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First Milk is a dairy cooperative owned by its farmer members

Food Man Talks

First Milk invests £5m to boost dairy factories' performance

By Rod Addy

First Milk is investing £5m this financial year to boost capacity and meet environmental goals, chief executive Shelagh Hancock and chief financial officer Greg Jardine reveal in this exclusive Food Man Talks video podcast.

New product launches from Mars, McVitie's and Mondelēz

Sweet treats lead latest NPD round-up

By Gwen Ridler

New spread launches from Mars, a trio of new releases from biscuit brand McVitie’s and limited edition Dairy Milk chocolate bars from Cadbury head up this snapshot of the latest new product development from food and drink manufacturers this month.

Chatters: 'Sales growth in all trade channels'

Lactalis UK & Ireland names new boss

By Rod Addy

Lactalis UK & Ireland, the UK subsidiary of the French Lactalis Group, has announced the promotion of sales director Mike Chatters to group managing director (MD), effective from 1 June.

Müller's u-turn on milk price increases has come under fire from the NFU

Müller milk price u-turn criticised by farmers

By Gwen Ridler

Müller, the dairy processing giant, is facing criticism from National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) for making a u-turn on proposed price increases for farmgate milk.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

Coronavirus has cast a dark shadow over the whole food and drink supply chain

A month after the coronavirus lockdown, what is the impact on the food industry?

Coronavirus and the supply chain one month after lockdown

By Nic Robinson

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to initiate a closure of pubs and restaurants on 20 March and announce a lockdown of the public's movements on 23 March.

Futura Foods hoped to creates new jobs at its update facility

Futura Foods opens new cheese processing site

By Gwen Ridler

Dairy processor Futura Foods is to create 22 jobs at its new cheese processing site in Minffordd, North Wales, as it completes the scaling up of its operations.

Consumers are snatching up baby food, frozen goods and packaged foods as they weather the coronavirus

Sales double across canned and dried food

By Gwen Ridler

Sales of canned meats, flour and canned beans have more than doubled since significant consumer stockpiling began in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

VR headsets for cows and sugar reduction are key trends in the dairy industry

Opinion

Dairy trends in 2020: VR headsets for cows and sugar reduction

By Azhar Zouq

As news emerges that Russian cows are being given virtual reality headsets in a bid to boost milk yields, Azhar Zouq, managing director at Lancashire Farm Dairies, looks at the trends set to affect the UK dairy industry and gives his predictions for the...

Trade deals, dairy worries and stockpiling are hot topics in this Brexit round-up

The Brexit effect: the latest food industry news

By Gwen Ridler

Calls to fast-track deals with China and the US, concerns for the future of dairy trade with the EU and the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on cold storage stockpiling all feature in this round-up of food industry Brexit news.

Meadow Foods employs more than 430 people and handles more than 550m litres of milk each year

Meadow Foods invests amid strong growth

By Rod Addy

Dairy ingredients firm Meadow Foods has posted significant profit and sales growth in the year to 31 March 2019 amid continued capital expenditure, vowing to invest a further £8m by April this year.

Swaledale Cheese new directors Bob Bigley, Bengt Odner and Richard Darbishire

Cheese maker saved from liquidation

By Gwen Ridler

Richmond-based cheese maker Swaledale Cheese has been acquired from liquidators by a group of Yorkshire-based entrepreneurs.

Mackie’s £250k investment has led to the creation of jobs

New jobs to follow Mackie’s machinery spend

By Dan Colombini

Scottish ice cream producer Mackie’s is to create new jobs at its Aberdeen site, after investing £250,000 in new machinery to help meet increased demand through exports.

The NFU announced last week that it would write to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), calling for an urgent investigation to safeguard the long-term prosperity of the industry.

NFU forced to delay Defra milk review proposals

By Dan Colombini

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has delayed its call for a review into profitability in the liquid milk sector, following the announcement of the general election.

Under a no-deal or unless smooth export terms are included in a deal, customs and tariff arrangements would lead to the scrappage of vast quantities of NI dairy products

No-deal impact on NI dairy sparks environmental woes

By Dan Colombini

Significant environmental concerns linked to the impact of a ‘no-deal’ on the Northern Ireland (NI) dairy sector have been raised after the EU agreed an extension to Brexit negotiations.

Closure of the dairy has led to the loss of over 300 jobs

Falling cream prices behind Tomlinson’s Dairies closure

By Dan Colombini

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has confirmed that the “significant operating losses” caused by decreased cream prices caused the closure of Tomlinson’s Dairies, as hundreds of workers seek legal action against the business.

The shock decision has left many dairy producers in Wales scrambling to find another processor for their milk

Union seeks answers from closed dairy

By Dan Colombini

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is seeking urgent clarification on the reasons behind the decision by Tomlinson‘s Dairies to close its doors and cease trading.

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