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?
23-Jun-2011 - The plant and machinery belonging to Welsh firm Loseley Dairy Ice Cream has been sold to an undisclosed US company, FoodManufacture.co.uk has learnt.
20-Jun-2011 - Dairy Crest wishes to either develop or acquire a branded yogurt division to capitalise upon a fast-growing market, despite selling off its UK yogurt business in early 2009.
20-Jun-2011 - Neil Burchell has been appointed md of specialty cheese producer Futura Foods, and says he intends to drive the firm’s branded focus, where products are now mainly own-label.
20-Jun-2011 - From Dairy Crest to the American Muffin Company, we revisit the factory managers and plant directors who keep operations ticking over, all of whom Food Manufacture has visited within the past 12 months.
16-Jun-2011 - A food law expert says he is surprised by a new compromise on the EU Food Information Regulation that removes the need for food firms to provide front-of-pack nutrient data, but warns that enhanced Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) could still raise costs.
14-Jun-2011 - UK micro salt pioneer Eminate has confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk that it is now supplying its Soda-Lo product to a large food manufacturer for use in bread sold via a major UK retailer.
14-Jun-2011 - Dairy UK, which represents the UK's milk supply chain, has called on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to support a ban on the retail sale of unpasteurised milk.
08-Jun-2011 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has denied a suggestion by two MEPs that it may have lost data relating to a previous safety evaluation of the high intensity sweetener aspartame (E951) and that it failed to examine it properly in the first place.
06-Jun-2011 - Getting food and drink packaging right is vital in encouraging consumers to engage with a product or brand and to ensure food safety, but what is the public looking for, and how are trends changing?
02-Jun-2011 - A City analyst has expressed scepticism about the likely truth of rumours that Procter & Gamble (P&G) could be lining up a £38bn hostile bid for UK consumer giant Unilever.
01-Jun-2011 - Yogurt drinks hold significant potential, with Asia-Pacific and South America the regions promising some of the strongest growth, according to Sonia Huppert, global business director for Danisco’s Yo-Mix yogurt ingredient brand.
01-Jun-2011 - Following a deal between frozen food distributor Belfield and Northern Irish manufacturer Mullins, Bally Bleat goat’s milk ice cream will now be distributed to British retailers.
31-May-2011 - First Milk has bought Fife-based Kingdom Cheese and Kingdom Dairies to extend its product range into new cheese and cream products, while the firm has updated FoodManufacture.co.uk on the progress of its plans to build a new Scottish creamery.
31-May-2011 - The administrator of Leicestershire cheese producer Quenby Hall Dairy says it expects to wrap up a deal for the firm shortly.
18-May-2011 - New Zealand firm The Collective Dairy is set to launch a new yogurt range in the UK from June 2011
17-May-2011 - Robert Wiseman Dairies (RWD) has announced that its operating profits fell 29.7% to £35.3m in the year to April 2 2011, hit by oil-related costs and rising raw milk prices.
16-May-2011 - Arla has modified its plans to build a super dairy near Aylesbury, but a local councillor has warned the firm that its changes are ''superficial'', and that opposition to its £150m project will continue.
13-May-2011 - Beechdean Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream has bought Loseley Dairy Ice Cream’s brands out of administration, and revealed plans to double its own turnover to £20m within two years as a result.
10-May-2011 - Trade body Dairy UK has urged plastic suppliers to undertake a ‘recycling revolution’ by supplying dairy producers with more recycled plastic, as it unveiled a new industry target of a using a minimum of 30% recycled plastic in milk bottles.
09-May-2011 - The few remaining staff at Loseley’s ice cream plant in South Wales are expected to leave the site in the coming days following the company’s collapse last month, a company spokesperson has confirmed to FoodManufacture.co.uk.
05-May-2011 - A New Zealand entrepreneur is building a new factory near Norwich to exploit rising UK demand for gourmet yogurts and reach a £2m turnover within 18 months.
04-May-2011 - Uniq ceo Geoff Eaton says retailers cannot continue to demand bespoke desserts for rock-bottom prices, following his firm’s recent review of this arm of its business.
03-May-2011 - Greencore has refused to comment on rumours that it has appointed bankers to explore a possible £100m takeover of chilled food group Uniq, while Brookes/Avana may also be on the firm's radar after Premier Foods said it is willing to consider offers for the businees.
01-May-2011 - Hydrocolloid producer Ashland Aqualon Functional Ingredients showcased its cellulosic food solutions in China last month.
01-May-2011 - In anticipation of new European measures, Barry Callebaut has been slashing the fat content of its cocoa-based products.