The Sustainable Dairy-Company

We’d like to introduce you to “Berchtesgadener Land,” a sustainable dairy business located in Bavaria’s Berchtesgadener Land.

As a cooperative, we belong completely to our farmers. It goes without saying that we value respect and their right to have a say. Likewise we insist on the fair, above-average milk prices offered to our farmers.

The company was founded in 1927 by 54 local farmers and is based in Piding. They now collaborate with mountain farmers, traditional farmers, and organic farmers, a total of around 1800 local farmers, stationed from the mountains Watzmann to the Zugspitze. For all non-Bavarians: all throughout Bavaria.

All of the farms are small, with an average of 27 cows.

Above all, they value fairness, sustainability, and environmental conservation.

Sustainability regarding Packaging
  • They use glass milk bottles that can be reused 20 to 25 times.
  • A two-layer cup, which consists of a thin plastic cup covered by a layer of carton won from sustainable forestry. This results in a reduction in plastic usage since the raw material is 60 percent regrowing.
  • Carton milk bottles with a plastic coating made from sugarcane, a 90 percent regrowing raw material.

Their Resources and Technology
  • Water and resource conservation by new technology
  • Modern gas turbines provide half of their energy requirements; a byproduct of these gas turbines is hot steam, which is used to warm the milk.
  • Improved milk delivery routes: trucks with different tanks were used to transport both organic and mountain farmer milk, resulting in a 14 percent reduction in fuel consumption.

What can we learn from them?
  • Working with business partners and purchasing goods from local retailers, which results in smaller transportation routes and a boost to local agriculture and economy.
  • Reducing or eliminating plastic packaging; instead, use regrowing raw materials; there’s no point in using a plastic substitute that isn’t more sustainable in terms of p.e. production.
  • Promoting organic agriculture and small enterprises, which emit less CO2 and are more sustainable than mass-produced goods.
  • Reusing and recycling; not only packaging, but also attempting to avoid wasting something that can still be used in some form (such as the hot steam mentioned above), which contributes to more innovation.