From our cows to your plate

Milk is at the heart of Paysan Breton. Every day, our dairy farmers endeavour to provide  high-quality milk, the raw material for all of our products. Discover our milk's journey, from the farmers – the first link in our production line – to the delivery of our products to the shops and onto your plate

1. The farm

The manufacturing of every one of our products begins in the same place: on the farm.

 

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To make good products you need good milk, and to make good milk you need happy, healthy and well-fed cows.

The temperate climate of Western France is ideal for growing lush green grass, perfect for grazing cows and for producing great milk. Grass is an essential part of a cow's diet. 

As well as grass, the cows are given other fodder (hay, corn, rape, beetroot, etc.) and food supplements which provide them with a healthy and balanced diet throughout the year in order to produce quality milk. 

Our dairy farmers take great care of their cows, since a happy and healthy cow produces better quality milk. Paysan Breton's farms are all small-scale, family-run businesses: which count on average 65 cows.

la traiteMilking is a privileged moment and is generally carried out twice a day, morning and evening. Hygiene is essential: udders and the milking house are systematically cleaned and disinfected.

A cow produces about 21 litres of milk a day. So on average, between 1,100 and 1,500 litres of milk are produced each day on a Paysan Breton farm. The milk is stored in refrigerated tanks, called farm bulk milk tanks, before being collected by our milk tanker drivers. As milk is a fresh product it requires strict storage conditions. 

 

2. Milk collection

Milk is collected every two to three days at the dairy farms. The milk tanker driver takes milk samples from every farm to test the quality of the milk and ensure an optimum traceability.

The milk tanker calls at a designated number of farms, generally within a radius of 50 to 70km from its central collecting point. 

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26,000 litres of milk are collected during each round. In total this represents 1.4 billion litres per year, the equivalent of 560 Olympic swimming pools.

 

 

 

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After each round the driver delivers the milk to the central collecting point. Each of our seven production sites have their own central collecting point, which receive the milk on a daily basis from the surrounding farms to manufacture Paysan Breton products.

The tanker is put through the lorry wash before each round. Once it has been emptied the tank in which the milk is stored is then thoroughly cleaned.

Additional samples are taken before the milk is removed. If there is any doubt about the quality of the milk, the tank is reserved and the milk analysed to check if it meets quality standards; if this is not the case a full investigation will be conducted to find the cause of the problem. Any milk not fit for consumption is discarded.  However this is very unusual since less than 0.1% per year of milk collected does not meet quality standards.

 

 

3. Manufacturing of products

 

Each Paysan Breton product has its own manufacturing process.

Raw milk is skimmed to separate the cream from the milk, and is then pasteurised for food safety reasons. 

Depending on the product, the milk then goes through different manufacturing stages to be transformed into Butter, Cheese, Fermented Milk, etc. It is also used to make Paysan Breton Crêpes. A series of tests and analyses are carried out throughout the manufacturing process to prevent the risks related to all food production.

At the end of the manufacturing process our products are packaged, boxed, put onto pallets and stored.

 

4. Store delivery

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Lorries deliver the pallets to the stores.

The department supervisor receives the delivery and stacks the Paysan Breton products on the shelves.

You can then enjoy the delicious products made with milk from our farms in Brittany and Pays de la Loire.

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