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Bord Bia hosts World Milk Day campaigns in Africa

In celebration of World Milk Day on June 1st, Bord Bia Africa hosted a series of in-store and online campaigns throughout Africa to celebrate the health benefits of Irish milk and dairy products.

Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) is the Irish government agency responsible for the promotion, trade development and marketing of the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry. Headquartered in Dublin, Bord Bia has a network of 15 overseas offices, including Nigeria.

The theme for this year’s World Milk Day campaign was  “enjoy milk” and Bord Bia partnered with Irish agri-food cooperative, Ornua, to help promote milk consumption in Africa for the month of June.

Bord Bia’s Regional Director for Africa, Nicolas Ranninger, said: “Africa is a key market for Irish food and beverage exports and in particular for Irish dairy companies who enjoy a solid reputation for exporting high-quality dairy produce to African countries.

“Ireland is made up of 80 % green fields where Irish cows enjoy a nutritious and natural diet. We are delighted to participate again this year in the World Milk Day celebrations and to communicate on the unique characteristics of Irish grass fed dairy.”

In 2001, World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people.

Bord Bia’s West Africa manager, Ese Okpomo, who is based in Lagos, Nigeria, said: “For World Milk Day 2021 there is a strong focus on sustainability in the dairy sector. Ireland’s lush green fields, fresh clean air and plentiful rain has created the perfect environment for dairy farming which converts grass into nutrient-rich, premium quality dairy products and ingredients.”

Sustainable practices, she said, are at the heart of Irish dairy farming: Grass fed has always been Ireland’s production system where dairy herds enjoy a minimum of 95% grass and grass-based forage, grazing in open pastures for an average of 240 days per year, during their lifetime.

She added: “Our aim with this year’s campaign is to drive consumption of Irish dairy outside the more traditional use of cream. We want consumers to enjoy milk in various forms and so we are encouraging consumers to make milkshakes, thereby creating a new consumption occasion for Irish dairy.”

In Nigeria, key social media influencers jumped on to encourage consumers so as  to create a signature milkshake at home using Irish dairy milk powder and sharing their creations online with the hashtags #mykerrygoldmilkshake  #irishdairy #worldmilkday where the most creative entry to the competition would rewarded with a six-month supply of Kerrygold milk powder.

There was also an in-store activation including a unique “Irish ranch” where consumers who purchased Irish milk got to make a sustainable milkshake on a special milkshake bicycle in select malls.

In South Africa, some of the country’s best-loved foodies including influencers Siba Mtongana, The Lazy Makoti, Fatima Sydow, Clement Pedro and Tannie Aletta Francina invited  fellow South Africans to participate in the Ultimate Butter Master at-home challenge.

The competition invitees all butter-loving South Africans to compete in a fun social media challenge where were to create one of their favourite, proudly South African dishes, using Irish butter and post their challenge video to social media, tagging @kerrygoldsouthafrica and including the hashtags #UltimateButterMaster #IrishDairy and #WorldMilkDay.

The winning recipe would be featured on Woolworths TASTE magazine’s website, taste.co.za, and the bragging rights of being South Africa’s first Ultimate Butter Master.

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