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?
01-Nov-2011 - The process used to make pumpkin seed oil creates pumpkin seed press cake, which - until now - has been considered a waste product.
01-Nov-2011 - The traditional Indian dairy-based dessert Rasmalai is considered to be a delicacy in Indian and Pakistani cultures. Being dairy-based, its manufacturers and distributors have always had to manage the issue of its short shelf-life.
01-Nov-2011 - There is just one week to go before the stellar evening when food and drink manufacturers celebrate the best of the best at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
28-Oct-2011 - At a time when factory closure announcements seem common, new venture Proper Welsh is defying the gloom with the opening of a dairy that will create 14 jobs and process Welsh milk close to source and distribute it across Wales.
28-Oct-2011 - Cornish ice cream manufacturer Callestick has achieved strong growth throughout the recession, driven particularly by positive performance in foodservice channels and an unseasonably warm autumn.
21-Oct-2011 - A social media campaign that could “provide a pipeline of talent into the industry” was announced by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) earlier this week.
20-Oct-2011 - A robotics workshop will take place next month to help UK food and beverage manufacturers catch up with their European competitors.
19-Oct-2011 - Mounting pressure on dwindling water resources means that food manufacturers must cut consumption sooner rather than later, according to the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
18-Oct-2011 - Dublin-based co-operative the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is set to double its output of specialised dairy ingredients in the UK to over 20,000 tonnes a year with the opening of a new £11M innovation plant.
17-Oct-2011 - The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.
14-Oct-2011 - Food and flavours firm Kerry Ingredients has confirmed that the closure of its Okehampton factory will be complete by the end of March 2012, with the loss of over 90 jobs. But it has also revealed expansion plans for its Tenbury Wells site, which will create 50 new jobs and double the site’s production capacity.
14-Oct-2011 - Food firms have rejected criticisms that the industry is failing to combat obesity after the government’s framework to tackle the problem drew flack from campaign groups.
13-Oct-2011 - Mars Food’s recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to legal specialists.
12-Oct-2011 - European food industry body FoodDrinkEurope has joined farmers and environmentalists in a chorus of disapproval following the publication of the Commission’s plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
10-Oct-2011 - Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall.
10-Oct-2011 - Small food firms have expressed doubts that the Bank of England’s £75bn injection into the economy will make their lives easier.
10-Oct-2011 - Adams Foods is launching a new cheese brand called Mu in partnership with retail giant Tesco less than a month after a devastating blaze wrecked its cheese warehouse at Wincanton Business Park, Somerset.
07-Oct-2011 - Soaring UK food and drink exports were 13% up at £5.8bn in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
06-Oct-2011 - Pizza cheese producer CK Foods is constructing a new 2,787m2 food manufacturing plant in Bradford, which is expected to create 40 jobs.
03-Oct-2011 - Darlington-based Acorn Dairies has recently installed a new shrink wrapper as part of an expansion and efficiency drive.
03-Oct-2011 - Müller has been working with OCS checkweighers to customise X-ray machines for its dairy in Market Drayton, Shropshire.
03-Oct-2011 - Flavour manufacturer Synergy's dairy-boosting range now includes naturally enhancing lactic and brewers' yeast extracts. They aim to aid salt and fat reduction and monosodium glutamate and hydrogenated vegetable protein removal, while promising to maintain depth of flavour.
30-Sep-2011 - Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.
29-Sep-2011 - Milk price discounters may have to raise prices above the £1 for four pints mark that has held for two years, as Robert Wiseman Dairies pushes through improved margins.
29-Sep-2011 - Dairy cooperative Milk Link is to invest £20M at its Lockerbie Creamery in the UK’s largest investment in cheese-making for 20 years.