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Cheese toasties have grown in popularity during 2023 as consumers sought out tastier meals that were easy to prepare. Image: Getty/LauriPatterson

Hybrid working is fuelling demand for cheese toasties

By Teodora Lyubomirova

British consumers persisted with dairy purchases during a turbulent 2023 despite price rises across many of the core categories, with cheese in particular remaining a dinner staple.

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Has the plant-based trend peaked?

By Donna Eastlake

The plant-based trend has been on the up and up in recent years. But has it finally peaked and, if yes, can the plant-based industry do anything to prevent a decline?

Foodies are falling for luxury butters in a big way. GettyImages-carlosgaw

Foodies are falling for luxury butters in a big way

By Donna Eastlake

Whether you’re spreading it (generously) on a crumpet, making pastry for a pie or baking a cake, butter is a kitchen essential that’s loved by many. But this humble ingredient is having something of a luxury makeover and food lovers are flocking.

High-protein is projected to be the fastest growing segment within dairy yogurt this year, with a growth rate of 17.2%, according to Circana. Image: Getty/YelenaYemchuk

High-protein dairy is booming, but how 'healthy' is it?

By Teodora Lyubomirova

Danone has become the latest manufacturer to release a range of high-protein dairy products in the UK. But can high-protein yogurts - that typically contain thickeners, starches and sweeteners - really be considered ‘healthy’?

Younger generations appeared more willing to accept animal-free dairy alternatives, the study suggested. Image: Getty/Drazen Zigic

How keen are consumers on animal-free dairy? Not so much, research finds

By Teodora Lyubomirova

An experimental study on consumer perceptions found that European shoppers have little appetite for animal-free dairy alternatives, though positive associations with the products’ perceived environmental benefits can enable manufacturers and retailers...

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UK supermarkets match Danone’s Aptamil baby formula price cuts

By Olivia Brown

Following a recent investigation into soaring infant formula prices, global food company Danone has reduced the wholesale price of its Aptamil infant formula by 7%, and major UK retailers have passed the cost savings on to consumers.

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FrieslandCampina reveals 2024 trends report

By Olivia Haslam

Key trends to watch in 2024 will include next-gen alt protein solutions, sustainability with substantiation, medicines for the mind and active ageing solutions.

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Trends from Anuga 2023: Functional dairy

By Teodora Lyubomirova

DairyReporter recently visited the biennial tradeshow that took place in Cologne, Germany. Here, we bring you the first of a series of articles dedicated to the trends we spotted, starting with functional dairy.