Study finds A1 beta casein protein the cause of lactose intolerance

CHINA - A1 beta-casein protein in cow’s milk is the root cause of lactose intolerance, and not the lactose itself, according to a new clinical trial The trial, which was conducted in China and published in Nutrition Journal, involved 600 adults who said they were lactose-intolerant. According to FoodBev, the Chinese researchers investigated the ‘acute’…

FrieslandCampina appoints Jaska de Bakker new CFO

NETHERLANDS - The supervisory board of Royal FrieslandCampina has appointed Jaska de Bakker the new Chief Financial Officer of the Dutch dairy co-operative, as the company continues its restructuring processes to meet new market needs. Bakker will succeed Hein Schumacher, who was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of the company. Both will begin their roles…

Chobani breaks ground on innovation and community center in US

USA - Chobani, the maker of America's leading Greek yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in has announced by breaking ground on a 70,000-square-foot facility innovations and community center that will serve employees, guests and house the company’s global research and development team. The expansion, at the world’s largest yogurt plant in…

Fonterra acquires stake in Lithuania’s biggest dairy

LITHUANIA - Fonterra Co-operative Group has acquired a 10% shareholding AB Rokiskio Suris, deepening a long-standing commercial agreement with Lithuania’s biggest dairy producer, In the deal, Fonterra has invested US$8.2 million in Rokiskio to secure a supply line of high-value whey ingredients while opening up product options across Europe and the Middle East. According to…

Arla Foods exits Brazilian dairy company, sells stake Grupo Lala

BRAZIL - Arla Foods has divested its 8% share in the company to Grupo LaLa, following a change in ownership of the Brazilian largest dairy company Vigor S.A. Arla’s investment in Vigor, started in 1986 when Arla entered a 50/50 joint venture partnership with Vigor under the name Dan Vigor, which consisted of local cheese…

Dairy UK lays its hopes and fears for industry as Brexit looms

UK - Dairy UK, the body that represents the dairy industry in the UK has published a report detailing the opportunities and challenges, which the industry is facing as Brexit talks continue and consumer confidence in dairy foods faces new territory. The 'White Paper' report for 2017, notes that Brexit is the most defining issue…

Milk prices set to rise as regulator doubles processors levy

KENYA - Dairy sector regulator has proposed an increase in levies charged on dairy processors, setting the stage for an increase in milk prices. The proposal, made through Miscellaneous Amendments Bill (2017), proposes the scrapping of levies that processors and producers pay to the Kenya Diary Board in favour of a one per cent charge…

Dairy producer Clover appoints Frantz Scheepers as CFO

SOUTH AFRICA - Frantz Scheepers has been appointed the new CFO of Clover Industries, replacing 2017 CFO Awards nominee, Elton Bosch. Starting 1 November, for two months, Scheepers will act as the CFO designate, working closely with Bosch to ensure a smooth transition. He will then formally take over as CFO, effective 1 January, also…