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First Milk plant closure proposed following cheese contract loss

British dairy processor First Milk has announced plans to close its Maelor cheese packing facility near Wrexham in Wales following the loss of a “significant customer contract.”

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US government shutdown masks reason for cheese inventory decrease

US cheese inventories are finally showing signs of a return to "historical levels." According to MilkPrice blogger, John Geuss, this can almost certainly be attributed to an increase in exports,...

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Russia slaps ban on Lithuanian dairy imports over ‘numerous violations’

Russia has slapped a temporary ban on the import of Lithuanian dairy products after research by its food safety authority, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection...

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‘100 milking robots’ in Ireland by December, says top scientist

Irish scientists developing automated $177,000 milking machines claim to have cracked the problem of pasture-based farms – a breakthrough that could free up farm labour and allow greater production of grass-fed milk.

One dead, 25 sickened in E.coli O157:H7 from cheese

One person has died and at least 25 have been sickened by an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 linked to cheese produced by Gort’s Gouda Cheese farm in Canada.

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Hollywood actor Saoirse Ronan honoured for Irish food sustainability film

Irish film star, Saoirse Ronan, has been honoured by the Irish Minister for Agriculture for her role promoting food sustainability.

CTI inks tackle food safety temperature challenge

Chromatic Technologies Inc. (CTI) has developed inks that provide reminders when a product has been out of refrigeration and temperature has started to rise.

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Irish minister commits to growing dairy production by 50% in 5 years

Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, and Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Agriculture said the country will take advantage of changes to Europe’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) which will allow...

Emerging markets such as India must reform to reignite dairy growth

Slowing dairy sales growth in Brazil and India during Q2 2013 means that reforms and infrastructure upgrades are likely necessary to reignite such emerging markets, according to Rabobank.

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Dairygold invests $176m to exploit end of European milk quotas

Dairygold is investing €130m ($176m) in Irish processing facilities to massively increase operations when EU restrictions on milk production are lifted in April 2015.

Nestle, Kerry, Glanbia take to Twitter at Irish food sustainability conference

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny joined executives from Tesco, Glanbia and the World Bank to address "Our Food, Our Future" in Dublin on Thursday September 26.

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Tumbling US milk sales spur processing turn to non-dairy drinks: PMMI

US dairy processors are countering declines in fluid milk consumption by processing non-dairy beverages including iced teas and coffees, almond or soy-based ‘milk’ drinks and even lemonades.

Calcium, vitamin D opportunity grows as osteoporosis prevalence rises

Osteoporosis continues to be a silent killer. A major fracture can be the start of a fatal cascade for an older patient, yet the majority of elderly patients still do...

Dispatches from pack Expo

Intelligrated: Automation explosion due to high labour costs

High health care costs, a lack of interest in repetitive manual labour and rising worker wages has led to an explosion of automated machinery, according to Intelligrated.

GreenPalm announces first trade of palm oil by-product certificate

GreenPalm has announced the first certified trade of palm oil by-product for feed use, hailing the development a triumph in supply chain sustainability for food manufacturers. 

Bosch and Mondelēz increase cheese line productivity

Mondelēz International has partnered with Bosch Packaging Services to install five dosing units compatible with its existing four Bosch ML4 processing systems to produce and package cheese at its Namur...

HPP use in cheese “limited” due to quality changes

Using High Pressure Processing (HPP) to improve safety and shelf life in cheese is limited due to changes in quality, according to researchers.

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What's that got to do with the price of cheese in America?

Do you know what drives the price of cheese in the US? Domestic consumption? Export demand? In this, the second installment of his four-part special on the US dairy commodities...

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Class III milk price suffers as US cheese, butter stocks remain high

High US cheese and butter stocks continued to impact commodity prices in July 2013, driving down the cost of milk protein, milk fat, and Class III milk. Until these inventory levels are...

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Synergy targets consumer demand for authenticity with cheddar cheese flavours

Flavour and ingredients supplier Synergy has introduced a range of cheddar cheese flavours, to deliver authentic mature cheddar flavours in savoury foods.

Italy blocks EU-Costa Rica trade deal over cheese GI infringements

Italy has blocked the implementation of a trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Costa Rica in protest to the use of geographical indication (GI) trademarks by cheese manufacturers...

IDF, Australia, Canada oppose Codex processed cheese standard revision

Work on a draft revision of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) international standard for processed cheese could restart, despite opposition from Australia, Canada, and the International Dairy Federation (IDF).

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Dean Foods offers $10,000 to catch employee’s killer

Oak Farms Dairy in Dallas, owned by Dean Foods, is offering a $10,000 reward to solve the murder of one of its employees.

Kraft Foods awarded Cracker Barrel cheese trademark injunction

Kraft Foods has been granted a temporary injunction that prohibits US restaurant chain Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBOCS) from making, marketing, or selling products under its Cracker Barrel mark,...

Food distributors told to innovate to exploit $1.4bn future market

Inventive responses to a future population explosion will be vital for successful food distributors, according to Frost & Sullivan.

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