Grafton Village Cheese to pay local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are low

first_imgGrafton Village Cheese Co., makers of award-winning, handcrafted Vermont cheddar cheese, announced today it will begin paying its local milk suppliers a special premium while milk prices are below the cost of production. The Company is working in concert with its two milk co-ops Agri-Mark and DMS, both of which have given Grafton Cheese permission to send checks directly to the farmers.Grafton Village Cheese is a major business of the Grafton, Vermont-based Windham Foundation whose mission is to promote Vermont s rural communities. All of the milk used for Grafton Cheese is from Vermont family farms, located primarily in southern and central Vermont. As a high quality Vermont cheddar cheese producer, we depend upon milk from Vermont dairy farms, and we are very concerned about the viability of our Vermont dairy farmers at a time of extremely low milk prices, said Adam Mueller, President of Grafton Village Cheese. Consequently, we are working with our milk suppliers to provide farmers in southern and central Vermont an additional premium for the milk they provide to our Grafton Village Cheese plants in Grafton and Brattleboro.Starting in April, while milk prices are below cost of production, Grafton Cheese will pay farmers an additional premium based on the butterfat, protein and somatic cell content of the milk. As the class three milk price increases the premium will decline on a sliding scale, becoming zero when milk price reaches $20/cwt.Grafton Cheese already pays significant quality premiums and handling costs for its milk to its co-ops. This new initiative is an additional premium that will be mailed directly to the farmers by Grafton Cheese.About Grafton Village CheeseThe Grafton Village Cheese Company, located in Grafton and Brattleboro, Vermont, handcrafts artisanal cheddar cheese. The company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste continue to serve as the hallmark of Grafton cheddar. As part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, much of Grafton Cheese s annual earned income funds the Foundation s charitable programs. More information on Grafton Village Cheese Company can be found online at graftonvillagecheese.com.last_img read more

For world tourists, Zagreb, Zadar and Split are the most desirable Croatian eno-gastro destinations

first_imgAccording to a survey conducted by Booking.com, which included Croatia, 75% of world travelers claim that when choosing a destination for their next trip, they prefer to choose destinations recognizable by food and drink. Croatia has long been positioned as one of the highest quality eno-gastro destinations, and according to travelers from Croatia on Booking.com, the best Croatian cities to enjoy food are Zagreb, Zadar and Split.Booking.com is the world’s leading online accommodation booking site that guarantees users the best prices for all types of accommodation – from small private accommodation to luxury five-star accommodation. The website is available in 43 languages, offers more than 1,2 million facilities, including 651.583 holiday homes and covers almost 111 destinations in 227 countries and territories around the world, which speaks volumes about the relativity of this research. By the way, the first places in the top 25 cities in the world that Booking.com recommends for food are Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.The millennial generation, market research says, will most likely combine travel and food because 79% of travelers between the ages of 18 and 34 are considering traveling to a destination known for its gastronomic offer. According to last year’s Booking.com data, one in 10 (8%) respondents traveled last year because of their love of good food, and 7% because of their love of great wine. In the younger population, one in 10 people combine their love of fast, street food with travel, while only 4% of older passengers combine a love of food and travel. The data shows that Asian and South American flavors occupy the best places among the top ten destinations for food lovers, followed by Greece, Australia and Spain. Sao Paulo with Brazilian barbecue and Tokyo, whose restaurants have garnered more Michelin stars than New York and Paris combined, occupy the very top of the list.According to Booking.com, in Zagreb, travelers can enjoy a variety of meat specialties, soups, desserts, but also štruklji, which are recognized as the most famous Zagreb specialty made of rolled dough stuffed with a mixture of homemade cow’s cheese, cream and eggs.Zadar offers traditional Dalmatian cooked dishes based on fresh vegetables and seafood of the Adriatic Sea. The use of various Mediterranean spices such as rosemary, bay leaf, fennel, basil or sage contributes to the recognizability, and in the end everything is drizzled with homemade olive oil. Also, travelers must try the famous Pag sheep cheese and Posedarje prosciutto with homemade red wine. After a wonderful meal and sweet traditional cakes, you can enjoy Maraschino dessert liqueur in Zadar.Split is the gastronomic capital of Croatia known for its taverns. Split specialties are a real example of Dalmatian cuisine. Meat and fish dishes, homemade macaroni and various risottos with the fruits of the Adriatic Sea, Dalmatian prosciutto, salted sardines, anchovies and oil cheese, are inevitable in Split. In the capital of the Split-Dalmatia County, travelers must definitely try pasticada with gnocchi and Dalmatian crostula, which goes perfectly with the sweet dessert wine prosecco.last_img read more