A well-known family-run ice-cream maker that has been in existence for well over 100 years used to buy its milk in bulk from local farmers. Regulations were imposed some years back requiring all milk, and we are talking an enornous quantity, to be sold through a wholesaler and pasteurised. However, ice-cream makers have their own pasteurising facilities and they have to re-heat the milk supplied already treated, so adding cost and tainting the milk. Dairy-related businesses should be able to purchase untreated milk locally and then treat it themselves..

Why is this idea important?

This would reduce costs all round, be greener, avoid tankers having to go down country lanes, reduce the plastic containers used, be better for farmers…

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