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From milk and flavoured drinks, to yogurts, cheeses and desserts, dairy covers a broad spectrum of activities with an equally wide range of issues: everything from rising commodity costs to environmental pressure; obesity to novel process technologies; artisan and high volume production. Isn’t it time to start milking the font of knowledge?

First Milk to cut 30 jobs in bid ‘to boost efficiency’

Dairy processor First Milk is to cut 30 jobs across two sites in the Lake District and Wales, as part of plans to increase efficiency at its factories.

Müller reveals £100M investment plan

Dairy processor Müller is to invest £100M in its UK yogurt and desserts business over the next three years, with plans to upgrade capacity and capabilities at its three sites...

Dairy Crest brands drive volume growth

Dairy Crest’s four key brands – Cathedral City, Country Live, Clover and Frylight – will continue to drive volume growth for the company in the first half of this year,...

Glanbia Cheese boss elected Dairy UK chairman

Glanbia Cheese chief executive Paul Vernon has been elected chairman of the trade association Dairy UK.

Lakeland Dairies’ new factory to create 85 jobs

Dairy processor Lakeland Dairies will create 85 jobs at a new £36M (€40M) milk powder plant at its site in Cavan, Ireland.

Danone targeted by activist investors

Danone, the French food company best known for its Activia yogurt and Evian water, experienced a share price rise last month following suggestions that it could be facing renewed pressure...

Arla sales rise after ‘turbulent’ six months for dairy

Arla Foods UK reported a 10% sales rise in its branded products in the six months to July 1, driven by its Lurpak butter and Castello cheese brands, after a “turbulent” six...

Scottish dairy sector urged to raise output

A Scottish dairy boss has called on the sector to “think big” and increase production in order to make the most of the economic uncertainties posed by Brexit.

Fire crews battle blaze at cheese factory

A blaze at a cheese factory in south Wales was battled by fire crews yesterday morning (August 15), while firefighters tackled a burning food packaging manufacturer at the weekend.

Dairy drink ad banned by watchdog

An advert for Bio-tiful Dairy’s kefir drink has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unsubstantiated health claims. 

Christmas launches lead new product gallery

Biscuit manufacturer Pladis’s Christmas launches and the newest beer from heavy metal music group Iron Maiden lead this photogallery of the latest food and drink product developments.

Müller joins Dairy Crest and First Milk in raising milk prices

Müller has become the latest dairy processor to announce a rise in the price of milk paid to its suppliers.

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Bradburys uses flowrapper for MAP cheese packs

Bradburys Cheese, based at Buxton in Derbyshire, has launched a new range of mini-portion cheeses with the help of customised, high-speed Artic flowrapping technology from Ulma Packaging. 

News in brief

Whey advice platform launched by dairy giant

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI).

Cheese blender to double turnover after Guinness deal

Cheese blending company Windyridge Cheese is set to double its turnover after agreeing a deal with Diageo to produce a Guinness-flavoured cheddar.

Vegan ‘inhumane’ milk ad passed by watchdog

An advert that criticised dairy practices as ‘inhumane’ has escaped being banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), despite complaints from workers in the dairy industry. 

Seaweed extract can add body to dairy desserts

The dairy market has been boosted by a new texturising ingredient made from sustainably sourced seaweed.

New creamery will create up to 30 jobs

Plans to build a £14M cheese factory in Bangor, north Wales, which will create up to 30 jobs have been recommended for approval by councillors.


Dairy innovation: milk price rises put cheese yields in focus

With raw milk prices soaring, cheesemakers are looking for ingredients that will increase yields without compromising quality.

Dairy Crest posts sales rise as butter costs soar

Dairy Crest’s key brands delivered a 7% rise in sales in first-quarter trading, while input costs rose “substantially” over the three months.

Müller plans £40M factory extension to create 52 jobs

Müller UK and Ireland Group has applied for planning permission to extend its Telford factory in a £40M investment – a move which would double its capacity and create 52 jobs.

Me and My Factory

Cheese success is based on innovation: Windyridge

Windyridge Cheese boss Melvin Glynn explains why the key to success is innovation.

Butter and cream prices ‘to rise by Christmas’

A butter and cream shortage will hike prices quickly by Christmas, warns Arla Foods boss Peder Tuborgh.

Biogas from food waste can be low-carbon truck fuel

Biogas generated from food and drink process waste offers a low-carbon commercial transport fuel for the future, a study for a leading British bioenergy company has shown.


Cheese blending boss on exclusive Guinness deal

A cheese blending boss has claimed a new factory and an exclusive Guinness deal is likely to double the turnover of his business by the end of the year.