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Glanbia reveals use of Qadex software

Glanbia Performance Nutrition has spoken out about its use of Qadex Vision software to manage parts of its business.  

Valio suspends Russia lactose-free exports over certification confusion

Finnish dairy Valio has suspended shipments of lactose-free milk and dairy to Russia, just one week after it was given the go-ahead to resume exports of the specialty products to...

Tetra Pak to close packaging factory in Sweden axing 250 jobs

Tetra Pak will close a packaging factory in Lund, Sweden, due to come into effect in February 2015, axing 250 jobs.

Fonterra and Beingmate unveil China infant formula partnership

Fonterra is prepared to pay NZ$615m (US$514m, €390m) for a 20% stake in Chinese baby food manufacturer Beingmate in its latest attempt to expand its presence in China’s lucrative infant formula...

Kerry Group milk farmer selected for McDonald's sustainability program

A Kerry Group milk supplier has been inducted into the McDonald's Flagship Farm program for his overall approach to sustainable production.

Protein2o CEO: There’s a gap in the market for lower calorie, great-tasting protein beverages

While there is no shortage of high-protein shakes gracing shelves at mainstream as well as specialty retailers these days, there is a gap in the market for more refreshing beverages...

Parmalat set to acquire Brazilian UHT milk and cheese operations

Parmalat looks set to acquire the UHT milk and cheese operations of Brazilian dairy Lácteos do Brasil (LBR), which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2013, for R$250m (US$110m, €83m)....

Schreiber Foods escapes CME milk price fixing lawsuit

US cheese giant Schreiber Foods has escaped an antitrust lawsuit that alleged it conspired with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to drive up the price of Class III milk.

Patent Watch

Danone files patent on probiotic to improve enteric nervous system

Danone has filed a patent for a probiotic strain that improves the function of the enteric nervous system, claiming it can therefore be used to treat and/or prevent gut disorders...

Sports nutrition fuels Glanbia double-digit H1 revenue growth

Fueled by the continuing success of its Global Performance Nutrition division, Irish dairy Glanbia recorded a double-digit increase in revenue for the first half of 2014.

Embargo hit FrieslandCampina exploring alternative markets for cheese

Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina is "exploring" alternative markets for its cheese to offset the impact of the Russian embargo on European Union (EU) food products.

Hershey suspends US flavored milk shipments to China

Shipments of Hershey’s brand flavored milk to China have been suspended after a consignment found to contain unapproved ingredients was destroyed.

Product was tested by a reputable third party lab, says Whole Foods

Whole Foods hit with more lawsuits accusing it of dramatically understating sugar content in its yogurt

Whole Foods has been hit with new class action lawsuits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey accusing it of significantly understating the sugar content in its 365 Everyday Value plain Greek...

Milk-based EnerDrinks 'healthy alternative' to existing energy drinks

German firm EnerDrinks believes it can challenge established energy drink brands such as Red Bull with its combination of flavored milk and energizing ingredients such as taurine.

Powerful Yogurt preparing to launch high-protein Greek yogurt drink

Powerful Yogurt is preparing to launch a high-protein yogurt drink that it says harnesses continuing demand for both Greek yogurt and high-protein beverages.

Guest article

Danone sets its sights on becoming number one in milk formula as it is rumoured to be selling its medical nutrition business

Will Danone silence the rumour mill by selling its medical nutrition business? Euromonitor health and wellness analyst Diana Cowland explains why the sale makes sense for the world's biggest yoghurt...

Russian money laundering probe 'no relation' to Valio activities

A Russian money laundering investigation that yesterday culminated in a search of Valio's St Petersburg office has "no relation" to the activities of the Finnish dairy, says the agency behind...

Dean Foods withdraws 2014 earnings guidance after 'rocky' Q2

US dairy giant Dean Foods has withdrawn its full-year earnings guidance after fluid milk price volatility in the second quarter left its results looking "rocky." 

News in brief

Lucky escape as Nestlé worker avoids injury from exploding tanker

Nestlé has launched an investigation after a worker was hit by flying foam from a tanker lorry at its factory in York, UK.

Siggi's to benefit from $11.6m expansion

Emmi Roth USA will create 50 jobs in an $11.6m expansion in New York, with the state offering $400,000 in tax credits. 

Big brands must step up to salt challenge, says CASH

Large brands must step up their commitment to reducing salt, and match the progress being made by own-brand products from supermarkets, says CASH, as a new study shows salt levels...

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First Milk drops prices again

First Milk has made further price cuts based on what it claims are falling commodity prices and continued decline in UK market returns.

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As if by magic: colour-changing ice cream

A Spanish physicist has invented an ice cream that changes colour as it is licked.

Aussie dairies jumping on A2 protein bandwagon to 'cream consumers': Choice

Australian consumer group Choice has blasted dairies Down Under for attempting to milk the public using health claims relating to A2 beta casein protein. 

Malaysia

Chobani to hit Malaysian shelves as yoghurt demand grows in SE Asia

Chobani, America’s top-selling brand of strained yogurt that has been gaining a massive global following through its slick marketing, will soon be available in Malaysia.

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