Meagan Murdoch is a vice president with Hill & Knowlton Strategies in Toronto and helped New Zealand’s dairy farmers through their own palm oil controversy.

Lessons learned from public reaction to palm oil in dairy rations

Canadian had front-row seats for both Buttergate and New Zealand controversies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Social media conversations about food can go from benign to trending in a matter of hours or days.  That became painfully obvious to Canadian dairy farmers during the so-called “Buttergate” controversy earlier this year. The same thing happened five years ago to New Zealand dairy farmers during an environmentalist-led campaign against using a palm oil […] Read more

Grocery retailers have come on board with the creation of a new code of conduct.

Dairy groups call for provinces to oversee grocery code of conduct

Retailer demands are raising costs for consumers and making some suppliers uncompetitive

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s dairy industry is asking for provinces to oversee a code of practice for grocery retailers.  In a letter to federal ministers, leaders from dairy groups say the “best solution” to “arbitrary fees and deductions” would be through “the development of provincial codes that are legislated, mandatory and enforceable.”  Why it matters: Fees charged to […] Read more

Outdoor Dairy Days in-person event set for September

Outdoor Dairy Days in-person event set for September

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show has added a new dairy event, which will allow dairy farmers to get together in person after its 2021 main show was cancelled again due to the pandemic. Outdoor Dairy Days will happen Sept. 21 and 22 and came out of discussions with the dairy industry about the need for farmers […] Read more

A Pizza Pizza storefront in Winnipeg in 2013. (File photo by Dave Bedard)

Blue Cow comes to Pizza Pizza

Dairy Farmers of Canada branding to go on display

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pizza Pizza is the latest brand to sport Dairy Farmers of Canada’s “Blue Cow” certification-of-origin mark in its marketing, putting an old fight over the pizza chain’s cheese provenance to rest. DFC and Toronto-based, TSX-traded Pizza Pizza — which as of March 31 included 622 Pizza Pizza and 103 Pizza 73 outlets across eight provinces […] Read more


Canada/U.S. border signage in downtown Detroit. (RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images)

U.S. requests CUSMA dispute panel on Canadian dairy quotas

TRQs improperly allocated, USTR alleges

Reading Time: 2 minutes Washington | Reuters — The Biden administration on Tuesday escalated a simmering trade dispute with Canada over dairy import quotas, requesting that the first dispute settlement panel under the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement be formed to review the matter. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said its complaint alleges that Canada was improperly allocating CUSMA tariff-rate import quotas […] Read more

Screengrab from a 2019 video profiling a day in the life of an Agropur bulk milk grader. (Agropur Cooperative via YouTube)

Agropur to shed bulk milk handling in Quebec, Nova Scotia

Unnamed buyers to take over Quebec milk runs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur is stepping away from hauling farmers’ milk in two of the provinces where it does business. The Quebec company announced Monday it would sell its Quebec bulk milk hauling business to unnamed “companies whose core business is transporting liquid food products,” and would also halt its milk transport work in Nova Scotia. […] Read more

File photo of Agropur’s fluid milk plant in Winnipeg. (Dave Bedard photo)

Agropur to shut Winnipeg fluid milk plant

Work to be consolidated in B.C., Alberta

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy co-operative Agropur will consolidate its fluid milk production for Western Canada further west this fall, as it moves to shut its operation in Winnipeg. The Quebec-based co-operative announced Tuesday it will close its Winnipeg fluid milk plant effective Sept. 24 — affecting 48 jobs — and transfer that work to plants at Edmonton, Victoria […] Read more


Dairy farmers have fed palm fats to cows on an off depending on several factors, for about 20 years.

Butter expert group named

The group consists of nutrition, animal health and food science experts and will set its own scope

Reading Time: 2 minutes A working group of cross-Canadian experts has been named to look into the concerns about the use of palm fat and its effect on butter quality. The 13 members of the working group include experts in nutrition, both human and dairy cow, fatty acids and their composition, along with milk handling. Why it matters: Concern expressed […] Read more

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Farm cash receipts up in 2020

Crop receipts and direct payments up, livestock slightly lower

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm — New data from Statistics Canada on Tuesday showed Canadian farm cash receipts went up in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, on the strength of rising crop prices and exports. The total value of farm cash receipts in the country totalled $71.7 billion in 2020, an 8.1 per cent increase from the previous year. […] Read more