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Unilever cuts trans fats from soft spreads

Unilever has announced that it will cut the trans fats from its soft spreads, while keeping levels of saturated fat below two grams per serving – even though it...

Valio spreads probiotics into new category

Unilever has teamed up with Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier, Valio, to launch a probiotic spread in Germany and Sweden with “strengthening natural defences” as the central selling point.

Pectin plus fish gelatin could lead to cheaper low-fat spreads: study

Pectin could be the ideal partner for gelatin in the production of low-cost, low-fat spreads, according to a new study from Malaysia.

Dairy Crest recalls spread amidst brand push

UK-based Dairy Crest has extended a product recall to another batch of its 2kg tubs of Vitalite brand due to incorrect packaging labeling claiming the product is 'soya free' and...

Mixed verdict in managers' butter adultery case

Two French dairy managers face suspended prison sentences and €23m in fines for their alleged role in a Europe-wide scheme to produce and distribute adulterated butter, the European Anti Fraud...

Arla targets UK dominance in organic spreads

Arla Foods is launching an organic alternative for its leading spread brand in a bid to become market leader of the burgeoning segment.

EU slices through butter mountain

Nearly all remaining butter stocks being held in the EU's intervention system will be sold off on the common market, member states have agreed.

EU breaks New Zealand butter monopoly

Nearly half the licences to import butter to the EU from New Zealand will be opened up to new firms, breaking a monopoly held by the UK subsidiary of dairy...

Dairy Crest seals St Hubert spreads deal

Dairy Crest, Britain's largest dairy group, is set to significantly increase its collection of brands and capture leading market positions abroad after signing a deal to buy French and Italian...

Anchor butter attacked by Dairy Crest, NFU

Dairy Crest has got backing from the National Farmers' Union for new adverts attacking rival butter brand Anchor, which is shipped frozen to Britain from New Zealand.

EU poised to block New Zealand butter imports

The European Commission has hinted it may ban all new import licences for New Zealand butter, according to dairy co-op Fonterra, rounding off a bad week for kiwi butter in...

EU heeds calls to raise butter export subsidies

The European Commission has raised export subsidies available for butter for the second month running, bowing to pressure from member states concerned at volatile markets.

Palsgaard launches emulsifiers for very low fat spreads

Danish firm Palsgaard has launched a new emulsifier combination for very low fat spreads and butter with a fat content of between 10 and 15 per cent.

Dairy Crest plans omega-3 spread launch

Functional spreads are increasingly holding up value on the UK margarine sector, says new research, as Dairy Crest plans to launch a new range containing omega-3.

Butter revival batters margarine sales in UK

Butter is making a comeback on lower fat margarine as UK consumers trade up to treat themselves, but the overall fats market is shrinking and imported brands are taking the...

Spreads company speeds up production with investment

A £500,000 investment in new filling and packing equipment has increased the speed of production at UK spreads specialist Matthews Foods.

Working time fix boosts productivity at spreads plant

Allowing employees to keep more flexible working times has resulted in better relationships between employer and staff and in some cases increased operational efficiency according to a new report.

EU subsidy cuts hurt Arla's butter exports

Dairy producer Arla Foods, which supplies butter to a number of bakeries, has sent out one of the first signals that the dairy sector is hurting from a reduction in...

Butterfat consolidation through Glanbia and Corman link up

Ireland's leading butterfat supplier Glanbia has signed a joint venture agreement with Belgian group Corman, to make and market dairy spreads and butterfat products.

Glanbia secures second Irish butter deal

Irish food group Glanbia and dairy co-operative Connaught Gold will soon be able to reap synergy benefits, after agreeing to share some elements of their dairy processing operations, Tom Armitage...

Campina adds value to butter oil division

Campina, the ambitious owner of dairy ingredients supplier DMV International, will buy Belgian milk fat specialist Aveve Zuivel, in a deal that brings the Dutch firm a new platform for...

Chr Hansen launches new culture for low fat buttermilks

Meeting the challenge of organoleptic changes when fat is removed from low fat formulations, Chr Hansen launches a new culture to improve texture in sour cream and buttermilk, writes Lindsey...

APV launches new bulk butter packing line

APV has launched a new range of bulk butter packing lines that it claims is ideal for small, medium and large-scale carton filling applications in the dairy and food industries.

Butter Buds eyes organic sector

In line with growing consumer demand for organic products, Butter Buds Food Ingredients has introduced a certified organic line of natural butter, cream and cheese concentrates.

Western spreads launched in accession 10

The market for fats and spreads in eastern Europe is rapidly diversifying, whilst rapidly expanding. Furthermore the latest product launches from the Mintel databases in this segment indicate that functionality...

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