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Our 2011 dairy digest: relive the stories that made a milk splash this year...

From killer ice cream to Nestlé and Danone cancelling or suspending local operations in China, 2011 was a roller-coaster ride for the world dairy industry. So fasten your seatbelts and...

'We're the first to hit UK zero waste to landfill target', Arla

Arla Foods claims that it is the first major dairy company in the UK to achieve zero waste to landfill throughout its entire UK business, including all its processing sites.

Pile on those truckin' pounds, say Kraft and peers, as opponents cite safety fears

US food giant Kraft says it hopes that more states are allowed to follow the lead of Maine and Vermont and allow heavier 97,000-pound trucks on interstate roads, although opponents...

State-of-the-art serrated plastic pipe cleaning tech unveiled by Arla

The UK arm of Scandinavian based dairy giant Arla has installed a new ‘state of the art’ pipe cleaning technology at its creamery in Stourton that it says will help...

Shelf-life, sustainability and substitution to drive aseptic packaging growth – report

Extended shelf-life and sustainability properties of aseptic packaging will drive demand for food and beverage applications to nearly $2.5bn by 2020, an industry report has predicted.

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Fonterra admits 'mixed' results on sustainability

The world's largest dairy processor Fonterra claims its 10,500 dairy farmers are delivering results from a sustainability standpoint, but admits that more work needs to be done.

‘Curbside exclusion’ is major challenge facing US carton recycling: Carton Council

Despite improvements to curbside carton recycling, lack of access for consumers is the major problem that the industry faces in upping recycling rates, according to the US Carton Council.

Australian study promises sustainable ‘heart-friendly’ milk

Scientists in Australia say they have conducted new research showing that feeding cows winemaking byproducts drastically cuts their methane emissions and leads to healthier milk.

Greenpeace slams Fonterra over alleged ‘climate crime’

NGO Greenpeace New Zealand (GPNZ) has attacked Fonterra’s continued use of controversial palm oil co-product, palm kernel expeller (PKE), as a supplementary dairy farm feed.

Cutting renewable energy subsidy schemes could slow sustainability progress, Dairy UK

Despite rapid progress towards sustainability goals, cuts to renewable energy subsidy schemes and multiple carbon taxes could slow the dairy industry down in terms of going “above and beyond” existing...

Bioplastics lobby prompted Californian anti oxo-bio marketing laws, OPA

Professor Gerald Scott, president of the UK Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has hit out at Californian environmental marketing laws that prevent oxo-bio producers from marketing products as ‘biodegradable’, and says...

Special Edition: Stevia

Stevia supply chain is built on sustainable values, say suppliers

Greater ownership and management of the stevia supply chain has helped to build a system that is sustainable, responsible, and scalable, say leading global suppliers PureCircle and Cargill.

DMK aims to ‘express sustainability' within corporate culture

German dairy processing giant Deutsches Milchkontor (DMK) has published its first sustainability report and says it aims to express sustainability ‘more as a part of our corporate culture’.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Asda exceed sustainability targets through supply chain reduction

Asda has exceeded a 10% carbon emission reduction target for 2015 through the elimination of 17 million miles from its supply chain to date, according to figures released by the UK retailer.

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Ambitious sustainability goals are a ‘real challenge’, Arla

As part of our special edition newsletter examining supply chain sustainability, spoke to Jan Dalsgaard Johannesen, corporate environmental director at Arla Foods, about specific challenges facing the dairy sector....

Special Edition: Sustainable Supply Chain

Challenges and benefits of implementing a sustainable supply chain

The incorporation of sustainability throughout the supply chain involves constant innovation, commitment from company leadership and a realization that it is an indefinite process, said Datamonitor.

HDPE milk bottle report shows UK recycling rates up

A new report into UK High-density polyethylene (HPDE) recycling rates has revealed that milk bottle recycling rates hit a high of 76 per cent during 2010, but 20,000 tonnes of...

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Developing world dairy boom is sustainable: Fonterra chairman

Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden believes that the current dairy boom in China and India that has underpinned rising prices for products worldwide will continue.

New Welsh dairy reveals added-value ambition

The operators of the first dairy to be built in Wales for 75 years say they have earmarked the sales potential of added-value ingredients in addition to cow’s milk.

Dairy sector reveals greenhouse gas progress

The results of collaborative efforts across the worldwide dairy sector to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions have been revealed during the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit in Italy.

IDF summit targets negative perceptions of dairy products

It is vital to counter negative public perceptions of dairy products amidst world consumers, according to the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF’s) scientific programme chair.

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We didn’t raise UK recycling awareness early enough: Tetra Pak CEO

Tetra Pak president and CEO Dennis Jönsson has admitted that his company didn’t do enough to raise awareness of the recycling potential of cartons during their crucial formative years in...

‘Welsh milk’ miles dominate dairy processing report

49 per cent of milk produced within Wales is shipped to England for processing before it is returned to its country of origin for sale by retailers and wholesalers as...

Industry hails first global measurement system for packaging sustainability

New global guidelines on packaging sustainability will help companies reduce their carbon footprint while boosting efficiency and spur more effective communication between players throughout the supply chain, said Unilever’s Nigel...

Danone launches ‘green plastic’ packaging for its drinking yoghurt brand

Following the launch of Danone’s ‘green plastic’ plant-based bottle for its drinking yoghurt brand, the firm said it plans to roll out the packaging in other European countries.

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