Dairy

Lactalis to acquire Icelandic style yogurt company Siggi's

05 Jan 2018 --- Lactalis has agreed to acquire the US-based maker of Icelandic style skyr yogurts with “simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar” for an undisclosed price. Siggi’s is the fastest growing yogurt in conventional grocery and is a top 5 selling yogurt brand in many mainstream grocery chains including Stop & Shop, Meijer and Publix and recently became the #1 selling yogurt brand overall in Whole Foods.

Valio to pay bonus for responsible dairy production

03 Jan 2018 --- From the start of this year, Finnish dairy Valio has promised to pay one cent extra per liter to entrepreneurs who have proven themselves committed to responsible dairy production. Valio has implemented the most extensive renewal of quality and production practices in the company’s history. The aim of this development work is to promote animal well-being and a better quality of life for the animals.

Arla expands dairy footprint in Indonesia

02 Jan 2018 --- Arla Foods is set to strengthen its business in Southeast Asia by establishing a joint venture with PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk (ICBP), one of the leading fast-moving consumer goods companies and dairy players in Indonesia. Southeast Asia is a strategic growth region in Arla Foods’ strategy, Good Growth 2020, and the company is now taking another step towards building its business in the region. The newly signed joint venture agreement with ICBP is set to expand Arla Foods’ presence in the Indonesian market.

DMK Group and Arla Foods sign mozzarella contract manufacturing agreement

21 Dec 2017 --- Arla Foods and German dairy company DMK Group have signed a third-party manufacturing contract that will see DMK produce 35,000 tons of mozzarella cheese for Arla per year at its Nordhackstedt site in northern Germany.

Valio launches non-dairy product range made from Finnish oats

19 Dec 2017 --- Valio has introduced a new range of plant-based products: the spoonable Valio Oddlygood gurts and the Valio Oddlygood oat drink – both made from Finnish oats at Valio’s Riihimäki and Turenki plants, in Finland. The new gurts and the oat drink will be available in stores in Finland in February 2018 and in Sweden in spring 2018.

Lactalis baby milk in worldwide recall after salmonella contamination

12 Dec 2017 --- French dairy group Lactalis has recalled its formula milk and baby food following the discovery of salmonella cases in babies and after 26 children under the age of six fell in France earlier this month. The affected Lactalis products have been recalled in France and for export to markets including Europe, Africa, South America and China. The recall covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celia brands.

Dairy UK joins call for more Brexit clarity

11 Dec 2017 --- Dairy UK has welcomed the progress being made between the UK government and the European Union on Brexit negotiations, however, the organization also wants to see much more clarity on the future relationship with the EU and how to stabilize the dairy industry.

Ingredia showcases new “Via Lacta” milk range as demand for sustainably sourced ingredients increases

06 Dec 2017 --- Ingredia were showcasing their new “Via Lacta” milk range at this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. The logo symbolizes the milk with a drop of milk, the environment with a tree and man with a smile. As a dairy cooperative, Ingredia is made up of farmers and are very involved in the processes associated with every stage of milk production. In order to meet current consumption trends shifting towards healthier products with sustainable development, Ingredia’s “Via Lacta” range of ingredients, comes from its own responsible milk collection. 

Plant-based milks: (Part 2) Dairy-free and vegan claims drive NPD

30 Nov 2017 --- Developments in plant-based foods are seeing increased demand from those who do not want to commit to a full vegan or even vegetarian lifestyle but would rather pick and choose to suit their lifestyle, social life or health conditions. Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights told FoodIngredientsFirst: “The category has been further boosted by the growing availability and promotion of plant-based options to traditional dairy lines, particularly beverages, but also cultured products such as yogurt, frozen desserts and ice cream, creamers and cheese.”

China unilaterally lowers cheese tariffs

29 Nov 2017 --- China is unilaterally lowering its cheese tariffs from 12 percent to 8 percent, effective from December 1, 2017. The move will immediately boost US export competitiveness in China and help US suppliers take a larger role in meeting the nation’s booming cheese demand.

DSM launches new culture for production of firm-textured Swiss cheese

27 Nov 2017 --- DSM has announced the latest addition to its Swiss cheese portfolio, Delvo Cheese SW-250. Created to answer consumer demand for tasty, ready-to-use Swiss cheese, the new culture delivers excellent flavor, consistent quality, more efficient production and reduced ripening time for mature Emmental-type cheeses. 

Plant-based milks: (Part 1) A multi-billion dollar market

27 Nov 2017 --- The global market for dairy alternative drinks is expected to reach US$16.3bn in 2018, up dramatically from US$7.4bn in 2010. Significant developments in this area include the acquisition of WhiteWave in 2016, presenting Danone with the opportunity to further developing its interests in this dynamic market in both North America and Europe. 

Ornua expands in South Korea with Kerrygold launch

21 Nov 2017 --- Ornua has announced a major product expansion into the South Korean market with the launch of Kerrygold butter. The new product was unveiled by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD at a launch in the Hyundai Department Store Samseong-dong in the Gangnam-gu district, Seoul, during the Irish Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan. 

Laita inaugurates new infant formula and premium milk powder production unit

16 Nov 2017 --- Laïta, Europe's eighth largest dairy cooperative company, a subsidiary of Even, is set to inaugurate its high-tech infant formula and premium milk powder production unit in Créhen, Côtes-d'Armor, France. 

Algaia launches next-generation seaweed extract for low-fat desserts

15 Nov 2017 --- Algaia S.A. has introduced Satialgine DVA, a next-generation seaweed extract ingredient for dairy and non-dairy desserts, to the market. This alginate line provides a uniquely rich and creamy texture in desserts such as low-fat dairy flans. The Satialgine line of alginate ingredients is designed to create a rich, creamy indulgent texture without the use of eggs or traditional additives. 

Nestle announce plans to source only cage-free eggs by 2025

03 Nov 2017 --- Nestlé has set a goal to source only eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé. In Europe and the US, Nestlé will make the transition by the end of 2020. For the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania it will happen by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period, as conditions allow.

Dairy committed to global nutrition and environmental goals

01 Nov 2017 --- World political and agricultural leaders were told that dairy is committed to playing a vital dual role in feeding the world with nutritious foods – and protecting the environment. Speaking at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit in Belfast, earlier this week, Dr. Judith Bryans, President of the IDF, said the global dairy community is one billion people strong and is currently feeding 6 billion consumers.

Sugar coating sugar reduction: Finding the balance in the dairy space

23 Oct 2017 --- One of the most striking international phenomena in recent years is how consumer attitudes have changed towards sugar. In the food and drink industry, reducing sugar content, using alternative sweeteners and being more health conscious are top priorities in today’s consumer trends. Late last year, Innova Market Insights tipped “Sweeter Balance” as the top three trends for 2017 and even later in the year, sugar reduction is still on the tip of the tongue.

Arla goes Pro with launch of new foodservice division

20 Oct 2017 --- Arla Foods has launched its new foodservice division, Arla Pro, which was created especially for chefs. The launch happened at Dinerama, a global street food market in Shoreditch, London, UK.

UK signs up to Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam

20 Oct 2017 --- The UK dairy industry has endorsed a declaration to promote the sustainability of dairy systems around the world. The Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, a unique partnership between the International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) signals a recognition of the dairy sector’s commitment towards feeding the world with safe, nutritious and sustainable products.