Lakeland Dairies and LacPatrick Dairies merge to improve production and cross border exports

IRELAND - Lakeland Dairies, an Irish dairy co-operative, and LacPatrick Dairies have reached agreement to merge following the unanimous approval of the Boards of both co-operative societies who are recommending the proposed merger to their respective shareholders. According to Lakeland Dairies, exclusive discussions about a possible merger started last June and have reached a positive…

Barry Callebaut Group signs agreement to acquire chocolate producer Inforum

RUSSIA - The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, has signed an agreement to acquire Inforum, a leading Russian B2B producer of chocolate, coatings and fillings, serving many of the well-known consumer chocolate brands in Russia. According to the company, the strategic acquisition will strengthen its presence and…

Kelly’s of Cornwall ice cream brand launches new sticky gingerbread flavour

UK - Froneri-owned ice cream brand Kelly’s of Cornwall has launched a new sticky gingerbread flavour ice cream in the UK ahead of Christmas, which has toffee sauce, fudge pieces and ginger digestive biscuit pieces. According to FoodBev, the ice cream is made in the English country of Cornwall with whole milk and clotted cream…

Lactalis McLelland launches new campaign for cheese brand Président

UK - Lactalis McLelland, the UK subsidiary of Lactalis Group, has started a new advertising campaign for its cheese brand Président in collaboration with creative agency Initials. Due to run for the next eight months in the UK, the Time For The Good Life campaign features fields of lavender and rural village street scenes, imagery…

Malaysia’s Holstein secures funding from Singapore’s Dymon to grow herd

ASIA - The Holstein Milk Company (THMC) has received undisclosed amount of funding from Singapore firm Dymon Asia Private Equity as it looks to expand its dairy brand in both Malaysia and Singapore. The round of private equity investment will help its expansion into Australia where in addition to Malaysia, has more than 5,000 cows.…

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…

AIF, Kenchic, SALL, CCBA, Wrigley’s and EABL take top positions in Plant of the Year Awards

KENYA- The food industry in the Eastern and Southern Africa regions is on the upswing, in terms of new investments in new plants and expansions, as evidenced in the just concluded Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards, held on September 14 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya. Courtesy of the entries received in the highly prestigious…

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…