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?
09-Dec-2010 - New research reveals that the costs of labelling changes for the food and drink industry are “substantially greater” than European and UK legislators have previously estimated.
06-Dec-2010 - Leading researcher bemoans industry’s missed opportunities in novel technology
06-Dec-2010 - New processes are needed to make the extraction of milk peptides, which offer huge potential health benefits, more economical, a leading Irish researcher has claimed.
03-Dec-2010 - Northern Irish company Fivemiletown Creamery won a £70,000 contract from Sainsbury to develop a new hand-crafted cheese product for the UK’s Christmas shoppers.
02-Dec-2010 - Arla Foods will seek feedback from local residents in Aylesbury next week about its plans to build a 1bn litre 'superdairy' on a 70-acre site in Aston Clinton.
02-Dec-2010 - Loseley Dairy Ice Cream has launched a new range of booze-infused 500ml ice cream tubs for the festive season.
26-Nov-2010 - Meat and milk derived from cloned cattle and their offspring is one step closer to being on sale in the UK after scientists agreed that it was “unlikely to present a food safety risk”.
26-Nov-2010 - A free trade agreement (FTA) between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will bring trade benefits for the European dairy industry, but it could bring also lead to possible disruptions due to a variance in export certificates between the countries, said the European Dairy Association (EDA).
24-Nov-2010 - New voluntary guidance launched today outlines a clear set of principles designed to encourage a more consistent approach to country of origin labelling (COOL).
22-Nov-2010 - Demand planning accuracy at Lactalis-Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK has surged 10% to 85% over the past two years leading to a significant improvement in availability and a huge drop in waste in a category in which 70% of volumes are now sold on promotion.
19-Nov-2010 - The latest draft of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA’s) new code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) advises manufacturers to state the origin of liquid milk used in cheese and butter OR the place these products are manufactured.
15-Nov-2010 - Robert Wiseman Dairies has struck a deal to supply Tesco with another 35m litres of milk a year, but said volume gains with the Co-operative Group had been offset by the retailer's decision to source ‘value’ milk from another supplier.
11-Nov-2010 - Dairy Crest has picked up a new 50m litre milk supply contract with Tesco but reported a 24% drop in operating profit in its dairies division to £10.9m on the back of higher input costs and competitive pressures.
11-Nov-2010 - Ex-Rachel’s boss Neil Burchell has taken the helm at Cwmbran-based ice cream maker Loseley Dairy Ice Cream (formerly known as Hill Station Ice Cream).
10-Nov-2010 - The Co-operative Group will follow in the footsteps of Waitrose, M&S, Asda and Tesco and move to a dedicated milk supply scheme from next August when existing contracts expire and the integration of Somerfield is completed.
10-Nov-2010 - Independent Scottish firm Graham’s The Family Dairy attributes its record 2009/10 turnover to acquisitions and brand development.
05-Nov-2010 - The boss of one of the UK’s biggest milk supply groups has slammed cost-cutting by discount stores that he claims has taken £252m out of the supply chain.
01-Nov-2010 - The food industry will focus on four main areas for food preservation in the next few years, according to Leatherhead Food Research (LFR).
26-Oct-2010 - Arla is increasing capacity for its Cravendale filtered mllk by 50m litres at its Stourton dairy with the construction of a third blow-moulding machine.
19-Oct-2010 - All of Arla’s fresh milk and Cravendale polybottles now contain 15% recycled plastic, and bosses are confident of doubling this percentage to 30% by 2015, the firm has revealed.
18-Oct-2010 - Early indications are that Yeo Valley may have turned the swag on with its latest ad campaign, which has become an overnight YouTube sensation (and turned an owl called Ted into an international celebrity).
18-Oct-2010 - Stable isotope analysis (SIA) is now becoming so sophisticated that it can help prove not only whether a sample of beef is British or Brazilian, but whether it is Scottish, Welsh or English.
11-Oct-2010 - Tomlinson’s Dairies will start producing milk from a new 100m-litre dairy in Wrexham in May/June 2011.
11-Oct-2010 - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will have to trim its budget by at least 25% over the next four years, which means it will have to “hand a great deal of responsibility [for food safety enforcement] back to the industry”, according to chief executive Tim Smith.
11-Oct-2010 - FoodManufacture.co.uk catches up with Robert Wiseman following his election as chairman of Dairy UK.