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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.

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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.


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...


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.

Dairy Crest finds potential milk delivery buyer

Dairy Crest is consulting staff on plans to parcel out its milk delivery business in the north west of England to Creamline Dairies and Mortons Dairies in a deal worth £1.15M in cash....


Old and the new

Wyke Farms is combining history and modern marketing to sustain its rise, reports Gary Scattergood


Cream of the crop

Sustained value success has funded Suncream Dairies' move upmarket, Rebecca Manfredi tells Gary Scattergood

Departing trade boss targets domestic sourcing

Outgoing Dairy UK director general Jim Begg has hit out at misleading labelling implying all the ingredients of dairy products are sourced from the UK when this is not the case....

Dairy processors targeted in farmers’ name and shame list

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has upped the pressure on dairy processors to sign its Dairy Industry Code of Best Practice for contractual relations by publishing a name-and-shame list of...

Concern over future of Heinz Kendal

Doubts over Heinz Kendal’s future viability have been raised by the union Unite after the company announced the loss of 45 jobs across production and management there.

Red label on pack spells danger for dairy processors

Dairy companies will be forced to educate consumers about the real nutritional benefits of their products to counter their demonisation by the Department of Health (DH) backed single hybrid front-of-pack...

Usdaw ‘can’t see strategic relevance’ of dairy closures

Union Usdaw “can’t see the strategic relevance” of depot closure proposals announced by Müller Wiseman Dairies, which could cause the loss of up to 156 jobs.

Infant pictures ban on baby formulas backed by MEPs

The European Parliament today threw its weight behind the banning of child pictures on baby formula packaging and the abolition of dietetic foods which EU chiefs said had been “cannibalised by...

Tetra Pak chief: ambient flavoured milk sales soaring

The greatest opportunities to grow flavoured milk sales globally lie in the ambient category, according to a trends briefing by Tetra Pak president and ceo Dennis Jonsson.