Supplier Series: Canterbury’s Choice Milk

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Introducing Canterbury’s Choice Milk, a locally owned and operated dairy farm in Springston that delivers fresh A2 milk and cream across the Canterbury region. 

What is the story behind Canterbury’s Choice Milk?

David Irvine’s passion for milk runs deep. He was inspired by his grandfather who would rise early in the morning, regardless of the weather, to hop on the milk truck and deliver glass bottles of milk to families in Christchurch. David dreamed of buying a dairy farm to continue his family’s legacy of delivering fresh milk straight to the homes of Cantabrians.

This dream soon became a reality when David established Canterbury’s Choice with his family. Family is at the heart of the business, and eventually, Alex (David’s son) took the reins from his dad, continuing the business for the next generation. 

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What makes Canterbury’s Choice milk different from others on the market?

Canterbury’s Choice makes an effort to protect the environment they farm in and adheres to the best farming practices. They follow a “Happy Cow” policy, where they provide classical music and home-grown barley for their cows to enjoy. 

They are also 100% self-sufficient with their land, utilising everything on the farm. They credit the quality of their milk to this practice: no palm kernel, no bobby calves, no harmful sprays. 

Why does Bellbird use Canterbury’s Choice milk?

We choose Canterbury’s Choice milk because it is fresh, local, sustainable and just plain delicious. The milk is delivered to our door in reusable glass bottles. We appreciate the quality of the milk, and we are glad to support a local business.

What products feature Canterbury’s Choice milk?

Canterbury’s Choice milk is a key ingredient in our pastry cream, Cheese & Chilli Scrolls, Cheese & Jalapeño Croissants, and Croque Monsieur. The milk’s rich flavour and creamy texture help in making these pastries and sandwiches delicious.

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