Time is running out for producers of specialist, cloth-bound cheese
in the UK as efforts stall in their bid to continue using a
chemical that is banned across the EU.
Bands of thieves are hijacking lorries containing Parmesan cheese
in northern Italy and selling on the products for hard cash, adding
to the woes of a struggling industry.
Consumers in the UK are trading up on their favourite cheese,
cheddar, according to new figures, eating into private label sales
and offering strong opportunities for producers.
Dairy Crest confirmed it was in talks to sell its retailer cheese
division to rival dairy group First Milk, as the firm looks to
branded products for growth.
Americans are eating Danish havarti cheese faster than Arla Foods
can make it for them, the firm has said, helping it to build a
better foothold across the Atlantic.
Children are not getting enough calcium in their diets, according
to US dieticians, who recommend that more milk, cheese and yogurt
products targeting kids would be one way to address the deficiency.
Scientists are using DNA extraction to build a quality 'ID card'
for Andalusian goat's cheese, potentially offering a new way of
proving the safety and quality of speciality products.
Savoury ingredients supplier Synergy has launched a line of cheese
ingredients designed to enhance flavour and mouthfeel while also
providing manufacturers with some cost benefits.
Deep in the heart of Britain's midlands, the only seven dairies in
the world licenced to make Stilton blue cheese have had their work
cut out this year to meet a surge in consumer demand.
Britain's second biggest supermarket, Asda Wal-Mart, has attempted
to head off supply chain complaints by signing a two-year deal to
buy cheese from a Dairy Crest plant in northern England.
Some children's cheese brands contain more salt per 100g than the
Atlantic Ocean, says a UK campaigns group study, piling more
pressure on manufacturers to slash the salt.
Adding soluble fibres, guar gum and pectin, to skimmed milk could
speed up the coagulation time, improving cost efficiency, and
impart nutritional benefits, say Irish researchers.
China's biggest domestic cheese producer, Bright Dairy, has
invested in a new production line for sliced cheese to increase its
profits from this growing, niche market.
Arla Foods has re-started cheese production for the Middle East
dairy market, but warned the move did not represent significant
progress in beating the boycott there.
Arla Foods has bought up speciality cheesemaker Tholstrup in its
native Denmark, as the group looks to expand its cheese export
business amid rising competition.