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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?

Dairy Crest ‘to shop around for acquisitions next year’

Dairy Crest will start shopping around for acquisitions in the UK next year, after disposing of its French St Hubert spreads business, according to City analysts.

Food firms help to cut £12bn food waste bill

Food manufacturers are helping consumers to make significant cuts in the £12bn worth of food they waste each year, according to new research from the government-funded Waste & Resources Action...

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R&R Ice Cream recalls Chokablok ice cream

R&R Ice Cream has recalled three varieties of multipack Chokablok ice cream due to fears the products might contain broken lolly stick.

55 jobs saved as administrators sell Durham dairy

A 105-year-old Durham dairy has been sold out of administration, safeguarding 55 jobs.

New fungal enzyme to fight lactose intolerance

Biocatalysts' new product Lactase 849MDP is a fungal enzyme that can be used in Kosher and Halal applications.

Milk Link and Arla in £2bn merger plan

Dairy co-operatives Milk Link and Arla group plan to merge to create a business with a turnover of more than £2bn, which processes over 3bn litres of milk a year.

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Vinnie Jones: football, movie star and milk promoter

Wimbledon, Leeds United and Chelsea footballer, Vinnie Jones has become the latest addition to the list of celebrity milk promoters, which includes: Gordon Ramsay, Elle Macpherson, and Kelly Osbourne.

Dairy UK to issue tough code for unpasteurised milk

The dairy industry’s biggest lobbying body, Dairy UK is to issue a tough code of practice for unpasteurised milk processors ahead of a major review of ‘green top’ sales.

Milk the benefits of new asceptic processing line technology

New technology for aseptic white milk shortens processing time by up to 90% and cuts operating costs by up to 50%.

Stevia makes ice cream with '30% fewer calories'

Stevia holds great potential for reformulation in dairy, according to Cargill.

All change in the world of low-fat dairy culture

Bioscience firm Chr Hansen has launched a series of new YoFlex and probiotic Nu-trish yogurt cultures with texturing properties that perform in low-fat milk.

Magnum Infinity helps Unilever to 8.4% sales rise

The launch of the Magnum Infinity range in Europe helped Unilever to sales growth of 8.4% with turnover up by nearly 12% to €12.1bn in the first quarter of this year.

Kelly’s saves £200,000 through green schemes

Kelly’s of Cornwall has nailed £200,000 worth of savings in two years from environmental projects ranging from reduction in water use to more efficient effluent treatment.

Unite and Usdaw confirm Dairy Crest job talks

Unite the union and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers have confirmed that they are in talks with Dairy Crest following its decision to axe nearly 500 jobs...

Dairy Crest job cuts ‘proves liquid milk faith’

Dairy Crest’s decision to axe 500 jobs at two of its UK dairies, coinciding with the loss of a key liquid milk contract with Tesco, confirms its commitment to the...

AG Barr launches exotic ice creams to ‘plug market gap’

Irn-Bru manufacturer AG Barr is diversifying into the £800M UK ice cream market with the launch of a new range of Rubicon-branded ice creams developed from its juice range.

First Milk to spend £17M on site expansion

Dairy cooperative First Milk is to invest £17M in the expansion at its Maelor creamery in Wrexham, North Wales.

Volac sells to consumers

Whey ingredient manufacturer Volac has pledged to expand the number of products under its newly launched consumer brand The Good Whey Company.

DSM launches a barrage of innovation in enzymes

Ingredients giant DSM is launching the first in a range of enzyme-based supplements with potential as food ingredients to help consumers with food intolerances.

Roquette ups capacity in France and Italy

Roquette is boosting production and innovation to meet growing demand for dairy and microalgae ingredients.

New proprionic culture fixes its eye on Swiss cheese

Swiss cheese makers must ensure fast and controlled eye formation in cheeses such as Maasdammer and Emmenthal, while maintaining a nutty flavour and light mouthfeel.

Stevia makes low-calorie cream dessert for kids

Stevia holds great potential for reformulation in a wide range of food categories, such as dairy, beverages and confectionery, according to Cargill.

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Ice cream firm is champion of champions

Northern Irish family Morelli are on top of the ice cream world. The firm was voted the best vanilla ice cream maker in the UK for its Irish double cream...


Where does the nanny state go from here?

I was going to write about cancer and red meat but then I watched the webcast of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board meeting on March 20 on the microbiological...

Dairy Crest liquid milk exit possible

The spectre of Dairy Crest’s future exit from liquid milk has again been raised by industry commentator Julian Wild of Rollits solicitors following a pre-close trading update from the firm....