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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?

IDB to double production at new £11M plant

18-Oct-2011 - Dublin-based co-operative the Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is set to double its output of specialised dairy ingredients in the UK to over 20,000 tonnes a year with the opening of a new £11M innovation plant.

Food firms to double apprenticeships

17-Oct-2011 - The food and drink industry has pledged to double the number of apprenticeships in the sector by the end of next year.

Kerry to close Okehampton site in move to Tenbury

14-Oct-2011 - Food and flavours firm Kerry Ingredients has confirmed that the closure of its Okehampton factory will be complete by the end of March 2012, with the loss of over 90 jobs. But it has also revealed expansion plans for its Tenbury Wells site, which will create 50 new jobs and double the site’s production capacity.

Manufacturers come out fighting in obesity row

14-Oct-2011 - Food firms have rejected criticisms that the industry is failing to combat obesity after the government’s framework to tackle the problem drew flack from campaign groups.

Mars Food recall highlights contingency planning

13-Oct-2011 - Mars Food’s recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to legal specialists.

Food firms join chorus of disapproval on CAP reform

12-Oct-2011 - European food industry body FoodDrinkEurope has joined farmers and environmentalists in a chorus of disapproval following the publication of the Commission’s plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Food prices to fall? Not necessarily, say food firms

10-Oct-2011 - Food producers have sounded a cautious note following speculation that food prices are set to fall.

Small firms unimpressed by Bank of England cash boost

10-Oct-2011 - Small food firms have expressed doubts that the Bank of England’s £75bn injection into the economy will make their lives easier.

News in brief

Cheese blaze firm gets back to business with Tesco deal

10-Oct-2011 - Adams Foods is launching a new cheese brand called Mu in partnership with retail giant Tesco less than a month after a devastating blaze wrecked its cheese warehouse at Wincanton Business Park, Somerset.

UK food and drink exports soar in first half

07-Oct-2011 - Soaring UK food and drink exports were 13% up at £5.8bn in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

CK Foods to create 40 jobs at new Bradford plant

06-Oct-2011 - Pizza cheese producer CK Foods is constructing a new 2,787m2 food manufacturing plant in Bradford, which is expected to create 40 jobs.

Shrink wrapper seals consistently in wet dairy setting

03-Oct-2011 - Darlington-based Acorn Dairies has recently installed a new shrink wrapper as part of an expansion and efficiency drive.

Meet the twin-pot challenge

03-Oct-2011 - Müller has been working with OCS checkweighers to customise X-ray machines for its dairy in Market Drayton, Shropshire.

The cleaner way to boost flavour

03-Oct-2011 - Flavour manufacturer Synergy's dairy-boosting range now includes naturally enhancing lactic and brewers' yeast extracts. They aim to aid salt and fat reduction and monosodium glutamate and hydrogenated vegetable protein removal, while promising to maintain depth of flavour.

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

30-Sep-2011 - Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Discounters' dilemma as Wiseman ups milk margins

29-Sep-2011 - Milk price discounters may have to raise prices above the £1 for four pints mark that has held for two years, as Robert Wiseman Dairies pushes through improved margins.

Milk Link: biggest creamery investment for 20 years

29-Sep-2011 - Dairy cooperative Milk Link is to invest £20M at its Lockerbie Creamery in the UK’s largest investment in cheese-making for 20 years.

Meteoric growth for free-from foods: Mintel

23-Sep-2011 - Britain’s free-from food sector is witnessing meteoric growth as more consumers report intolerance to certain foods, according to a new report about to be published by market research company Mintel. Retail sales are set to soar from £303M a year to £519M by 2016.

News in brief

Blaze wrecks Adams Foods’ cheese warehouse

21-Sep-2011 - More than 100 fire crew spent last night fighting a blaze at a cheese warehouse in Somerset operated by Adams Foods.

First half profits for Dairy Crest up on last year

19-Sep-2011 - Dairy Crest expects overall profits for the six months ending September 30 to be just ahead of the same period last year as higher selling prices offset higher input costs.

New-look Food Manufacture for 21st century readers

07-Sep-2011 - Food Manufacture magazine, the sister publication of FoodManufacture.co.uk, has been redesigned to meet the needs of 21st century food and drink industry professionals.

Exports to China vital to the future of UK food and drink

07-Sep-2011 - Food and drink exports to China will prove key in helping UK manufacturers reverse falling margins, according to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

R&R scoops up French ice cream unit to rival Unilever

06-Sep-2011 - Europe's largest own-label ice cream manufacturer, R&R Ice Cream (R&R) has acquired Pilpa, the ice cream division of French firm Maison Boncolac. The firm is now on track ot rival Unilever's European market dominance in the sector, said James Lambert, R&R's ceo.

Northern Ireland food firms beat the recession

05-Sep-2011 - Northern Ireland’s food and drink sector is not only weathering the global economic recession but thriving, according to a government report and industry leaders.

Tetra Pak unveils ‘smarter’ cleaning-in-place-system

05-Sep-2011 - Improved safety standards and greater dosing accuracy leading to lower costs are the main benefits claimed for Tetra Pak’s latest intelligent cleaning-in-place (CIP) Alcip system.

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