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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?

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Three-year-old joins Primula’s cheese board

A three-year-old girl has been appointed to Primula’s ‘Cheese Board of Directors’ after entering a winning recipe into the firm’s competition.

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Wensleydale Creamery invests £350k in expansion

Cheesemaker the Wensleydale Creamery has invested £350,000 in new equipment to expand into the burgeoning £90M blended cheese category.

Illegal meat, cheese and other food seized

Authorities have seized 200kg of food, including meat, cheese, fish, honey and apples, identified as illegally imported into this country from Eastern Europe.

EU Protected food names: interactive map

Dundee Cake looks set to become the next food product to receive Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status after Scotland’s food secretary Richard Lochhead launched a national consultation to consider the...

Cheddar is nation’s favourite cheese but sales fall

Cheddar remains the nation’s favourite cheese but total cheese sales continue to fall, according to new research from Mintel.

Dairy Crest to sell dairies to Müller for £80M

Dairy Crest has agreed to sell its loss-making dairies to Müller UK & Ireland Group for £80M, alongside half-year results posted yesterday. 

Half of food products labelled ‘may contain’ are allergen free

Nearly half of products labelled with a ‘may contain’ allergen warning were allergen free in survey of more than 1,000 pre-packaged processed food samples conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA)....

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Life after milk quotas

While milk prices may be low now, in the future that could change dramatically as global demand outstrips supply, predicts Michelle Knott

Cheesy shelf-life extension

Ingredients specialist DSM claims its new range of cheese cultures, specifically developed for filled pastas, can extend shelf-life.

Dairy prices enquiry launched

An official enquiry into dairy prices has been launched by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee following the rapid plunge in milk prices in the past year.

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Melanie Leech’s decision to quit as director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) after almost a decade in the role leads our selection of the latest people on...

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

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Labelling changes strike ‘fear’ into SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

UK sales weak for Nestlé amid slow growth in Europe

Nestlé’s UK sales proved weak in the first nine months of 2014, although the global food giant still achieved low growth in Europe overall.

Dairy Crest invests £4M in Harper Adams centre

Dairy Crest is investing £4M in a food innovation centre at Harper Adams University campus at Newport in Shropshire, which it hopes will help it boost new product development.

Dairy crisis

MP urges industry to drive dairy demand

The UK’s food and drink industry must step up and support dairy farmers by driving consumer demand for milk and milk products with innovation, a prominent MP has urged.

DAIRY CRISIS

Dairy storm intensifies as protests loom

The dairy supply chain storm has intensified, with Müller appealing for planned protests over milk price cuts to be called off, while the dairy industry code faces increasing scrutiny....

Mandatory energy audits to save hundreds of thousands

Conducting energy audits will save large-scale food and drink manufacturers hundreds of thousands of pounds and help smaller ones make savings too, according to the Food Manufacture Group’s webinar last month....

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Mandatory energy audits ‘not about red tape’

New compulsory energy audits – which must be conducted by large-scale food and drink manufacturers by December 2015 – are not needless red tape but a key business tool that...

Most powerful women in food and drink

The food and drink industry has seven representatives on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in business 2014.

Food and drink industry people on the move – in pictures

Alan Stewart started his role as chief financial officer of Tesco three months earlier than planned, this week, after the retailer launched an investigation into the board overstating its half-year...

No need to fear energy audits: Wyke Farms boss

Food and drink manufacturers have no need to fear compulsory energy audits that must be conducted by December 2015, says Wyke Farms’ boss Richard Clothier.

Dairy Crest move puts 260 jobs at risk

Up to 260 jobs are threatened as Dairy Crest announces proposals to close two factories at Hanworth in West London and Chard in Somerset amid plans to ditch glass milk bottles.

Dairy Crest wins analyst’s praise for positive half-year

Dairy Crest has won praise from a leading food industry analyst for the “solid performance” of Cathedral City, Country Life, Clover and Frijj, announced in a pre-close trading update.

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Food manufacturers need energy policy: Wyke Farms

Food manufacturers need an energy plan to make cost savings and to boost the branding of their products, says Richard Clothier, md of cheese producer Wyke Farms.