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17th July 2018

NEPO supplier educates local children about the origins of food

NEPO’s Milk & Dairy Products supplier, Embleton Hall Dairies, has shown its commitment to delivering social value outcomes, by holding a series of activity days designed to improve local children’s awareness of food production.

A series of school visits took place at the The Village Farm Dairy, Mordon, and at Embleton Hall Dairies’ own farm, with several groups of children taking part in tours to discover first-hand how milk from a cow is transformed to become the milk, cheese and yoghurt that we find in our fridges.

As part of these educational days, the children were given a tour of a working dairy farm, including being shown how the farmers milk the cows with robotic milking machines, and had the chance to interact with a range of animals at the farm’s petting zoo. The pupils also tried their hands at mozzarella cheese-making in a workshop with Carol Peacock from Parlour Made cheese-makers, before taking part in an activity trail around the farm. The groups then also received a tour of the working factory at Embleton Hall Farm to see yoghurt being made, milk being tested and bottled and everything being packaged ready for being taken to retailers.

These exclusive tours were the result of a region-wide school competition run by Embleton Hall Dairies which invited school children to dream up a design for their ideal milkshake.

With many creative and colourful entries to the competition, the winners of the competition were Cestria Primary School, Cleadon Church of England School and Stanhope Primary School.

Jayne Behenna, a teacher representative from Cestria Primary School, said:

“The children really enjoyed their day at Embleton Hall Dairies. It was excellent for them to see the pasteurising process in action, and by watching everything first-hand, they were able to gain a highly valuable insight into dairy farming and the dairy industry. We would recommend the experience to everyone.”

Paul Thompson, Director of Embleton Hall Dairies, commented:

“We were delighted to host the winning primary school classes to the farms at the farm, giving them a chance to see for themselves how milk and dairy production. We believe that knowing and trusting where your food comes from is absolutely imperative, and this is central to everything we stand for. It has been a very successful venture and we hope this will be the start of many similar events in the future.”

Nicola Shelly, Associate Director at NEPO added:

“This is a great example of how public sector suppliers can deliver added-value to local communities. NEPO works with North East local authorities to procure high-value contracts covering a range of good and services such as Construction Works, Agency Staff and Food. As part of this work we are committed to maximising opportunities to deliver social value benefits, such as employment opportunities, upskilling the workforce, environmental initiatives and educational programmes. Well done to all the children who took part in the milkshake challenge and congratulations to the winning schools – we hope all participants had fun and enjoyed learning about the dairy process.”

Cestria Primary School at Embleton Hall Farm