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Brand names rule in battle for packaged dairy desserts

Almost 3.2m Australians eat a packaged dairy dessert such as a custard, mousse, chocolate pudding, creamy rice or fruity whip each month. 

General Mills seeks to patent method that transforms Greek yogurt waste

General Mills has applied to patent a method it claims produces prebiotic oligosacchride from Greek yogurt by-product, acid whey.

Ice Cream Inspired yogurt combines indulgence and goodness: Muller Quaker

PepsiCo's US yogurt venture, Muller Quaker Dairy, has launched a new range that combines the "indulgence of ice cream with the goodness of yogurt." 

French dairy Danone forecasts 'difficult and unstable' year ahead

With economic conditions expected to "remain difficult and unstable" in 2015, Danone has forecast organic sales growth of no more than 5% for the year ahead.

FIRM EYES YOGURT SNACK PROFIT POOL BEYOND 'SNACK AISLE'

‘What a difference a year makes!’ General Mills stops Yoplait yogurt rot and targets snackers

General Mills says US sales of Yoplait are booming, just a year after analysts expressed worries over the yogurt brand’s future – with the rebound driven by Greek and stripping...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

Yogurt a 'convenient stop gap' for majority of consumers: DSM

Yogurt is viewed by the majority of consumers as a snack "to bridge the gap" between meals, a survey commissioned by DSM has found. 

Habitual yogurt eaters in Spain fail to report improved health-related quality of life

Habitual yogurt eating showed no association with improved health-related quality of life reports among 4,000+ Spanish adults, scientists conclude in a new study, but they admit their work has several limitations.

PATENT WATCH 2015

Danone moves to patent more ‘user friendly’ two-foil yogurt pot

Danone has moved to patent a design for a two-compartment intended for semi-liquid dairy products such as yogurts that is easier to open and suited to multipack production.

Production ceases at Greek yogurt brand Three Happy Cows; founder sentenced to 5 years for arson

Production of Greek yogurt under the Three Happy Cows brand ceased at the end of January, FoodNavigator-USA has learned.

EFSA issues immune and gut health claim guidance; 'It will be better for all concerned'

EFSA has issued a long-awaited immune and gut health claim guidance document it says draws on years of dossier assessment and includes biomarker updates, but a leading consultant was left...

"The EU is the only region in the world where the use of the term ‘probiotic’ is banned.”

Probiotic sector chief: ‘I am ashamed how the EU is dealing with this’

The secretary general of a leading probiotic association has launched a stinging attack on the European Union health claims regime she said is discriminatory, confusing and shameful.

Probiotic drink may help control insulin resistance: Healthy human research

Probiotic supplementation may be useful in preventing insulin resistance caused by excessive consumption of high-fat foods, according to industry-backed research published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

Vrai bats off 100% organic criticism: We used what was available

It is not always possible to secure 100% organic raw materials, the French organic yoghurt brand Vrai has said in response to a consumer group campaign against its use of...

Organic aroma loophole leaves bad taste

The organic French yoghurt brand Vrai has been forced to pull one of its yoghurts after consumer pressure weighed in on its (legal) decision to use a non-organic aroma.

Is it possible to change the belief that unhealthy food is tastier?

Efforts to shift food choices toward healthier options often fail because there is a perceived conflict between health and taste, according to a new study.

Irish-made, high-protein Powerful Yogurt launching in UK and Ireland

Irish-made, high-protein Powerful Yogurt will launch in the UK and Ireland next week under license from the brand's Miami-based creator.

NIZO and OptiBiotix join forces to produce weight management yoghurt

NIZO Food Research business NIP and British firm OptiBiotix have agreed to established a joint venture to produce weight management yoghurt products.

Three Happy Cows: The party isn’t over for Greek yogurt; but the category is maturing

Are Americans falling out of love with Greek yogurt? No, says Three Happy Cows director of marketing Brian Twomey. But growth is slowing and space allocation in some stores is...

Arcil acquires Dinieper FFS technology to expand in Brazil and Latin America

Arcil has acquired Dinieper which makes form-fill-seal (FFS) machines to grow its presence in Brazil and Latin America focusing on South America’s yogurt market.

Arla Foods enters UK yoghurt category with high-protein quark launch

Arla Foods has entered the UK yoghurt category with Arla Protein - a high-protein quark product Finnish consumers will be familiar with.

Dannon targets US 'struggling dieter' with Light & Fit protein shakes

The Dannon Company has launched a low-fat protein shake for the "struggling dieter" under its existing Light & Fit yogurt brand.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects yoghurt weight loss health claims

168 human publications including 48 intervention studies, 20 observational studies, 12 meta-analyses, 13 reviews, and 75 other studies (bioavailability and mechanistic studies) have failed to convince the European Food Safety...

Greek yoghurt not ‘one dimensional’! Fage aims to educate consumers

Fage UK has launched a TV campaign aimed at changing the British consumer perception that Greek yoghurt is a “one dimensional product.”

Emsur’s first US packaging facility ramps up manufacturing

Emsur has opened its first US production facility after seeing a growing demand for its yoghurts and desserts outside of Europe.

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