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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?

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Robert Wiseman confirms ‘unconditional’ Müller deal

Müller’s takeover of Robert Wiseman dairies is now complete after the firm announced that the £280M offer from the German yogurt maker was “unconditional in all respects”.

Dairy firms should focus on added-value products

Focusing on added-value products will help the UK dairy sector to meet rising global demand and avoid short-term fluctuations in commodity prices, according to industry experts.

Dairy Crest hit by tumbling cream prices

Higher milk prices and a fall in the price of cream have hit profits at Dairy Crest, according to city analysts, after the firm announced a drop in profits for...

Chance for dairies to milk bags of opportunity

As supermarkets encourage consumers to buy more milk in bags, there are growing opportunities for dairies to compete for this work. And a bagging machine developed for this purpose, now...


Cash cows

Cow shuffling may never make it as an Olympic sport, but dozens of British dairy farmers have taken it up recently on behalf of Robert Wiseman Dairies. They've spent months...

Clean sheet for automatic dispensing in cold stores

PAL-Cut, which specialises in equipment and consumables for automated palletising systems, is launching a new sheet dispenser designed for continuous operation in industry cold stores.

Double chocolate cookie dough adds value to ice cream

Pecan Deluxe Candy has added an indulgent double chocolate alternative to its cookie dough range with bittersweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder.

Müller takeover to milk buying clout

Müller's announcement that it had launched an agreed takeover of Britain's "leading" liquid milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies was the biggest surprise of the past month.

Firms lament country of origin label burden

Country of origin labelling (COOL) looks set to cause manufacturers serious headaches and extra cost burdens when the new rules start coming into force in 2014.

Food & drink firms face more foreign takeovers

More British food and drink firms could find themselves the targets of overseas takeovers this year, with some analysts predicting mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity surpassing the £4.2bn achieved in...

180 jobs at risk as Adams Foods closes Somerset factory

Adams Foods has confirmed the closure of its Wincanton cheese packing plant in Somerset, putting 180 jobs at risk.

Wiseman bid opens UK market for Euro takeovers

The UK liquid milk market could be a target for further foreign takeovers following German yogurt maker Müller’s accepted offer for Robert Wiseman dairies earlier this week, analysts have said....

Dairy firm receives £4M bank support

Dairy supplier County Milk Products has secured a £4M investment from the NatWest bank, to support the firm’s continued growth this year.

Müller seeks UK expansion with Robert Wiseman bid

German yogurt manufacturer Müller is seeking to strengthen its position in the UK dairy market, according to city analysts, following the acceptance of a £279.5M bid for dairy giant Robert...

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Robert Wiseman confirms Muller takeover talks

Dairy giant Robert Wiseman has confirmed that it is subject to a takeover bid by German firm Müller Dairy following a rise in the firm’s share price.

€1bn boost for Ireland's food and drink exports

Food and drink exports from the Republic of Ireland have soared by €1bn or 12% to reach €8.85bn last year, reports the country’s food board, Bord Bia.

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Müller plans 300 new jobs

Expansion at German dairy giant Müller's Market Drayton factory could result in new 300 jobs, following news that the firm has won full planning permission from Shropshire Council.

New enzymes for the big cheeses

Enzyme manufacturer Biocatalysts has broadened its dairy enzyme range with the addition of four new microbial enzymes for use in enzyme-modified cheeses (EMCs).


Enough is enough! This legislation can't go on

With the new year upon us, I can't remember a time when there was so much uncertainty in the world economy, business as a whole and the food trade in...

Kraft Foods and R&R Ice Cream in £100M deal

Up to £100M in sales could be generated by a new ice cream partnership between Kraft Foods and R&R Ice Cream, R&R claimed this week.

Probiotics set to win health claims approval

New research on the efficacy of probiotics means it is inevitable they will win health claims approval, according to Paul Berryman, chief executive of Leatherhead Food Research.

Clean way to make cheaper, healthier dairy products

Ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short has developed clean-label starches and fat and milk solid replacers to help food manufacturers cut ingredient costs, develop healthier products and remain competitive.

Actimel boost for UK green plastics

Danone Dairies' decision to switch from petroleum-based polyethylene to the same plastic produced from plant-derived bioethanol for its Actimel drinking yogurt bottles signals a major advance for 'green plastics' in...

Training Programme of the Year

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Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year

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