Vibrant Foods expands Asian food portfolio with acquisition of UK paneer maker Everest Dairies

UK – Producer and distributor of South Asian foods in the UK and continental Europe, Vibrant Foods has acquired paneer manufacturer Everest Dairies in a move to expand its Asian food portfolio. Paneer, also popularly known as Indian cottage cheese, refers to a non-fermentative, non-melting, and non-renneted type of cheese that is obtained by fruit- or vegetable-derived acid and heat coagulation of milk. It forms an important ingredient in Indian traditional cuisine as it is used in combination with other vegetables to prepare gravy, semi-dry, and dry dishes. UK’s paneer…

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Kerry, World Food Programme partner to improve milk value chain in Burundi

BURUNDI – Kerry, one of the world’s leading taste and nutrition company has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to launch Project Amata in Burundi, aimed to enhance the production and availability of safe, sustainable milk for children and communities. The project will be supported by a direct financial contribution of US$750,000 from the Irish company, aimed to improve food security and nutrition by strengthening the milk value chain. Over the course of the three-year programme, Kerry experts and WFP staff will work together with farmers and the…

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Oatly to build plant-based oat drinks factory in UK as Arla Foods proposes closure of creamery site

UK – Swedish vegan brand Oatly has unveiled plans for a new plant-based dairy manufacturing plant in Peterborough at a time when Arla Foods is contemplating closure of its Trevarrian Creamery in Cornwall. For Oatly, the facility which is expected to be completed in early 2023 and create over 200 jobs would be its first in the United Kingdom. The company has partnered with food and drink capital investment firm Integrated Food Projects to build its new facility. The facility,accordin to the Swedish company, will be able to produce 300…

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Ugandan dairy processor Pearl Dairy nears completion of honey processing factory

UGANDA – Pearl Dairy Farms, Uganda’s largest dairy processor has revealed that its honey processing facility is 90% complete and will be commissioned beginning of April. The producer of Lato Milk brand announced its diversification from the dairy industry last year, revealing that it will invest more than Ush10 bn (US$2.7m) into commercial honey production. The move is in a bid to create an additional revenue stream, given the challenges that are facing the country’s milk sector of not accessing most East Africa Community markets. The program is also undertaken…

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Nestlé sues French dairy company Danone for copying its Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer brand

US – World’s largest food company Nestlé has taken Danone to court alleging that the French dairy maker’s Silk brand coffee creamers copies the unique branding and packaging designs from its Coffee-mate Natural Bliss line Danone is accused of copying parts of the Natural Bliss line package, including the color and cap of the bottle and the light purple color band around the bottle’s neck listing the flavor. In a federal court filing in Virginia, Nestlé said its French competitor is modifying its product to “gain an instant marketplace boost”…

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Danone, Ingredion pledge to adopt sustainable agriculture practices on more than 1 million acres of land

 US – Food Production giants Danone North America and Ingredion have pledged to improve water stewardship and adopt sustainable agriculture practices on more than 1 million total acres of land as part of the Ceres and World Wildlife Fund AgWater Challenge.  As part of its new commitments, Danone North America — which has participated in a previous Ag Water Challenge round — will focus its efforts on land growing dairy feed and almonds, while Ingredion will center on corn, tapioca, potato, pulses, and stevia. Danone North America set goals of…

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Sargento pairs cheese with popular Mondelēz brands to create new snack range

US – A new snack range that features cheese is coming to the US market thanks to a partnership between American Cheese Company Sargento Foods and global snack and food company Mondelēz International. The new snack range pairs Sargento cheeses with Ritz, Triscuit and Wheat Thins crackers and comes in four combinations, each containing 7-9g of protein and up to 170 calories per serving. In the new range, Sargento will combine Pepper Jack and Colby Jack natural cheeses with Ritz Mini Crackers while Gouda and sharp cheddar natural cheeses will…

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Danone-backed Forager Project enters crowded plant-based cheese space with launch of new product line

US – Danone backed US dairy startup Forager Project has launched a new line of organic plant-based cheeses called Cheeseworks which the company says perform like regular cheese when it comes to melting and stretching. The company said the dairy-free cheeses are made using its probiotic cashew milk yogurt as the base. They include queso fresco, jack, shredded mozzarella, shredded parmesan, and shredded jack and are made Using Forager Project’s probiotic cashew milk yogurt as the base. Launched in 2013, Forager Project counts dairy giant Danone as a backer through…

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Japanese beverage giant Kirin supports healthy aging with new memory-supporting ingredient

JAPAN – Kirin Holdings has introduced a new functional ingredient to support “support the maintenance of memory, which declines with age.” Called Beta-Lactolin, the new ingredient reportedly targets those who are healthy but have started to become forgetful or slower in making decisions due to the natural aging process. To ensure market success, Kirin is partnering with a number of local food companies to launch the product in various forms including a beverage, yogurt, and supplements. New products to be released throughout Japan include beta-lactolin by Kyowa Hakko Bio on…

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Saputo to expand cheese production in UK facility after securing government grant

UK – Canadian dairy company Saputo is planning to expand its UK creamery in Davidstow, Cornwall after it secured a £3.2 million (about US$4.46 million) investment from the UK government. The funds were specifically sourced from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which is a fund created by the UK government to develop local enterprises. Home to the Cathedral City cheddar brand, Saputo’s Davidstow facility employs more than 200 people and sources milk locally. According to the company, the Davidstow creamery supports  330 dairy farmers across Cornwall…

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