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?
01-Aug-2010 - Recent announcements about the future of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) dealt with the handover of country of origin labelling (COOL) to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
01-Aug-2010 - Storage and distribution firm Grocontinental has clinched an agreement granting dairy business First Milk the use of its recently completed £3m, 7,432m2 multi-temperature warehouse to store its cheese.
28-Jul-2010 - Welsh dairy company Rachel’s has been sold to French dairy firm Groupe Lactalis.
20-Jul-2010 - Dairy Crest's first quarter figures are “in line with expectations”, with sales boosted by the success of new patented milk bags that Tesco is now trialling.
20-Jul-2010 - Arla Foods has appointed a project director to oversee the construction of its much-anticipated 1bn litre 'super dairy' in Greater London.
08-Jul-2010 - Speculation over whether Robert Wiseman is planning to build another dairy in southern England has intensified following the publication of its interim management statement.
05-Jul-2010 - Lobbying to prevent the extension of country of origin labelling (COOL) to all meat and poultry products - even when used as minor ingredients in complex processed foods - has stepped up a gear as major food manufacturers have continued to question its feasibility.
02-Jul-2010 - The dairy industry needs to accelerate the development of innovative new products that will appeal specifically to young people, according to a new expert panel created by The Dairy Council.
02-Jul-2010 - The premier teaching establishment for the dairy sector has opened at Reaseheath College in Cheshire. Rod Addy looks at what it has to offer
02-Jul-2010 - Food industry trade groups are uniting to fight EU labelling proposals that would heap extra work and costs on food processors and potentially confuse consumers.
02-Jul-2010 - Irish Dairy Board subsidiaries Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy are to merge their operations to create a £335m business called Adams Foods.
01-Jul-2010 - Danone finally ditched its Shape Feel Fuller for Longer yogurt because it could not get the taste right, but insists it still believes there is a market for products promoting satiety.
25-Jun-2010 - Arla Foods is confident it can recoup the costs of new technology enabling it to use borehole instead of mains water at its Settle Creamery within 12-18 months.
22-Jun-2010 - Always read the small print. Good advice and nowhere more so than in food labelling with today’s increasingly savvy consumers demanding to know what’s in their food, where it came from and what it’s going to do to them.
21-Jun-2010 - Were Robert Wiseman Dairies’ East Kilbride office to go up in smoke, staff could be relocated to a data centre in Glasgow and re-establish financial, operational and supply chain systems within an hour.
15-Jun-2010 - There has recently been “a significant increase in dairy prices, and in particular in the price of cream”, which will have to be passed on to customers, chilled food maker Uniq has warned
14-Jun-2010 - Dairy Crest has sold the bulk of its stake in Irish milk, cheese and cream maker Wexford Creamery to help pay off debts and reduce its exposure to “volatile commodity markets”.
09-Jun-2010 - Dairy processor Milk Link has reported a modest 1.7% rise in earnings* to £28.7m on sales up 0.5% to £547m in the year to April 3.
08-Jun-2010 - Arla Foods has marked the start of commercial cream production at its new £70m creamery in Leeds with the launch of new injection-moulded, in‐mould label pots.
04-Jun-2010 - Work has begun to erect a wind turbine at a Dewlay's Lancashire cheese-producing site, making it the first UK cheese maker to be powered by renewable energy, claimed the manufacturer.
04-Jun-2010 - Freshway Dairy could face a fine of up to £270,000, after 24 men were arrested at its manufacturing site for immigration offences.
04-Jun-2010 - Hundreds of former Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFB) workers are claiming up to eight weeks' pay from the government, after a recent tribunal finding awarded them compensation.
04-Jun-2010 - The dairy supply chain is on track to meet its 2010 Milk Roadmap targets, and could raise the bar even higher for the future.
04-Jun-2010 - Organic dairy manufacturer Yeo Valley has saved £30,000 and 368t of carbon dioxide by replacing old compressors with more energy-efficient versions and installing variable speed drives on condenser units.
03-Jun-2010 - Müller Dairy UK has vowed to pursue automated solutions provider RTS Flexible Systems for "substantial damages" following the outcome of a UK Supreme Court verdict on a costly legal dispute.