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Danone recently announced it was investing in its operations in China.

Danone issues first half financials

By Jim Cornall

Danone posted net sales of €12.19bn ($14.3bn) in the first semester, down 1.1% on a like-for-like (LFL) basis and down 3.6% on a reported basis.

Volpak has introduced live factory acceptance testing.  Pic: Volpak

Volpak introduces live remote FAT

By Jim Cornall

Volpak, a Coesia company that designs pouch packaging machines and solutions, is developing customer-assistance program based on advanced strategies to allow remote work on machines and systems.

The Board at Home kits are now available in three sizes across the US.  Pic: Board at Home

Board at Home expands across US

By Jim Cornall

California’s Rumiano Cheese Company, which set up Board at Home to help support California’s smaller producers, artisan cheesemakers, and the restaurant industry during the coronavirus pandemic, is expanding its curated kits of artisanal cheese and charcuterie...

The World Cheese Awards were held in Bergamo, Italy, in 2019, and were scheduled for Spain in 2020.

World Cheese Awards in Oviedo rescheduled to 2021

By Jim Cornall

The Guild of Fine Food, which organizes the World Cheese Awards, said the event will not take place in Spain this year, amid ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consolidated data can be used to produce detailed reports. Pic: Eagle Product Inspection

Eagle introduces TraceServer software

By Jim Cornall

Eagle Product Inspection has developed proprietary TraceServer software that records production data and machine status information from one or more x-ray machines and consolidates it into a single, easy to interrogate SQL database.

Ornua's brands include Pilgrims Choice and Kerrygold. Pic: Ornua

Ornua Foods UK issues financial report

By Jim Cornall

Ornua Foods UK, the UK’s largest supplier of British and Irish cheese, has published its operating and financial results for year ended 2019.

Dairy Dialog podcast 90: Selig, Elopak, Chobani

Dairy Dialog podcast 90: Selig, Elopak, Chobani

By Jim Cornall

Guests on the podcast this week are Peter McGuiness, CEO of Chobani; John Brown, vice president of marketing at Selig; and Patrick Verhelst, Elopak chief marketing officer.

Dairy Dialog podcast 89: KanPak, Take Two Foods, Novozymes, IATP

Dairy Dialog podcast 89: KanPak, Take Two Foods, Novozymes, IATP

By Jim Cornall

On the podcast this week, our guests are Larry McGill, corporate vice president, GSF and CEO of KanPak U.S.; Take Two Foods co-founder and CEO Sarah Pool and co-founder and COO Matt Olsofsky; Ulrich Irgens, from Novozymes OneHealth; and Shefali Sharma,...

IDF’s Dairy Sustainability Outlook 3 contains contributions from 18 countries around the world.

IDF launches third edition of Dairy Sustainability Outlook

By Jim Cornall

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has launched the 3rd edition of its Dairy Sustainability Outlook series, which provides new case studies to support the dairy sector in delivering on its commitment to sustainable development.

An Argentine dairy farm. Pic: Getty Images/reisegraf

Latin America update: Consumers, coronavirus and currency

By Monica Ganley

The coronavirus pandemic and its impact have taken center stage in Latin America. Governments across the region have adopted vastly different approaches to containing the virus and, as a result, the prevalence of infection varies greatly from country...

Christeyns Food Hygiene's Warrington site in the UK.  Pic: Christeyns Food Hygiene

BSI kitemark for Christeyns hand sanitizer

By Jim Cornall

UK-based Christeyns Food Hygiene, which manufactures specialist hygiene solutions, has become the first manufacturer to receive the globally-recognized British Standards Institution (BSI) kitemark for hand sanitizer.

Dairy Dialog podcast 88: Nutricia, FAIRR, Mettler Toledo, MVP Dairy

Dairy Dialog podcast 88: Nutricia, FAIRR, Mettler Toledo, MVP Dairy

By Jim Cornall

This week, guests on the podcast are Patrick Kamphuis, senior medical affairs director at Nutricia; Teni Ekundare, investor outreach manager, UK & Northern Europe, FAIRR Initiative; Frank Borrmann, market manager SBU Checkweighing, Mettler Toledo;...

Hjem-is.dk, an e-shop based in Denmark, is one of four e-commerce sites Food Union has launched. Pic: Food Union

Food Union launches e-commerce platform for consumers

By Jim Cornall

Baltic-headquartered Food Union, a global dairy production and distribution group, has launched an e-commerce distribution service in four European countries, delivering ice cream, dairy products, pastry and frozen food directly to customers.

The box of four artisanal cow's milk cheeses retails for $49.

New cheese box produced to support California cheesemakers

By Jim Cornall

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) and dairy exporter HarbyrCo have launched the California Cheesemakers' Select box of California artisan cheeses available for delivery to consumers throughout the US.

Sectoral resilience will ensure faster recovery in fiscal 2022, CRISIL said. Pic: Getty Images/Ram Tekale

Pandemic halts Indian dairy growth

By Jim Cornall

Indian-based global analytics company CRISIL says revenue growth of the Indian dairy industry will be flat this fiscal because of weak sales of value-added products (VAP), a problem aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

NFU Scotland said as the country enters the recovery phase, Scottish agriculture should embrace change and seek new market opportunities, and lead in the delivery of climate ambitions and a flourishing environment.

Scottish dairy sector looking to recovery

By Jim Cornall

As countries emerge from lockdown restrictions, Scotland’s dairy farmers are looking to build stronger supply chains and discuss milk contracts as they recover from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, says NFU (National Farmers’ Union) Scotland.

The ICMSA said milk processors could not ask farmer-suppliers to accept an artificially low price that is contradicted by weeks of hard market data.

ICMSA says milk prices for farmers must reflect recovery

By Jim Cornall

The chairperson of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association’s (ICMSA) dairy committee says his association expects the prices to be announced by milk processors in the coming days for milk supplied in May to reflect a “surging recovery.”

Mengniu said all its production bases have resumed normal operation and production.

Mengniu expecting big drop in profits

By Jim Cornall

In March, China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited, said the group’s sales in February and March 2020 were affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Dairy Dialog podcast 86: Tate & Lyle, Royal DSM, Crisp. Pics: (Computer) Getty Images/simpson33; (field) Tate & Lyle; (pizza) Royal DSM

Dairy Dialog podcast 86: Tate & Lyle, Royal DSM, Crisp

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s Dairy Dialog’s podcast, we have three guests: Anna Pierce, director of sustainability at Tate & Lyle; Bob Savage, product application expert, cheese, at DSM; and Are Traasdahl, co-founder and CEO of Crisp. We also have our weekly look...

PreScouter said the pandemic may not end before 2022. Pic: Getty Images/marieclaudelemay

PreScouter publishes coronavirus testing report

By Jim Cornall

PreScouter, a Chicago-based research intelligence firm, has released a new report that details all of the currently available COVID-19 workplace testing options, detailing the logistics and investment required for each option.

The event will return in 2021. Pic; World Dairy Expo

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Plug pulled on World Dairy Expo 2020

By Jim Cornall

In an open letter on its website, organizers of the World Dairy Expo (WDE) in Madison, Wisconsin, have announced the cancellation of this year’s event.

The variation in relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions will ensure varied rates of recovery in foodservice sales while business and tourism travel will remain minor until late in 2020.

Maxum publishes global dairy commodity update for June

By Jim Cornall

Dustin Boughton, procurement director at Maxum Foods in Australia and New Zealand, says dairy markets turned the corner in May with improving demand as COVID-19 lockdowns started to ease in most regions while milk output slowed in the US and EU.

The company said it has seen strong sales of long life milk during the coronavirus crisis, but the long term outlook is more difficult to assess.

Crediton Dairy publishes 2019 results

By Jim Cornall

UK dairy company Crediton Dairy Limited, has published its report and accounts for the 53 weeks ending January 4, 2020, which show increased turnover but a 28.6% drop in profit before tax.

The box, which includes five cheeses, is available at all 251 Waitrose stores that have cheese counters. Pic: Waitrose

Waitrose helping struggling UK cheese suppliers

By Jim Cornall

UK retailer Waitrose has launched a special “best of British” cheese selection box, to help its smaller British artisan cheese suppliers adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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