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GLA chief ‘bitterly disappointed’ over gangmaster ruling

The head of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has branded the punishment of a gangmaster who illegally supplied up to 70 Filipino workers to dairy farmers “bitterly disappointing”.

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First Milk appoints Paice as new chairman

First Milk has appointed former food and farming minister Sir Jim Paice as its new chairman.

Feature

Dairy firm defies recession

Sales of milk and cream are defying the recession at BV Dairy, reports Gary Scattergood

Kavli on added-value acquisition trail

Kavli UK “will continue to look for opportunities” to build its strength in added value dairy products, following the acquisition of goats’ milk product processor St Helen’s Farm.

Russia holds promise for Belton Cheese

Belton Cheese is targeting growth in Russia and other export markets, according to general manager Ian Luxton.

Unilever and Noble Foods top of table for animal welfare – charity boss

The head of food business at charity Compassion in World Farming has picked out Unilever and Noble Foods as two firms which have made great strides in improving animal welfare...

370 jobs threatened by Arla dairy closure

Arla plans to close its Ashby-de-la-Zouch dairy and distribution centre in April 2014, threatening up to 370 jobs, and shift volume to its new Buckinghamshire facility at Aylesbury.

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New chief executive of Dairy UK

Dairy UK has appointed Dr Judith Bryans as its new chief executive.

Coagulant to cut carbon footprint

Chr Hansen says switching to its coagulant Chy-Max M means cheese producers can significantly cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Opinion

Caution and common sense in allergen labels

British Retail Consortium (BRC) guidance on allergen labelling contains an endorsement from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), applauding the BRC for its "efforts to achieve greater consistency in allergen labelling...

Tough Europe forces Danone savings drive

Dairy and beverages giant Danone is targeting €200M (£172.7M) in savings in Europe by 2015 by “adapting its structures and costs” as the tough economic climate continues to bite.

Potential buyers scrutinise struggling packaging firm

Food packaging firm Discovery Foils has already attracted interest from potential buyers, despite 69 redundancies at the firm after it entered administration earlier this month.

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Müller appoints director of cream at new £17M plant

Müller Wiseman Dairies has appointed Sean Whitfield as its new business unit director – cream, ahead of the autumn opening of Britain’s largest butter plant in Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Unilever results to suffer from cold spring

The cold spring and problems in emerging markets are likely to put a chill on Unilever’s second-quarter and half-year results, predicts City analyst Investec.

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R&R Ice Cream to close Leeds factory

Europe’s biggest own-label ice cream manufacturer R&R Ice Cream is to close its Leeds factory before the end of the year.

Personality of the Year Award

Wyke Farms boss in Personality of Year battle

De-listed Morrisons supplier Richard Clothier, boss of Wyke Farms, is in a head-to-head battle with five other food and drink industry leaders to win Food Manufacture’s Personality of the Year...

Dairy Crest targets baby food market

Dairy Crest will make demineralised whey powder at its Davidstow creamery – a key component of baby food, which had significant market potential – it claimed in an interim management statement.

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Tell us how meat and dairy are produced: consumers

More than 80% of shoppers want food labels that tell them how meat and dairy products were produced, according to new research commissioned by an alliance of pressure groups.

Growth opportunity in flavoured milk underplayed

Tetra Pak may be downplaying UK dairy processors’ potential for growth in the flavoured milk market, Andy Smith, UK and Ireland marketing manager at the firm, has claimed.

£3M step on the road to self-sufficient energy

Cheesemaker Wyke Farms is aiming to be 100% self sufficient in green energy after ploughing £3M into a biogas and solar project.

‘The price of premium ice cream is too high’

Many of the luxury ice cream products on supermarket shelves are overpriced despite their soaring retail popularity, claims the boss of a family-owned ice cream firm that serves the foodservice...

Tesco hires NFU boss as director of agriculture

Tesco has recruited Tom Hind, currently National Farmers Union (NFU) corporate affairs director, to the new role of group director of agriculture.

Opinion

Can new labels change consumer behaviour?

The government has at last published its hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutritional labelling scheme, to widespread applause from health campaigners, major retailers and some manufacturers - although not all - that...

Feature

Protein shake-up

Do new ways of assessing and scoring protein quality reflect the complexity of the debate? Paul Gander asks some of the experts

Creamy yet clean-label, cost-effective starch

Ingredion's new functional native starch - Indulge 1720 - is a clean-label co-texturiser designed to enable dairy manufacturers to deliver thick and creamy - yet cost-effective - indulgent yogurt products.