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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?

Me and My Factory

Infant formula boss plans for growth

Eighteen months ago, Ross McMahon saved the former Heinz factory in Kendal from closure. Now, business is thriving.

Müller to cut more than 300 jobs

Müller is to axe more than 300 jobs, after confirming plans to shut down operations at its north east London factory, while creating 180 new jobs alongside wider restructuring plans. 

Dairy nutrition undervalued: trade body

The nutritional value of milk and dairy continues to be misunderstood and is often unfairly targeted in saturated-fat reduction campaigns, an industry-body nutritionist has claimed.

Arla boss urges industry solidarity for Brexit talks

The food and farming industries must work together to protect themselves against Brexit threats, while maximising its opportunities, urges Arla Foods’s md Tomas Pietrangeli.

Blender Windyridge Cheese moves to new premises

Family-owned cheese blending specialist Windyridge Cheese has relocated to a new site, The Blending House in Wincanton, which will provide extended capabilities and space for the rapidly-growing business.

Suspected arson attack on ice cream factory

A blaze at an ice cream factory is Bradford in currently under investigation by West Yorkshire Police, after two of its business premises were hit by arson attacks on Christmas...

Müller fined £400,000 for roof fall

Müller UK and Ireland Group has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 for safety failings, after a worker fell 4.6m through a fragile roof panel.

Me and my factory

Infant formula maker targets ‘world class’ manufacturing

An infant formula producer has claimed a push towards ‘world class’ manufacturing standards is enabling his firm to capitalise on the huge markets of Asia and north Africa.

Coagulant can remove bitter notes in soft cheese

A new coagulant that can eliminate unwanted bitter notes developing in soft cheese has been described as a “game changer” by its maker.

News in brief

Destiny Foods agrees £60M merger

Specialist desserts manufacturer Destiny Foods has completed a merger with global desserts maker La Compagnie des Desserts, to create a £60M-a-year turnover company.

News in brief

Food packaging: options open up for in-line forming and sealing of cup lids

New options have opened up for dairy and other cup-and-lid combination products with the introduction of a system that thermoforms a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) snap-shut lid in-line with cup forming,...

Meet the Food Manufacture Oscar winners 2016

It was a Venice-themed evening at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards last month, as hundreds of guests put on their best bib and tucker to celebrate the leading lights of...

Milk processor posts profit growth

First Milk has posted an £8M rise in profit since last year in its interim financial report for the six months to September 30 2016, following a “radical transformation” of the company.

Brexit opportunities for ice cream manufacturer

Brexit will create new opportunities for UK food and drink manufacturers, claimed luxury ice cream producer Simply Ice Cream.

Yogurt cultures range can reduce whey

A new range of freeze-dried cultures designed to add texture and flavour in set yogurts was unveiled at last month’s Gulfood Manufacturing show in Dubai (November 7–9).

Cheese cultures cut ripening times by 50%

Producers of cheeses such as Manchego, Gouda and Edammer are now able to halve their ripening times without compromising on quality, the maker of a new cheese culture has claimed.

Fat-reducing stabiliser offers starch-free benefits

A new stabiliser that is claimed to reduce the fat content of mayonnaise without compromising texture has been introduced by Hydrosol.

Yoplait reduces sugar in Petits Filous yogurts

Yoplait is to reduce the amount of sugar in its Petits Filous children’s yogurts by 17%, as part of a number of reformulations across its range of products.

Food park could create 1k jobs

Up to 1,000 food and drink jobs could be created in Pembrokeshire, after plans were unveiled for a new food park.

Aspatria gets new AD facility

A new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has been built by Lake District Biogas at First Milk’s Aspatria creamery in Cumbria to generate bio-methane. 

How to save money? Go environmentally-friendly

Food and drink manufacturers could cut costs by operating more sustainably, dairy firm Wyke Farms md Richard Clothier has claimed.


Froneri scoops up top food manufacturing Oscar

Ice cream firm Froneri, formerly trading as R&R Ice Cream, has scooped up the Dairy and frozen manufacturing company of the year trophy in the industry’s Oscars – the Food...


Wyke Farms’s md: ‘All our markets look for environmental sustainability’

Wyke Farms’s customers worldwide demand high environmental standards, says the cheese maker’s md Richard Clothier in this exclusive video interview, after winning a Food Manufacture Excellence Award (FMEA).


Wyke Farms cleans up with an environmental Oscar

West country cheese manufacturer Wyke Farms has won the Environmental initiative of the year award in the food manufacturing industry’s Oscars – the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – during...

Errington Cheese and FSS E.coli row rolls on

The row between Errington Cheese and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) continued this week, after FSS rejected claims it offered to pay the cheesemaker’s legal fees in full, in return for...