Tanzania’s milk import fees increases 13-fold amidst a series of bans

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has introduced new regulations which will require milk importers to pay thirteen times more in milk import fees, reports the Citizen. According to stakeholders, the move which equates to total ban will hurt the dairy industry which relies on imported milk to manufacture some of its products. The newly…

FDA to examine use of ‘milk, cheese, and yogurt’ terms in labeling plant-based products

USA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is reviewing the use of dairy food names like ‘milk’, ‘cheese’, ‘yogurt’ in the labeling of plant-based food and beverages. The FDA is stepping up approaches to modernize standards of identity including requirements for the content and sometimes the methods used to produce…

Dairygold Food Ingredients launches new value-added cheese range

UK - Dairygold Food Ingredients (DFI), a supplier of premium cheeses & dairy nutritionals made from milk whey & casein, has launched a new exciting range of added value cheeses. The new range, according to the company, marks the beginning of a New Product Development (NPD) strategy for the company, with the aim of enabling…

Yili to upgrade European Innovation Centre to expand economic and scientific sectors

CHINA – Yili, a state-owned company of dairy industry in China, has made plans to upgrade its activities of Yili European Innovation Center with the theme of "Enabling Connecting Globally by Innovation" to expand its economic and scientific sectors. The company said that in 2014, together with Wageningen University in the Netherlands, it jointly established…

Braham and Murray launches new chilled hemp milk under its Good Hemp brand

UK - Braham and Murray, the UK developer of food ingredients from hemp, has launched a new chilled hemp milk, made from organic hemp seeds and marketed as a dairy alternative, with fortified calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, under its Good Hemp brand. Braham and Murray said the milk is suited for vegans and…

Drugmaker Aspen sells baby formula unit to French dairy group Lactalis for US$860m

SOUTH AFRICA - Aspen Pharmacare, the South African pharmaceuticals concern firm and Africa’s largest drug company has agreed to sell its infant formula business to French dairy group Lactalis International for US$864 million (12.9 billion Rand) as it seeks to cash on the division, reports Bloomberg. The acquisition will be funded by cash and according…

Milkbasket to expand engineering team five-fold and set new R&D Centre

ASIA - Milk and grocery delivery startup Milkbasket plans to expand its engineering team fivefold to 100 in the next nine months and set up a new research and development (R&D) centre, ET Retail reports. The development will enable the Gurgaon-based firm recommend users to products that they order frequently through machine learning. The R&D…

Cooperatives to increase efficiency in dairy production and quality

TANZANIA - Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) has said that dairy cooperatives are important in implementing dairy development programmes to increase milk productivity and quality, reports Daily News. TDB Acting Registrar, Mr Jeremiah Temu said there are financiers who will provide grants for increasing investment in dairy sector and in particular the establishment of small scale…

FrieslandCampina to invest US$26m in local milk production in Nigeria

NIGERIA - Royal FrieslandCampina, the Dutch multinational dairy cooperative will invest US$26.69 million (23 Euros) in local milk production as part of its Dairy Development Programme (DDP) in Nigeria. Speaking during a visit to the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the company’s global CEO also highlighted the company’s commitment to support the country’s…

Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula with new standards for manufacturers

JAPAN - Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula, reversing the ban that had permitted powdered product only. According to justfood, the ministry of health, labour and welfare has announced new standards for ready-made liquid baby formula that can be…