Wightlink is celebrating two years of partnership with Briddlesford Farm Dairy at Wootton on the Isle of Wight. Over that time, the farm’s award-winning pedigree Guernsey cows have produced close to half a million litres of milk for customers of the ferry company’s Costa Coffee and Wight Taste outlets. That’s enough for four million cups of tea or coffee.
Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says: “Briddlesford is just three miles away from our Fishbourne terminal. This means we have reduced our carbon footprint by radically cutting food miles while supporting an Island business. Our customers love the taste and sometimes the milk is so fresh, our colleagues serve it with our tea and coffee the same day it was bottled.”
“We are delighted to supply our milk to Wightlink,” says farmer Paul Griffin. “Our cows are some of the best performing in the world, and we are fully audited for food safety and the herd’s welfare. We achieve high standards by caring for our livestock as if they were part of our own family. In fact, they practically are part of the family, as our cows are all descended from the original 12 that my great-grandfather brought to Briddlesford Lodge Farm in 1923.
“Our girls are an iconic and beautiful feature of the Isle of Wight countryside. By grazing the grass, they keep it in optimum condition. Without livestock on the land, the pasture would quickly revert to scrub.”
Briddlesford Farm Dairy is just one of many Isle of Wight companies that supply Wightlink with local food and drink. The popular Wight Taste cafés onboard ships and in ports sell sandwiches and pastries from Grace’s Bakery in Ryde and coffee made from freshly-ground beans at Island Roasted in Newport.