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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?

Farmers threaten to maintain milk blockade

Farmers For Action (FFA) have vowed to continue blockading milk processing depots despite an agreement that has been struck between the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the milk processors’ trade...

Minister intervenes in milk price dispute

Farming minister Jim Paice will today host a meeting between milk processors and producers in a bid to resolve the dispute over milk prices.

TV chefs urge shoppers to boycott cut-price milk supermarkets

Pressure is mounting on some retailers and dairy processors to lift producers’ milk prices, after TV chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall urged shoppers to boycott supermarkets that treat milk...

Dairy Crest’s St Hubert sale to ‘transform balance sheet’

Dairy Crest’s sale of St Hubert will “transform its balance sheet”, according to City analysts, after the processor released an interim management statement for the first quarter of its financial...

Food manufacturers reject low milk price claims

Food manufacturers have rejected claims made by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) that they should do more to support milk prices.

Signs of milk price anger at the Yorkshire Show

Anger, bitterness and frustration about two big cuts in producers' milk prices found expression in the form of protest signs at this week's Great Yorkshire Show, head of a big...

Low melt cheese can take the heat

Dairy ingredients manufacturer Meadow Cheese has launched a low melt processed cheese which is designed for use inside savoury pastries and flans as well as products that contain dough or...

Greencore sells troubled desserts business to Müller Dairy

Chilled foods group Greencore has announced the sale of its troubled Minsterley desserts business to Müller Dairy.

Dairy Crest to sell St Hubert spreads business for £344M

Dairy Crest is to sell its French spreads business St Hubert to Montagu Capital for £344M (€430m).

Dairy Crest ‘to shop around for acquisitions next year’

Dairy Crest will start shopping around for acquisitions in the UK next year, after disposing of its French St Hubert spreads business, according to City analysts.

Food firms help to cut £12bn food waste bill

Food manufacturers are helping consumers to make significant cuts in the £12bn worth of food they waste each year, according to new research from the government-funded Waste & Resources Action...

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R&R Ice Cream recalls Chokablok ice cream

R&R Ice Cream has recalled three varieties of multipack Chokablok ice cream due to fears the products might contain broken lolly stick.

55 jobs saved as administrators sell Durham dairy

A 105-year-old Durham dairy has been sold out of administration, safeguarding 55 jobs.

New fungal enzyme to fight lactose intolerance

Biocatalysts' new product Lactase 849MDP is a fungal enzyme that can be used in Kosher and Halal applications.

Milk Link and Arla in £2bn merger plan

Dairy co-operatives Milk Link and Arla group plan to merge to create a business with a turnover of more than £2bn, which processes over 3bn litres of milk a year.

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Vinnie Jones: football, movie star and milk promoter

Wimbledon, Leeds United and Chelsea footballer, Vinnie Jones has become the latest addition to the list of celebrity milk promoters, which includes: Gordon Ramsay, Elle Macpherson, and Kelly Osbourne.

Dairy UK to issue tough code for unpasteurised milk

The dairy industry’s biggest lobbying body, Dairy UK is to issue a tough code of practice for unpasteurised milk processors ahead of a major review of ‘green top’ sales.

Milk the benefits of new asceptic processing line technology

New technology for aseptic white milk shortens processing time by up to 90% and cuts operating costs by up to 50%.

Stevia makes ice cream with '30% fewer calories'

Stevia holds great potential for reformulation in dairy, according to Cargill.

All change in the world of low-fat dairy culture

Bioscience firm Chr Hansen has launched a series of new YoFlex and probiotic Nu-trish yogurt cultures with texturing properties that perform in low-fat milk.

Magnum Infinity helps Unilever to 8.4% sales rise

The launch of the Magnum Infinity range in Europe helped Unilever to sales growth of 8.4% with turnover up by nearly 12% to €12.1bn in the first quarter of this year.

Kelly’s saves £200,000 through green schemes

Kelly’s of Cornwall has nailed £200,000 worth of savings in two years from environmental projects ranging from reduction in water use to more efficient effluent treatment.

Unite and Usdaw confirm Dairy Crest job talks

Unite the union and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers have confirmed that they are in talks with Dairy Crest following its decision to axe nearly 500 jobs...

Dairy Crest job cuts ‘proves liquid milk faith’

Dairy Crest’s decision to axe 500 jobs at two of its UK dairies, coinciding with the loss of a key liquid milk contract with Tesco, confirms its commitment to the...

AG Barr launches exotic ice creams to ‘plug market gap’

Irn-Bru manufacturer AG Barr is diversifying into the £800M UK ice cream market with the launch of a new range of Rubicon-branded ice creams developed from its juice range.