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Danone to sell Stonyfield to complete WhiteWave acquisition

Danone has reached an agreement in principle with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as it looks to close the acquisition of WhiteWave.

Recycling robotics uses AI to sort food and beverage cartons from other materials

A new artificial intelligence-powered robotics system has been developed to divert cartons away from landfills, with possibilities to sort other recyclable materials in the future. 

Synerlink expands into milk, desserts, yogurts and juice sector

Food packaging technology supplier Synerlink has acquired Ermi, which manufactures aseptic fill-seal bottle and cup fillers for milk, desserts, yogurts and juices.

WHO set new standards for monitoring junk food ads aimed at children

The World Health Organisation has released guidelines for a new Europe-wide investigation into junk food ads aimed at children.

March product launches from around the world in the dairy aisles

There are more than 20 new products from around the world featured in our look at what's new in the dairy aisles for March. 

Lactips creates edible plastic packaging from milk protein

Lactips has developed an edible plastic made from milk protein (casein), claiming it has enormous potential for intelligent packaging in the food and beverage industry.

New appointments in the global dairy industry

This month we again provide a round-up of new appointments in the dairy industry.

Land O'Lakes acquires Vermont Creamery

Vermont Creamery has announced it will become an independently-operated subsidiary of Minnesota-based Land O'Lakes.

Califia Farms taps into growing RTD coffee & dairy alternative beverage markets in Canada

Califia Farms has rolled out its almond beverage and cold brew coffee ranges into Canada: a market where non-dairy alternative milks grew by 225% during a three-year period, with almond...

Shamrock Farms invests $40m in plant expansion to double production capacity

Shamrock Farms is expanding its August County, Virginia, milk manufacturing facility, which will more than double its production capacity, and create 70 new jobs in the area, reaching 120 employees...

B vitamin deficiencies linked to poor infant development issues

Children deficient in vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 show lower cognitive and motor function skills, find two studies investigating the long-term effects of child development with incomplete vitamin profiles. 

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

NZ government backs natural products innovation as exports help offset dairy slump

The New Zealand government is committed to helping natural products and supplements firms meet their export potential by removing barriers to innovation, according to the country’s environment minister.

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

Errington Cheese maintains innocence after E. coli report findings

A report into an E. coli O157 outbreak in Scotland has reiterated Dunsyre Blue as the source while Errington Cheese has insisted there is no microbiological evidence for this conclusion.

FrieslandCampina comments on China Huishan Dairy crash

On March 24, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange postponed the trading in shares of China Huishan Dairy Holdings Company Limited after an 85% drop of its share price.

Germany looks to change milk supply relationships

Germany’s Bundeskartellamt has published an interim report on its administrative proceeding concerning conditions of supply for raw milk.

Davisco Foods International to pay penalty for violating part of Commodity Exchange Act

Davisco Foods International, an international dairy food and ingredient company based in Minnesota, has been issued a $150,000 civil monetary penalty for failure to register with the US Commodity Futures...

News in brief

DIXY Group & Tetra Pak launch Romanov Lug cream and baked milk packaging

DIXY Group has partnered with Tetra Pak to launch Romanov Lug own brand cream and baked milk packaging with the FSC certification label.

Egli and Fasa butter machinery available in the UK

Machinery from Swiss butter and margarine processing company Egli AG, and its partner packaging company, Lithuania’s Fasa, is now available to UK producers through Dairy Machinery UK.

Vinamilk completes Angkormilk takeover

Vietnamese dairy Vinamilk has bought all of the remaining shares of Cambodian milk producer Angkor Dairy Products Co. Limited (Angkormilk).

News in brief

NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT launched

Fonterra’s ingredients brand NZMP has launched NZMP GOLD Whole Milk Powder for UHT.

Russia proposes changes to dairy vs. non-dairy labeling to WTO

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), the regulatory body of Russia, has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of amendments seeking to distinguish between dairy products with or without milk fat...

Seized milk powder could be destroyed following court ruling

Some milk and buttermilk powder seized due to safety concerns months ago could be destroyed following a ruling in a US district court.

Roha launches Natracol Ultra Cran Red as an alternative to carmine in dairy products

Indian food company Roha Dyechem Pvt Ltd has created Natracol Ultra Cran Red (UCR), which it says capitalizes on the trend to move from synthetic dairy food colorants to natural...

Top beverage firms want 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030

Döhler, FrieslandCampina Riedel, Refresco and Verbruggen Juice Trading Sustainable Products have signed an agreement to supply 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030.

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