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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?

Clean way to make cheaper, healthier dairy products

05-Dec-2011 - Ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short has developed clean-label starches and fat and milk solid replacers to help food manufacturers cut ingredient costs, develop healthier products and remain competitive.

Actimel boost for UK green plastics

05-Dec-2011 - Danone Dairies' decision to switch from petroleum-based polyethylene to the same plastic produced from plant-derived bioethanol for its Actimel drinking yogurt bottles signals a major advance for 'green plastics' in UK food and drink.

Training Programme of the Year

05-Dec-2011 - Sponsored by: Improve/ The National Skills AcademShortlisted: Greencore Grocery, Nom Dairy UK, Tulip and Weetabix

Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year

05-Dec-2011 - Sponsored by: Coriolis UShortlisted: Arla Foods, Dairy Crest and Rodda's

Tesco's premium partnership

05-Dec-2011 - Five new ready-to-serve long-life desserts, packaged in combibloc Standard 500ml aseptic carton packs, have been launched in Tesco stores. The range comprises Tesco Long Life Single Cream and Double Cream Alternative, Tesco Finest Custard, Tesco Finest Brandy Sauce and Tesco Finest Rum Sauce.

Cultures promise fresh and robust white brined cheese

05-Dec-2011 - Chr Hansen says its new Direct Vat Set (DVS) SafeIT cultures for feta-type cheeses provide taste and texture, with strong phage robustness and extended shelf-life.

Natural fruit flavours for yogurt

05-Dec-2011 - Many traditional fruit flavours have a natural affinity with high-fat dairy systems, such as strawberries in yogurt. When these same flavours are used in reduced- or fat-free systems they nearly always lose their flavour and integrity. Create Flavours set about a year-long project to identify the synergistic effects that occur between specific flavour molecules in fruit flavours and dairy products. As a result, it has created a range of natural flavourings to increase acceptability of fruit flavours in low-fat dairy systems, especially yogurts.

R&R Ice Cream acquires German rival

05-Dec-2011 - Europe’s largest own-label ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream, has continued its expansion on the continent with the acquisition of German ice cream manufacturer Durigon Gelato.

Jobs threat at cheese plant wrecked by blaze

02-Dec-2011 - Workers at a cheese packing plant hit by fire in September have been warned they could lose their jobs.

Müller Dairy to axe 55 jobs

02-Dec-2011 - Up to 55 jobs could be lost at Müller Dairy UK, which makes yogurts at its North Shropshire dairy.

Cheese and property boost profits at Dairy Crest

10-Nov-2011 - Higher cheese prices and profits from property sales helped Dairy Crest to a strong financial performance for the period ending September 30, according to city analysts.

Food and drink manufacturers celebrate success

08-Nov-2011 - The best of the best. Nothing less was celebrated last night at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Food price inflation: second highest in the EU

07-Nov-2011 - UK consumer inflation on food is the second highest in the EU – up 6.4% while world commodity prices are falling.

Sluggish results predicted from ABF and Dairy Crest

07-Nov-2011 - Analysts are predicting sluggish results from Associated British Foods and Dairy Crest this week.

Whey to solve weighty issue

01-Nov-2011 - Whey protein can improve body weight and composition without cutting calories or changing the diet of overweight individuals, a fresh study suggests.

Sainsbury is new face of greener cheese packaging

01-Nov-2011 - To meet Sainsbury's demand for more sustainable packaging for its own-label sliced cheese, Smurfit Kappa has made a shelf-ready (SRP) design.

Turning bread into a pumpkin

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.

Dairy dessert with longer shelf-life

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.

Food Manufacturing Awards: one week to go

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.

New dairy in Wales to create 14 jobs

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.

Cornish ice cream firm Callestick expands

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.

FDF’s social media campaign aims to recruit trainees

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.

Robotics workshop to help food firms match Europe

20-Oct-2011 - A robotics workshop will take place next month to help UK food and beverage manufacturers catch up with their European competitors.

Why water is the new carbon

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).

IDB to double production at new £11M plant

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.

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