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NFU Scotland's milk committee chairman said in Mull of Kintyre and Arran cheddar, both creameries are making world-famous cheese and both sites should be hugely attractive to potential buyers.

First Milk to sell two Scottish creameries

By Jim Cornall

UK dairy company First Milk has announced it will be offering its creameries in Scotland, on the islands of Arran and in Campbeltown, for sale, saying the operations need significant investment.

Müller Direct farmers will be offered the option to secure up to 50% of their milk supply at 28ppl fixed price for up to three years, to fulfill Lidl’s requirement for fresh milk. Pic: ©iStock/Tomasz Wyszołmirski

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Müller offers farmers fixed price following Lidl deal

By Jim Cornall

In the UK, Müller Milk & Ingredients has confirmed details of a new initiative it said will help British dairy farmers manage the impact of extreme farm gate milk price volatility.

a2MC said South Korea is an attractive market opportunity, given high per capita dairy consumption and a fast-growing e-commerce channel. Pic: ©Getty Images/HStocks

a2 Milk Company signs South Korea deal

By Jim Cornall

New Zealand’s a2 Milk Company (a2MC) is entering the South Korean market after signing an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with Yuhan Corporation to promote and distribute a2MC’s branded products.

The SomaDetect technology enables dairy farmers to know the health, reproductive status and quality of milk produced from each cow. Pic: SomaDetect

Cornell partnership to provide milk monitoring data

By Jim Cornall

Canadian automated in-line milk monitoring system company SomaDetect is partnering with Cornell University on a series of research studies to further develop and validate its product.

Adecoagro is the largest raw milk producer in Argentina, producing more than 270,000 liters of raw milk per day.

SanCor accepts Adecoagro offer

By Jim Cornall

Last week, Argentine dairy cooperative SanCor Cooperativas Unidas Limitada, held an extraordinary assembly, during which the terms and conditions of the investment and association offer submitted by Adecoagro S.A. were considered and approved unanimously.

The funds will assist DFC in rolling out an on-farm customer assurance program; and a national traceability system for the dairy sector. Pic: ©Getty Images/Elenathewise

Canada invests C$2.2m in dairy industry

By Jim Cornall

The Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) organization has received an investment of C$2.2m (US$1.75m) from the government’s Growing Forward 2 Program.

Doctoral student Marie Lawton measures an alcoholic drink made from dairy waste. Pic: Cornell University

Dairy ‘beer’ in the pipeline

By Jim Cornall

Dairy that is fermented and brewed like beer could soon be on tap as Sam Alcaine, assistant professor at Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, turns dairy waste into an alcoholic drink.

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EC lower minimum protein content for follow-on formula

By Will Chu

The European Commission has updated legislation concerning food for infants and young children, by ruling that the minimum protein content for follow-on formula be lowered to 1.6 g/100 kcal.

Sinéad Mackey, technical validation manager at AnaBio, explains some of the technology used at the company.

AnaBio officially opens new facility

By Jim Cornall

Irish company AnaBio Technologies LTD, which specializes in encapsulation using natural food proteins, opened its new facility in Carrigtwohill, near Cork, Ireland recently.