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Innoquest launches texture analyser for semi-solid food

Innoquest has launched a device for measuring the texture of semi-solid food ingredients on the production line.

Norwegian dairy calls for action to avoid Christmas butter shortage

Norwegian dairy giant TINE has called upon the country’s government to reduce customs duties on butter imports to avoid a potential shortage over the Christmas period.

Dairy Crest aims to bolster spreads business through whole grain innovation

Dairy Crest is to launch the UK’s first spread with added seeds and whole grains in an effort to refresh its butter and spreads business.

Private equity in pole position to acquire Dairy Crest spreads business - analysts

Dairy Crest's French branded spread business, St Hubert, is attracting a host of potential buyers, according to industry analysts - with private equity firms looking like favourites to complete an acquisition in excess...

Lactalis touted as buyer for Dairy Crest spreads business

As UK dairy player, Dairy Crest, indicates it is ready to flog off its jewel in the crown - St Hubert - a food industry analyst reckons Groupe Lactalis is...

Dairy Crest’s hints at ‘au revoir’ to French spreads as acquisition strategy stalls

Dairy Crest surprised analysts today by announcing a strategic review of its French branded spreads business, St Hubert, with a possible divestment on the cards, and said that large dairy...

Fonterra butter recall vital to protect brand synonymous with New Zealand dairy, expert

Fonterra’s recall decision concerning 410,000 packs of butter was the right thing to do, and action to this front to protect its brand image was crucial, according to a top...

‘No reports of injury’ says Fonterra after massive butter recall

Fonterra has recalled 410,000 packs of butter after consumer complaints about the presence of ‘fine metal objects’, and has moved quickly to limit fallout from the incident.

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Glee for ghee butter fans as Indian researchers develop low cholesterol variety

The Indian National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) has developed a low-cholesterol ghee butter that is claimed to have 80-85% less cholesterol compared to normal desi ghee made from cow or...

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...

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