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Antica Luna is supplying cheeses to the food service industry, including hotels and restaurants in Bangkok. Pic: ©Getty Images/Kinwun

One town boasts two artisanal cheesemakers, though locals couldn’t give a hoot

Who said there’s no decent cheese in Thailand?

By Richard Whitehead

Thailand isn’t well regarded for dairy consumption, never mind production, so it might be surprising that a small city in the country’s heartland is building a reputation for its cheesemaking.

Ice cold: winter ice cream round-up

Ice cold: winter ice cream round-up

By Beth Newhart

Freezing temps across the US haven’t discouraged ice cream brands from expanding their portfolios. From boozy flavors to low-cal pops, here are the freshest launches within the US frozen dessert category.

Arla Foods CEO Peder Tuborgh, Chairman Jan Toft Nørgaard and CFO Natalie Knight answer questions at the 2018 annual results press conference.

Arla pays out all 2018 profits to farmers

By Beth Newhart

In its 2018 wrap-up report, Arla Foods announced that it would pay out its full net profit for 2018 of €290m ($329m) to farmers. It also discussed the progress of in-house cost-savings program Calcium and pending sustainability efforts.

General Mills expects the plant closure to cost roughly $130m.

General Mills to shutter yogurt plant in California

By Beth Newhart

General Mills is focusing on ‘restructuring actions’ in its yogurt business and closing a facility in Carson, Calif. The company also reaffirmed its end-of-year financial targets at an investor conference in New York.

NMPF writes letter of support to Chobani in plant-based debate

By Beth Newhart

National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) president and CEO Jim Mulhern wrote a letter this week to Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani. It expressed support of Chobani’s position in the ongoing debate of plant-based foods using dairy terms in labeling.

As GHG emissions go down, butter prices could go up

By Beth Newhart

The EU uses environmentally friendly fuels like ethanol and biodiesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). But the vegetable oils that make up EU biodiesel are facing high demand and a higher carbon tax, resulting in price increases for butter.

Governor of Washington Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency with more snow on the way. Pic: ©GettyImages/Kayla Teske

1,600 dairy cows are dead after Washington blizzard

By Beth Newhart

The Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) has reported that more than 1,600 cows perished during an unusually heavy snowstorm in the Yakima Valley region of Washington State. The significant loss further burdens an already-struggling industry.

Small or marginal holdings make achieving efficiencies through economies of scale more difficult, particularly when they rely on old techniques. Pic: ©Getty Images/RakeshPicholiya

Much touted mantra has good intentions but Indian dairy has already been moving on

Can India double dairy farmers’ incomes in three years?

By Richard Whitehead

The phrase “doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022” is in danger of toppling “Jai Hind” as India’s most popular rally call. From bag carriers to the prime minister himself, anyone who matters has been seen uttering the line often and with great meaning.