Upfield introduces Flora Plant Butter in US under its new plant-based brand

USA – Upfield Group, producer of plant-based spreads and butters, has debuted a new plant butter brand with the launch of Flora Plant Butter in the United States. Flora Plant Butter is a vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and non-GMO plant butter with a rich and creamy taste, according to the company. The launch comes as demand for more plant-based products is rising with many industry players shifting their focus or including plant-based offerings in their portfolios. “Flora is a culinary-inspired premium brand that brings a heritage of chef experience from markets around…

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Government extends subsidy to cooperatives to allow more pay per litre of milk

INDIA – The state government of Maharashtra has ordered cooperatives to pay farmers US$0.36 per litre of cow’s milk, an increase from the previous US$25 to US$0.28 paid per litre to end the dairy farmers’ strike, reported ET Retail. According to dairy development minister Mahadev Jankar, the government will extend its subsidy to US$0.073 per litre to the dairy cooperatives effective July 21 for a period of three months, this in an effort to ensure more pay to farmers. “By extending the subsidy to co-operatives the government will have to…

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Arla Foods acquires Yeo Valley Diaries to expand milk, butter and cheese market

UK – Arla Foods Limited, an international dairy cooperative, will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited to expand milk, butter, spreads and cheese brands. According to the company, this transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property licence with Yeo Valley. The Yeo Valley yogurt, ice cream, cream and desserts business will continue to be run independently through Yeo Valley Group, which remains under the ownership…

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Fonterra to double butter output at Edgecumbe to meet Chinese demand for ‘muddy buns’

CHINA – Fonterra, a multinational dairy co-operative, is set to double up its butter output at Edgecumbe to meet the increasing demand for Chinese ‘muddy buns’ which is  a growing trend. According to the company, ‘Muddy Buns, Dirty Dirty Bread, or Zang Zang Bao’ as they’re known in China, are creating a social media frenzy and driving a further craving for butter around the world. The company is therefore working to handle this global trend and is commissioning a new butter line which will nearly double the factory’s butter sheet…

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Muller launches into UK spreadable market with its first branded butter spread

UK – Muller UK and Ireland has entered the UK spreads market with the introduction of its first ever branded butter spread, launched exclusively in Tesco on 21 May. The launch of the Official Spreadable of British Athletics boosts its butter category including salted, unsalted and lactic butter which it supplies to both the domestic and international markets. The spread is made with 73% real churned butter to give it a delicious creamy taste and the firm said it could drive consumption across all age ranges, but particularly families. It…

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Arla Foods butter brand expands with launch of Lurpak Softest

UK – Arla Foods, a global dairy company and co-operative, has expanded its number one butter brand to Lurpak Softest; a new soft blend butter that is spreadable straight from the fridge. Lurpak is UK’s number one butter brand, which has now combined the great taste that Lurpak is renowned for with the softest, most spreadable butter ever. According to the company, spreadability is the most important factor for shoppers when choosing which butter or spread to buy, closely followed by taste. Lurpak Softest is therefore a new recipe format…

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Consumers take to consuming more natural fat, butter makers hit jackpot

WORLD – Consumers aren’t just eating more butter, they are willing to pay more for it, a boon that’s giving outsize gains to makers of premium brands. Global retail butter sales will expand 2.9 percent to $19.4 billion in 2018, outpacing the 1.9 percent growth in sales volumes, according to Euromonitor International. The trend is fanning the expansion of international brands benefiting from a consumer shift to more natural fats, according to Raphael Moreau, a senior research analyst with the research firm in London. Demand for butter, cream and other commodities…

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World faces butter supply squeeze in 2018 too

WORLD – The stage appears to be set for a continuation of elevated butter prices, with shipments from the two top exporters expected to flatline next year, thanks to stagnant production. Combined exports of from New Zealand, the biggest shipper, of butter and anhydrous milk fat, which is made by a similar process, will rise by only 2,000 tonnes in 2018 to 519,000 tonnes, the US Department of Agriculture’s bureau in Wellington said in its first forecast for next year. In the European Union, the second-ranked shipper, butter exports will…

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