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Chinese food business acquisitions driven by food safety

Improving domestic food safety was one of the main motivations of the Chinese government in acquiring food manufacturing businesses around the world, a lawyer for Stephenson Harwood told the Food...

People on the move in the food and drink industry in January – in pictures

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) decision to extend Tim Bennett’s role as chair until December 2014 leads our selection of people on the move in the food and drink industry...

Dessert for 'generation Y'

Chr Hansen has taken a new approach to fermented milks to make desserts that attract ‘generation Y’: 17- to 35-year-old consumers. It perceives this group - born between the early...

Sugar substitution way to escape public shaming

Food manufacturers should substitute sugar with other sweeteners more or face public shaming and risk missing significant commercial benefits, according to a prominent nutrition policy expert.

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British dairy ingredients boost Meadow Foods profits

Business from food manufacturers has boosted performance at Meadow Foods, executive chairman Simon Chantler said, as the firm revealed 2% growth in the firm’s annual operating profit.

Dairy cooperative almost doubles farmer owner numbers

Arla Foods aims to strengthen sustainable supplies by adding 300M litres of owner milk to its supply chain this year and has almost doubled the number of its British farmer...

Weirdest food news of the year

Bacon-flavoured condoms and glow-in-the-dark ice cream feature in our selection of the weirdest food and drink news articles of the year.

First Milk investment soured by Wrexham’s fate

Dairy cooperative First Milk faced bitter sweet developments this week, with news of green investment in its Haverfordwest creamery in Pembrokeshire soured by confirmation it would close its Wrexham cheese...

UK’s dairy deficit plans could reinvigorate sector

Producing an extra two to four billion litres of UK milk annually will be a “significant challenge”, but will yield great financial benefits for the UK economy.

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Dale Farm £20M dairy factory to boost exports

Dale Farm’s new £20M cheese and whey processing facility will boost Northern Ireland’s exports and offer its milk suppliers more security, the firm has said.

HSBC pumps cash into cheese maker

HSBC has pumped millions of pounds into Somerset cheese manufacturer Lye Cross Farm, which it claims will boost production by 1,000t a year to 4,500t to meet growing demand.

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Human cheeses on offer in Dublin

Eleven ‘human cheeses’, created using bacteria extracted from the belly buttons, feet, mouths and tears of artists, writers and cheese makers, are on offer at a Dublin gallery.

Müller’s new butter plant ‘shows confidence in the UK’

Müller’s new £17M butter-making plant in Market Drayton, Shropshire, reveals the firm’s optimism and confidence in the UK, according to owner Theo Müller.

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Danone appoints new boss of dairy division

Danone has appointed Adam Grant as the new md for its UK dairy division, including its Activia and Actimel brands.

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Wyke Farms boss collects Oscars on film

The horsemeat crisis sparked consumers’ growing interest in local food, says Wyke Farms' boss Richard Clothier, in this exclusive video filmed at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) at the...

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Dairy UK director to stand down after 30 years

Simon Bates has stood down from his role as director of communications at Dairy UK, after 30 years with the group and predecessor organisations.

Dry blend lactose boost to infant formula producers

Last month Arla Foods Ingredients launched a lactose for dry blends, designed to enable infant formula manufacturers to increase output without compromising safety or requiring major capital investment.

Boost yield and maximise profit

DSM's new DelvoCheese CC-300 and DelvoCheese CC-200 culture ranges have been developed to enable medium and large-scale cheese producers to create dairy products with great texture and mouthfeel, while maximising...

High flow but gentle handling works for cream

Tasked with installing a new cream line at Rodda’s Cornish creamery, engineering supervisor Paul Johnson chose a MasoSine SPS2 sanitary process pump supplied by Watson-Marlow Pumps Group.

Vacuum pumps enable more efficient packaging

When Crewe-based FayreField Foods established its custom-built cheese cutting and packaging plant, it called on vacuum pump manufacturer Busch to supply two R 5 0630 oil-lubricated rotary vane vacuum pumps,...

Landia's pumps go Grocontinental

Pump and mixer manufacturer Landia has introduced a new pumping station for Grocontinental, one of the UK’s leading international storage and distribution companies, that has a dedicated cheese cutting facility...

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Dairy Crest and British Sugar jointly win food manufacturing Oscar

British Sugar and Dairy Crest have jointly won the Judges’ Star Performer award in the industry Oscars – Food Manufacture’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs).

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Food manufacturing excellence awards 2013 – video highlights

Hundreds of food and drink industry professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton, in London to celebrate the 13th annual Food manufacturing excellence awards, last week (November 21).

Food and drink industry people on the move – in November

Len Wardle’s decision to quit his role as chairman of the Co-operative Group this month, amid drug revelations about a former colleague, leads our selection of people on the move...


Mintel flags up top trends for the dairy sector

Weight management and an ageing population are two major global trends affecting product development and ingredient use in the dairy sector.