Dalter participated together with other companies in the Group, in the certification for Animal Welfare of the entire Parmigiano Reggiano supply chain. DalterFood Group has been awarded voluntary supply chain certification for animal welfare, following the protocol created by the CReNBA, the Italian National Reference Centre for Animal Welfare. Given the lack of a European animal welfare standard, the assessment handbooks for dairy cattle welfare produced by the CReNBA form the reference document in Italy for this subject.
To be awarded this voluntary certification, which proves the use of milk from cowsheds that comply with animal welfare requirements, the farms selected by our Group had to pass an exam covering four macro-areas of their business:
– company and staff management,
– facilities and equipment,
– animal living conditions at livestock farms,
The complex nature of this certification is not just restricted to the milk collection stage but also involves everyone in the production chain of this famous Emilian cheese: from 40 livestock farms to two cheese factories where it is processed, continuing on with maturing rooms where the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano slowly matures, and then on to cutting, portioning and packaging at the Sant’Ilario d’Enza factory, right up to the end product storage warehouses where it waits to be shipped out to Italy and around the world.
“Animal welfare certification is an important recognition”, announced Alberto Viappiani, the CEO of DalterFood Group, “and adds value to our farmers’ work, without whom we would have never been able to achieve this result. At the same time, this certification also rewards the hard work which our group has put into the supply chain, investing in cheese factories and human resources, with a truly unique approach in the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano sector”.
In fact, animal welfare certification for the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano made at the Canossa and Cigarello cheese factories is just the latest result in the innovation policy which our Group has adopted to revolutionise the supply chain of this prestigious Italian cheese.