Many Canadian dairy farmers are being asked to dump raw milk amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has led to a decline in overall demand for key dairy products.
While grocery stores have seen sales of dairy products soar as consumers engaged in panic-buying, the widespread closure of restaurants, coffee shops and cafeterias across Canada has seen dairy demand plummet in recent weeks. The supply chain is adjusting to the shift in demand from wholesale to retail, but those changes are challenging and can take time.
As it grapples with the demand fluctuations, the Dairy Farmers of Canada said it has asked farmers to dispose of raw milk products.
“The dramatic changes in demand and the related challenges being felt throughout the supply chain have resulted in the need for the disposal of some raw milk, which is extremely unfortunate and difficult,” Dairy Farmers of Canada said in a statement.
“The last thing anyone wants to see is their milk being discarded, least of all farmers and their partners in the value chain.”