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Dairy farmer Quickes has teamed up with distributor Cheese Cellar to make an elderflower cheese.

Müller buys Nom Dairy in bid to be 'biggest and best in UK'

Müller Dairy acquired Nom Dairy UK last month for an undisclosed sum in a deal that further consolidates the UK dairy sector.

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Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – vintage year

It was a vintage year for entries in the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEA), according to Paul Wilkinson, chairman of the judging panel.

Dairy Crest: cost cutting key part of strategy

Cost cutting remains a key part of Dairy Crest’s strategy to cope with a challenging market, according to the firm’s trading update for the six months to September 30.

Wyke Farms hits key green energy target

Cheesemaker Wyke Farms has become 100% self-sufficient in green energy after opening a new £4M biogas plant at its Bruton site in Somerset yesterday (September 19).

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Scottish dairy industry should go for exports

Scotland’s dairy industry should focus on exports and reduce its reliance on UK sales in a bid to boost output by half to 1.6bn litres by 2025, recommends a new...

Arla plans innovation revolution with artisan brand

Dairy giant Arla Foods’ artisan cheese brand Unika, launched first in Denmark, is now ready for wider national and international distribution, according to premium foods manager John Gynther.

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Cheese maker appoints new ceo

Somerset-based cheese manufacturer Godminster has appointed Peter Andrew as its new ceo.

Butter has ‘shockingly high salt levels’: pressure group

Salt levels in butter, margarine, fats and spreads are “shockingly high and unnecessary”, warns the pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

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Müller Dairy acquires Nom Dairy

Müller Dairy has acquired Nom Dairy, with its modern yogurt production facility in Telford, Shropshire in a bid to build its presence in the UK own-label yogurt market.

Cheddar flavour with kick

Identifying a growing demand for authentic mature Cheddar taste and aroma profiles led Synergy to develop a range of Cheddar flavour solutions that offer performance advantages over block cheese.


Costly sledgehammer to crack an EC nut

The European Commission (EC) is calling for tenders for a study on mandatory origin labelling of milk, milk used as an ingredient and unprocessed meat other than beef, pig, poultry,...

Arla Foods plans to welcome 1,600 farmer co-owners

Up to 1,600 British dairy farmers could become co-owners of Arla Foods, under proposals revealed on Friday (August 30).

Dairy farmers unite against ‘unfair’ pricing

Small-scale farmers are joining forces to boost their bargaining power against the ‘unfair pricing policies’ of large dairy producers, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Arla profits boom as mergers bear fruit

Dairy giant Arla has doubled profits for the first half of its financial year, amid news the two mergers it undertook in 2012 were paying off.

Celebrity chef in ‘massive TV row’ over low income diets

TV chef Jamie Oliver has been slammed by the Child Poverty Action Group after his controversial remarks about the food and TV purchasing habits of low-income families.

Scrutiny of suppliers across the food supply network rises

Companies across Britain’s food industry have raised the scrutiny of their suppliers, as concerns about supply chain assurance and traceability have increased over recent years, it has emerged.

Cheese awards chairman calls for sensible milk pricing

International Cheese Awards chairman Richard Paul has appealed for sense to prevail over milk pricing in the coming months, so the entire supply chain benefits from price rises.

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Dairy Crest boss sells shares after divorce

Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen has netted £328,751, after selling shares in the firm to fund the purchase of a new family home following his recent divorce.

Crediton md outlines growth plan

Much of the £2M Crediton is investing in production will help boost extended shelf-life (ESL) flavoured milk capacity following its management buy-out by Milk Link bosses Neil Kennedy and Tim...

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World’s first: Glow in the dark Cornetto

Wall’s Ice Cream is aiming to scoop up colourful extra sales with the launch of the world’s first glow in the dark Cornetto.

Long-life milk confusion causes waste

Consumer confusion over long-life milk is prompting them to scrap significant amounts of fresh milk, according to research by processing and packaging specialist Tetra Pak.

GLA chief ‘bitterly disappointed’ over gangmaster ruling

The head of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has branded the punishment of a gangmaster who illegally supplied up to 70 Filipino workers to dairy farmers “bitterly disappointing”.

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First Milk appoints Paice as new chairman

First Milk has appointed former food and farming minister Sir Jim Paice as its new chairman.


Dairy firm defies recession

Sales of milk and cream are defying the recession at BV Dairy, reports Gary Scattergood