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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?

Facebook helps cheesemaker fight delisting by Morrisons

Cheesemaker Wyke Farms proved the power of social media last month when its Facebook campaign against its delisting by Morrisons was bombarded with messages of support.

Glanbia uses Culina to spread across the UK

International dairy food group Glanbia Consumer Foods is seeking to raise its profile in the UK. The firm, which has its headquarters in Ireland, has appointed logistics firm Culina to...

Arla’s UK and German mergers boost income by £1.2bn

Danish milk processor Arla’s merger agreements with Milk Link in the UK and German processor MUH will increase the firm’s annual revenue by £1.2bn.

Dairy firm told to pay £12,500 after head injury

A Shropshire dairy company has been ordered to pay £12,500 after a worker suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a steel beam at a Derbyshire farm –...

Wiseman in new price talks with dairy farmers

Robert Wiseman Dairies is looking to rebuild its relationship with its suppliers after a summer that has seen milk processing depots across the country blockaded by angry farmers protesting at...

Morrisons cancels meeting with delisted Wyke Farms

Cheese producer Wyke Farms has complained of “broken promises” after Morrisons cancelled a meeting due to take place today (August 28) to discuss the delisting of the Somerset family business.

News in brief

Irish Dairy Board acquires The Cheese Warehouse

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has strengthened its position in the UK’s food ingredients and foodservice sectors by acquiring The Cheese Warehouse, a UK-based cheese ingredients supplier.

Cheese maker’s Facebook fight against Morrisons delisting gathers pace

A family cheese maker’s David-and-Goliath struggle to fight its delisting by Morrisons gathered pace this week as thousands of shoppers supported its Facebook campaign.

Dairy firm ordered to pay £56k after factory explosion

The First Milk Cheese Company has been ordered to pay £56,000 after a blast at its Allerdate factory in Cumbria threw debris more than 100m across the site.

News in brief

Farmers blockade Arla factory as 'gentle reminder'

Hundreds of angry farmers blocked Arla Food’s factory in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire last night (August 15) for about five hours.

Delisted Morrisons supplier Wyke Farms fights back on Facebook

Cheese maker Wyke Farms has been bombarded with messages of support after it launched a Facebook campaign to fight its delisting from Morrisons.

R&R Ice Cream still ‘on acquisition trail’ after buying Eskigel

Europe’s largest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R Ice Cream remains “on the acquisition trail” after scooping up Italian ice cream maker Eskigel for about £60.5M (€77M), says ceo James Lambert....

EU enzyme scrutiny could open up GM ‘can of worms’

Fresh efforts by the European Commission (EC) to clarify the status of food enzymes as ‘processing aids’ or ‘ingredients’ could reopen the vexed question of labelling genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs)...

Country of origin labelling at sticking point

Country of origin labelling (COOL) of processed meat products and cheese has shown no significant improvement over the past year, according to the findings of a new survey of products...

Scottish dairy farmers to exploit collective muscle

The Scottish government is backing an initiative designed to give the country’s dairy farmers greater bargaining power when dealing with their customers.

Opinion

Will the poor pay the price of high welfare?

Dairy farmers have been taking to the streets. They have been protesting outside parliament and at the premises of milk processors about the poor prices they are being paid for...

Feature

Ice cream man

Operations manager Paul Harrold shares his west country ice cream world with Rod Addy

Milk industry's middle men come under fire in price war

Milk processors Arla, Dairy Crest and Robert Wiseman, which supply Britain's major multiples, have come under sustained flak over the past month for their role as 'middle men' in cutting...

Farmers press for more movement on milk prices

Farmers have welcomed the decisions by all the major food processors to cancel or suspend milk price cuts that were due to take place on August 1, but warned this...

Milk protests continue despite price cut reversal

Three milk processors have abandoned plans to cut the price they pay for milk on August 1, but farmers have pledged to continue their blockades of milk processing depots until...

Knorr brand underpins growth in Unilever’s savoury business

Strong performances in Knorr cooking products and soups helped underpin growth in Unilever’s savoury food business, according to its first half year results announced today.

Farmers threaten to maintain milk blockade

Farmers For Action (FFA) have vowed to continue blockading milk processing depots despite an agreement that has been struck between the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the milk processors’ trade...

Minister intervenes in milk price dispute

Farming minister Jim Paice will today host a meeting between milk processors and producers in a bid to resolve the dispute over milk prices.

TV chefs urge shoppers to boycott cut-price milk supermarkets

Pressure is mounting on some retailers and dairy processors to lift producers’ milk prices, after TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall urged shoppers to boycott supermarkets that treat milk...

Dairy Crest’s St Hubert sale to ‘transform balance sheet’

Dairy Crest’s sale of St Hubert will “transform its balance sheet”, according to City analysts, after the processor released an interim management statement for the first quarter of its financial...