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?
11-Aug-2011 - Tesco has expressed "surprise and dismay" at an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ruling that it must pay £10.43m for allegedly colluding with other retailers and suppliers to fix cheese prices in 2002 to 2003.
10-Aug-2011 - A well-placed dairy industry source has attacked Arla for publishing what he describes as ‘greenwash’ in its 2011 report detailing progress on environmental targets.
10-Aug-2011 - The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today fined dairy processors and retailers almost £50m for retail price-fixing in the early noughties.
05-Aug-2011 - Unilever refused to comment on City speculation that its food businesses may be up for sale as it announced better-than-expected half-year results yesterday.
03-Aug-2011 - An appeal to cut VAT for ice cream has been turned down by the UK government.
02-Aug-2011 - Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.
01-Aug-2011 - The government must intervene to ensure fairer contracts for milk suppliers, MPs said, as three major reports on rock-bottom pricing and missed opportunities showed the UK dairy industry has reached "crunch time".
01-Aug-2011 - The UK is the third largest dairy producer in Europe but it pays farmers the third worst price for its milk. No wonder producers are more inclined to bottle out than bottle it.
01-Aug-2011 - Food experts have called for more evidence before they can consider revising the advice they offer on the safety of unpasteurised or raw milk cheese.
26-Jul-2011 - The administrator of Quenby Hall Dairy has admitted defeat in its efforts to sell the business, which produced Stilton on a site where some of first examples of the cheese were made over 250 years ago.
21-Jul-2011 - Unite the Union says it has begun a conciliation process with Kerry Foods via a third-party mediator, aimed at resolving a pay dispute at the firm’s Omagh site.
20-Jul-2011 - City analysts have expressed continued concerns over Dairy Crest’s dairies business, following the release of the firm’s first quarter trading results yesterday.
19-Jul-2011 - Uniq Desserts will end yogurt production at its Minsterley, Shropshire plant in April 2012, raising doubts about the security of around 50 jobs.
18-Jul-2011 - Kerry Foods says it hopes to resolve a pay dispute with Unite members at its Omagh dairy, as a 24-hour strike looms from midnight tonight.
13-Jul-2011 - Increased penetration of own-label products within the UK retail sector will pose new challenges to branded food manufacturers in coming years, according to a recent webcast by Trace One and Planet Retail.
12-Jul-2011 - Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney has told FoodManufacture.co.uk that he is “highly confident” that his company’s £113M cash offer for Uniq will be successful.
12-Jul-2011 - Greencore has announced the terms of a recommended cash offer for Uniq worth £113m, which values the chilled and convenience food firm at 96p per share.
11-Jul-2011 - Consumers who drink organic milk in the belief that it is healthy could be compromising their iodine intake to a dangerous extent, according to research from the University of Surrey which found that levels were 42.1% lower than in conventional milk.
11-Jul-2011 - Administrators expect to place Loseley Dairy Ice Cream into liquidation in the next couple of months, after selling off the company’s plant and assets.
08-Jul-2011 - The UK food industry has given the European Parliament's (EP's) final agreement on food labelling a mixed reception, with one consultant reckoning label changes cost £7,000 per product.
06-Jul-2011 - Unilever workers from across the food giant’s UK sites protested against the closure of its final salary pension scheme at a company sponsored event on Tuesday.
04-Jul-2011 - Smaller companies face serious harm as a result of retailers’ increasing focus on local suppliers, regional manufacturers have warned.
01-Jul-2011 - Food Technology Corporation (FTC) has launched a new touch-screen food texture analyser, the TMS-Touch.
01-Jul-2011 - At the 2011 British Frozen Food Federation awards, Schöller Ice Cream won Catering Product of The Year for Mövenpick Grand Marnier Ice Cream.
01-Jul-2011 - Goodwood Home Farm has launched its first cheese product: the organic Charlton. The cheese is made with Goodwood milk from a sixteenth century breed at the local Dairy Shorthorn.