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Nine California jurisdictions, Baltimore and Louisville have already passed healthy kids’ meal policies. Pic:getty/alfirapoyarkova

California passes statewide healthy kids’ meal bill

By Beth Newhart

Just two months after California lawmakers passed a 12-year ban on soda taxes, the state has passed the nation’s first 'healthy kids' meal bill': with water and milk set to become the default drink choice with kids' meals.

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Probiotics are waking up old categories across grocery aisles

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Consumers may not always be on the lookout for food products fortified with probiotics (outside of a yogurt purchase), but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from developing new items that contain these living and active culture strains including oatmeal,...

ProVeg UK recently launched its 7-Day Dairy-Free Challenge, which is calling on people to give up dairy for a week. Pic: ©Getty Images/happy_lark

‘World Plant Milk Day’ celebrates second year

By Jim Cornall

While the war of words over whether plant-based dairy alternatives can use the term ‘milk’ rages in the US, having already been banned in other areas, the ProVeg UK and Plant Based News creation World Plant Milk Day is being marked for the second time...

A variety of new products have been launched over the past month. Pic: ©Getty Images/titoOnz

Product launches: July 2018

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

Our monthly round-up of some of the new products in the dairy and dairy-alternative space this month includes products in the UK, US and Taiwan.

Sales of whole milk products are growing

Got milk? Yes, but not as we used to know it, Jim

By Elaine Watson

While sales of plain dairy milk have been declining for years, and US yogurt production has dropped off after peaking in 2014, new data shows the continued growth of cheese, butter, and ready-to-drink coffee, yogurt drinks and protein beverages featuring...

A thumbs up for a Camembert emoji?

Company pushes for Camembert emoji

By Jim Cornall

While they may cause confusion and disdain among an older generation of smartphone users, the youngest users of WhatsApp and a myriad other communication tools can’t seem to get enough emojis, the tiny picture characters that can be inserted into text...