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?
01-Oct-2010 - First Milk plans to start building its new Scottish creamery in early 2011, after Argyll & Bute Council approved a delayed planning proposal for a linked Tesco store
27-Sep-2010 - Independent Scottish dairy Graham’s The Family Dairy is investing heavily to expand its butter plant following the acquisition of rival Claymore Dairies.
27-Sep-2010 - While last week’s profit warning was a serious blow, Robert Wiseman Dairies is in a good position to try and claw back some of the initiative over the next 18 months, particularly if it is able to win business from Asda and Morrisions, according to Investec Securities.
22-Sep-2010 - The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is aiming to draw up a new voluntary code of practice on country of origin labelling (COOL) by the end of November.
16-Sep-2010 - Asda’s margin-crushing promotional activity on liquid milk has prompted a wave of price-cutting that has contributed to “a material destruction of category profitability”, according to one City analyst.
16-Sep-2010 - Robert Wiseman Dairies has slashed profit forecasts on the back of intense competition and higher fuel and packaging costs.
16-Sep-2010 - Sales of organic milk and yogurt are up but cheese is still suffering, as the industry strives to win “hearts and minds”after the recession, says farmers' co-operative OMSCo.
09-Sep-2010 - Jersey Dairy’s multimillion pound 3,000m2 factory, at Trinity in Jersey, is complete.
08-Sep-2010 - New guidelines will ensure that UK dairy processing companies benefit from a common approach to calculating carbon footprints across the whole supply chain.
06-Sep-2010 - Dairy Crest’s new product development boss for foods talks to Rod Addy
06-Sep-2010 - Tesco is using a detector from Crowcon to monitor methane emissions in burps from cows on its dairy farms to evaluate different feeding regimes and reduce dairy’s environmental impact.
03-Sep-2010 - The European Parliament’s (EP’s) call for milk labelled as ‘fresh’ to be under seven days old raises the question of the meaning of ‘fresh’ in relation to any food.
03-Sep-2010 - UK sales of ice cream rose 7.5% in 2009 to £799m and are predicted to top £814m in 2012, according to new research from Mintel.
02-Sep-2010 - Trade body Dairy UK has urged the UK government to take a more science-based approach to nutrition policy when staff from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) join the Department of Health (DoH) in the autumn.
25-Aug-2010 - A strong performance from its global nutritionals arm and a return to profitability in Irish dairy ingredients helped to fuel a 38.7% surge in operating profit to €66.3m (£54.6m) on sales up 9.7% to €1.036bn (£852.5m) at Glanbia in the first half.
25-Aug-2010 - First Milk’s plan to build a new creamery in Campbeltown could be delayed as a contigent planning application from Tesco is held back.
24-Aug-2010 - There is “growing chatter” in the trade that Arla – currently the sole supplier of fresh liquid milk to Asda – could lose some business to rival Robert Wiseman Dairies if Asda seeks to diversify its supply base, according to City analysts.
24-Aug-2010 - Arla’s 1bn-litre ‘super dairy’ will not – as suggested in press reports this week – be constructed ‘near the western fringe of the M25 between Slough and Uxbridge’, bosses have insisted.
16-Aug-2010 - Welsh ice cream manufacturer Wild Fig has tripled production after picking up a major contract to supply ice cream tubs to the Wales Millennium Centre.
12-Aug-2010 - Kerry Group has confirmed the terms of its offer to buy Cork-based cheese maker Newmarket Co-operative Creameries in a €33m deal.
11-Aug-2010 - French dairy giant Groupe Lactalis has signalled its commitment to maintaining Rachel’s brand and production in mid-Wales, according to Calon Wen, the co-operative that supplies all of the organic yogurt maker’s milk.
11-Aug-2010 - The firm behind a new breed of microscopic salt crystals that can help manufacturers slash sodium and retain their clean label status is conducting its first trials on cheese.
09-Aug-2010 - Farmer-owner dairy business First Milk has teamed up with Morrisons to improve sustainability and cut costs in the cheese supply chain.
09-Aug-2010 - Dairy Crest could be the biggest loser if the UK’s biggest supermarkets decide to shake up supply contracts over the next 18 months, while rival Robert Wiseman Dairies has the most to gain, according to a new report.
02-Aug-2010 - The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said it is investigating claims that milk from a cloned cow has entered the nation’s dairy supply.