In light of past hiccups, China’s dairy industry is now seeking advice on how to improve its standards from United States cheese capital, Wisconsin. The Shanghai Dairy Group recently visited the state to attend business meetings and glean inside knowledge on the industry; because who would know more about dairy than people who wear hats resembling giant cheese wedges? Agri-View reports:
“While visiting China in June, I signed a letter of intent that recognized Wisconsin as the preferred supplier of agricultural goods and services for the Shanghai Dairy Group,” said Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel. “This visit to Wisconsin was part of the long-term cooperation and partnership with the Shanghai Dairy Group that will be mutually beneficial.”
The Shanghai Dairy Group in China includes 40,000 cows on multiple farms, a feed facility, dairy processing, food retail, beef steers, dairy equipment and dairy technology research. The goal of Shanghai Dairy Group’s visit was to find partners from Wisconsin to grow their dairy business.
The Shanghai Dairy Group traveled to UW-Madison, Didion Milling and Crave Brothers Dairy Farm. They also toured Blackstone and Mark Riecher’s farm.
“By visiting our farms, the Shanghai Dairy Group was able to learn from Wisconsin’s technology, management and way of thinking,” explained Secretary Brancel. “The Shanghai Dairy Group sees their future success in replicating the dairying of the United States.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].