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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.

The baby care division The division focused on current nutritional trends to expand its portfolio, developing a range based on goat's milk and a vegan infant formula based on GMO-free soya.  Pic: Hochdorf

Profit up despite sales drop at Hochdorf

By Jim Cornall

Swiss company Hochdorf Swiss Nutrition Ltd said during 2020 it largely completed the restructuring it began in summer 2019. The integration of Bimbosan was implemented with its move to Hochdorf in January 2021.

Process Expo will take place in the South Hall of McCormick Place, Chicago, from November 2 to 5.  Pic: Getty Images/stevegeer

Process Expo changes 2021 dates

By Jim Cornall

The US’ largest trade show showcasing all aspects of the food and beverage processing and packaging industry has announced new dates and halls for the 2021 event.

The virtual event takes place from Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25.  Pic: Getty Images/Pat-swan

British Cheese Weekender returns

By Jim Cornall

The British Cheese Weekender returns next month with online classes, cook-alongs, tutored tastings and virtual farm tours.

Rabobank says demand will be in the driver’s seat in 2021.

Rabobank sees positive times ahead for dairy

By Jim Cornall

Rabobank said after a whole year of pandemic and lockdowns across the globe, the view of the future is clearer and more hopeful than it has been for months.

The board of directors has proposed the distribution of a dividend of €12.5m ($14.9m).  Pic: Granarolo

Granarolo meets 2020 financial targets

By Jim Cornall

Italian dairy company Granarolo S.p.A. said despite the challenging and complex nature of 2020, the company met its profitability targets.

 Fonterra said it expects its earnings performance to come under significant pressure in the second half.

Fonterra reveals Beingmate share sale in financial report

By Jim Cornall

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has announced its 2021 interim results, which show a total group normalized EBIT of NZ$684m (US$494m), normalized profit after tax of NZ$418m (US$302m) and a decision to pay an interim dividend of 5 cents alongside...

The company invested €2.7m in truck upgrades, which equates to a reduction of 112 tons of CO2 per annum. Pic: Food Union

Profits rise for Food Union Group

By Jim Cornall

Food Union Group, the international dairy and ice cream production and distributing group, has published its annual results for the year ending December 31, 2020.

Quantec's Dr Rod Claycomb and Raewyn McPhillips.  Pic: Quantec

Could milk ingredient help fight against Covid-19?

By Jim Cornall

New Zealand company Quantec said research it commissioned has found its patented New Zealand milk-derived ingredient IDP (Immune Defense Proteins) is effective at protecting cells against Covid-19.

Lloyd's Register said more retailers are expected to commit to selling healthier foods, and manufacturers must be prepared to adapt. Pic: Getty Images/cyano66

Food and beverage manufacturers urged to make healthier products

By Jim Cornall

Food manufacturers should prepare for increased scrutiny over nutritive claims, according to global food safety certification company, Lloyd’s Register, following growing commitments from retailers to move towards selling healthier products.

Home cooking and baking due to the pandemic boosted sales of Arla’s global brands Lurpak, Arla and Puck.  Pic: Arla

Home consumption drives Arla brand growth during pandemic

By Jim Cornall

Danish-headquartered dairy giant Arla said it quickly reshaped the business disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic to meet the spike in home consumption and high demand for trusted household dairy products while offsetting negative impacts in other sectors.

The Best British Cheese 2020 award went to Feltham’s Farm's Renegade Monk.

UK’s Virtual Cheese Awards return

By Jim Cornall

The UK’s Virtual Cheese Awards is set to return for a second year to continue its support and celebration of Britain’s cheese industry.

Currently, 70 employees at Kalbakken have been quarantined in connection with the outbreak.  Pic: TINE

Eight positive covid-19 cases at TINE Kalbakken

By Jim Cornall

Eight employees in warehouse operations have tested positive for covid-19 at Kalbakken, Norwegian dairy company TINE has announced. According to the company, two cases of the mutated virus have been confirmed.

Dairy Dialog podcast 119: Danone, Faerch, Too Good To Go

Dairy Dialog podcast 119: Danone, Faerch, Too Good To Go

By Jim Cornall

This week, we have three interviews. We feature conversations with Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go; Mark Tollman, group strategic sales director at Faerch Group; and Miguel Freitas, PhD, nutrition scientist at Danone.

A DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences survey investigated how certain target groups perceive the yogurt category. Pic: Getty Images/cyano66

Dairy ingredients make nutrition personal

By Jim Cornall

Consumer surveys point to a growing market for personalized nutrition. The dairy sector is perfectly placed to make a splash – with innovative ingredient combinations and clear communication.

Consumers are are taking more steps than ever to manage their holistic health, including physical, mental and emotional well-being. Pic: Getty Images/kzenon

ADM looks at health and wellness trends

By Jim Cornall

Consumers seem more aware than ever about health and wellness. The pandemic has been a contributing factor, but what do consumers see as the priorities when it comes to products with health and wellness claims? And how has the pandemic changed – or accelerated...

FrieslandCampina Ingredients looks at Pic: FrieslandCampina Ingredients

FrieslandCampina Ingredients – responding to a changing world

By Jim Cornall

It has been almost a year since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, and the world has changed in many ways. One major shift is that consumers have altered their shopping habits, with an increase in online purchasing, but what they are looking for, and...

In 2020, 33% of Ireland’s total food and drink exports headed to the UK.

Irish dairy exports to UK declined in 2020 says Bord Bia report

By Jim Cornall

New figures released in the annual Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report 2020/2021 show exports of Irish food, drink and horticulture to the UK declined by 5% in 2020, with a value of €4.3bn/$5.2bn (compared to €4.5bn/$5.5bn in 2019).

Dairy Dialog podcast 117: Quantec, Kerry, Chobani. Pics: Kerry, Chobani, Getty Images/inkoly

Dairy Dialog podcast 117: Quantec, Kerry, Chobani

By Jim Cornall

This week, we have conversations with Quantec founder Dr Rod Claycomb and CEO Raewyn McPhillips; Christina Matrozou, marketing manager for taste in Europe and Russia at Kerry, and Chobani chief corporate affairs officer, Cristina Alesci.

Arla has set a goal to have 10% of all retail sales across core European markets come from e-commerce. Pic: Arla Foods

Arla Foods to supercharge sales in E-commerce

By Jim Cornall

Arla is fast tracking its plans to become European dairy market leader for e-commerce and aims to double its sales via its customers’ online platforms to €600m ($729m) across Europe.

The pandemic has affected trends for 2021, and probably beyond. Pic: Kerry

Kerry publishes 2021 Taste Charts predictions

By Jim Cornall

Kerry, the taste and nutrition company, has released its annual Taste Charts for 2021, uncovering flavors and ingredients it believes are set to inspire innovation and taste excellence across the food and beverage landscape.

Available in six-count packages, Babybel Plus+ Probiotic and Babybel Plus+ Vitamins launch at US retailers next month. Pic: Babybel

Babybel goes functional with vitamins and probiotics

By Jim Cornall

To meet the rising consumer demand for functional products in 2021, Babybel is introducing a new range of functional dairy snacks in the US this month in two varieties, Babybel Plus+ Probiotic and Babybel Plus+ Vitamins.

The investment has helped fund product development, which includes 120ml mini pots of ice-cream and gelato products such as cakes, gelato sticks and filled chocolates. Pic: Red Boat Ice Cream

Red Boat Ice Cream unveils expansion plans

By Jim Cornall

Red Boat Ice Cream, which has four ice-cream parlors across Anglesey and north Wales in the UK, has invested £400,000 ($544,000) in a new ice-cream production lab at its Llangefni hub on Anglesey.

In December Diversey announced its Oxivir Excel Wipe neutralizes coronaviruses in as little as 15 seconds. Pic: Getty Images/anyaivanova

Diversey moves into Eastern Europe with SaneChem acquisition

By Jim Cornall

Diversey, a South Carolina-headquartered global provider of hygiene, infection prevention and cleaning solutions for the institutional and food & beverage markets, has announced the acquisition of SaneChem, a Polish-based supplier of specialist hygiene...

Food Union launched more than 100 products in 2020 and increased exports into South East Asia. Pic: Food Union

Food Union sees 2020 sales increase

By Jim Cornall

Food Union (Europe), a global ice cream and dairy producer and distributor headquartered in Latvia, will wrap up 2020 by posting strong financial results and delivering outstanding commercial performance despite the global uncertainty caused by the covid-19...

The company's earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose by 85%. Pic: Ekosem-Agrar

Ekosem-Agrar earnings grow for the first nine months of 2020

By Jim Cornall

Ekosem-Agrar AG, the German holding company of Russian milk producer EkoNiva Group, continued to expand its operating activities in the first nine months of 2020. Sales revenues increased by around 27% to €338.7m ($411.8m).

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