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EFSA proposes cut in maximum infant, follow-on formula protein levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended slashing maximum protein levels in infant and follow-on formula, citing a lack of evidence supporting the need for such high protein intake.

Job cuts proposed at botulism scare impacted Fonterra Canpac plant

Fonterra has acknowledged that proposed job losses at its under-capacity Canpac packing plant can be attributed in part to last year's whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

Agropur to double US presence with Davisco Foods acquisition

Canadian dairy Agropur has agreed to acquire the processing assets of Minnesota cheese and whey ingredients manufacturer Davisco Foods International - a deal that will double its US operational presence.

a2 Milk Company to resume China infant formula shipments

The a2 Milk Company has received approval from Chinese authorities to resume shipments of its a2 Platinum brand infant formula after a break of more than two months.

Danone slams NZ High Court for 'undue delay' in Fonterra WPC case

Danone has slammed a New Zealand High Court decision to stall its legal battle to recoup money lost as a result of the Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare....

US COMMODITIES CORNER

US dairies dealing with 'new and different' SMP pricing dynamic

US skim milk powder (SMP) prices are now determined by global movements, not domestic events - a change our commodities expert John Geuss describes as "a new and different dynamic." ...

Abbott making 'progress' repairing Fonterra botulism scare damage

Abbott Laboratories' CEO believes the company has “recovered about as well" as it could have in the year since the Fonterra WPC botulism scare that led it to recall infant formula in China,...

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

UK ASA ruling

‘You, stronger?’ Not via EU-approved protein-recovery claims, ASA tells MaxiNutrition

The UK advertising watchdog has dropped a barbell on drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s MaxiNutrition sports nutrition brand over “exaggerated” use of EU-approved protein-recovery claims.

Aspen withdraws S-26 follow-on formula over lizard contamination claim

A batch of S-26 Original Progress follow-on formula has been pulled from shelves in Australia after a consumer reported finding a dead lizard in a tin.

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Molkerei Ammerland joins GlobalDairyTrade with sweet whey offering

German dairy cooperative Molkerei Ammerland has joined the GlobalDairyTrade platform in the hope of increasing its access to increasing worldwide dairy demand.

Guest article

Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed sum to a private equity player. Analyst and author Julian Mellentin tracks the...

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

Smooth transition: Yogurt is doing fine without digestive health claims

Sales of yogurt in the UK have remained healthy, despite ditching digestive health positioning, according to Euromonitor. 

Repackaging coffee, powedered milk and cocoa

Exclusive: Nestlé on why Africa will be its focus for modular factories

In an exclusive interview with FoodProductionDaily, Alfredo Fenollosa, technical head, Nestlé Asia, Oceania and Africa, tells us why the company is targeting Africa for the launch of its modular factory...

Fonterra and Dairy Crest enter infant formula ingredients partnership

Dairy Crest and Fonterra have entered into a strategic partnership to produce and market infant formula ingredients, demineralized whey powder and galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS).

Fonterra, Dairy Crest quiet on demineralized whey partnership reports

British firm Dairy Crest has confirmed it will be “partnering with someone” to supply demineralized whey powder for infant formula, but declined to confirm reports it is close to sealing...

French agency bucks EU with plant sterol-stanol cholesterol rejection

France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for...

EFSA adopts essential infant formula composition opinion

EFSA has adopted its opinion on the essential infant formula composition following a period of public consultation which saw nearly 400 comments stream in on the likes of omega-3 form...

The Organic Protein Company eyeing 'healthy chunk' of UK whey market

Newcomer, The Organic Protein Company, expects to “steal a healthy chunk” of the UK whey protein powder market with its California-made, USDA-certified offering.

FDA wants more goat's milk formula on US market: Hyproca Nutrition

Having secured access to the US market, Dutch firm Hyproca Nutrition has welcomed efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the availability of goat's milk-based formula products....

Davisco Foods ‘not taking shotgun approach’ to Africa

Having secured sales in South Africa, US dairy protein specialist Davisco Foods is examining further opportunities in Africa - but insists it will not take a "shotgun approach" to the...

UK ASA Ruling

UK regulator turns ‘contrary’ over infant drink marketing, says campaigner

Danone Nutricia’s vindication from any wrongdoing in press adverts for Aptamil with Pronutra+ follow-on milk was described as “absurd” by Baby Milk Action (BMA), which filed a complaint with the UK’s Advertising...

Mead Johnson awards $1m to further study of piglet brain development

Mead Johnson Nutrition has awarded the University of Illinois' Department of Animal Sciences a grant of nearly $1m to further its understanding of how nutrition affects brain development in piglets....

Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report

There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the UK, with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155% between 2011 and 2013,...

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