Butters & Spreads

The Cheese and Dairy Products Show takes place in Paris from February 28 to March 2. Photo: iStock - Heike Brauer

Cheese and Dairy Products Show coming up

By Jim Cornall

The biennial Cheese and Dairy Products Show will be held at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles in Paris, France, from February 28 to March 2.

Britannia Industries, based in Bengaluru, India, reported strong growth for its third quarter.

Britannia announces Q3 profits

By Jim Cornall

India’s Britannia Industries Ltd, a dairy and bakery supplier, has reported consolidated third quarter revenue growth of 10%, and 12% for the year up to December 31, 2015, at $325.4m (Rs. 2,224 crores) and $939m (Rs. 6,417 crores) respectively.

Savencia said that strategic brands limited the impact of falling milk prices

Savencia sales dip 3.6%

By Jim Cornall

In 2015, French producer Savencia Fromage & Dairy achieved total net sales of $4,971m (€4,442m), down 3.6% over 2014.

Swiss company Emmi is buying a 60% stake in Bettinehoeve

Emmi goes Dutch for goat’s milk

By Jim Cornall

Emmi, Switzerland’s largest milk processor, is acquiring a 60% stake in Dutch goat milk business Bettinehoeve.

Munson's new ribbon blender produces homogeneous blends in five to six minutes.

New Munson ribbon blender meets USDA standards

By Jim Cornall

A new Munson Ribbon Blender is now on the market that meets US Department of Agriculture (USDA) dairy standards, and blends up to 1.84 m3 of powders, pastes or slurries.

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Simon Coveney TD with UCD President, Professor Andrew J. Deeks at the opening of the new facilities on January 19 2016 at UCD Lyons Research Farm. Photo: UCD

More research at new UCD facility

By Jim Cornall

The new Dairy Research and Education facility at University College Dublin’s (UCD) Lyons Research Farm in Ireland has been officially opened by the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD.

Carbonneau and Meilhac addressing the crowd at the IDFA Dairy Forum.


Emerging markets essential to global growth in dairy

By Hal Conick

Dairy companies that want to capitalize on a growing global market will need to tap into emerging markets across the world, according to a presentation from McKinsey & Company at the 2016 IDFA Dairy Forum.

Flora Freedom is the latest addition to the Flora range.

New non-dairy Flora spread introduced

By Jim Cornall

Flora, Unilever UK’s spreads brand, has announced a $17.8m (£12.5m) brand repositioning campaign, ‘Powered by Plants,’ and a new dairy-free variant, ‘Flora Freedom.’

Swiss dairy company Emmi has taken full control of German firm Gläserne Molkerei

Emmi takes over Gläserne Molkerei

By Jim Cornall

Swiss dairy company Emmi has purchased Gläserne Molkerei, a leading organic milk processor in Northeast Germany.

Paul Vickers, chair of the board of Gay Lea Foods, and Garnet Schellen, chair of ADL, announce the launch of a new co-operative.

ADL and Gay Lea Foods launch new co-op

By Jim Cornall

Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) and Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited (Gay Lea Foods) have announced the launch of the Co-operative Dairy Alliance (CDA) to strengthen co-operation between two of Canada's leading dairy co-operatives.

Arla has acquired full ownership of Westbury Dairies

Arla takeover of Westbury Dairies welcomed

By Michael Stones

Arla’s move to acquire full ownership of Westbury Dairies – formerly operated with First Milk as a joint venture – has been welcomed by milk suppliers.

Dairy farmers in Denmark will receive the majority of the EU emergency agriculture funding. Photo: iStock - jeancliclac

Danish EU cash headed to dairy farmers

By Jim Cornall

Denmark’s Environment and Food Minister, Eva Kjer Hansen, has decided that the majority of the $12m (83m kroner) that the country receives from the EU emergency agriculture fund should be distributed to Danish milk producers.

The UK dairy industry needs to take action to tackle challenges, says Dairy UK chairman

UK dairy industry needs to be proactive

By Jim Cornall

Dr David Dobbin, chairman of Dairy UK, speaking at the Semex conference in Glasgow, said the UK dairy industry needs to take control of its own destiny to meet domestic and international challenges successfully.

An EFSA panel has determined that UV-treated milk is safe. Photo: iStock - grandaded

EFSA panel says UV-treated milk is safe

By Jim Cornall

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has delivered its opinion on ultra-violet (UV)-treated milk, and it concludes that the dairy product is safe for the target group, which is the general...

MIke Sharpe is the new chairman of First Milk

Sharpe appointed First Milk chairman

By Jim Cornall

First Milk has announced the appointment of Clive Sharpe as chairman. Sharpe, who has had a career in food manufacturing spanning 35 years, will take over February 1. 

Ornua Staff celebrate opening of new Kerrygold factory (photo from Ornua)

Ornua expanding presence in budding Nigerian market

By Hal Conick

The Nigerian population is slated to be the world's third largest by 2050, according to the United Nations, and Ornua says it wants to take advantage of the market's powerful potential.  

Higher quality milk fat is in demand. How can it become more consistent? Diet, according to one scientist.

Milk fat improvement starts at the agricultural level

By Hal Conick

As higher quantities and qualities of milk fat become trendier, the demand will likely become greater. How can the industry meet this demand? It will likely take vast improvements on the agricultural level.

IPSSA: “It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres.”

“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."

Sterol & stanol giants join to boost cholesterol-lowering category


Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to raise awareness of the multi-billion global euro category.

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

By Jenny Eagle

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

An example of flexible packaging, which is growing in popularity, from Jelly Belly.

Pack Expo 2015

Consumer trends changing the world of packaging

By Hal Conick

Consumer trends are actively changing how food items are packaged, according to a report released at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas and Pharma Expo 2015.

America's dairyland to Thailand: Sizeable growth in ingredients

SE Asia dairy focus

America's dairyland to Thailand: Sizeable growth in ingredients

By RJ Whitehead

Grassland, a Wisconsin butter products company, is seeing fast expansion in a Southeast Asian market that is now demanding a wide range of ingredients. "It is a very positive market for US dairy," says sales manager Greg Rodriguez.