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Milk Link’s drink business must go as Commission approves Arla merger

Arla Foods has been granted approval by the European Commission to merge with Milk Link, but must sell a UK milk drinks business acquired through the deal to facilitate the...

Kiwi authorities crack down on unlawful infant formula exports

New Zealand authorities have begun action to stop unlawful exports of infant formula to China, after trade bodies blamed these for severely undermining the southern nation’s reputation for food safety....

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Murray Goulburn reports revenue boost citing exports growth

Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn has reported revenue and profit increases for the 2011-12 season, citing the impact of increased exports.

Arla to expand Danish facility to meet Chinese demand

Arla Foods is looking to expand the capacity of its Arinco milk powder manufacturing plant to meet the increased demand created by its supply agreement with Chinese paediatric nutrition firm...

FSANZ approves Fonterra hydrogen peroxide processing aid application

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved an application from dairy giant Fonterra to use hydrogen peroxide as a processing aid to control lactic acid-producing micro-organisms during the manufacture...

UK dairy industry years ahead of government ‘green’ targets – Carbon Trust

The UK dairy industry’s “pro-active” attitude to carbon emissions has put it years ahead of government carbon footprint targets, according to the Carbon Trust.

Tetra Pak boosts Turkish output with lamination investment

Tetra Pak has invested €25m in lamination facilities at its Turkish packaging material plant, to lift beverage carton production capacity by 20%.

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Dean Foods seeks buyer for Morningstar

Dallas-based dairy giant Dean Foods is inviting potential buyers to cast a slide rule over its Morningstar warehouse delivery business - the smallest of its three divisions - as it...

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FSANZ opens review of infant formula regulations

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is reviewing its infant formula regulations, covering a range of issue including composition, labeling and advertising.

Fonterra posts profits drop, cites global dairy price fall

Fonterra has reported a drop in net profit for the 2012 season and cut its final payout to farmers - citing the negative effect of record breaking milk production on...

Danone settles Canadian Activia health claims lawsuit

Danone has settled a class action lawsuit in Canada relating to claims made on labels, packaging and advertisements for its Activia yogurt and DanActive probiotic drinks products.

Sodium reduction: Scientists produce cheddar with ‘large reductions in sodium’

Potassium chloride can successfully reduce the use of sodium chloride in cheddar cheese, with taste profiles similar to full-sodium versions, says a new study from the University of Minnesota.

School milk programmes driving developing dairy industry growth – Tetra Pak

The introduction of school milk programmes in developing nations is driving dairy industry growth, processing and packaging giant Tetra Pak has claimed.

FrieslandCampina introduces organic milk price to reflect growing demand

FrieslandCampina has proposed the introduction of an independent milk price for organic dairy farmers – in line with growing European demand for organic dairy products.

Dairy Crest profits fall, but full year expectations ‘remain unchanged’

Dairy Crest’s full year financial expectations remain “unchanged”, despite what the firm has described as a challenging first half to the year.

Dairy Crest propose Crudgington plant closure in efficiency drive

Dairy Crest intends to close its butter and spreads manufacturing facility in Crudgington, Shropshire site under its continued drive to improve efficiency throughout its business.

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The challenges of ‘natural’ and ‘bumpy road’ tests: Efficient troubleshooting in action

Dealing with problems that may arise in the formulation of food and beverage products is vital for manufacturers. In the second part of his look at troubleshooting, Leatherhead Food Research’s...

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First Milk announces October milk price increase

UK dairy processor First Milk has announced an increase in the standard price it pays to its milk suppliers.

Nestlé invests $8m to meet Caribbean dairy-based supplement demand

Nestlé has invested around $8m in a new production line at its factory in Jamaica to meet increasing demand for its milk-based energy supplement, Supligen.

FrieslandCampina signs up to EU children marketing pledge

Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has signed up to the EU Pledge – an initiative to change food and beverage advertising to children under the age of 12 in the European Union (EU).

DSM enters exclusive discussions to acquire Cargill’s cultures and enzymes business

Cargill and DSM have entered exclusive discussions that may result in the acquisition of Cargill’s cultures and enzymes business by DSM, the firms have confirmed.

Nature’s One arsenic levels ‘undetectable’ – US consumer watchdog

A US consumer watchdog has confirmed the safety of Nature’s One infant formula products, months after an independent study raised questions about high levels of inorganic arsenic in products manufactured...

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Expert outlines top 10 tips for efficient formulation troubleshooting

As foods become ever more complex, the need to be able to efficiently troubleshoot problems becomes even more critical. In this guest article, Wayne Morley, PhD, head of food innovation...

‘Best alternative to breast milk’ complaints upheld against Pfizer ads

Complaints that an advertising campaign for SMA Follow-on Milk made misleading claims that it is the best alternative to breast milk have been upheld by the UK Advertising Standards Authority...

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Co-op Dairy Group announces one pence milk price increase

Dairy farmer members of the Co-operative Dairy Group will receive a one pence per litre (ppl) increase on their August 2012 rate.

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