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In 2020, 33% of Ireland’s total food and drink exports headed to the UK.

Irish dairy exports to UK declined in 2020 says Bord Bia report

By Jim Cornall

New figures released in the annual Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2020/2021 show exports of Irish food, drink and horticulture to the UK declined by 5% in 2020, with a value of €4.3bn/$5.2bn (compared to €4.5bn/$5.5bn in 2019).

ProAmpac said it is expanding its manufacturing capabilities and broadening the product offering it provides to retail, grocery and QSR customers. Pic: Getty Images/farakos

ProAmpac acquires Canadian packaging companies

By Jim Cornall

ProAmpac, a US-based producer of flexible packaging, has acquired Rosenbloom Groupe Inc., Hymopack Ltd. and Dyne-A-Pak, private businesses in Canada that manufacture packaging products.

Tests are currently under way for the dairy industry to see how PET can tolerate temperatures of up to 120C during HTS.  Pic: Greiner Packaging

Greiner Packaging extends range of recycled materials

By Jim Cornall

While polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) are the most commonly used materials in the dairy packaging industry, some of the recyclates from both materials still lack approval for use in food packaging and have only limited availability.

Metal detection and checkweighing of cheese.  Pic: Mettler-Toledo

Dynamic checkweighing in washdown environments

By Jim Cornall

Production environments in the dairy industry must meet high hygiene requirements to protect consumers from the spread of harmful bacteria, diseases or allergens in milk and dairy products.

Unlabeled dairy products will be banned in the EAEU once the legislation is passed. Pic: Getty Images/Evgeny Gromov

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EAEU reaches arrangement on introducing dairy product labeling

By Jim Cornall

The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) said it has reached fundamental arrangements on introducing the labeling of certain dairy products as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states – Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan...

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.

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