July 13, 2021
Emmi rewards milk quality with additional quality premium
Emmi rewards the performance of its best milk suppliers with the Emmi Q-Award every year.
The award is now linked to a quality payment system totalling over CHF100,000 (US$109,166), the Swiss milk processor announced on July 13. It also announced its Quality Champion of 2020, dairy farmer Rudolf Tschui from Grenchen in the canton of Solothurn, Switzerland.
Emmi processes around 950 million kilogrammes of milk per year in the country from over 6,000 dairy farmers, mainly from central Switzerland and neighbouring cantons. 93 % of this natural, top-quality milk is produced regionally in accordance with the "Swissmilk Green" sustainability standard, contributing to the high quality of Emmi's dairy products.
"It requires a great deal of expertise and a lot of hard work to produce a natural raw material such as milk to a continuously high level of quality, while also taking into account increasing sustainability and animal welfare requirements. With that in mind, we would like to recognise and reward the performance of our best milk suppliers with a quality premium as part of the annual Emmi Q-Award," Reto Hübscher, Emmi's head of purchasing milk direct suppliers, said.
A presentation ceremony for this year's Emmi Q-Award was held in the presence of national and regional industry representatives, as well as the 13 top-placed dairy farmers at the Sädelhof in Berikon, Aargau.
Alongside milk quality, sustainable milk production and processing is becoming an increasingly important factor in consumers' purchasing decisions.
To better reflect this trend, Emmi has introduced a new quality payment system together with its direct supplier organisations and milk producer organisation Mittelland Milch. This system takes into account that the content and quality of a natural raw material such as milk can be subject to fluctuations. The mean values of several monthly samples are now used to calculate the germ and cell counts.
When it comes to the much-discussed freezing point, there is more tolerance in seasonal progression. However, milk contaminated with inhibitors remains subject to strict conditions: an antibiotic-positive milk sample leads not only to liability for damages and a reduction in the milk price, but also results in exclusion from the Emmi Q-Award.
Also, instead of the previous monthly quality surcharge of half a cent per kilo of milk, producers who have supplied the best quality milk throughout the year will be awarded a premium. Those who meet all requirements for all samples will receive a prize of CHF400 (US$437).
Emmi expects to award a total of over CHF 100,000 in prizes to 400 to 500 producers.