Helaina to disrupt infant nutrition market with new proteins that closely resemble those found in breastmilk

USA – US natural protein company Helaina is set to disrupt the infant nutrition market with its natural, immuno-identical proteins that are 99% identical to those found in breastmilk.  According to the company, its proteins which are a first in the infant formula category are created through the use of precision fermentation.  “We’ve seen a lot of innovation and advancement in the alternative meat and dairy space, however, the infant formula category has been stagnant for decades,” Laura Katz, founder of Helaina, said.  “I’m proud to be part of the team bringing a new solution to…

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Arla Foods Ingredients’ fractionation technology to enable selection of specific pure milk proteins

DENMARK – Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI) has developed an advanced milk separation technology that has the capacity to separate milk into its different protein components.   The Demark-based ingredients supplier says its new innovation called milk fractionation will enable the selection of specific pure milk proteins, such as casein and serum whey proteins.  With the new technology, AFI is confident that it will be better positioned to create next-generation dairy products, for applications spanning infant formula and sports nutrition to hospitality and clinical nutrition.   “The method has been several…

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Starbucks, Arla partner to explore sustainable solutions for dairy farming

UK – Coffee giant Starbucks and Dutch multinational dairy cooperative Arla have joined hands to explore ways to cut down greenhouse gas emissions associated with dairy farming.  Dairy accounts for 22% of Starbucks’ global carbon emissions, making it the largest contributor to coffee chain’s carbon footprint.  Arla, a major dairy processor, also has dairy production as its largest contributor of green house gas emissions with the company estimating that raw milk is produced with emissions of 1.13kg/litre of carbon dioxide equivalent.  To make dairy more sustainable, the two dairy giants will work…

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Gönenli Süt builds first infant nutritional formula facility to cut Turkey reliance on imports

TURKEY –  Contract dairy manufacturer Gönenli Süt is building Turkey’s first infant nutritional formula facility, localizing production and cutting the country’s reliance on exports.   The facility will be constructed at a new Gönenli site in Akhisar and will produce infant nutritional formula for major global brands that have operations in the country.   Production capacity is expected to be 13,800 tonnes per year, with the plant scheduled to be operational in March 2023.  Gönenli Süt has contracted German food equipment manufacturer GEA to supply processing technology for the infant nutritional formula facility.    Established in 2015, and headquartered in Ístanbul, Gönenli Süt is one of Turkey’s…

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Chr. Hansen debuts new culture for low-sugar yogurts, bolsters sustainability strategy with new carbon reduction targets

DENMARK — Global bioscience company  Chr. Hansen has launched its next-generation SWEETY culture which is aimed at helping dairy processors reduce the amount of sugar they add to their yogurts.   The culture has been developed via fermentation technology that converts lactose into glucose, thus increasing the perception of sweetness.   The Hørsholm, Denmark based food ingredient supplier says Sweety Y-3 can help reduce added sugar by up to 1g for every 100g of yogurt.   “Sweety range is a culture of Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus that are selected to use galactose…

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EU, Australian dairy farmers switch to beef rearing putting at risk the future of milk production

EUROPE – Milk production in Australia and the European Union is set to either plateau or fall as from 2023 as more farmers leave the business and switch to beef production.  In the European Union, a fall or a plateau in milk production is expected when the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) kicks off in 2023 under the Farm to Fork (F2F) and the EU’s Green Deal targeting climate neutrality by 2050.   Sector experts believe that a wave of dairy farm endings can be expected after 2022 under pressure…

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Indian dairy industry to expand by 11% in 2022 driven by increasing per capita consumption

INDIA – The dairy industry in India is expected to grow by 9-11 percent in the 2021-22 financial year, driven by increasing per capita consumption of milk and milk products, according to a report by Icra.   In the report, the investment information and credit rating agency highlighted revival in economic activities, changing dietary preferences due to rising urbanisation, and continued government support to the dairy industry as other factors driving growth.   The report notes that industry expansion will be supported by domestic milk production increase of about 5-6 percent in the…

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Ethiopia bans advertisement of infant formula on mainstream media

ETHIOPIA – The federal government of Ethiopia has banned the promotion and advertisements of infant formula, due to the growing use of substitute formula undermining breastfeeding. With the Ethiopian Food & Drug Authority (EDFA) regulating the commercialization of breastmilk substitutes, any form of promotion using radio, TV and sponsored content is no longer allowed. The ban affects a market with close to 78.4 million Birr (US$1.6m) worth of infant formula which was imported last year, up by 51.3pc from 2018, reports Addis Fortune. Recent data on the number of companies…

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Dennis Rodenbaugh to succeed Richard Smith as Dairy Farmers of America CEO

USA – U.S. national milk marketing cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has announced the appointment of Dennis Rodenbaugh as its next president and CEO.  Rodenbaugh will succeed current president and CEO Richard (Rick) Smith who is set to retire towards the end of next year after more than 15 years at the helm.  “Rick is an iconic and dynamic leader who has been instrumental in transforming DFA’s culture and business, and we will be forever grateful to him for his tremendous leadership and are proud of where we are today,”…

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Saputo reports decline in Q2 net earnings, appoints new President for US dairy division

CANADA – Canadian dairy giant, Saputo has reported decline in net earnings for Q2 as the pandemic continues to adversely impact the company’s operations both in Canada and the United States.   Net earnings attributable to the company were down to  C$98m (US$79m) from an high of C$171m (US$137m) that was recorded in the same period last yar.  Adjusted net earnings excluding amortization of intangible assets related to business acquisitions also plunged to C$116m (US$93m), from C$184m (US$148m).   “This latest phase of the pandemic has brought its share of difficulties, and our second-quarter results…

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