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Bartec Benke sees roaring trade with Tiger milk measuring system

Bartec Benke claims to have seen a roaring trade with its Tiger milk measuring system, as Bartec closes its largest acquisition to date with Top Group.

British taxman vows to treat struggling dairy farmers 'sympathetically'

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), responsible for the collection of UK tax, has vowed to treat struggling British dairy farmers “sympathetically.”

Arla Foods opts not to issue 2015 forecast after 'volatile' 2014

Following an "extremely volatile" 2014, Arla Foods has opted not to make a revenue or price performance forecast for the year ahead.


Is 'anticipation of reduced demand' for cheese behind Class III milk price fall?

"Anticipation of reduced demand" for cheese appears to be behind the fall in the price of Class III milk, says's US commodities expert, John Geuss.


Where's that missing Red Tractor? FFA slams Muller Wiseman for lack of milk quality logo

UK lobby Farmers for Action has hit out at UK milk processors including Muller Wiseman for not including a Red Tractor logo on milk containers to signal British quality –...

USDA urged to implement FMMO in California to amend 'disparity in pricing'

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been urged to implement a Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) in California to reduce the "disparity" between Class III and Californian Class 4b...

British dairy farmers 'need greater price protection': MPs

MPs have called on the British government to provide dairy farmers more protection against falling milk prices. 

First Milk 'very safe' financially despite milk payment deferral

British dairy cooperative First Milk insists its business is "very safe" despite cash flow problems that forced it last week to defer milk payments to its farmer members. ...


How does the US milk producer payment system work?

To kick off 2015,'s US commodities expert, John Geuss, explains how American milk component prices are devised.

Milk quota abolition will leave GDT auction more 'attractive' to dairies

 GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) will become more "attractive" to dairies as a result of the European Union (EU) milk quota abolition in 2015 , the auction platform believes.


US dairy exports 'falling significantly' as value of the dollar rises

With the value of the dollar rising, US dairy exports are falling.'s US dairy commodities expert, John Geuss, explains why...

Fonterra slashes forecast FGMP again as volatility continues

Fonterra has slashed its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2014/15 season to NZ$4.70 (US$3.63, €2.93) - the third such reduction since it was first announced in May.


Tetra Pak says dairy consumers ‘tend to accept’ less package functionality

Tetra Pak says it’s vital for its customers to strike a balance between ideal package functionality and carton cost, with liquid milk one segment where consumers tend to favor a...

Fresenius tightlipped on joint bid for Danone medical nutrition business

Fresenius is staying tightlipped on reports it and Permira, a European private equity firm, have teamed up in an attempt to acquire Danone's medical nutrition business. 

EC pledges €28m for Baltic dairy farmers impacted by Russian embargo

The European Commission (EC) has pledged €28m (US$35m) in financial aid for Baltic milk producers “particularly adversely affected” by the Russian embargo.

Russian embargo: 21 states urge Commission to preserve agri reserve funds

Twenty-one member state agricultural ministers have urged the Commission not to cut agri budgets and called for extra emergency funds to help counter the Russian embargo on European food imports....


Why are US butter prices 'dropping like a rock' after record highs?

After reaching an all time high in September 2014 US butter prices are now "dropping like a rock," says's US dairy commodities expert, John Geuss.

EC considering aid for embargo-hit dairy farmers in Finland, Baltics

The European Commission (EC) is considering financial aid for dairy farmers in Member States hit hard by the Russian embargo, such as Finland and the Baltic states.

FFA urged to 'stop and think' ahead of Müller Wiseman milk price protest

Müller Wiseman Dairies has urged Farmers for Action (FFA) to "stop and think" about the damage its planned milk price protests could have on the sector.

‘It was open, we used it’: Assolatte defends 'disproportionate' Italian cheese PSA use

The Italian Dairy Association (Assolatte) has defended the “disproportionate” use of European Commission (EC) private storage aid (PSA) by Italian cheesemakers that led to the scheme's closure. 

News in brief

Molkerei Ammerland completes first GlobalDairyTrade SWP auction

German dairy cooperative Molkerei Ammerland has completed its first sweet whey powder (SWP) auction on the Global Dairy Trade (GDT) platform.

Commission ups CAP budget by €30m to alleviate Russian ban on EU agri products

The European Commission says it will increase its €60m Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget by a further €30m to ease market difficulties expected as a result of Russian measures against some European...

Finns call for EC dairy compensation to offset Russian embargo impact

European Commission (EC) compensation will be required to shore up Finnish producers facing a double-digit fall in milk prices as a result of the Russian embargo, farmer representative MTK has...


Will US dairy sector pursue 'proven' butter export market?

The US dairy sector will likely invest in additional churning capacity to meet demand from the now "proven" export market for butter, says commodities expert, John Geuss....

Dean Foods withdraws 2014 earnings guidance after 'rocky' Q2

US dairy giant Dean Foods has withdrawn its full-year earnings guidance after fluid milk price volatility in the second quarter left its results looking "rocky." 

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