Emerging Markets

Dill ice cream, anyone? Pic: Restaurant Džiaugsmas, Robertas Daskevičius

Lithuania tempting tourists – with smoked mackerel ice cream?

By Jim Cornall

Lithuania Travel, the national tourism development agency, is hoping in a post-Covid world tourists will be attracted to the Baltic country to experience some of its, shall we say, more unusual cuisine, which includes some ice cream flavors many might...

SIGEP returns to Rimini in January, 2022.

Gelato growing globally despite pandemic

By Jim Cornall

Asia and North America are the new frontiers of artisan gelato, according to the Observatory run by SIGEP (Italian Exhibition Group’s International expo of Artisan Gelato, Pastry and Bakery and the coffee world).

Pic: Getty Images/SB

Tekni-Plex to acquire Grupo Phoenix

By Jim Cornall

US headquartered Tekni-Plex has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Grupo Phoenix in a deal that will bolster Tekni-Plex’s ability to deliver market-focused, customer-driven packaging solutions, especially in the food and beverage markets.

A lack of awareness of donkey milk and its high cost are impeding growth in the sector, but this is being offset by social media interest and new clinical results. Pic: Getty Images/Jacek Jacobi

Donkey milk on the agenda for Italian parliament

By Jim Cornall

Italian donkey milk company Eurolactis Italia Srl CEO Pierluigi Orunesu was invited to speak by videoconference to Italy’s Agriculture and Food Production Senate Chamber about the product.

Located in Kaduna State, the 200-hectare farm, scheduled to open in 2022, will have housing for 400 dairy cows, modern milking parlors and technology, grass lands and living facilities for 25 employees.  Pic: Arla Foods

Arla builds dairy farm in Nigeria to support local milk production

By Jim Cornall

Farmer owned dairy co-operative Arla Foods will build a commercial dairy farm in Northern Nigeria where it will also train and support up to 1,000 local dairy farmers as part of its long term commitment to public private partnerships that support the...

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%.

Ronin said existing management and the acquired companies’ founders will retain a significant stake in the new group. Pic: Getty Images/pichet_w

Ronin Equity Partners acquires three specialty US cheese companies

By Jim Cornall

US based Ronin Equity Partners has acquired three specialty cheese companies: Red Apple Cheese, which produces smoked, flavored, and kosher specialty cheeses; Barron County Cheese, a smoker and co-packer for the specialty cheese industry; and Cheese Brothers,...

The Pure-TwistFlip is designed to provide a new option for brands looking to meet the growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging. Pic: Elopak

Elopak debuts tethered caps

By Jim Cornall

Elopak is introducing a new tethered cap solution for its Pure-Pak cartons – the Pure-TwistFlip.

The new site in Mexico expands Kerry’s offerings across several food and beverage categories, including dairy. Pic: Kerry

Kerry opens taste facility in Mexico

By Jim Cornall

Kerry has announced the opening of its new taste facility in Latin America, which will serve mainly Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the Andean region.

More accelerated science-driven innovations are expected to be launched in the near future. Pic: Getty Images/fizkes

Nestlé R&D Accelerator sees results with product launches

By Jim Cornall

The Nestlé R&D Accelerator is a global initiative first launched in April 2019 at Nestlé Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since then, more than 30 teams have completed the R&D Accelerator program by taking a product from a concept to the store...

The products will continue to be manufactured in Keytone’s New Zealand facilities. Pic: Keytone

Keytone seeing strong Walmart sales in China

By Jim Cornall

Keytone Dairy Corporation Limited said it has recorded significantly higher sales from Walmart (China) Investment Co., Ltd for the manufacture of whole and skim milk powder for Sam’s Club West, Inc. (China) in 2021, with further substantial purchase orders...

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 new agro-food business unit is made up of several market segments. Pic: Sacco System

Sacco System launches agro-food business unit

By Jim Cornall

Italian company Sacco System has reorganized its agro-food division by proposing new product lines, adding new personnel and giving the leadership of the business unit to Dr Luigi Rossi.

A rendering of the new Great Lakes Cheese facility in Abilene, Texas. Pic: Great Lakes Cheese

Great Lakes Cheese breaks ground on $184.5m Texas cheese plant

By Jim Cornall

Great Lakes Cheese (GLC) and the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) have marked the official groundbreaking of a 286,500 square foot cheese packaging and distribution plant that is expected to employ 500 people in Abilene, Texas.

Dairy farmers and DMI will be engaged with entrepreneurs as they build solutions.  Pic: Getty Images/Lemaniah

Checkoff working with entrepreneurs to address dairy challenges

By Jim Cornall

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) has entered a partnership it says will provide access to a network of inventors and entrepreneurs tasked with providing marketplace solutions for industry challenges focused on health and sustainability.

The standard scope of KDB 3 supply includes a pre-piped and wired skid. Additional options are available for the new KDB 3 skid, providing an optimized process flow control.Pic: GEA

GEA launches KDB 3 dairy centrifuge skid for fresh cheese production

By Jim Cornall

For the production of spreadable and spoonable cheeses such as cream cheese, quark, greek yoghurt and skyr, GEA has added the KDB 3 separator as a new member to its GEA PureCon series, which includes self-cleaning separators, clarifying decanters and...