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Dairy Crest plans growth – ‘internally or by acquisitions’

Dairy Crest is poised for UK growth after the sale of its French spreads business, chief executive Mark Allen has confirmed.

DEFRA launches plan to cut food and drink imports

The government is to launch a plan to reduce the nation’s reliance on food and drink imports and increase consumption of UK produce.

Obesity during pregnancy poses lifetime health risk for babies

A woman’s diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, and her baby’s diet in early life, can affect the infant’s risk of succumbing to disease later on and this will...

‘Bring Stilton back to its original home’

A food manufacturer based in the village of Stilton in Cambridgeshire is campaigning for the right to name the cheese his company makes Stilton.

Glanbia Ireland to build largest dairy in Republic’s history

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland (GIIL) is set to begin construction on the largest dairy in the Irish Republic’s history dedicated to making products for export.

53% rise in cheese sales calls for capital investment

A 53% rise in sales of its sliced cheese prompted Wrexham-based Ash Manor Cheese Company to invest £450,000 in increasing its production capacity.

UK Cheddar mark ‘dupes consumers’

UK Cheddar manufacturers are being hampered by rules that “give the impression” foreign cheese is actually produced in Britain, claims the boss of Dairy Crest.

Unilever to cut emissions with dual-fuel trial

Manufacturing giant Unilever is to begin trialling dual-fuel technology for its fleet of vehicles in a bid to slash carbon emissions and cut costs, while also pressing for more collaboration...


The right churn

Relentless pursuit of efficiency measures has enabled Mark Allen to transform Dairy Crest into a brand-focused plc, reports Gary Scattergood

R&R Ice Cream sold to private equity firm

Yorkshire-based R&R Ice Cream has been sold to private equity firm PAI Partners for an undisclosed sum. 

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Meadow Foods appoints new development technologist

Meadow Foods has appointed Robin Elliot as its new product development technologist.

Groceries Code Adjudicator: like going to Relate – by then it’s too late, says cheese boss

Having to use the Groceries Code Adjudicator would be like going to the marriage guidance service Relate – by the time you get to that point the relationship has already...

Tesco poultry feed decision ‘misleading consumers’, say campaigners

Tesco is “misleading” consumers over its scrapping of a pledge to only rear poultry on soya feed that’s free of genetic modification (GM), say campaigners.

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Own-label food and drink brands mislead consumers: Which?

Nearly a third of consumers feel misled by own-label brands – including food and drink products – which ape the packaging of leading brands, warns a survey by consumer watchdog Which?

Margaret’s mind ‘not on job’ in her ice cream years

Margaret Thatcher’s mind was not focused on food science, despite being credited with the invention of soft scoop ice cream, a former colleague has revealed exclusively to

Engage staff to cut waste: Dairy boss

Engaging staff and treating machines like marathon runners are the keys to reducing waste, according to dairy firm Rodda’s.

Why milk suppliers are living on a knife-edge

Milk supplies are on a “knife-edge” and the next four weeks will be critical for manufacturers – with a sustained period of heavy rain likely to see prices soar, says the...


Butter takes on margarine

Just as the Department of Health is lining up its new pledges on saturated fat, a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has generated headlines such as 'swapping the...

The technical challenge of tasty low-salt cheese

Reducing the sodium content of cheese while maintaining its taste and shelf-life is a technical challenge for manufacturers.

Californian prune paste comes to UK bakers' aid

Mariani prune paste is a functional ingredient that can be used as a flavour enhancer or fat reducer in bakery and dairy products.

Efficiency drive crucial to compete with imports – Dairy Crest boss

Dairy Crest will continue to “hold up a mirror to itself” and maintain its drive for efficiencies in a bid to compete against foreign competitors which have access to cheaper...

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Müller appoints new md from Arla

Müller UK & Ireland Group has appointed Carl Ravenhall as the new md of its fresh milk business, Müller Wiseman Dairies.

Tesco lifts its suppliers’ milk price

The 700 dairy producers in Tesco’s Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) are to receive an extra 1.9p/litre from April 1 2013. 

Battle intensifies to save 70 cheese manufacturing jobs

Welsh Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas is battling to preserve the future of Saputo’s troubled cheese manufacturing plant in Camarthenshire.

Redundant dairy workers to bring Stilton making back to Derbyshire

Two cheesemakers who were made redundant by Dairy Crest and Long Clawson Dairy are on a mission to bring traditional Stilton making back to Derbyshire.