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?
06-Sep-2011 - Europe's largest own-label ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream (R&R) has acquired Pilpa, the ice cream division of French firm Maison Boncolac. The firm is now on track ot rival Unilever's European market dominance in the sector, said James Lambert, R&R's ceo.
05-Sep-2011 - Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector is not only weathering the global economic recession but thriving, according to a government report and industry leaders.
05-Sep-2011 - Improved safety standards and greater dosing accuracy leading to lower costs are the main benefits claimed for Tetra Pak’s latest intelligent cleaning-in-place (CIP) Alcip system.
01-Sep-2011 - Typically, ice cream is made up of water (55-64%), milk fat (10-16%), sugars (12-16%), non-fat milk-solids (9-12%), stabilisers and emulsifiers (0.5%) and flavours and colours (0.5%). At least, it used to be.
01-Sep-2011 - BV Dairy has selected a 37-user Epicor 9 enterprise resource planning (ERP) system supplied by Aspera Solutions to manage its manufacturing and distribution business. Epicor 9 will provide a unified, end-to-end system to manage all operations from milk reception to loading the BV Dairy vehicle fleet with finished products.
01-Sep-2011 - Biocatalysts has opened the door to new flavours for enzyme- modified cheese (EMC) manufacturers by launching the "first ever" range of microbial pregastric esterases (PGEs) that match the flavours created by their animal-derived counterparts
30-Aug-2011 - Arla Foods has launched a range of Indian dairy products following a three-year research and development programme, involving investment of £1.5m.
26-Aug-2011 - Scotland’s largest independent dairy company, Graham’s The Family Dairy has appointed Shaun Dorrian to the role of operations director.
23-Aug-2011 - Chilled foods firm Uniq has announced that production of ‘everyday’ desserts will end at Minsterley in the first half of 2012 with the loss of around 350 jobs.
22-Aug-2011 - Milk Link will adopt a new business structure from September that will see two core business units created, while the company has also made two senior appointments.
18-Aug-2011 - Pioneering Oxford technology firm Spice Application Systems (SAS) has grown overall sales by 20% so far this year, but admits the UK market is lagging behind Europe in uptake terms.
15-Aug-2011 - Industry must learn crucial communication lessons from past “techno disasters” such as GM and asbestos to ensure greater consumer acceptance of new technologies such as nanotechnology, according to scientific think tank Matter.
15-Aug-2011 - The founder of Dragons' Den-backed start-up Worthenshaws is claiming significant turnover growth since appearing on the show, but is relieved she has outsourced manufacturing “to the experts”.
15-Aug-2011 - A leading M&A lawyer has described Kraft’s plan to divide its global operations as a “hugely significant” move that could lead other multinational food businesses to demerge operations.
11-Aug-2011 - Despite fears of sovereign downgrades and tumbling share prices, UK food and drink manufacturers increased their output by 0.5% in June 2011, but many are suffering pain from rising input prices.
11-Aug-2011 - Tesco has expressed "surprise and dismay" at an Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ruling that it must pay £10.43m for allegedly colluding with other retailers and suppliers to fix cheese prices in 2002 to 2003.
10-Aug-2011 - A well-placed dairy industry source has attacked Arla for publishing what he describes as ‘greenwash’ in its 2011 report detailing progress on environmental targets.
10-Aug-2011 - The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today fined dairy processors and retailers almost £50m for retail price-fixing in the early noughties.
05-Aug-2011 - Unilever refused to comment on City speculation that its food businesses may be up for sale as it announced better-than-expected half-year results yesterday.
03-Aug-2011 - An appeal to cut VAT for ice cream has been turned down by the UK government.
02-Aug-2011 - Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.
01-Aug-2011 - The government must intervene to ensure fairer contracts for milk suppliers, MPs said, as three major reports on rock-bottom pricing and missed opportunities showed the UK dairy industry has reached "crunch time".
01-Aug-2011 - The UK is the third largest dairy producer in Europe but it pays farmers the third worst price for its milk. No wonder producers are more inclined to bottle out than bottle it.
01-Aug-2011 - Food experts have called for more evidence before they can consider revising the advice they offer on the safety of unpasteurised or raw milk cheese.
26-Jul-2011 - The administrator of Quenby Hall Dairy has admitted defeat in its efforts to sell the business, which produced Stilton on a site where some of first examples of the cheese were made over 250 years ago.