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The pandemic caused a shift from eating in restaurants to home cooking. Pic: Valio

China recovery boosts Valio 2020 financials

By Jim Cornall

Valio Group net sales in 2020 were €1.808bn (US$2.2bn), up 1.2% on the previous year. Domestic net sales decreased by 0.9%, and international net sales rose 4.3%.

Maxum Foods said the arrival of some warmer weather (it will never last, at least in the UK) means EU milk output is expected to grow a little faster.

Maxum Foods looks at June dairy markets

By Jim Cornall

In its monthly update on the global dairy commodity markets, Maxum Foods said global market fundamentals remain mostly supportive of prices, as milk production in the northern hemisphere goes through its peak, while the improving Covid situation allows...

La Fresca Margarita, produced by Feltham’s Farm, was named the Best British cheese.

Spanish-inspired cheese wins at Virtual Cheese Awards

By Jim Cornall

The second year of the Virtual Cheese Awards in association with Food and Drink Wales ended with La Fresca Margarita, a fresh young cow’s milk cheese produced by Feltham’s Farm named the Best British cheese.

The IICMA said the pandemic is causing many ice cream outlets to close. Pic: Getty Images/Amit Somvanshi

Indian ice cream industry group looks for help

By Jim Cornall

The Indian Ice Cream Manufacturer's Association (IICMA) says for the second year in a row, the lack of government intervention to boost the sector has led to a loss of market for ice creams and frozen desserts during lockdowns and curfews.

The World Cheese Awards were set to be in Oviedo in 2020, but the event was postponed due to the global Covid pandemic. However, the city is set to welcome the event in 2021.  Pic: Getty Images/LucVi

World Cheese Awards set to return to Spain

By Jim Cornall

The Guild of Fine Food has announced the World Cheese Awards will be held in the Spanish Principality of Asturias this year, taking place in Oviedo on November 3.

Dairy Dialog podcast 130: Benexia, Ice Cream Alliance, Moolec

Dairy Dialog podcast 130: Benexia, Ice Cream Alliance, Moolec

By Jim Cornall

This week, we have three interviews, one of which has four guests, and another with two. We spoke with Zelica Carr, CEO of the Ice Cream Alliance; Gastón Paladini, Martín Salinas, Henk Hoogenkamp and Catalina Jones from Moolec Science; and Remi Reguero,...

Danone's Wexford facility in Ireland. Pic: Danone

Danone issues Q1 results

By Jim Cornall

Danone has published its first quarter of 2021 statement, which shows consolidated sales stood at €5.7bn, down 3.3% on a like-for-like basis, with a 3.7% decline in volume and a 0.3% increase in value.

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