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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?

People on the move in the food and drink industry

Tesco boss Philip Clarke’s decision to quit the retailer on October 1 2014 leads our selection of the latest people on the move in the food industry.

Dairy processor: job cuts minimal

Dairy processor Adams Foods has put recent job cut reports in perspective, stressing the 700-strong workforce had suffered just seven redundancies at its Leek factory, with production line staff unaffected.

Dairy co-op’s £8.5M boost to jobs and production

South Caernarfon Creameries is investing £8.5M in a new cheese production facility at its site in Chwilog, north Wales.

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Greek yogurts dominating sector

Focus on high-protein products is dominating the dairy sector, says Michelle Knott

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Weighing up the dairy 'risk'

Although the UK’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) rates have been falling, a substantial increase is predicted at a global level.

Sugar reduction summit

Cheese blasted by fat reduction campaigner

Cheese came under fire from anti-obesity campaigner Professor Graham MacGregor at a recent conference for its high fat content.

Dairy Crest and Carr’s Milling: results at a glance

Dairy Crest has posted “a strong branded performance” in its first quarter trading ended June 30, while Carr’s Milling reported continued investment in a management statement for the 19 weeks...

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Environment secretary ditched in cabinet reshuffle

Owen Paterson – the environment secretary who complained “the badgers moved the goalposts” – has been replaced by Liz Truss in David Cameron’s latest cabinet reshuffle.

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.

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Dairy Crest reveals its investment plans

Capital investment is sexy and Dairy Crest has just come to the end of a four-year investment plan, which saw £75M spent across the company’s dairy operations.

Wyke Farms invests £800k in packaging systems

Wyke Farms has invested £800,000 in shelf-ready packaging technology as part of its ‘100% Green’ initiative, and plans further eco-friendly projects, according to ceo Richard Clothier.

Dairy Crest seals infant formula deal

Dairy Crest’s confirmed strategic partnership with the infant formula company Fonterra yesterday (July 3), as well as an announced £20M investment in its Davidstow site to manufacture lactose-based prebiotics, is...

Cheesemaker builds on eco-friendly difference

Wyke Farms is tackling anaerobic digestion after officially opening a £1.3M water recovery plant today (June 2), as md Richard Clothier seeks to make its “green message” a “unique point...

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FMEAs open for entries

Entries for the 2014 Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards close on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to be a star. Enter online at www.foodmanwards.co.uk

Mariani Europe md predicts massive sales in dried fruit

US dried fruit firm Mariani will double its European business to £10M next year, before reaching up to £500M pounds in eight years, according to the company’s European md Glenn...

Government reaffirms British food and drink pledge

Environment secretary Owen Paterson has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to give British produce a greater share of its £2.66bn spend on food and drink.

58 jobs hit as Müller Wiseman confirms depot closure

Müller Wiseman Dairies’ transfer of milk distribution to its Bridgwater site, and the resultant closure of its Pensilva depot, has been confirmed, with the company claiming 58 jobs could go.

‘Display until labels’ face increased criticism

The food industry must continue to remove ‘display until’ food and drink labels, as they are confusing shoppers and fuelling needless waste, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claims.

Heart of England Fine Foods to fold

Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) is facing voluntary liquidation 16 years after its foundation, threatening 15 jobs.

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Lambert becomes Burton’s Biscuits chairman

James Lambert has been appointed chairman of Burton’s Biscuits Company, while retaining his role as chairman of R&R Ice Cream.

Yeo Valley adopts unique lid coding system

Chadwicks has developed a lidding system for a range of Yeo Valley dairy products that applies a unique code. The code, which is only revealed when the polyester lid is...

Prima Cheese installs third weigher as it expands

Prima Cheese, based in Seaham, County Durham, is installing a third Ishida multihead weigher to handle its range of cheese products supplied to wholesale food and catering businesses worldwide.

Milk: the low-cost food

New research has suggested milk is a highly sustainable and relatively low-cost source of food.

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Ice cream firm scoops up new employees

Ice cream firm Suncream Dairies has appointed Helen Procter as its new technical manager.

Cheese processor adds 24 jobs at £1.2M new site

Cheese processor Extons Foods’s £1.2M investment in new premises in Manchester will lead to the creation of 24 new jobs in the short term, according to the company.