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24/7 Raw Milk Dispenser (French Tale)

Unpasteurized yogurt by La Ferme des Tilleuls. Sold at local Leclerc supermarkets starting next month, this product will generate an income of 1,30 euros/liter of raw milk.

Even more importantly, Michel Cantaloube doesn’t intend to sell the remaining 80 percent of his production to the dairy industry for much longer, if all goes according to plan. For he has discovered an even more lucrative way to monetize his raw milk than direct sales: unpasteurized yogurt. He’s enrolled his nephew in his new business venture. As it turns out, the latter invested in yogurt-making equipment several years ago, which he has been utilizing below capacity. “After deducting all the production costs, making yogurt enables me to sell my milk the equivalent of 1.30 euros/liter,” Michel Cantaloube says. Yogurt is also much easier to ship than raw milk, and has a longer shelf life.

So far, the product has been successfully tested in four local small shops, including one food coop. Michel Cantaloube expects his big breakthrough next month when his yogurt is distributed through… local Leclerc supermarkets.

“We’ve been selected as one of the local producers that Leclerc intends to push starting in November, as it launches its national strategy designed to improve its offering and distinguish itself from the competition, supermarket by supermarket,” Michel Cantaloube explains. “If the full 80 percent of my 400.000-liter annual production could be turned into yogurt, I would be in Heaven!”
Image: Raw-milk vending machine set up by Michel Cantaloube outside a Leclerc supermarket in Montauban, France. On the left, a glass-bottle dispenser. On the right, customers access the "raw milk fountain" behind the small shiny door. The machine sells 200 liters per day. It is restocked every morning. Sensor chips keep its owner informed in real time, via his cell phone, of the milk temperature and volume.

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Laetitia Mailhes

Laetitia Mailhes is a French-born journalist. After many years as the technology and innovation correspondent of the French "Financial Times" in San Francisco, she decided to focus on what truly matters to her: sustainable food and farming. Find more articles and videos on her blog, The Green Plate Blog.

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12:38AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Dear milk producers,

we are Polish producer of raw milk vending machines.
We can sell You very good quality with very good price.
If You interested in this way of selling raw milk or any other farm products (cottage cheese, eggs, cream etc), don’t hasitatet to conntact with me. I will send You more information with prices.
You can find us on alibaba (search for company MILKMAT).
http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/121021336/MILKMAT_MIDI_v1_1_mlekomat_.html

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konrad.pszowski@milkmat.pl

Konrad Pszowski
MILKMAT

12:31AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Dear milk producers,

we are Polish producer of raw milk vending machines.
We can sell You very good quality with very good price.
If You interested in this way of selling raw milk or any other farm products (cottage cheese, eggs, cream etc), don’t hasitatet to conntact with me. I will send You more information with prices.
You can find us on alibaba (search for company MILKMAT).
http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/121021336/MILKMAT_MIDI_v1_1_mlekomat_.html

mob +48 600 831 210
konrad.pszowski@milkmat.pl

Konrad Pszowski
MILKMAT

9:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2011

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/23/1919106/wash-creamery-recalls-raw-milk.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/16/1908676/california-recalls-quarantines.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/24/1919403/cozy-vale-creamery-raw-milk-products.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/11/25/1920189/contamination-spurs-recall-of.html

Enjoy your poison..

2:19PM PST on Nov 24, 2011

wow, that's great

4:02AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

Well done to Mr. Cantaloube! I hope he reaches his goal and is an inspiration to small farmers everywhere. My mother gets raw milk from her local dairy in Wales. Buying local produce is a great way to support the members of your community.

10:55AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

How awesome! I wish America were this forward thinking.

10:56AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

buying from this vending machine still means paying the taxman, and making profits for Leclerc.
In my Village (Thones), there are vending machines set up by the dairy farmers' co-op. They put the milk in every morning, they pay no supermarket to sell it for them, and the tax is minimal when you cut out the middle man.

1:42AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Cow milk is for cows.

Cow milk is NOT good for humans.

You don't even need to drink milk on a regular basis because you get plenty of calcium from a wide variety of other food sources. EX: You can get calcium from Orange juice.

12:47PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

Blend of tradition, science and new technology. Thanks for the story.

1:59PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

@Emilykin I.
Unfortunately, the sale of raw milk IS illegal in Ontario and in the rest of Canada--has been since 1991: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_milk#Canada
Here is a petition that challenges the current legislation: http://naturalmilk.org/
Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt tried to circumvent the law by setting up a "cowshare", whose members would be legally allowed to consume the milk of the cows they "own". His example has been followed elsewhere, especially in the US. Last month, however, he was found guilty of 15 of the 19 charges brought against him.

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