I love MILK and CHEESE! But frankly speaking, I have never really thought about classifying the two commodities as natural or processed and use that as a gauge for choosing what brand of dairy products goes in on my cart whenever I do my groceries.
But thank goodness for the ARLA Foods Philippine launch last Thursday at the Skye Lounge in BGC, I became more enlightened about the importance of choosing dairy products that has the 100% all-natural claim on its label.
The big difference is in the ingredient! If you look at an ARLA milk carton it just says there on the ingredient either whole milk or organic whole milk and nothing else follows. The same goes with their all natural cheese and cream cheese – it contains absolutely no additives, nitrates, colorants, aromas, stabilizers, preservatives and calcium chlorides. It’s just cheese made with the highest quality production procedures and matured naturally for 4 to 5 weeks at the very least.
ARLA Dairy products were highlighted last Thursday at Skye Lounge including all five (5) variants of ARLA All Natural Milk Goodness (Full Cream, Low Fat, Skimmed, Organic and Lactose Free), four (4) variants of ARLA Cheese Sliced (Mozzarella, Havarti, Gouda and Emmental), and five (5) variants of Cheese Spreads (Natural Cream Cheese, Pineapple Cream Cheese, Herbs & Spices Fresh Cheese, Natural Light Fresh Cheese and LactoFree Fresh Cheese).
Company’s like Bo’s Coffee, Fog City Creamery and Starr’s Famous Shakes served specialty products made with ARLA All Natural Milk while Chef’s Gino Gonzalez and China Cojuangco prepared two dishes made with ARLA Cheese products.
What is ARLA?
According to ARLA Foods Senior General Manager for Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand Jens Christian Krog, ARLA’s history can be traced as far as the late 1800’s back when dairy farmers in Europe (particularly in Denmark, Sweden, UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands) started forming small cooperatives to maximize production and improve the quality of their produce. These small group of farmers banded together to form what is now known as ARLA Foods – the number one farmer-owned organic dairy company in the world.
ARLA is also famous for its company’s quality assurance method called Arlagaarden which is held strictly by four discipline requirements namely:
- Ensure that milk composition is perfectly balanced and that freshness is preserved
- Implement a high level of hygiene to keep offering consumers food safety in every product
- Strive to improve animal welfare through optimal care and animal-friendly environments
- Protect the environment
“Our happy cows produce happy milk – and our happy milk is used for our ARLA Natural Goodness range, a range that doesn’t have stabilizers, additives, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors,” Mr. Krog said.
ARLA Foods is the biggest organic dairy company in the world, recognized as one of the top 15 valuable food brands and is present in more than 140 countries including the Philippines.
The launch last Thursday was hosted by the very beautiful Amanda Griffin-Jacob. Joining ARLA Foods’ Jens Christian Krog are Raymund William Acedera, General Manager for ScanAsia Overseas, Inc. and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Denmark to the Philippines Jan Top Christensen.
Top celebrity personalities and self-confessed ARLA Dairy Product users also attended the event like Blogger Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi, Chris Everingham of the Philippine Volcanoes and Ministry of Mushroom co-founder Marco Lobregat.
Here’s a video of what happened during last Thursday’s ARLA Foods Dairy Product Launch Event at Skye Lounge:
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