Müller completes major investment in Scottish dairy plant

UK– Dairy company Müller UK & Ireland has completed a £15 million project to substantially upgrade its dairy plant in Bellshill, Scotland, thereby securing 265 jobs at Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy. The project by Müller Milk & Ingredients represents the largest single investment in Scottish dairy processing for more than a decade, says Müller.…

Symrise unveils tea and coffee flavors for dairy applications

GERMANY - The flavours and fragrances company, Symrise has developed a new collection of specialty coffee and tea flavours that find applications in dairy products including milkshakes, yogurts and ice cream. According to the company, the new range provides unique and full indulgence, authentic taste achieved through innovations around recent customer tastes and preferences. The…

Tanzania Dairy Board and TADB signs deal to develop value chain

TANZANIA - Tanzania Dairy Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) on development of the dairy value chain. A report by TheCitizen indicates that the agreement targets to enhance sector growth and help strengthen the capabilities in Tanzania’s dairy. “This agreement meant a lot for increasing productivity, sustainable production…

FrieslandCampina acquires US cheese distributor Jana Foods

USA – Global dairy company, FrieslandCampina has announced that it has acquired US based importer and distributor of cheese, Jana Foods for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition builds the already existing relationship between FrieslandCampina and Jana Foods and further strengthens the former’s position in supplying Dutch specialty cheese to the US consumer. Jana Foods imports…

Lactalis increases stake in Italian dairy Parmalat to 95.81%

ITALY – French dairy products corporation, Lactalis has increased its stake in the Italian dairy and food counterpart to 95.81% with the transaction expected to complete December 5, 2018. The company is also planning to delist Parmalat ordinary shares from the Italian Stock Exchange and take the company private. Lactalis, which previously owned 89.63% stake…

Dairy co-operative Westland to build new US$15m plant in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND - Westland Milk Products, a co-operative dairy company in New Zealand has unveiled plans to build a new US$15.1 million plant at its Hokitika site in South Island. The investment includes US$6.7 million loan from the government to build a facility that will ensure availability of quality dairy products in the West Coast…

Chinese dairy group Yili buys Thai ice cream maker Chomthana

ASIA – Yili Group, state-owned company of dairy industry in China has acquired Chomthana, Thailand's leading ice cream and frozen foods manufacturer to expand its operations in Southeast Asia. Chomthana, which has more than 37 years of experience and exports its products to 13 foreign markets, sells a range of ice cream products, ice lollies…

Royal DSM launches new line of cultures for Spanish Castellano cheese

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM has developed a new range of cheese cultures, Delvo Cheese CT-500 Castellano, a cheese culture for creating Spanish Castellano-type cheese. The new culture was especially developed to create the highly specific taste and texture of the Castellano-type cheese, allowing cheesemakers to respond to the growing demand for premium, authentic and artisan…

FrieslandCampina considers closure of cheese production facility in Bree, Belgium

BELGIUM – Royal FrieslandCampina has said that it is investigating the possibility to close its mozzarella cheese production location in Bree, Belgium since the production facility ‘does not live up to the profitability expectations’. The company said management is considering to stop continuation of operations at the facility as it does meet the company’s long-term…

EU bank loans Egyptian dairy US$7m to fund new greenfield dairy farm

EGYPT– The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it is providing a US$7 million loan to support the expansion plan of Obour Land, the leading Egyptian white cheese, UHT packaged milk and juice producer. The loan, targeted at fostering the Egyptian dairy sector, aims to increase dairy production, boost exports and improve the…