People stay at home eating cheese sandwiches and baking − a glimpse of everyday life at dairy farms and dairies
Toilet paper, pasta, hand sanitizer, and baking goods. These are the products that we have been actively buying in recent weeks. Refrigerators are now full and the stockpiling period seems to be fading, as people have realised that store shelves are being re-stocked every day. In Finland, the food supply functions also in exceptional circumstances.
In this article, organic dairy farm operator Aino Wathén from Hausjärvi, Valio Riihimäki Plant Director Tapio Tammi, and Valio Markets Executive Vice President Elli Siltala offer a glimpse into their everyday life. With 4,700 dairy farms and 12 plants Valio has an important role in securing Finland’s food supply.
Valio is owned by Finnish milk producers. Every other day a milk truck collects milk from the farms and transports it to a dairy or a cheese factory.
“All our plants – from Helsinki to Oulu – are operating normally for now. We have sharpened the already stringent hygiene instructions, and employees are practicing social distancing. At the moment, visits to the plant are restricted to just a few selected visitors, such as the transport trucks. Otherwise, meetings have been postponed or they are being held through video conferencing,” says Plant Director Tapio Tammi from Riihimäki.
“Goods are moving as usual. Every day, 100-150 loads of yoghurt and milk, for example, are dispatched from the plant,” Tammi says.