Theres more room for innovation in hard cheese, says Adams Foods's marketing director

Adams Foods responds to customer demand for innovation

By Nicholas Robinson

Adams Foods has pumped £3M into a new customer innovation centre in response to customer demand for innovation in hard cheese, the company’s marketing director Alastair Jackson has said.

Clare Cheney, director general, Provision Trade Federation,

Yet more burdensome regulation from the EU

By Clare Cheney

From December 2014, under new EU labelling rules, allergens will have to be highlighted in the ingredients lists on food labels rather than in a separate box, which is common practice in the UK, but will no longer be permitted. For example, under the...

Adams Foods brands include Pilgrims Choice cheese

Adams Foods and First Milk declare terms of deal

By Rod Addy

First Milk’s way is clear to develop its hard cheese and creamery interests now competition authorities have cleared its partnership with Adams Foods, according to the two firms.

Annatto often colours Cheddar

Now there is a right whey to colour cheese

By Nicholas Robinson

Chr Hansen’s new food colour is designed to help Cheddar and gouda cheese producers to get more value from their whey while maintaining a great visual appearance of cheese products.

Work has begun on the Haverfordwest effluent treatment plant

First Milk investment soured by Wrexham’s fate

By Rod Addy

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 packing plant.

Lye Cross Farm makes a variety of Cheddar and territorial cheeses

HSBC pumps cash into cheese maker

By Rod Addy

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.

The 11 human cheeses will be on display at the Science Gallery, Dublin, until January 19 2014

Human cheeses on offer in Dublin

By Laurence Gibbons

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.

Arla's Unika cheeses have been developed in consultation with Denmark's top chefs

Arla plans innovation revolution with artisan brand

By Rod Addy

Dairy giant Arla Foods’ artisan cheese brand Unika, launched first in Denmark, is now ready for wider national and international distribution, according to premium foods manager John Gynther.

Andrew hopes to create a dairy range beyond cheese

Cheese maker appoints new ceo

By Laurence Gibbons

Somerset-based cheese manufacturer Godminster has appointed Peter Andrew as its new ceo.

New way for cheese producers to cut carbon footprint

Coagulant to cut carbon footprint

Chr Hansen says switching to its coagulant Chy-Max M means cheese producers can significantly cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Clothier claims there are 'points of difference' between his brand and its competitors

Old and the new

By Gary Scattergood

Wyke Farms is combining history and modern marketing to sustain its rise, reports Gary Scattergood

Grocontinental has also invested in updating its vehicle fleet

DEFRA boss opens £5M frozen food warehouse

By Rod Addy

Owen Paterson, head of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) claimed Grocontinental made a “major contribution to the local economy” as he opened its £5M frozen food warehouse.

Cheese maker's latest starches to reduce production time

Hard cheese saves time and money

KMC has developed two CheeseMaker speciality starches that enable producers to make recombined parmesan and other hard cheese alternatives easily and quickly. Traditionally, 12-16 litres of raw milk are necessary to process a parmesan cheese and it needs...

Milk supplies are on 'a knife edge', said Richard Clothier

Why milk suppliers are living on a knife-edge

By Gary Scattergood

Milk supplies are on a “knife-edge” and the next four weeks will be critical for manufacturers – with a sustained period of heavy rain likely to see prices soar, says the md of cheesemaker Wyke Farms.

Interest in stronger cheese flavours is growing

Worth its salt

By Michelle Knott

Cheese's salt content is bad for its image but it's there for a good reason, reports Michelle Knott

Colston Bassett Dairy produces 53,000 handmade cheeses a year

Tasty tradition

By Gary Scattergood

Heritage and quality are key, Stilton boss Billy Kevan tells Gary Scattergood

Food manufacturers say salt is a key ingredient in the cheese-making process

Salty cheese claims denied by dairy industry

By Mike Stones

The Dairy Council has denied claims from the pressure group Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) that food manufacturers add too much salt to cheese.

Many consumers would like to buy British but are confused by labels, says the NFU

NFU campaigns for clearer food labels

By Laurence Gibbons

Food manufacturers and retailers should use clearer labelling to specify country-of-origin and end consumer confusion, says the the National Farmers Union (NFU), which has launched a Flag It Facebook campaign to highlight its message.

Two UR5 robots are in use at an Icelandic dairy

New easy-to-use Danish robot targets small food firms

By Rick Pendrous

A low-priced flexible robot, which is simple to programme and doesn't require specialist coding skills, is expected to receive a warm welcome by smaller food firms looking to make their first step into automation, according to the Danish company...

Lack of NPD spend in the UK cheese sector has hit sales, according to one expert

UK cheese market hit by lack of NPD spend

By Dan Colombini

A lack of investment in new product development (NPD) and support for brands has hit sales in the UK cheese sector, according to a leading industry expert.

Sale hopes dashed for historic Stilton producer

Sale hopes dashed for historic Stilton producer

By Ben Bouckley and Anne Bruce

The administrator of Quenby Hall Dairy has admitted defeat in its efforts to sell the business, which produced Stilton on a site where some of first examples of the cheese were made over 250 years ago.

Milk Link has broken ground at its Cornish Country Larder site

Milk Link announces £4m soft cheese investment

By Ben Bouckley

Leading UK cheese producer Milk Link has begun work on the first phase of a new production facility at its Cornish Country Larder (CCL) Trevarrian Creamery to meet growing customer demand for British soft cheeses.

FSA told salt levels in mature cheddar should rise to curb histamine

FSA told salt levels in mature cheddar should rise to curb histamine

By Ben Bouckley and Graham Holter

Dairy UK has notified the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the salt content of mature cheddar should be increased, following an incident in which a child suffered an allergic reaction to Co-operative cheddar with high levels of histamine,

Eaton: Stronger than expected sales in food-to-go

Uniq Q4: Desserts -1.7%, food-to-go +8.3%

By Elaine Watson

Chilled convenience firm Uniq said Christmas trading was “close to expectations” in the fourth quarter with a weaker performance in desserts (down 1.7%) offset by a strong performance in food-to-go (up 8.3%).

Focus on enzymes: Economy drive

Focus on enzymes: Economy drive

Lean manufacturing methods are fine, but enzymes are equally
being used to boost efficiency and cut costs, says Michelle Knott

Arla cottage cheese production, Stourton

Arla keeps City guessing over location of super-dairy

By Elaine Watson

Arla’s 1bn-litre ‘super dairy’ will not – as suggested in press reports this week – be constructed ‘near the western fringe of the M25 between Slough and Uxbridge’, bosses have insisted.

Ecclefechan Tart

Ecclefechan Tart and Ayrshire bacon perfect for PGIs?

By Elaine Watson

Ecclefechan Tart, shortbread, Scottish wild venison, Ayrshire bacon and several regional preserves and speciality cheeses are all prime candidates for EU protected name status, according to a new report.


Uniq "still viable" despite £436m pension deficit

By Elaine Watson

Uniq is still a viable business despite the £400m+ hole in its pension fund, and it is “still plausible” that a solution will be found to enable it to trade its way out of trouble, analysts have claimed.