Agricoltori Riuniti Cremonesi Mantovani – A.R.CRE.MAN. S.A.C.
T: 0375 59174 | F: 0375 59174
via Case Sparse, 16
26040 – Quattrocase di Casalmaggiore (CR)
Marino Gardini, who has been the president of the dairy for the past 25 years, begins to tell us the history of the dairy by leafing through a photo album.
There is still a strong link with religious faith, illustrated by the little shrine to the Virgin Mary set into the dairy’s façade.
In the 60s the milk suppliers in the cooperative numbered as many as 43 and were small-scale producers; today there are only 8 milk suppliers while milk quantities have more than doubled.
But there is nevertheless a constant theme running through past and present, consisting of a number of steps that remain unchanged and enable the product to keep up with the times while at the same time preserving its distinctive original features.
Marino tells us that one of the cooperative’s dairy farmers has recently ceased his farming activities so as to enjoy his retirement, but he is finding it impossible. After devoting 45 years of his life to his cows, he still goes back to the cattle shed every morning, and although it lies empty, it is such a big a part of his life that he can’t let go of it.