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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?

Good Week, Bad Week

Tesco, Hovis and financial result lead week’s news

Criticism hurled at Tesco, jobs under threat at Hovis a number of food and drink manufacturers posting positive financial results lead this week’s top headlines.

First Milk sells Fife dairy to Scottish firm Graham’s

First Milk has sold its Fife dairy to Scotland’s largest independent dairy business Graham’s the Family Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Financial results: Finsbury, Britvic and First Milk

Three food and drink manufacturers have posted positive financial results, with Finsbury Food Group seeing a jump in revenue and Britvic and First Milk reporting profit rises. 

Food firms must produce own energy or become ‘uncompetitive’

Food and drink manufacturers must develop their own ways of producing energy in order to remain competitive, according to Wyke Farms boss Rich Clothier.

Food Manufacture Excellence Awards

Food and drink manufacturing Oscars – in pictures

Moy Park, Premier Foods and 2 Sisters Food Group were among the 11 businesses that graced the stage at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) earlier this month to collect...


Efficiency is the key for dairy survival

With rock bottom milk prices, the only way producers will survive is by cutting their costs and adding value, reports Anne Bruce

First Milk’s £25M pre-tax loss ‘not acceptable’

First Milk suffered pre-tax losses of £25M in the year to March 31 2015 as the farmer-owned co-operative struggled to cope with the dairy crisis.

Ornua to merge cheese businesses

Irish dairy co-operative Ornua will merge two of its UK-based businesses, Meadow Cheese and The Cheese Warehouse, in January 2016 in a bid to boost its market position, it has revealed.

People on the move in the food industry

New faces coming in to lead the boards of Asda, Waitrose and First Milk lead our latest selection of food and drink industry people on the move.

‘Devastated’ dairy producer speaks out against recall

A raw milk and cheese producer claims her business is being closed down due to an unnecessary recall over salmonella fears.

Cuts and increase: Iceland makes milk price changes

Iceland has increased the price of four-pint milk bottles from 89p to £1, amid predictions that dairy markets will continue to grow despite the current crisis.

Ice cream maker R&R sees turnover rocket 25%

R&R Ice Cream’s turnover has shot up by 25% after a key acquisition, increased business from discounters and the growth of Oreo and Cadbury’s ranges.

Dairy Crest and Müller deal wins approval

Dairy Crest’s £80M sale of its dairies operations to Müller has secured approval from the Competition and Markets Authority and been heralded from the environment secretary Liz Truss, today (October...

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers hits the shelves

Morrisons’ Milk for Farmers brand has hit the shelves with 10p per litre sold going back to struggling dairy farmers.

The Cheese Warehouse upgrades its labellers

The Cheese Warehouse, based at Whitchurch, Shropshire, has installed advanced printer applicators with high-performance printers on its production lines to replace inefficient labelling equipment, which no longer met its needs...

Dairygold Food Ingredients invests in new slicing line

Cheese supplier Dairygold Food Ingredients (DFI) UK has announced a £1.1M investment in a new slicing line at its Crewe site, which will extend its offering for foodservice and manufacturing...

CK Foods opens £5M poultry processing plant

CK Foods has opened a £5M halal poultry processing plant as the food manufacturer branches out from pizza cheese into cooked chicken products.

Dairy Crest trading: ‘Cheese motors, spreads lag’

“Cheese motors, spreads lag” was the succinct summary given by one city analyst after Dairy Crest published its latest trading update today (September 22).

Halloumi and bread flours recalled on safety fears

Halloumi cheese and infused oils that could pose a serious health risk are among the products that have been recalled over the past week.

Food industry people on the move

Carl Ravenhall’s decision to quit his role as boss of Müller Wiseman Dairies leads our latest selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry.

Dairy industry questions €500M EU support plan

Dairy industry representatives have welcomed the European Commission’s £362.5M (€500M) aid package for farmers but criticised its refusal to lift the intervention price.

Dairy Crest to hold milk price for October

Dairy Crest will hold the milk price it pays its farmers for October, both for its Davidstow and liquid milk contracts, according to the business.

‘Disruptive change’ group set for PPMA show launch

A new consortium called ‘Food is Life’, which aims to introduce ‘disruptive change’ to the food industry in Africa, is being launched at this month’s Processing & Packaging Machinery Association...

Food exports drop 5% due to currency factors

UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drink exports dropped 5.3% in value to £6bn in the first six months of the year, as the strength of sterling became “a growing concern”, warned...

Tesco praised after paying more for milk for cheese

Tesco has been praised for paying more for milk used in cheese over the winter months to processors and dairy farmers by the National Farmers Union (NFU).