Guernsey Dairy celebrated World Milk Day today by donating milk, cream and ice cream to the Jubilee and Russels Day Centres run by the Guernsey Voluntary Service.
The Dairy partnered with the Co-op, which donated strawberries, and students from Melrose, who served 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," said Andrew Tabel, the Dairy's Managing Director.
"The Dairy has achieved several significant aims and objectives in the last 12 months. 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."
Pictured: The Dairy's Managing Director, Andrew Tabel.
Pupils from Melrose recently toured the Dairy and jumped at the chance to support celebrations of World Milk Day at the Day Centres, pictured top.
"The Dairy kindly welcomed us on a tour of the facilities and the pupils found the operation and processes fascinating," said Melrose teacher Donna Lloyd-Dodd.
Ms Lloyd-Dodd said today's event was "wonderful for both generations as they share their Queen’s Jubilee experiences over a cup of tea, glass of milk and strawberry treat".
Mr Tabel said that brining together generations for the event was a fitting representation of the benefits of drinking fresh local milk to people of all ages.
"Many of the Jubilee and Russels Day Centres' guests would have been brought up drinking Guernsey milk [with its] natural balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, proven to help keep bones, teeth and vital organs healthy. Perhaps this is why they are so full of energy today," he said.
Pictured: Andrew Tabel, Managing Director at the Dairy, said the benefits of fresh Guernsey milk for people of all ages should be celebrated on World Milk Day.
Guernsey Voluntary Service delivers around 25,000 meals a year to elderly islanders and its Day Centres offer a warm welcome to people in the community who are seeking the company of others.
"Being offered some delicious dairy products and strawberries to accompany them was the icing on the cake for our Day Care Centres’ clients," said Manager Mandy Le Bachelet.
"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."
Pictured: World Milk Day is now in its 22nd year.
World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in 2001 to recognise the importance of milk as a global food and to celebrate the dairy sector.
The Dairy said that World Milk Day provides an opportunity for the benefits of milk and dairy products to be promoted around the world, including how the dairy industry supports the livelihoods of one billion people worldwide.
The future of the local dairy industry will be under the spotlight again next month when the States debate a proposal from the President of the States' Trading Supervisory Board, Deputy Peter Roffey, and his predecessor, Deputy Peter Ferbrache, to expedite progress on plans to relocate the Dairy, probably to Brickfield House in St Andrew's.
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