Dairy

Arla brings organic baby brand to UK market, steps up digital offerings

19 Oct 2018 --- Arla is bringing its follow-on formula to UK parents with a new range of baby products. The dairy co-operative is aiming to build on the success seen in Denmark and China by extending the Arla Baby&Me Organic brand which will include porridge and pouches, with the launch also seeing Arla step up its digital ambitions with the UK’s first direct to consumer offering.

Irish Minister launches dairy research center, reinforces commitment to agri-food sector

16 Oct 2018 --- The Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has launched the new VistaMilk SFI Research Centre which is jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and his department. The VistaMilk Centre will be hosted by Teagasc Moorepark (Co. Cork), in partnership with a number of research performing organizations, multinational and SME companies in the food sectors are also part of the consortium.

Chr. Hansen acquires dairy ingredient supplier Hundsbichler, raises organic growth targets

15 Oct 2018 --- Chr. Hansen is further expanding its enzyme production and presence into the traditional segments of specialty cheeses, with the newly announced acquisition of the assets of Austrian-based ingredient supplier Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler GmbH. Hundsbichler products are widely recognized for high quality and the purchase will enable Chr. Hansen to offer cheesemakers a second-to-none product portfolio in the animal rennet space, according to the company. Separately, the company announced that it had achieved all the overall financial targets set at the beginning of the year and raised its ambitions 9-11 percent organic growth for next year.

What’s in a name? Most consumers understand the difference between real milk and alternatives, says new survey

12 Oct 2018 --- A new survey exploring how consumers comprehend the difference between milk and non-dairy alternatives reveals that most people are actually not confused at all. The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation shows a low level of consumer confusion over nomenclature and basic differences between the two. This comes at a time when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a proposal to provide greater clarity on the appropriate labeling of plant-based alternatives.

Asia’s fast-moving cheese markets present opportunities for Australian dairy exporters, says Rabobank report

12 Oct 2018 --- There is plenty of room for robust growth in Asia’s cheese market, particularly for Australian dairy exporters who are well-placed to take advantage of increasing demand for cheese, even though it’s not a traditional part of the Asian diet. Market competition is already intensifying and there are opportunities to tap into growing demand from Asia, according to a new Rabobank report.

Nestlé Malaysia offloads chilled dairy business to Lactalis

11 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad is investing more than RM100 million (US$24 million) to expand its MILO factory in Chembong, in line with its strategy of driving strong, profitable and sustainable growth and investing in Malaysia as a key manufacturing hub for the Nestlé Group. Subsequently, French dairy group, Lactalis will acquire and take over operations of the PJ factory as well as Nestlé’s market-leading Chilled Dairy business.

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Canadian farmers “sacrificed” as market access is opened up, US farmers celebrate victory

03 Oct 2018 --- Now that the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has been drafted during last-minute talks, the US and Canadian dairy industries have two very different viewpoints on the proposed new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Americans are declaring a victory for dairy farmers because they’ve gained access to the Canadian market, while Canadian farmers claim the Government has sacrificed their livelihoods.

Shaking up plant-based food labels: US FDA examines “milk,” “cheese” terms

28 Sep 2018 --- The US government is taking a fresh look at labeling by stepping up its review of dairy labels for plant-based foods and asking consumers if they are confused by certain terms and products. As the plant-based alternatives market is growing rapidly, more products are hitting shelves with names like “soy milk,” “almond milk” and “vegan mozzarella cheese” – and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to get a better handle on how consumers are interpreting and understanding these plant-based products compared to dairy products.

Sense of simplicity: Arla’s new organic fruit yogurt launches in Germany

26 Sep 2018 --- Arla Foods is tapping into the increasing demand for healthy, natural products with the launch of a new fruit yogurt innovation. Driven by the dairy co-operative’s desire to create products with no added or unnecessary ingredients, Arla Bio Nur consists of only organic yogurt (75 percent) and organic fruit (25 percent), offering consumers a healthier alternative to sugar-laden yogurt. The line has just hit the shelves in the German market.

Agropur to close Quebec fine cheese plant in April 2019

25 Sep 2018 --- Agropur Cooperative has announced that it is shutting its plant in Saint-Damase, in Quebec’s Montérégie region. Major investments were needed at the plant. “In view of the inability to reach a long-term agreement with the plant’s employees and the need to honor commitments to customers, Agropur had no choice but to reorganize its investments,” the company states. Operations at the plant will, therefore, be discontinued and it will close permanently in April 2019.

Plant-based protein growth: Hydrosol’s new stabilizing systems for dairy alternatives

24 Sep 2018 --- Hydrosol is tapping in the growing demand for plant-based proteins with its new stabilizing and texturing systems for a wide spectrum of dairy alternatives that give them properties very close to products made from cow’s milk. These include cultured desserts that contain no milk components, soy or gluten.

Lactalis acquires infant nutrition business from Aspen Pharmacare for US$860m

17 Sep 2018 --- French dairy group Lactalis is looking to further expand in the infant formula market, with the acquisition of the infant nutrition business of South African company Aspen Pharmacare for €739.8 million (US$860.7 million). Lactalis is a privately owned, global leader in the dairy industry with revenue of €18.4 billion (US$21.4 billion) sales in over 200 countries, approximately 80,000 employees and 246 industrial plants in 47 different countries.

Wessanen acquires plant-based dairy business Abbot Kinney’s

12 Sep 2018 --- Wessanen has acquired Abbot Kinney’s, a fast-growing and innovative leader in plant-based yogurt alternatives and ice-cream. Founded in 2014, Abbot Kinney’s already built a leading position in its category in Health Food Stores in The Netherlands and has started to establish a strong presence in key markets across Europe.

Infant formula safety: ISO-IDF develops standard for chloride content

06 Sep 2018 --- The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing a series of standards for verifying many of the ingredients of infant formula to show the product is safe for consumption and contains what it says on the label. The latest one, ISO 21422 | IDF 242 for the determination of chloride content, has just been published.

Keeping ahead of infant nutrition regulation: Cargill’s US$17.5m investment in “world-class” vegetable oil refinery

03 Sep 2018 --- Cargill’s global edible vegetable oil business is keeping pace with the fast-paced evolution of the food and infant nutrition market with a US$17.5 million upgrade of its Izegem, Belgium, edible vegetable oil refinery. The company says that ramping up investment to the “world-class” facility will advance food safety and infant nutrition, keeping Cargill ahead of market demands and the European legislation that is driving significant change in the business.

Expansion in whey: Arla Foods reveals plans to open dairy innovation center by 2021

03 Sep 2018 --- Farmer-owned Arla Foods has revealed its plans to build an innovation center in Nr. Vium, Denmark to “unleash the wonders of whey,” by 2021. Part of Arla Foods Ingredients, the new center will be home to leading scientists and innovators who will discover and deliver new ways of using milk and whey to serve the needs of the world’s growing population, according to the company.

Canadian dairy farmers watch NAFTA talks closely as deadline approaches

31 Aug 2018 --- The North American dairy industry is closely watching how North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks are shaping up as today marks the deadline for Canada to sign onto the trade deal that was negotiated earlier this week between the US and Mexico. On Tuesday, the US and Mexico reached a breakthrough in NAFTA negotiations, coming to a bilateral agreement on a revamped trade deal which could pave the way for third-partner Canada to join soon.

FrieslandCampina results hit by basic dairy and infant nutrition price competition, warns of pressures

30 Aug 2018 --- Dutch dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. (FrieslandCampina) has reported a revenue total of €5,721 million over the first half-year of 2018. This is 5.8 percent lower in comparison to the first half-year of 2017, of which 5.0 percent is due to currency effects and the sale of Riedel. Profit decreased by 32.7 percent to €109 million, primarily due to losses on cheese, butter and milk powder basic dairy sales, according to the company.

Sidel on PET for the liquid dairy industry: Differentiation, flexibility and sustainability

29 Aug 2018 --- The use of PET as a packaging material is expected to continue its growth within the global liquid dairy sector. Traditionally packaged in carton or HDPE containers, liquid dairy products bottled in PET are forecasted to grow by 4.4 percent in the period from 2018 to 2020, according to Guillaume Rolland, Vice President Sensitive Products at Sidel. Sidel, provider of complete solutions for packaging liquids in PET, can and glass, advocates for the dairy industry to swap to PET packaging. Rolland explains to PackagingInsights.

Vegan ice cream: Unilever to debut dairy-free Magnum bars in Sweden and Finland

29 Aug 2018 --- Magnum is set to launch two new vegan versions of its popular ice-cream bars in Sweden and Finland next month. The brand – owned by Unilever – will add Magnum Vegan Classic and Magnum Vegan Almond, which are European Vegetarian Union approved, to its existing product line. The ice cream bars will be made from a pea protein base and covered in smooth dark chocolate. They will be available to purchase in four-piece multipacks and singles from supermarkets in both Sweden and Finland.

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