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ERS data show American dairy per capita consumption is increasing each year. Pic: Getty Images/bernardbodo

IDFA says USDA data show Americans eating more dairy

By Jim Cornall

New data from the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) on annualized per capita consumption of dairy point to cheese, butter and yogurt categories driving growth in the dairy sector, which reached a record high in 2019.

The company recently launched more than 100 new products in markets across Europe.

Food Union Group talks ice cream trends

By Jim Cornall

Latvia-based Food Union Group is a global dairy production and distribution group that recently launched more than 100 new ice cream products across Europe.

Dairy Dialog podcast 97: USDEC, Boss Dog and Innodelice

Dairy Dialog podcast 97: USDEC, Boss Dog and Innodelice

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s podcast - alongside our weekly look at the global dairy markets with Charlie Hyland from StoneX - we chatted with Annie Bienvenue, vice president, technical services, and Kristi Saitama, vice president, ingredient marketing from USDEC;...

Cucumber ice cream, which didn’t even make the top 12 unusual Lithuanian ice creams, at Gray's House.  Pic: LithuaniaTravel

12 bizarre ice cream flavors from Lithuania

By Jim Cornall

It seems plain vanilla ice cream might soon be out of fashion in Lithuania, where chefs are experimenting with natural flavors, including plenty not normally associated with ice cream.

Faireswiss milk is available as UHT full and partially skimmed milk in Tetra Edge packaging. Pic: SPAR

SPAR supporting Swiss dairy farmers

By Jim Cornall

All 180 SPAR Supermarkets and convenience stores in Switzerland now offer Faireswiss milk, a brand that guarantees dairy producers a fair purchase price of CHF1.00 ($1.05) per liter.

The new product will launch into ASDA in the UK in July. Pic: Norseland

Norseland creates vegan version of Mexicana

By Jim Cornall

UK speciality cheese company, Norseland, which created Applewood Vegan, has added to its range of vegan cheese alternatives with the launch of Mexicana Vegan.

Dairy Dialog podcast 86: Tate & Lyle, Royal DSM, Crisp. Pics: (Computer) Getty Images/simpson33; (field) Tate & Lyle; (pizza) Royal DSM

Dairy Dialog podcast 86: Tate & Lyle, Royal DSM, Crisp

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s Dairy Dialog’s podcast, we have three guests: Anna Pierce, director of sustainability at Tate & Lyle; Bob Savage, product application expert, cheese, at DSM; and Are Traasdahl, co-founder and CEO of Crisp. We also have our weekly look...

The box, which includes five cheeses, is available at all 251 Waitrose stores that have cheese counters. Pic: Waitrose

Waitrose helping struggling UK cheese suppliers

By Jim Cornall

UK retailer Waitrose has launched a special “best of British” cheese selection box, to help its smaller British artisan cheese suppliers adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Milk powder sales in the US have risen 375% since the coronavirus pandemic. Pic: Getty Images/ddukang

Milk powder sales rocket during coronavirus crisis

By Jim Cornall

Catalina Marketing, a company that specializes in shopper intelligence and personalized digital media for CPG brands and retailers, has continued to mine its Buyer Intelligence Database for the fourth consecutive week to track sales in those categories...

The annual survey is available for UK retailers until March 29. Pic: Getty Images/VLG

GCA annual survey open until end of March

By Jim Cornall

The Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in the UK has launched the annual survey, ten years after the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (the Code) came into force.

Retailers in the UK are imposing limits on stocks as stockpiling and panic buying continues, leaving many shelves bare.

COVID-19: What’s dairy doing?

By Jim Cornall

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, governments are taking a range of actions to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Clover Sonoma’s new packaging will be available on shelves this summer in its organic half gallon and quart milk cartons.

Clover Sonoma debuts fully renewable plant-based milk carton

By Beth Newhart

California-based dairy Clover Sonoma is making sustainability strides with the launch of a new milk carton made entirely from plant materials. It’s one of the first of its kind in the US and will hit shelves this summer.

Dairy Dialog podcast 71: Froneri’s RØAR, PreScouter and Danone. Circular economy illustration: Getty Images/DragonTiger

Dairy Dialog podcast 71: Froneri’s RØAR, PreScouter and Danone

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s Dairy Dialog podcast, we have three interviews. We talk to David Boulanger, senior vice president, operations, Danone Specialized Nutrition; Ryan LaRanger, project architect, PreScouter; and Alicia Munday, global marketing manager, Froneri.

A plant-based toddler formula and a cultured, lab-grown breastmilk are trending in US infant nutrition this week, Pic: Getty/kuppa_rock

Alternatives to traditional infant nutrition hit US market

By Beth Newhart

Market trends and unique consumer needs in infant nutrition have producers thinking outside the realms of tradition. New launches from Else Nutrition and Biomilq have recently hit the US, forming new categories.

What’s new from the Winter Fancy Food Show?

What’s new from the Winter Fancy Food Show?

By Beth Newhart

The Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) commenced in San Francisco last week. Dairy and non-dairy alternative products from the specialty sector exhibited for the first time in 2020.

The US coffee creamer category is expected to grow to $7.5bn by 2024.

Fairlife debuts dairy creamers line

By Beth Newhart

On the heels of a disastrous 2019 for the ultra-filtered milk brand, fairlife is kicking off 2020 with a new category launch. Four coffee creamers will add to its beverage portfolio.

“DHA Omega-3 helps support brain health for people of all ages and represents a simple way that consumers can make a healthy choice.

‘Veganuary’ drives plant-based dairy-alternative launches

By Beth Newhart

Eating healthier is a common New Year's resolution that brands like to capitalize on every year. New plant-based dairy alternatives are kicking off 2020, trying to tap into the oat, almond and coconut-based craze that’s challenging the dairy industry.

Siggi’s enters kids yogurt market

By Beth Newhart

Siggi’s Icelandic-style yogurt is low in sugar, which the company is now bringing into the kids yogurt category, with pouches rolling out across the US.

General Mills is looking to improve the performance of its US yogurt business and is focused on driving the simply better segment of the yogurt category.

Oui by Yoplait enters non-dairy category

By Beth Newhart

Coconut-based yogurt alternatives are coming in 2020 from French-style yogurt Oui by Yoplait. The US dairy brand was also recognized as one of Nielsen’s 2019 Breakthrough Innovation winners.

Irish Whiskey is on the list of European GIs protected in China. Pic:getty/vincent20044

EU and China agree GI protection for 200 products

By Rachel Arthur

The EU and China have concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China; and 100 Chinese Geographical Indications in the EU.

Shredded cheese accounts for about one-third of all cheese sales in the US, which is a 12% increase since 2015.

Old El Paso enters dairy with shredded cheese line

By Beth Newhart

Taco shell and seasoning producer Old El Paso is entering the dairy industry for the first time with a collection of shredded cheeses, in partnership with Crystal Farms Dairy Company.