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Scottish dairy firms encouraged to export to Asia

Scottish dairy firms could boost sales to China by millions of pounds after a trade visit last week.

RSPCA accused of bullying over Freedom Foods badger row

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruetly to Animals (RSPCA) has been accused of ‘bullying and hypocrisy’ by the National Farmers Union (NFU), after it  threatened to withdraw permission...

NFU campaigns for clearer food labels

Food manufacturers and retailers should use clearer labelling to specify country-of-origin and end consumer confusion, says the the National Farmers Union (NFU), which has launched a Flag It Facebook campaign...

Food manufacturing: who pays for sustainability?

As sustainability continues to rise up the corporate agenda, Ireland has ambitious plans to become a world-leader in the production of sustainable food through its Origin Green initiative.

Aseptic use in UK to remain modest

Despite the cost and supply chain benefits, consumer preferences remain the main barrier to greater uptake of aseptically filled - rather than short shelf-life, chilled - products, according to the...

Adams Foods’ expansion plans will create 50 jobs

Adams Foods is planning to expand its cheese manufacturing centre in the UK and create 50 jobs.

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Arla Foods and Milk Link merge to form UK’s largest dairy firm

Arla Foods and Milk Link have merged to form the UK’s largest dairy firm.

R&R Ice Cream fined £10k after worker's conveyor accident

Europe’s largest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R Ice Cream was fined £10,000 yesterday (September 24), after a 20-year worker was injured by a conveyor belt.

Dairy Crest needs ‘good second half to make up for challenging H1’

After a “challenging” first half, Dairy Crest will need a strong second half performance to make up the balance sheet, according to city analysts at Shore Capital.

Glanbia's new dairy site to create 100s of jobs

Glanbia Dairy ingredients Ireland has announced ambitious plans to invest £120M (€150M) in the construction of a world-class milk processing facility in Belview, County Kilkenny.

Scoop of the year: ice cream sales top £1bn

Britons have spent £1.1bn on ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt already this year, up from £910M five years ago, according to the latest research from Mintel.

US Chobani Greek yogurt arrives in UK with promise of 300 jobs

A US brand credited with starting a Greek yogurt craze in the US has arrived in the UK, bringing the promise of up to 300 jobs.

Price hedging is key to survival for dairy processors and farmers

Milk processors and dairy farmers will need to make far greater use of price hedging tools if they are to survive in today’s increasingly volatile world, claims a leading dairy...

Farmers praise Arla's milk pricing plan

Arla Foods has won praise from farmers’ leaders after announcing a new pricing and sourcing strategy for milk, which starts with a significant increase in the price it will pay...

New dairy and fat-free frozen fruit smoothies

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream is making its way into the frozen smoothie market with the launch of a dairy-, gluten- and fat-free fruit product.

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.

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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.

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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.

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