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The top five news stories of this year take the reader right across the dairy industry - from Danone’s latest efforts to rejuvenate fresh dairy consumption in Southern Europe to...

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Another year gone! The global dairy sector has had somewhat of a dramatic twelve months - dairy farmer protests, Parmalat “embezzlement” searches, and Chinese dairy sector investment.

Postconsumer plastic recycling increased in 2011, says study

Recycling of postconsumer plastic increased by 24% in Canada last year, according to a new report.

General Mills: ‘We expect to earn our fair share of the Greek yogurt segment over time’

General Mills has been making up lost ground in the fast-growing US Greek yogurt market, increasing its market share to 9% compared with less than 6% in early summer.

Tetra Pak seals deal to expand dairy offerings

Tetra Pak has acquired a US filtration company to provide ‘additional knowledge and competence’ for the dairy industry.

FrieslandCampina enters into cheese distribution JV with Bongrain

Royal FrieslandCampina has entered into a joint venture with Bongrain in an effort to boost its presence in the French cheese retail market.

Yili to invest in NZ infant formula processing

Chinese dairy giant Yili has announced plans to invest CNY 1.1bn ($176m) in the development of a New Zealand-based infant formula manufacturing plant.

5-minute festive flick

Happy holidays from William Reed Business Media!

The working year is almost done, time to pause from ‘the business’ and embrace the festive season…go on, give it a big hug. Happy holidays!

Cholesterol-low cheese ‘highly suited’ for hypertension sufferers - developer

Spanish researchers have created a cholesterol-low, reduced salt, fatty acid-enriched cheese, which is “highly suited” to the elderly and those that suffer from hypertension.

Acquisition takes us closer to production goal, says Dunapack

Dunapack Packaging has acquired a Turkish paper and packaging company in its bid to double production to 2bn m2 (1m tonnes) by 2020.

Carton Council targets 50% recycling access

The US Carton Council has targeted 50% recycling access for households to recycle the packaging after the rate grew more than 100% in three years.

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Yakult plans to ‘dissolve’ Argentina business

Yakult has announced that it intends to completely dismantle its Argentinian business, citing the problems encountered establishing a “sufficient business foundation” in the country.

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Cheese recalled due to metal contamination

Two types of cheese have been withdrawn from three UK supermarkets after being found to be contaminated with pieces of metal.

Two cups of milk per day maintains vit D and iron levels - child study

Two cups (500ml) of milk per day is enough to maintain adequate vitamin D and iron levels in children aged between two and five, a Canadian study has claimed.

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Fonterra chairman praises farmer decisions in final speech

Fonterra chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden praised the decisions of the co-operative’s farmer shareholders over the last decade, in this last chairman’s address at Fonterra Annual Meeting yesterday....

Innovation key ingredient in cost-cutting recipe, says expert

Food companies are looking for new ways to appeal to frugal consumers while cutting their own costs – and ingredient companies are coming up some innovative answers.

Parmalat play waiting game as Italian police conduct LAG 'embezzlement' probe

Parmalat has been given “no indication” of the timescale of the Guardia della Finanza – the Italian Tax Police – investigation into Parmalat’s May 2012 acquisition of Lactalis American Group (LAG)....

Italy proposes €500 fines for prohibited health claims: “Cheaper to violate than comply”

As attention turns to the enforcement of the EU’s controversial article 13, general function health claims list after a six month waiting period, an expert on the ground in Italy...

Roquefort may contribute to French heart disease ‘paradox’

The consumption of moulded cheese, including Roquefort, may contribute to the occurrence of the ‘French paradox’ – the term used to explain France’s “illogically” low cardiovascular mortality rate.

Chobani opens ‘world’s largest yogurt plant’ in Twin Falls, Idaho

Greek yogurt giant Chobani has opened what it claims is the world’s largest yogurt factory - a one million square foot plant in Twin Falls Idaho and its second domestic...

EU health claims: FoodDrinkEurope welcomes “certainty and clarity”

The EU’s biggest food industry group – FoodDrinkEurope – has backed Friday’s enabling of the article 13 list of 222 approved and 1500+ rejected health claims in the European Union’s 27 member states.

FDA facing court over failure to respond to raw milk petition

Raw milk dairy Organic Pastures has filed a lawsuit against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleging that the agency repeatedly failed to respond to its petition to amend...

It’s official! There are 222 general function approved health claims in the EU; 1500+ rejected

From today food and supplement products marketed in the EU’s 27 member states must comply with the article 13, permitted list of health claims or face prosecution for misleading marketing.

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Chr Hansen claims long-life probiotic beverage breakthrough

After 20 failed starts, probiotics leader Chr Hansen says it has finally found an ingredient dispensing cap partner that can handle the demands of high speed filling utilised by the...

Danone plans cost reductions to regain European 'competitive edge'

French dairy giant Danone is preparing a two-year cost reduction plan designed to help regain its "competitive edge" in Europe.

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