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Guernsey Dairy celebrates World Milk Day

01 June 2022

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As part of today's celebrations the Dairy has donated Guernsey milk, cream, and ice cream to visitors at GVS's Jubilee and Russel Day Centres.

To top it off, and as part of the GVS's Queen's Jubilee celebrations, the Channel Islands Co-operative Society has donated strawberries whose natural accompaniment is without doubt a 'dollop' of Guernsey Double Cream.

Pupils from Melrose School were on hand to help serve guests at the Jubilee Day Centre.

"We are delighted to be able to mark such an occasion in our calendar by supporting one of Guernsey's leading charity providers. Milk is a great source of protein and vitamins and benefits both young and old," said Guernsey Dairy Managing Director Andrew Tabel.

World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations back in 2001 to recognise the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how the dairy industry supports the livelihoods of one billion people worldwide. 

"The Dairy has achieved several significant aims and objectives in the last 12 month. We have attained Great Taste Awards for our products and have worked in collaboration with Guernsey's dairy farmers, for the local dairy industry to become fully RSPCA Assured- only the second jurisdiction in the British Isles to do so.

"World Milk Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and demonstrate to the island that Guernsey milk remains an integral part of people's diets," said Mr Tabel.

Melrose School recently participated in a tour if the Dairy and the pupils were keen to support this initiative.

"The Dairy kindly welcomed us on a tour of the facilities and the pupils found the operation and processes fascinating. Today will be wonderful for both generations as they share their Queen's jubilee experiences over a cup of tea, glass of milk and strawberry treat," said Melrose Teacher, Donna Lloyd-Dodd.

Mr Tabel was keen to point out the benefits of drinking fresh liquid milk every day for both young and older residents of the island.

"Many of the Jubilee and Russel Day Centre guests would have been brought up drinking Guernsey milk where the natural balance of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals are proven to help keep bones, teeth and vital organs healthy - perhaps this is why they are so full of energy today," he said.

One of the founding aims of GVS is to ensure the wellbeing of the elderly.  It delivers around 25,000 meals to those elderly islanders who need support, and its Day Centres offer a warm welcome to people in the community who seek company and social integration.

"Being offered some delicious dairy products and strawberries to accompany them was the icing on the cake for our Day Care Centres' clients.  We understand the importance of dairy in a daily balanced diet and let's face it, you just can't beat a lovely glass of cold Guernsey milk," said GVS Manager, Mandy Le Bachelet.

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