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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?

New five-step exports plan designed to boost overseas sales

Boosting British food and drink exports, worth £20bn last year, is the aim of a new five-point plan launched by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

News in brief

Dairy can ‘preserve’ muscle-mass in older people

Dairy can potentially help preserve muscle mass and function as people get older, a leading nutritionist has claimed.

Not eating dairy puts young adults’ health at risk

Up to 3M young adults are putting their future health at risk by cutting dairy from their diet, warned The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS), as the number of children drinking...

Dairy sector fights back against ‘demonisation’

The dairy sector is being unfairly targeted by the recommendations of public health bodies, as they attempt to reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to...

Food start-up competition attracts 120 firms

More than 120 global food and agriculture start-up firms are competing for a place at the agribusiness bank Rabobank’s business mentorship scheme competition, Foodbytes. 

First health claim in sight for vitamin B12 probiotic

The first probiotic to gain a health claim from the EU has moved a step nearer, after a Dutch firm claimed it had managed to modify bacteria to produce substantial...

Guest article

Vitamin D and the opportunity for food manufacturers

Foods that can contribute towards good bone health could have an increasing role to play in UK diets. 

Dairy processor Cotteswold plans for the next five to 20 years

Cotteswold Dairy has built a 4,088m2 lorry park at its facility in Tewkesbury to free-up space for new milk silos, a cold store with integrated refrigeration system and offices. 

Unilever to put Spreads business up for sale

Unilever is to sell off or demerge its Spreads business and combine its Foods and Refreshment activities into one organisation based in the Netherlands, as a result of a structural...

Dairy foods can ‘break the obesity cycle’

Consuming milk, yogurt or cheese does not contribute to obesity, and the dairy sector is “too often targeted in public health campaigns tackling obesity”, The Dairy Council has claimed.


Food exports face border delays after Brexit

The UK’s food industry faces severe delays and rising costs of exporting and importing foodstuff to and from the EU following Brexit, if the government fails to negotiate a favourable...

Laboratory equipment spotlight

Quick check for dairy pasteurisation effectiveness

Milk pasteurisation efficacy is typically monitored by checking for the presence of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) – an enzyme present in raw milk – thus ensuring a product is safe for consumption.

Errington Cheese ‘the source’ of fatal E.coli outbreak

The source of the Scottish E.coli O157 outbreak last year was Errington Cheese’s Dunsyre Blue raw cheese, a Health Protection Scotland (HPS) report has concluded, but the cheesemaker insists more evidence is needed....

Food and drink industry appointments – in pictures

The first halal meat manager recruited by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board and senior appointments at Graze and Greencore feature in our latest photogallery of people moving to new...

Arla boosts added-value milk by £95M

Arla Foods UK’s added-value milk sales hit £95M last year, as 1.5M consumers chose its branded products over standard fresh milk.

More than 500 suppliers apply to Morrisons

Hundreds of food producers from across the UK have responded to Morrisons’ search for the best local food, in a bid to boost British supply on shelves across the retailer’s...

Egg replacement could be answer to soaring prices

A range of protein hydrolysates is being touted as the ideal replacement to egg albumin in the wake of market price increases.

Medina Dairy’s £3.5M investment to create 25 jobs

Fresh milk supplier Medina Dairy is to invest £3.5M in its Hampshire dairy, creating up to 25 new jobs across various roles. 

Prima Cheese wins £3M Lloyds Bank investment

Prima Cheese has secured a £3M investment from Lloyds Bank to install a fourth production line, which will increase capacity by 50%.

Food and drinks jobs created in 2017 – in pictures

Food and drink supply chain firms have revealed plans to create more than 5,000 jobs since the beginning of this year, as reported by this website.

Unilever review likely to lead to food disposals

Unilever’s top-to-bottom review of its business following the rejection of the £115bn bid from US Kraft Heinz earlier this week is likely to lead to the Anglo-Dutch company disposing of...

Food and drink exports: ‘massive untapped potential’

Food and drink exports “still have massive untapped potential”, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), after overseas sales topped £20bn for the first time.

Organic food sales worth more than £2bn

Organic food sales grew 7.1% to £2.09bn last year, revealed The Soil Association, as consumer interest in organic grew. 

Glanbia revenue increases to €2.85bn

Nutrition firm Glanbia reported its seventh year of double-digit earnings growth in its full-year trading update, as its revenue increased 2.8% to €2.85bn (£2.4M).

Arla UK revenue falls £300M in ‘tough’ markets

Arla UK’s revenue fell by £300M in 2016, owing to “lower global market prices and unfavourable exchange rates”, as the total group’s revenue dropped 6.8%.