Dairy Distillery of Winchester, Ont., is distilling vodka from milk permeate.
Milk permeate is normally discarded as waste, but now will bring value to the dairy industry. It is a byproduct of ultra-filtered milk.
Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman was on hand to give Dairy Distillery one of the first Excellence in Agriculture awards.
The awards “recognize agri-food businesses, individuals and organizations that have raised the bar for agri-food excellence, demonstrated leadership in their field, undertaken strategic product development benefiting their sector, or advanced technological innovation.”
Earlier this week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced it is relaxing regulations so vodka can be distilled from feedstock other than potatoes and/or grain.