Butters & Spreads

Trade tensions between the US and China have finally started to ease, but US consumers might see the tariffs reflected in retail prices soon. Pic: Getty/Lumineux_Images

Dairy prepares for potential 2020 recession

By Beth Newhart

Global dairy markets are expected to remain firm through mid-2020, but Rabobank predicts that the second half of the year will be tighter in the face of a possible global recession.

Producing the Plant Butter generates less than half the greenhouse gas emissions that producing dairy butter does.

Country Crock introduces butter alternative

By Beth Newhart

After 30 years of manufacturing plant oil ‘buttery spreads,’ Country Crock has introduced a line of certified dairy-free spreads and sticks products.

The new Lurpak Butterbox is a reclosable box.

Lurpak switches from foil to box

By Jim Cornall

Arla’s butter brand, Lurpak, is unveiling new block butter packaging in the UK with the launch of its new Butterbox.

Concerns are growing over a no-deal Brexit's effect on the agriculture industry. Pic: ©Getty Images/Issaurinko

UK cheese exports could be hit with tariffs in no-deal Brexit

By Jim Cornall

Britain’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for an urgent review of the government’s no-deal trade tariff policy that would come into effect if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

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What's new in US dairy: August

By Beth Newhart

DairyReporter brings you its monthly round-up of what’s new in the US dairy aisles for August 2019.

The high price of milkfat means it is susceptible to replacement by other animal fats or vegetable oils. Pic: Getty Images/maxsol7

IDF issues guidance to help determine milkfat purity

By Jim Cornall

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has issued guidance on the determination of milkfat purity, providing additional direction to those involved in the testing of milk and dairy products.

DFA chose its accelerator startups based on innovation potential and

DFA wraps up accelerator and merger deal

By Beth Newhart

In late June the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) started a merger with St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. It also held the Demo Day for six agriculture and dairy startups in its third annual accelerator.

Dairy Dialog podcast 37: IFT and PACCOR

Dairy Dialog podcast 37: IFT and PACCOR

By Jim Cornall

This week’s podcast features several interviews from the IFT event in New Orleans earlier this month, as well as with PACCOR about their next-generation bottle caps. We also have our weekly update on the dairy markets with INTL FCStone.

Cream of the crop: The dairy boom in China's bakery market

Cream of the crop: The dairy boom in China’s bakery market

By Gill Hyslop

Irish dairy processor Glanbia is capitalizing on the Chinese consumer’s growing penchant for full-fat dairy creams – especially prevalent in raft of exquisitely decorated cream-topped cakes on show at Bakery China.

The deadline for feedback on the proposed GDT changes is June 5, 2019. Pic: ©Getty Images/Roel Smart

GDT looks for feedback on rule changes

By Jim Cornall

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) is looking for its users to provide feedback on proposed changes to the GDT Events Oversight Board Charter and Rulings Panel, and the GDT Trading Event Rules.

Overall, global milk supply growth will likely remain flat through 2020. Pic: Getty/Tim Allen

US milk production drops in the midwest

By Beth Newhart

In the first quarter of 2019, US dairy production and exports were down compared to Q1 2018, particularly in the midwestern states. Globally, dairy is still dominated by a few key players and facing challenges from African Swine Fever.

Global economic growth is looking gloomy and the US could see a recession next year. Pic: Getty/nanoqfu

Global milk supply growth has stalled in 2019

By Beth Newhart

The first quarter of the year is coming to a close, and Rabobank has released Q1 2019 numbers from its Dairy Quarterly report. The world’s largest exporters of dairy have stalled in year-over-year milk supply growth, but the US is experiencing a mixed...

Dairy concerned by Trump Mexican border closure threats

By Beth Newhart

Last week President Donald Trump announced plans to close the southern US border, effectively ending trade with Mexico. He has since changed his mind and now given Mexico ‘a one-year warning’ with further threats of tariffs.

The Kerrygold Butter is now the number two butter brand in the US, with 2.6m packets sold every week. Pic: Ornua

Ornua notches a €40m operating profit in 2018

By Beth Newhart

Ornua, producer of the Kerrygold brand, released its full-year 2018 results that showcased a strong performance in its key European and US markets. It also broke ground on a cheese facility in Spain and prepared for potential fallout from the Brexit deal....

Industry leaders from DFA, CoBank and Sprint will mentor the startups and create strategic, long-term partnerships.

DFA announces participants for the 2019 Sprint Accelerator

By Beth Newhart

Seven dairy companies have joined the 2019 class of the Kansas City-based Sprint Accelerator. Co-sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), ag tech and food product brands will spend three months under mentorship and collaboration with experts from...

Dairy Dialog podcast 25: Expo West

Dairy Dialog podcast 25: Expo West

By Jim Cornall

The 2019 Natural Products Expo West show brought together more than 86,000 attendees from 136 countries this month in Anaheim, CA. As the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, it’s tricky to cover the entire floor of more than 3,600...

An interview with Wall's, featuring its new products including the vegan Magnum at the Ice Cream Expo, is included in this month's product round-up.

New products in the dairy aisles: February

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

February was a busy month for dairy launches, and in this round-up, we also include an interview with Unilever’s business development manager, Rachel Brooks, on the new range of products being launched, from the Ice Cream and Gelato Expo held in Harrogate,...

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.

Clover is a branded consumer goods and products group operating in South Africa and other African countries with a range of value-added dairy and non-dairy products.

Milco consortium offers $359m to acquire South Africa’s Clover

By Jim Cornall

South African food and beverage company Clover Industries Limited said it has entered into an implementation agreement with Milco SA Proprietary Limited, in terms of which Milco will make an offer to acquire all of the issued shares in Clover on a fully...

Food Tech Eurasia, in Istanbul, Turkey, attracted more then 48,000 visitors from 115 countries.

Food Tech Eurasia

Food Tech Eurasia dairy processing

By Jim Cornall

Food-Tech Eurasia, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019, is an annual event in Istanbul that draws visitors from around the world, although mainly from southeast Europe, North Africa and Central Asia.

“Ice cream is the perfect vehicle for innovative flavors and ingredients, not only being neutral by its nature but also an object of craving and an indulgent treat that doesn’t break the bank.

Trend alert: Traditional dairy takes a cue from culinary trends

By Beth Newhart

The dairy industry has room to grow in 2019 and consumers can expect to see launches that reflect popular culinary-inspired trends seen in other food categories. Premium indulgence, sophisticated flavors and a global influence will all find a place in...

Dairy products are reportedly the most sought-after packaged food in weight management.

Weight management packaged dairy products are on the rise

By Beth Newhart

Dairy products represent a large share of the growing weight management market, with more consumers looking for healthy packaged goods. Butter, grains, flour and frozen meals are all expanding in demand.

The program has produced 49 emerging growth companies and launched 31 pilots in two years. Pic: ©GettyImages/Jesper Mattias

Nestlé partners with startups for TERRA Food Accelerator

By Beth Newhart

The third cohort of the TERRA Food & Agriculture Accelerator kicked off its corporate partnerships this week. Nestlé USA is working with three startups developing foods focused on plant-based nutrition, simple labels and fresh ingredients.