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Food manufacturing excellence awards

Wanted: food and drink manufacturing champions

This month (May) marks the formal launch of the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards, which are now open for entries.

Greek-style yogurt firm launches hunt for ‘hunks’ campaign

Greek-style yogurt manufacturer Oykos is encouraging the British public to nominate the ‘hunks’ in their lives to have their bodies immortalised as spoons.

Department of Health ‘difficult’, says Dairy UK boss

The boss of Dairy UK has criticised the Department of Health (DH) for putting obstacles in the way of the dairy industry in the form of salt targets.

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Arla appoints new head of UK business

Arla Foods has appointed Peter Gioertz-Carlsen as its new executive vice president for Arla UK, effective August 1 2014.

Orchard Valley Foods buys ingredients firm amid sales boom

Orchard Valley Foods has acquired Food Ingredients International (FII), boosting its potential annual sales to more than £20M.

Culture for the special needs of cheese

Chr Hansen has launched a new culture designed for the special needs of making the Kashkaval- and Provolone-type cheeses. Traditionally regular cultures for mozzarella cheese have been used in Kashkaval...

Salt targets cause concern

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has called for the functional uses of salt to be taken into consideration, following World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations to lower sodium in all foods.

Dairy needs one message from government to grow

Government must deliver one clear message on dairy if the sector is to contribute significantly to global demand for dairy products and compete with other nations, warned Dairy UK chief...

Speciality supplier Golden Acre nets seafood firm

Speciality seafood firm Elsinore Foods has announced its acquisition by fine food distributor Golden Acre Dairy Foods Holdings in a move that expands the latter’s product offering for major supermarkets....

Milk wars will ‘stifle’ dairy sector investment

Supermarkets’ heavy discounting of milk prices was threatening the future of the dairy sector, a Dairy Crest site director has warned.

New €30M Kerrygold site to create 50 jobs

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €30M (£24.6M) in a new butter production and packaging facility for its Kerrygold brand, creating 50 jobs in Mitchelstown, County Cork.

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Uplifting ice cream created for secret celeb

British ice cream firm Lick Me I’m Delicious has created a bubbly champagne flavoured ice cream dosed with 25mg of Viagra for an unnamed A-list celebrity’s party.

Soft drinks group draws up roadmap for sustainability

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) and Packaging Federation are leading a Sustainability Roadmap for the soft drinks industry following the example pursued by the dairy industry.

Foodex 2014

Foodex 2014 – video highlights

The consequences of the horsemeat crisis, filling the yawning skills gap, lean and green manufacturing and social media were just some of the topics tackled by the Food Manufacture Group...

Teatime tweets drive food manufacturers’ sales

Timing social media posts to reach customers at key times of the day – such as before teatime – is helping food manufacturers to boost sales and engage new customers,...


Yet more burdensome regulation from the EU

From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common...

Dairy co-op Arla to merge with Belgian rival

Arla Foods, the world’s sixth biggest dairy company, plans to merge with its Belgian rival EGM Walhorn.

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Magnum creates chocolate dresses for 25th anniversary

Unilever has teamed up with fashion designer Henry Holland to create a Magnum inspired dress, made entirely out of chocolate.

Foodex 2014

Food firms need to engage more through social media

Food and drink manufacturers need to embrace social media if they are to better communicate with potential consumers and drive sales of their products, according to companies that are successfully...

Meadow Foods’ efficiencies improved with £3M investment

More than £3M has been pumped into Meadow Foods’s fresh division in Peterborough to improve operating efficiencies, said site director Paul Jackson.

‘Government campaign is damaging dairy sector’

The government’s ‘Smart Swaps’ health campaign is damaging the dairy sector and confusing consumers, according to supporters of the industry.

Ripen faster to boost profit

Cheesemakers can reduce ripening times on continental and Cheddar-type cheeses without negatively impacting shelf-life or quality by using Arla Foods Ingredients’ new natural milk protein.

Dairy bosses welcome new sat fat study

Dairy bosses have welcomed a new study that suggests saturated fats in foods like butter and cheese are not bad for heart health.

Sainsbury reports LFL sales down ‘thanks to horsemeat’

Sainsbury has ended its nine-year run of like-for-like (LFL) sales growth, with news they fell by 3.8%, in the 10 weeks to March 15, partly due to the horsemeat crisis,...

Müller-Wiseman boss calls for more dairy investment

Britain’s dairy processors have failed to invest enough to meet home demand and grow exports, according to the chief executive of Müller-Wiseman Dairies.