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‘Younger consumers aren’t the core market they have been in the past’

Success for ice-cream – but children aren't the main consumers

The German ice-cream market is the most valuable in Europe, worth $2.7b USD in 2013, according to market research firm Canadean – and it is older people, not children, who...

25% of milk produced in Tanzania wet season is wasted

Travesty of poor refrigeration in developing countries

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has launched a report which claims 25% of food wastage in the developing world could be eliminated with better refrigeration equipment. 

Foreign yogurt 'jeopardizing the dominance' of Greek yogurt: Datamonitor

Foreign yogurt concepts, inspired by Icelandic, Australian, and Vietnamese variations, are putting pressure on the increasingly saturated US Greek yogurt market, according to Datamonitor.

Insights from IFT 2014

There’s no Chobani in protein drinks; market up for grabs

As protein appears primed to continue its meteoric rise, buoyed by a strong health halo among US consumers, where is there still potential for this macronutrient?

Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report

There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the UK, with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155% between 2011 and 2013,...

Packaged Facts forecasts CAGR of 4%, 2014-2018

Smoky, peppery, gourmet: specialty cheese on the rise

The popularity of natural and specialty cheese is growing as consumers look beyond traditional varieties for indulgent and healthier products, according to market intelligence firm Packaged Facts. 

European Commission wants to prevent repeat of 2009 milk crisis

‘Rather positive outlook’ for dairy in post-quota era

The European Commission reports a ‘rather positive outlook’ for the dairy market, with big potential for exports following the end of milk quotas on March 31, 2015.

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

Not on our turf, says NHS, as boycott has Nestlé-sponsored event cancelled

A Scottish public health conference has been cancelled after senior NHS figures urged attendees to boycott the event in protest against its commercial sponsor, Nestlé.

US dairy players threaten to drop TPP trade deal support

Scores of US dairy players have threatened to withdraw their support for the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if Japan and Canada refuse to open up their markets to...

China cuts number of permitted imported infant formula brands to less than 100

Just 94 foreign infant formula brands have so far been given approval for sale in China under new regulations - down from reportedly more than 800.

Spanish probiotic to feature in 10 EU countries for mastitis

Spanish supplier Biosearch Life has signed a deal with an Austrian pharma firm to supply its breast milk probiotic-based strain to food supplements in 10 central and eastern European countries.

News in brief

New York crowned US capital of yogurt for second year

New York, the home of Chobani, Fage USA, and Muller Quaker Dairy, has held on to its status as the US capital of yogurt, the state's governor Andrew Cuomo has...

Irish dairy group beefs up African ingredients presence

The opening last week of a regional development and application centre in Durban, South Africa, signals a clear intent by Kerry Foods to ramp up its focus on the fast...

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Game of spoons: France’s 144,000 tonne, €420 million probiotic yoghurt health claim hit

France’s formally buoyant multi-billion euro probiotic yoghurt market will shed €420m between now and 2018 directly because of tough EU health claim laws, according to new analysis that isolates ‘the health claims...

Chinese UK cheese export ban will be 'lifted soon': Defra

Two weeks into a Chinese suspension of British cheese exports, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has little to say on the issue but believes the...

Australian dairy farmers issued with El Niño warning

Australia dairy farmers are being urged to prepare for a long dry period in the coming months, as weather experts in the country reiterate their prediction of an El Niño....

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

Challenges 'remain the same' despite dairy innovation: Zenith

Despite the significant evolution of dairy in recent years, many of the challenges faced by the sector "truthfully remain the same," according to Zenith International.

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Danes back nutrient-rich African camel milk expansion

Danish supplier Chr Hansen has launched a forum to disseminate and share information on camel cheese and milk production to generate global support and potential revenue for small-scale camel owners...

Guest article

European nutrition innovation is dead? Long live fusion innovation!

Consensus was real innovation was difficult to perceive with the naked eye at Vitafoods Europe this year. But that doesn’t mean it didn’t exist, says Healthy Marketing Team president and...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Nutrition Capital Network takes venture to Vitafoods Geneva

Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) chief Grant Ferrier took his capital-connecting nutrition venture to Vitafoods in Geneva this week.

Who rules the world? Indian women, says Danone

French food major Groupe Danone is now turning to Indian women, rather than relying on its tested global strategies, to crack the competitive Indian market.

Vitafoods 2014 Live

Vitafoods tweet by tweet: The key quotes from social media

Our team of journalists and editors will be bringing you the latest news, views, pictures and tweets from the Vitafoods show in Geneva. Stick with us to keep up to date...

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