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Fonterra fined NZ$192,000 for Eltham buttermilk dump stench

Fonterra has been fined NZ$192,000 (US$127,000, €115,000) by a court in New Zealand for its part in what has been dubbed the Eltham buttermilk stink. 

Developing markets show more concern for environmentally sound packs than developed ones: Tetra Pak

Consumers demonstrate growing interest in environmentally sound packaging, with shoppers in developing countries wishing to secure a cleaner environment for their children, according to Tetra Pak. 

Lack of dairy-based fat in human diet may lead to prediabetes, dolphin study suggests

Heptadecanoic acid, a saturated fat found in dairy products, may actually help stop prediabetes in its tracks, says a National Marine Mammal Foundation study.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

Price war fallout to worsen as retailers produce their own goods

Manufacturers are already on the brink but they now face a "nightmare scenario" as more retailers begin producing their own goods, says a market report - so what can industry...

3D-printed 'smart cap' for milk cartons detects signs of spoilage: Study

Engineers at the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) have created a 3D-printed 'smart cap' for milk cartons that detects signs of spoilage.

Something about dairy? Delivery vehicle boosts probiotic efficacy: Studies

Probiotics are more effective when ingested with dairy products, UC Davis research suggests. 

a2 Milk Company rejects Dean Foods, Freedom Foods takeover bid

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has rejected a joint takeover bid by Australian firm Freedom Foods and US dairy giant Dean Foods.

JBT Corporation acquires Stork Food & Dairy Systems for €47m

JBT Corporation has acquired Stork Food & Dairy Systems (SFDS), a filling and sterilization solutions provider for €47m.

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Charm Sciences test receives AOAC-RI approval

Charm Sciences’ aerobic count bacterial test has received AOAC-Research Institute approval.

Fonterra slashes workforce by more than 500 'to remain strongly competitive'

Fonterra, the world's largest dairy exporter, is reducing its workforce by more than 500 in the face of falling milk prices.

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Dairy permeate powder standard work approved by Codex

An international standard on the identity, compositional quality and safety of powders made from dairy permeates has come a step closer.

New Zealand raw milk competition 'at risk' from Fonterra dominance: Westland

Competition for farm gate milk in New Zealand is "at risk" from Fonterra's market dominance, says Westland Milk Products.

Having a mare making horse cheese? Try camel chymosin, says Italian scientist

Pure camel chymosin – an enzyme found to effectively coagulate camel and donkey milk – also holds the potential to clot milk from horses, according to new research.


Consensus not reached by Codex on rBST standard

The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has decided not to adopt a standard on draft maximum residue limits (MRLs) for bovine somatotropin after a mammoth debate during its 38th session.

Russian import blacklist decision on lactose-free 'doesn't change much': Valio

The exclusion of "specialized" lactose-free milk and dairy products from Russia's Western food import blacklist "doesn't change much," says Finnish dairy, Valio. 


Mercy for Animals undercover animal cruelty video 'contrived': DFA

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has taken a further swipe at Mercy for Animals, branding a recent undercover investigation by the organization "contrived."

HDPE-reinforced Tetra Pak carton bottle suitable for enriched milks

Tetra Pak has adapted its Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle to make it suitable for milk products with oxygen-sensitive enrichments.

Dairy crisis

Dairy sector needs ‘urgent help’ after ‘devastating blow’

The dairy industry has been hit with “another devastating blow” as Arla Foods has cut its milk price, calling for urgent help from industry and government, according to the National...

FrieslandCampina boosts Greek stocks to meet Grexit stockpiling demand

FrieslandCampina has boosted stocks of infant formula and condensed milk in Greece, where consumers are stockpiling food following the closure of banks.

Müller moves to alleviate UK competition concerns over Dairy Crest acquisition

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has "in principle" accepted a proposal that would reduce competition concerns and allow Müller to acquire Dairy Crest's fresh milk business....


Inside.... FrieslandCampina's Innovation Centre, the Netherlands

Zenith International kicked off its ninth Global Dairy Congress in the Netherlands with a trip to FrieslandCampina's Innovation Centre at Wageningen University.

Drinkable yogurt, dairy-based smoothies could help counter declining consumption of fluid milk

Individually packaged drinkable yogurt and dairy-based smoothies are increasingly popular as more convenient and modern alternatives to fluid milk, the consumption of which has declined in recent years, according to...

More than half of UK consumers willing to pay more for milk: Mintel

Despite UK milk prices falling significantly in recent years, consumers are willing to pay more for their milk, according to new research.

Freedom Foods and mystery international dairy considering a2 Milk takeover bid

Australian firm Freedom Foods and an "unnamed leading international" dairy have lodged a non-binding bid to acquire the a2 Milk Company (a2MC).

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