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A batch of cheese underway at the Bothwell Cheese factory in New Bothwell.

Bothwell, Dairy Farmers turning excess milk into cheese donation

Dairy producers are advised to reduce production after drop in demand due to the COVID-19 crisis

After a drop in dairy demand, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and Bothwell Cheese are turning excess milk into thousands of kilograms of cheese for Winnipeg Harvest. “Everyone is under hardship,” said David Wiens, chair of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. “The need for food banks will only go up at this time.” DFM, Bothwell Cheese,

Opinion: United voice needed for industry challenges

Gord Gilmour’s recent editorial (‘Butt out,’ Jan. 12, 2017) about the reaction of farmers and others in the industry — me included — to the recent Bothwell Cheese decision to apply the Non-GMO Project Verified label on some of its product lines encouraged me to reflect more deeply on my views. There are nuggets I


Editorial: Butt out

Recently Manitoba’s Bothwell Cheese announced it had received Project GMO certification for one of its product lines. Boiled down, it means the cheese in question is made from milk that comes from cows fed non-GMO feed. The move came, the company explained at the time, as a result of consumers asking for such a product.

New Bothwell small-scale food processor Natalie Dueck sells a line of raw-processed innovative snack foods including flax crackers and buckwheat and hemp snacks under the brand Rawnata. The 2011 Great Food Fight prizewinner developed the product line after listening to what customers buying her specialty breads sold at St. Norbert’s Farmers’ Market wanted.

How to grow a food business

Small-scale food product makers are capturing business opportunities 
in a market hungry for locally made specialty and niche products

Natalie Dueck recalls the day she won gold at the Great Manitoba Food Fight. She’d just accepted a $15,000 cheque at the 2011 event for a snack food made with hemp seed and realized this meant no turning back from becoming a small-scale food processor. At the time, the New Bothwell mom was doing a



In Brief… – for Dec. 23, 2010

Strikes doused:Collective bargaining disputes involving unionized part-time rural firefighters would be settled by binding arbitration and no work stoppages would be permitted under proposed legislation introduced this month by Labour and Immigration Minister Jennifer Howard. “This legislation will ensure that all unionized firefighters are treated the same and that work stoppages don’t affect public safety

Briefs continued – for Dec. 10, 2009

Big cheese: Bothwell Cheese won two first-place trophies at the prestigious 82nd Annual British Empire Cheese Show. This is the fourth year running the Manitoba-based cheese maker has taken first place with its marble cheddar and its first first for its Monterey Jack. “This award recognizes the extraordinary talent of our staff – starting with

Manitoba Travellers “Got Cheese”

In setting up its first store beyond its southeastern Manitoba factory, Bothwell Cheese has opted to cater to a significant chunk of its factory store’s clientele. The company, which makes cheese at New Bothwell, about 20 km northwest of Steinbach, held a media event June 10 to show off its new store in Winnipeg’s James