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?
22-Apr-2014 - Speciality seafood firm Elsinore Foods has announced its acquisition by fine food distributor Golden Acre Dairy Foods Holdings in a move that expands the latter’s product offering for major supermarkets.
22-Apr-2014 - Supermarkets’ heavy discounting of milk prices was threatening the future of the dairy sector, a Dairy Crest site director has warned.
17-Apr-2014 - The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €30M (£24.6M) in a new butter production and packaging facility for its Kerrygold brand, creating 50 jobs in Mitchelstown, County Cork.
14-Apr-2014 - British ice cream firm Lick Me I’m Delicious has created a bubbly champagne flavoured ice cream dosed with 25mg of Viagra for an unnamed A-list celebrity’s party.
04-Apr-2014 - The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and Packaging Federation are leading a Sustainability Roadmap for the soft drinks industry following the example pursued by the dairy industry.
02-Apr-2014 - The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group at Foodex 2014, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham last week.
02-Apr-2014 - Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day – such as before teatime – is helping food manufacturers to boost sales and engage new customers, according a seminar at the Foodex trade event last week.
31-Mar-2014 - From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common practice in the UK, but will no longer be permitted. For example, under the new regulations where cheese is an ingredient, this must be followed by the word ‘milk’, in bold.
31-Mar-2014 - Arla Foods, the world’s sixth biggest dairy company, plans to merge with its Belgian rival EGM Walhorn.
31-Mar-2014 - Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.
28-Mar-2014 - Food and drink manufacturers need to embrace social media if they are to better communicate with potential consumers and drive sales of their products, according to companies that are successfully using Facebook and Twitter to engage with people.
26-Mar-2014 - More than £3M has been pumped into Meadow Foods’s fresh division in Peterborough to improve operating efficiencies, said site director Paul Jackson.
26-Mar-2014 - The government’s ‘Smart Swaps’ health campaign is damaging the dairy sector and confusing consumers, according to supporters of the industry.
21-Mar-2014 - Cheesemakers can reduce ripening times on continental and Cheddar-type cheeses without negatively impacting shelf-life or quality by using Arla Foods Ingredients’ new natural milk protein.
18-Mar-2014 - Dairy bosses have welcomed a new study that suggests saturated fats in foods like butter and cheese are not bad for heart health.
18-Mar-2014 - Sainsbury has ended its nine-year run of like-for-like (LFL) sales growth, with news they fell by 3.8%, in the 10 weeks to March 15, partly due to the horsemeat crisis, says chief executive Justin King.
17-Mar-2014 - Britain’s dairy processors have failed to invest enough to meet home demand and grow exports, according to the chief executive of Müller-Wiseman Dairies.
14-Mar-2014 - Trade body the Ice Cream Alliance has appointed Angelo Susca as its new president.
13-Mar-2014 - How good are supply chain systems at meeting retailer demand? asks Paul Gander
12-Mar-2014 - Glanbia has boasted powerful growth in 2013 sales and profit, despite struggles in its Dairy Ireland and Ingredients Technologies businesses and squeezed margins.
10-Mar-2014 - Dairy processor Meadow Foods has been ordered to pay more than £72,000 after two of its workers were badly scalded by hot water from a 600-litre tank.
10-Mar-2014 - First Milk’s way is clear to develop its hard cheese and creamery interests now competition authorities have cleared its partnership with Adams Foods, according to the two firms.
07-Mar-2014 - Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) chief executive Philip Lymbery has slammed UK dairy industry plans to drive up milk production to reduce the £1.2bn dairy deficit as “irresponsible” and “cruel”.
07-Mar-2014 - Updated salt targets for packaged foodstuffs are too soft on meat and cheese, a leading expert claims, as the Department of Health (DH) posts foodservice targets for the first time.
05-Mar-2014 - It is vital to the future of food and drinks manufacturing that people in the sector are given the right skills to succeed from the beginning of their career to the end, according to the technical manager of a leading food training college.