Government looks to improve dairy sector through incentives on dairy exports

INDIA - The government of India is considering incentives on milk product exports, add milk to mid-day meal rations, reduce GST (Goods and Services Tax) and increase import duty on some products as a way to ensure dairy farmers get value for their efforts. Highlighting challenges facing the milk production sector, government officials have decided…

Ben & Jerry under attack over deceptive marketing allegations

USA - US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of…

Dean Foods shuts down Illinois facility over decreased dairy consumption

USA – Dean Foods, an American food and beverage company and the largest dairy company in US, has announced that it is shutting one of its major Illinois facilities this year, with 'decreased dairy consumption trends' among the reasons given for the decision. According to Plant Based News, The closure is one of a number…

Arla Foods acquires Yeo Valley Diaries to expand milk, butter and cheese market

UK - Arla Foods Limited, an international dairy cooperative, will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited to expand milk, butter, spreads and cheese brands. According to the company, this transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads…

New KCC facility halts operations over power outage

KENYA - New Kenya Co-operative Creameries Ltd’s production facility in Kiganjo, Nyeri County has stopped operations over power outage after a power transformer caught fire earlier in the week. Business Daily has reported that after being left in darkness for the rest of the nights, the factory stopped receiving milk from farmers in the area.…

Fonterra to double butter output at Edgecumbe to meet Chinese demand for ‘muddy buns’

CHINA – Fonterra, a multinational dairy co-operative, is set to double up its butter output at Edgecumbe to meet the increasing demand for Chinese ‘muddy buns’ which is  a growing trend. According to the company, ‘Muddy Buns, Dirty Dirty Bread, or Zang Zang Bao’ as they’re known in China, are creating a social media frenzy…

Emmi to cut its global CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020

SWITZERLAND - Emmi Group, the Swiss milk processor and dairy products company aims to reduce its global CO₂ emissions by 25% by 2020 as it benefits from the progress of its Swiss subsidiary Mittelland Molkerei. Emmi acquired the remaining 40% share in the Swiss dairy Mittelland Molkerei from the investment firm of the Mittelland Milk…

Zimbabwe’s milk imports decrease on investments in the sector

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe Dairy Industry Trust (ZDIT) has revealed that milk imports in the year 2017 have declined significantly to US$7 million per month compared to US$22 million spend on importing milk and milk products in 2014 per month. This was attributed to numerous investments in the dairy sector both at the farm and processing…

Clover expects 20% increase in earnings on improved market conditions

SOUTH AFRICA - The branded foods and beverages group, Clover Industries Ltd expects headline earnings per share (“HEPS”) for the year ending 30 June 2018 to increase more than 20% stating improved market conditions in the period. In a trading statement released 28 June, the group said its earnings per share (Eps) would also lift…

India extends ban on milk products from China on food safety issues

INDIA - The government of India has further extended the ban on milk and its product imports from China including chocolates, candies and other confectioneries based on food safety concerns. The ban, imposed from 22 June 2017 to 23 June this year has now been extended to December 23 covering ‘food preparations’ with milk or…