian government as it is negotiating NAFTA is simple: no more concessions - enough is enough, they cannot continue to carve out portions of the dairy sector ,” said Mr. Lampron.

The dairy sector is present in a majority of the ridings across this country. DFC is very interested in seeing how elected officials will explain these concessions to the dairy community, and to the hundreds of thousands of workers who depend upon this community for their livelihood.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

Jacques Lefebvre joins Dairy Farmers of Canada as Chief Executive Officer

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:45

Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jacques Lefebvre as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 8, 2018.

With over 25 years of experience across multiple sectors, Mr. Lefebvre is a strong leader that brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to DFC. Additionally, in his former role at the Dairy Processors Association of Canada (DPAC) as President and Chief Executive Officer, he has an in-depth understanding of Canada’s dairy sector, and the importance of Canadian dairy producers to our economy, and to the health and well-being of Canadians.

“It is my great pleasure to announce that Jacques Lefebvre will be joining DFC as our new CEO. He is a proven leader and is deeply committed to our dairy sector,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “Jacques understands all of the challenges that we are facing, and will be a champion for us. I look forward to working closely with Jacques.”

Mr. Lefebvre has held senior executive positions with national member organizations, both in the business and not-for-profit sectors.

“I am very excited to be joining DFC and for the opportunity to work closely with our Board of Directors, members, staff, and stakeholders, on behalf of Canadian dairy farmers,” said Jacques Lefebvre, DFC’s CEO. “I welcome the opportunity to use my past experience, inside and outside of the dairy sector, to bring our industry together as we face tremendous pressure on trade and government relations issues. It is more important than ever that we work collectively to defend and promote the industry.”

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media contact

Ashlee Smith

Dairy Farmers of Canada

613-240-3881

Ashlee.Smith@DFC-PLC.ca

2018 Annual Dairy Policy Conference

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:48

Together for a healthy future.

The Annual Dairy Policy Conference (APC) has been bringing together the industry’s leaders from coast to coast to discuss the issues that impact their everyday lives and livelihoods. This year more than ever you need to join us to make your voice heard and to network.

Annual Dairy Policy Conference

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:48

Together for a healthy future.

The Annual Dairy Policy Conference (APC) has been bringing together the industry’s leaders from coast to coast to discuss the issues that impact their everyday lives and livelihoods. This year more than ever you need to join us to make your voice heard and to network.

The conference will be followed by a research symposium.

Register now to either event

The Milk Calendar, a Canadian Tradition, Emerges for 2018 with Seasonal Twists on Classic Recipes

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:51

Dairy Farmers of Canada’s beloved Milk Calendar Celebrates Local, Sustainable Food with 19 New and Healthy Recipes

Today more than ever, Canadians are looking to nourish themselves and their families with hand-crafted, good-for-you recipes that make the most of local, seasonal offerings. The time-honoured Milk Calendar is answering this call with its 41st edition, packed full of delicious recipes highlighting 100% Canadian dairy, along with food pairings that are sure to please the whole family.

Featuring 19 new, nutritious, easy-to-make recipes, insightful cooking tips and share-worthy recipe variations, the 2018 Milk Calendar by Dairy Farmers of Canada will be distributed for free in local newspapers to almost two million homes across Ontario and Atlantic Canada starting November 16, 2017. Visit MilkCalendar.ca to see the complete list of newspapers.

Heather Trim, accomplished food writer and recipe developer, has created the mouth-watering, wholesome recipes for the 2018 Milk Calendar. “We’re so pleased to share new recipes that showcase how easy it is to prepare homemade dishes that include the goodness of Canadian milk,” says Trim. “These recipes truly pack a one-two punch – not only do they champion some of the best foods Canada has to share, they nourish our families’ from the inside out. Using the calendar is the perfect way to get the whole family excited about cooking, encouraging healthy eating habits while spending quality time together.”

The 2018 Milk Calendar contains seasonal recipes for the whole year, from winter comfort food and summer barbeques to delicious breakfasts, desserts and everything in between. Recipes such as Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Soup, Roasted Winter Squash Lentil and Greens Salad, and Super Easy Chicken Parm will surprise and delight parents and kids alike.

Visit MilkCalendar.ca to discover more recipes and helpful monthly demonstration videos. A French copy of the calendar can also be ordered here.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization representing Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes, as part of a healthy diet, safe, high-quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community, pride, and a commitment to improve Canadians’ health, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Canadian dairy farmers work with food industry on continued sustainability

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 09:08

Dairy Farmers of Canada concludes successful sustainability symposium “Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry”

Yesterday, more than 200 members of the Canadian dairy sector, as well as food industry stakeholders, gathered to discuss sustainability at Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) sustainability symposium, “Building a Sustainable Dairy Industry”. The Symposium was an opportunity for dairy farmers to showcase their commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians, to the environment, and to their animals. It also provided those in the food industry with the opportunity to network and discuss values and good practices and their importance to the overall food chain.

“Canadian dairy farmers are deeply committed to sustainability, which is one of the reasons why our industry has been around for centuries here in Canada,” said Pierre Lampron, President of DFC. “We are continuously looking for ways to improve our on-farm practices, and are proud to tell our sustainability story. The Symposium was a great event to bring together dairy farmers and stakeholders from the food industry, to discuss various aspects of the sustainable way we produce Canadian milk, and what is needed to maintain confidence in the food supply.”

The full-day program included presentations from Canadian dairy farmers, a retailer, a processor, and other stakeholders, as well as a round-table discussion on sustainable growth of the industry in the future. Minister Lawrence MacAuley also took time to deliver brief remarks to the audience. The Symposium included two farms tours for attendees on Tuesday, one held at La Ferme Gillette, a fifth generation dairy farm, and Wilkridge Farm, which features some of the most advanced technology for milking available on the market. A wine and cheese reception was also held, and was attended by several stakeholders, as well as politicians from all parties.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada

Founded in 1934, DFC is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives.

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Media Contact

Ashlee Smith

Ashlee.Smith@dfc-plc.ca

613- 240-3881