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DMK boosts turnover and spreads Chinese wings with new sales office

Germany’s largest dairy processor Deutsche Milchkontor (DMK) has opened a new sales office in China to pursue regional growth, and has hinted at further investments in the country.

Grease is the word for Swedish butter smugglers…

But it didn’t have groove and meaning for the two men when they were stopped by Norwegian police for trying to smuggle butter into the country.

Norwegian dairy giant call for tariff relief as butter crisis bites

Leading Norwegian butter producer TINE has called upon the country’s agricultural authority to temporarily suspend customs duties on butter imports, to avoid shortages over the Christmas period.

Soaring butter demand sees supply shortage hit Finland, Sweden and Russia

Shops in Finland, Sweden and Russian will suffer some ‘scarcity’ of butter supplies for the rest of this year, as leading Finnish dairy processor Valio struggles to meet soaring demand.

Analysts cautious as Dairy Crest spreads bets

City analysts have expressed continued concerns over Dairy Crest’s dairies business, following the release of the firm’s first quarter trading results yesterday.

PBDE-contaminated butter sparks call to boost regulatory scrutiny

High levels of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants found in a butter sample were most likely caused by tainted packaging, said scientists as they called for stricter regulatory scrutiny...

Protected status application for ‘Jersey Butter’ rejected

An application to register Jersey Butter with a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) has been rejected.

Arla to transfer its UK butter production to Westbury Dairies

Arla Foods is to end its reliance on imports from Sweden and Denmark rom August 2011 as it announces the transfer of its UK retail butter production to Westbury Dairies.

Margarine with a claim seen as ‘better than butter’

American consumers are more likely to choose margarine over butter if it carried a heart healthy claim, found the United Soybean Board’s annual survey on consumer attitudes towards nutrition.

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FOOD MANUFACTURE ROUND TABLE: Novel low saturated fat milk performs well in cream, butter

A novel milk containing significantly reduced levels of saturated fat could offer fresh hope to manufacturers under pressure to improve the nutritional profile of butter, cheese and cream, has...

Dairy Crest on track despite spreads and cheese softness

Dairy Crest has revealed that it is on track to meet its profit targets despite weakness in its spreads and cheese businesses.

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Health claim scepticism feeds butter spread

Spreads with added benefits continue to be negatively impacted by consumer confusion and scepticism, argues market researcher Mintel.

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.