Isigny sur Mer, February 25, 2014
Nine medals at the Concours Général Agricole
for the dairy cooperative Isigny Sainte-Mère
After exhaustive evaluation by a panel of dairy professionals and informed amateurs, the quality of Isigny Sainte-Mère products has once again been recognised by medals at this year’s Concours Général Agricole, the national food and drink awards contest.
These medals are recognition for the know-how, the quality and the high standards that this Normandy dairy coooperative brings to its products.
Raw butter with Guérande salt cystals
Extra fine salted butter
Country style fromage 40% fat in dry matter
Unsalted raw butter
Abbaye Sainte-Mère Saint-Paulin cheese
Skimmed milk powder
Whole milk powder
Instant whole milk powder
Brie 1kg 60%
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Isigny Sainte-Mère keeps alive a dairy tradition in the area which goes back to the sixteenth century. Isigny Sainte-Mère products have travelled to all four corners of the world for decades, earning an international reputation for the rounded textures of its creams, the unique taste of its butters and the full-bodied tastes of its Camembert cheeses.
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The Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 will open in six months’ time, in Normandy. Isigny Sainte-Mère is proud to be the first official supporter for the occasion, where it will continue to advocate the values of its terroir and embody the region’s dynamism.
From 23th to 26th February 2014 the Paris cheese and dairy show, the Salon du Fromage et des Produits Laitiers, will be held at the Porte de Versailles exhibition complex in Paris. This biennial
meeting for dairy industry professionals will be held as part of the Salon de l'Agriculture, France's largest food and farming show. It is a national meeting for cheesemakers and farm-based dairy
producers on one hand and their customer base on the other, such as retailers, wholesalers, major retail buyers of all descriptions and importers.
As in 2012, Isigny Sainte-Mère will be exhibiting at this show, which all dairy professionals have adopted as an important occasion to meet. For us, it is both an occasion to meet our customers and introduce the treasures of signy terroir to a wider public. Our
terroir is a uniquely rich environment and microclimate, which, combined with our co-operative's dairy know-how, sustains the excellence of our tradition. This is what makes our Isigny Camembert, Pont L'Evêque, Isigny AOP Butter and Crème Fraîche, not to mention our Matured and Extra Matured Red Label Mimolette, so special.
We look forward to meeting you from February 23th at the Isigny Sainte-Mere stand situated in Hall number 2.1, Aisle C, stand number 19.
The 2013 World Cheese Awards is the world’s largest and most
cosmopolitan cheese festival in the world. The awards were held from novembre 27th till December 1st of this year in the UK, where Isigny Sainte-Mère carried off six medals. Try them for yourself:
The Isigny Sainte-Mère dairy cooperative announces on july 3 the signing of a partnership with the Chinese company Biostime, to develop and accelerate its production and commercialisation of infant formula powdered milk.
This investment project has a budget of 50 million Euros, of which 60% will be financed by the cooperative. It is intended to more than double the cooperative’s production capacity of infant formula milk. This will involve the building of a new factory close to the current site at Isigny, in France’s Calvados département (14). This will start work early in 2015 and create about a hundred new jobs when fully operational.
This long term partnership will also ensure the security of supplies to existing and future clients of the cooperative, while developing international sales in the specialist market for infant formula milks.
As part of this partnership Biostime, an existing Isigny client, will invest 17.5 million Euros in non-convertable bonds and a capital sum of 2.5 million Euros over 10 years, representing 20% of the cooperative’s capital, in this new industrial and marketing structure. Biostime will have access to one thirds of the new site’s production capacity, to meet the substantial needs of the Chinese market and secure its procurement in top quality finished products.
For Daniel Delahaye, director
general of the cooperative: “Our game plan is to have a long term vision, putting our producers in the position of supplying the world market and securing their outlets. This partnership, which started in the context of our commercial relationship with Biostime, is a balanced and long term affair. It is also a real source of innovation, bearing in mind our trading structure and it forms part of our wish to develop our activities in Normandy in the long term. It is also an additional test of of capcity to meet the demands of a specific market, which is top of the range and demanding.”
In accordance with the partnership agreed on July 1, the Isigny board has decided to admit a new external member, having subscribed a share in the cooperative’s capital. The governance remains unchanged and Biostime will benefit from a place on the board, composed of 15 administrators.
The Isigny Sainte-Mère dairy cooperative has been collecting, processing and adding value to the milk produced by its 683 member producers. The milk is turned into chill-chain products (butter, cream and cheeses) as well as milk powders for infants and adult human consumption. In 2012, Isigny Sainte-Mère had sales of 246 million Euros, of which 42% were earned in exports. Firmly rooted in the Normandy terroir, today the cooperative produces 20,000 tonnes of infant formula milk powder, which are sold in more than 22 countries.
The Biostime group specialises in the development and commercialisation of infant, as well as maternal nutrition and care products. Biostime has been traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 2010. In 2012 the group posted sales of 3.3 billion RMB. The company was set up in 1999 by Luo Fei, founder and now the group’s President Director General. In 2006, Biostime diversified in infant nutrition, developing, among other things, an innovative range of infant formula milks completely produced and packed in Europe. Infant formula milks account for 80% of Biostime’s business: Biostime is a market leader in the top of the range segment of the market, and seventh ranking brand in China’s total infant formula milk.
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Enter the world of the legendary Normandy dairy cooperative and relive more than 80 years of quality and tradition. Now you can collect souvenirs with the landmark advertising of the Isigny brand.
Fridge magnets, enamelled plaques and aprons with iconic images from the dairy cooperative’s illustrious past are all starting to appear in the kitchens of Isigny Sainte-Mère fans.
How does it work?
To obtain any of these desirable items, all you have to do is to collect points from the Isigny Sainte-Mère products that qualify for this offer as they appear in the shops between now and the end of February 2014. Just look for the butters, creams and Camemberts carrying the special labels. Register a collector’s account with a valid address in metropolitan France (including Corsica) at http://www.collectionades-isigny.com/ to register your points. Once the collection account is complete, just send a printout with the special offer payment depending on the goods to be supplied.
The Isigny dairy maid, an emblem of the brand
The dairy maid riding her donkey has been portrayed in a number of guises down the years. The iconic image started as a photograph of Marthe Babeur, the youngest sister of the pioneering cooperative member Henri Babeur. It is a traditional image of a dairy maid returning from milking cows in the Cotentin fields in the early 20th century, she has been a symbol of the cooperative throughout its history.
Faithful to the tradition of a dairy terroir that goes back to the 16th century and the know-how which earned its reputation, the Isigny Sainte-Mère dairy cooperative has founded its production on excellence. The history of Isigny is one of a clearly-defined terroir and the know-how of men who produce and process Isigny milk. Isigny products are known and recognised all over the world. This year’s Concours Général Agricole in February saw Isigny Sainte-Mère coming away with five gold medals and two silver medals, a further recognition of the know-how and demanding high standards that the dairy cooperative sets.
On February 28, Isigny Sainte-Mère officially announced its backing for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014 as the first official supporter.
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On Thursday February 28 2013 at the Caen Maison du Cheval, the Isigny Sainte-Mère dairy cooperative announced its undertaking to become anofficial supporter of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy. The Isigny Sainte-Mère cooperative was represented by director general Daniel Delahaye, alongside Laurent Beauvais, president of the Lower Normandy region and Fabien Grobon, director general of the Normandy 2014 organising committee.
Isigny Sainte-Mère is launching its Fromage Blanc-based dairy speciality at the next Salon International de l’Alimentation (SIAL). This follows its exclusive release on the Japanese market, where it proved popular with pâtissiers and chefs. It will be distributed in France and around the world, initially as a foodservice line for restaurants, canteens and pastry bakeries. This product will be made available later to a wider public through medium and large supermarkets.
This dairy speciality ingredient combines lightly acidulated flavour notes with a rounded feel. It is lighter than cream, with 8% fat in dry matter, it can be used to cook both hot and cold recipes. It is a breakthrough because even when cooked, it retains its rounded feel, its creamy texture and its coating power.
It is ideal for making both savoury and sweet dishes: light hot or cold creamy sauces, savoury or sweet cakes, quiches, tarts, pastries such as cheesecake, crème brulée, macaroons or ice creams. It is also good to eat on its own like any other Fromage Blanc, sprinkled with sugar or fruit coulis.
Today, this specialist ingredient is packed in 500 gram pots. Depending on the packaging used, it can be kept for up to 180 days, compared to 40 days for a classic Fromage Frais.
The Fromage Blanc-based dairy speciality is made from milk collected in the heart of the Isigny-sur-Mer terroir, which has been famous for its top quality milk since the 16th century.
In 2012, the Isigny Sainte-Mère Dairy cooperative celebrated its 80th year and reaffirms its commitment to quality, a respect for taste and the ever-present wish to meet consumers’ new expectations.
The Fromage Blanc-based dairy speciality will be presented at SIAL, which will take place from October 21 to 25 2012, at the Paris Nord Villepinte showground. Isigny Sainte-Mère will be in Hall 7, Alley L on Stand 37.
Key figures about the Isigny Sainte-Mère dairy cooperative:
A cooperative which has never stopped innovating:
Isigny Sainte-Mère has topped out its premium range with a premium quality Isigny AOP Crème Fraîche. It follows in the footsteps of Isigny Sainte-Mère's Raw Milk Camembert, Raw Milk Butter (unsalted and with Guérande salt crystals), the 200g 16-month mature Mimolette and the 130g Mimolette cocktail pot.
Our crème fraîche is made exclusively with milks from farms in the Isigny region, between Bessin and the Cotentin, observing the greatest respect for tradition. It is seeded with carefully chosen lactic starter cultures, before undergoing a 16-hour maturation in the traditional way. Its rounded mouth feel, its smooth, silky texture and its delicately acidulated flavour notes makes it an exceptional ingredient for all kind of cooking.
Available in supermarkets
Packed in 20cl and 50cl pots
The Isigny Sainte-Mère Cooperative earned ISO 9001 status (previously ISO 9002) for its sites at Isigny (1990) and Sainte-Mère Eglise (1992). This accreditation was awarded by the French quality assurance association AFAQ (Association Française pour la certification des Assurances Qualité) and is monitored by BVQI (Bureau Véritas Qualité International). At the time, Isigny Sainte-Mère became the first French food firm to hold this accreditation, thanks to its implementation of HACCP workflow management principles.
This recognition confirmed the cooperative’s total commitment to the highest quality standards, constituting a new focus for the industry, while putting Isigny Sainte-Mère well ahead of its rivals.
Today, Isigny Sainte-Mère has been accredited for the ISO 14001 environmental scheme, underlining the commitment of the business to balancing profitability and reduced environmental impact.
A number of environmental strong points demonstrate the cooperative’s will to actively consider these issues. They include the construction of Isigny Sainte-Mère’s own water treatment plant as long ago as 1998.
This was followed, 10 years later, by the French food industry’s first ever biomass boiler installation. A large facility, this unit has allowed Isigny Sainte-Mère to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by a factor of four.
By investing in renewable energy on this scale, Isigny Sainte-Mère has already met a French government target more than 40 years ahead of schedule! Renewable energy was backed by an overwhelming majority of those who took part in the French government’s 2007 environmental summit, the Grenelle de l’Environnement in 2007, after which the French government set a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by a factor of four by 2050.
A similar effort has been made in the area of waste sorting: the cooperative sorts and manages its recyclable waste into no fewer than eight separate waste streams for effective recycling of materials such as cardboard, plastic and ferrous waste. These are all collected and recycled by specialisst companies, all of which are ISO 14001 accredited!