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EU enzyme scrutiny could open up GM ‘can of worms’

Fresh efforts by the European Commission (EC) to clarify the status of food enzymes as ‘processing aids’ or ‘ingredients’ could reopen the vexed question of labelling genetically modified micro-organisms (GMMOs)...

Country of origin labelling at sticking point

Country of origin labelling (COOL) of processed meat products and cheese has shown no significant improvement over the past year, according to the findings of a new survey of products...

Scottish dairy farmers to exploit collective muscle

The Scottish government is backing an initiative designed to give the country’s dairy farmers greater bargaining power when dealing with their customers.


Will the poor pay the price of high welfare?

Dairy farmers have been taking to the streets. They have been protesting outside parliament and at the premises of milk processors about the poor prices they are being paid for...


Ice cream man

Operations manager Paul Harrold shares his west country ice cream world with Rod Addy

Milk industry's middle men come under fire in price war

Milk processors Arla, Dairy Crest and Robert Wiseman, which supply Britain's major multiples, have come under sustained flak over the past month for their role as 'middle men' in cutting...

Farmers press for more movement on milk prices

Farmers have welcomed the decisions by all the major food processors to cancel or suspend milk price cuts that were due to take place on August 1, but warned this...

Milk protests continue despite price cut reversal

Three milk processors have abandoned plans to cut the price they pay for milk on August 1, but farmers have pledged to continue their blockades of milk processing depots until...

Knorr brand underpins growth in Unilever’s savoury business

Strong performances in Knorr cooking products and soups helped underpin growth in Unilever’s savoury food business, according to its first half year results announced today.

Farmers threaten to maintain milk blockade

Farmers For Action (FFA) have vowed to continue blockading milk processing depots despite an agreement that has been struck between the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the milk processors’ trade...

Minister intervenes in milk price dispute

Farming minister Jim Paice will today host a meeting between milk processors and producers in a bid to resolve the dispute over milk prices.

TV chefs urge shoppers to boycott cut-price milk supermarkets

Pressure is mounting on some retailers and dairy processors to lift producers’ milk prices, after TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall urged shoppers to boycott supermarkets that treat milk...

Dairy Crest’s St Hubert sale to ‘transform balance sheet’

Dairy Crest’s sale of St Hubert will “transform its balance sheet”, according to City analysts, after the processor released an interim management statement for the first quarter of its financial...

Food manufacturers reject low milk price claims

Food manufacturers have rejected claims made by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) that they should do more to support milk prices.

Signs of milk price anger at the Yorkshire Show

Anger, bitterness and frustration about two big cuts in producers' milk prices found expression in the form of protest signs at this week's Great Yorkshire Show, head of a big...

Low melt cheese can take the heat

Dairy ingredients manufacturer Meadow Cheese has launched a low melt processed cheese which is designed for use inside savoury pastries and flans as well as products that contain dough or...

Greencore sells troubled desserts business to Müller Dairy

Chilled foods group Greencore has announced the sale of its troubled Minsterley desserts business to Müller Dairy.

Dairy Crest to sell St Hubert spreads business for £344M

Dairy Crest is to sell its French spreads business St Hubert to Montagu Capital for £344M (€430m).

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.

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