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Mixed Milk Cheeses Offer Affordable Adventure

By Lorrie Baumann

Cheesemakers are offering new mixed-milk cheeses that they hope will be a gateway that will help inexperienced cheese buyers feel more confident about trying cheeses made from the milk of animals other than cows. These cheeses blend flavors from the milk of goats and/or sheep to result in cheeses that have flavor notes that might be unfamiliar and interesting to neophyte cheese-lovers, but they’re combined with the reassuringly familiar flavor of cow’s milk.

One of these is Landmark Creamery’s new Switchgrass, a mixed cow and sheep milk cheese for which the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research collaborated on the recipe. The cheese has sweet, nutty characteristics like a sheep milk cheese, but because the cheese is made from cow milk as well, it can be offered at a retail price point in the lower $20s range rather than the price point dictated purely by the cost of sheep milk.

Landmark is a small Wisconsin creamery, just four years old, owned by Anna Thomas Bates and Anna Landmark, who make and age their cheeses in space belonging to other cheesemakers. The company has just launched a new Kickstarter campaign that the two Annas hope will produce the financing for new aging equipment and get them into their own aging space, Bates said.

LaClare Family Farms GoCoLaClare Farms Cheesemaker Katie Fuhrmann is pursuing a similar idea with her GoCo, a fun cheddar cheese made with cow curds melded with goat milk curds. She’s also offering Blueberry Merlot Chandoka, a holiday spread made from her Chandoka, which tied for a second place in the Brest of Show category at the 2015 American Cheese Society Competition & Judging. That version of Chandoka was aged by Standard Market, but LaClare Farms, owned by Fuhrmann’s parents, Larry and Clare Hedrich, now has enough aging space to allow Chandoka to stay home to be aged there. The Blueberry Merlot Chandoka is a deeply decadent cheese spread, soft enough to be dipped out of its container with a finger when it’s at room temperature. The Merlot helps give it a beautiful caramel color as well as a deep fruitiness that helps to round out the flavor of the blueberries. This cheese is rich enough to make a satisfying after-dinner dessert as well as a cocktail party offering.

E-Grocery Congress @ ANUGA 2017

In the form of the “E-Grocery Congress @Anuga 2017,” the theme of e-commerce in the food trade is being addressed for the first time at a food show in the scope of a congress. Here, Anuga is picking up on one of the most topical trends in the trade.

Online trade and digital marketing in combination with a strong and customer-oriented bricks-and-mortar trade is the concept for the future, especially in the strongly developed markets of Europe, Asia and North America. The congress offers decision-makers from the trade and industry the opportunity to get to know the various forms and goals of digital strategies and check to see if they are implementable within one’s own company. Best practice examples and current trends will be graphically illustrated. At the same time, the congress offers the opportunity for strategic networking with international industry experts. The congress is being staged on Tuesday, 10 October 2017, from 09:00 a.m. onwards in the Congress Centre North at Koelnmesse.

The international experts, who will be speaking at the congress, include, among others, Gerard Scheij, Co-Managing Director at the Dutch company Picnic; Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India (RAI); and Marek Kempka, Director Shopper Technology Europe Nielsen, Poland. Representatives from the Chinese E-trading platform and JD Fresh, from the Austrian ADAMAH Biohof (Organic Farm) and from the German food retailer Foodist will also take to the stage and share their visions with the congress participants.

“The E-marketplace, All you need,” will be prominently represented by Jens Drubel and Max Thinius. Analyst Dhwani Parekh from Walmart eCommerce will be coming from the USA to speak.

The event is being hosted by Lisa Byfield-Green, Analyst at LZ Retailystics, Great Britain. As a specialist in e-commerce in the European retail trade, she will provide the participants with international outlooks.

The congress targets decision-makers from the international food trade and industry, platform providers, start-ups and interest groups from the food industry and logistics. Experts from the sectors digital strategy, e-commerce, omni-channel management, online marketing, purchasing and logistics are invited to attend. Participating in the congress is subject to a fee (Euro 495.00). A season ticket for visiting Anuga is included in the price.

The complete programme and registration:

BJ’s Wholesale Club Supports Maine Classrooms with $100,000 Donation

BJ’s Wholesale Club has funded all classroom projects listed by teachers in Maine through crowd-funding website The $100,000 donation from BJ’s Charitable Foundation fulfilled 165 classroom projects, benefiting 7,758 students in schools across the entire state.

“Every teacher and student should have the resources necessary for a successful school year,” said Kirk Saville, Executive Director, BJ’s Charitable Foundation. “At BJ’s, we’re committed to helping families thrive by providing essentials to students and teachers, and we’re proud to fund all projects in Maine with a $100,000 donation.”

BJ’s donation supports a diverse variety of projects across the entire state of Maine including the following projects:

  • A collection of beginning chapter books to improve literacy and foster a love of reading among first-grade students at Suzanne M Smith Elementary School
  • Supplies to create basic hygiene packs to equip students at Fred P Hall Elementary School with daily essentials such as socks, body wash, deodorant, and sunscreen
  • Tablets for Auburn Middle School students to explore the art of digital photography, animation and 3-D sculpting.

“We’re grateful for BJ’s continued partnership and their commitment to helping classrooms in need,” said Rianne Roberts, Partnerships Manager at “Their generous $100,000 donation will help students in Maine have tools and experiences they need for a great education.”

As part of its Adopt-a-School program and collaboration with, BJ’s has contributed more than $2 million to help equip teachers at over 2,500 public and charter elementary schools with the resources necessary to create innovative lesson plans and meet curriculum objectives.

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