DSM unveils new phage-robust culture rotations to help manufacturers overcome spoilage issues in cheese

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational health and nutrition company DSM has expanded its Dairy Safe cheese biopreservation portfolio with a new range of phage-robust culture rotations.  The company notes that the new range comprised of four new culture rotations offers a more robust system that effectively manages bacteriophages (phages) and overcomes spoilage issues in cheese.  Insufficient management of phages can lead to fermentation delays and production slow-down, which can contribute to increased food loss and have a detrimental impact on cheese flavour, yield, and texture.  At the same time, demand for great-tasting, sustainable and natural…

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Egyptian Al Fayoum to launch first cream packed in aseptic cartons, Clover SA shuts down facility due to poor service delivery

EGYPT – Egyptian dairy processor, Al Fayoum for Food Industries, is set to expand its product portfolio with a new aseptic line to pack feta cheese in 500g-size bricks and liquid cream in aseptic cartons. The move makes the company the first in the North African country to pack cream in aseptic cartons. It is important to note that, Al Fayoum commenced filling and packing Feta cheese in aseptic carton bricks (125 Slim and 250 Standard) designed by IPI in 2016. IPI supplies systems and materials for the aseptic packaging…

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Saputo, Great Lakes invest in new cheese manufacturing plants in the US

US – Canadian dairy company Saputo and Ohio-based cheese manufacturing company Great Lakes Cheese have announced plans to invest in expanding their respective cheese manufacturing capacities to meet anticipated rise in demand for the product. Saputo said it is investing up to US$30 million into the expansion of operations of its Saputo Dairy USA’s Las Cruces cheese manufacturing plant in New Mexico, US. The expansion of operations will reportedly see the addition of 150 employees and is expected to have a total positive economic impact of US$1.6 billion to New Mexico…

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Tetra Pak introduces 14 new best practice lines to bolster production of high quality cheese

SWITZERLAND – Swedish-Swiss multinational food packaging and processing company, Tetra Pak has announced 14 new Best Practice Lines (BPLs) for cheese manufacturers in an effort to bolster sustainable production of high-quality cheeses. Cheeses that will benefit from the new BPLs include Mozzarella, Semi-hard cheese, Cheddar, Fresh cheese production, and Cottage Cheese. Together, these cheese types make up 79% of all cheese volumes and have a CAGR forecast of 3% (2021-2025), according to Tetra Pak. “The processing lines utilise proven equipment combined with industry-leading expertise to create a safe and easy…

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Third triumph for Woolworths Mature Gouda by Lactalis as South African Dairy Product of the Year

SOUTH AFRICA – Lactalis South Africa’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year at the South African Dairy Awards. This is the third time in a row that this particular product from Lactalis has scooped the Dairy Product of the Year accolade, an unrivalled achievement for the SA Dairy Championships, now in its 188th year of existence. The Gouda, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese, was one of almost 900 dairy products from 68 producers that vied for the attention of…

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FrieslandCampina enters fast growing Africa cheese market, forms JV with Egyptian Domty

EGYPT – The Dutch dairy co-operative, FrieslandCampina has partnered with the Arabian Food Industries Company, popularly known as Domty to establish a joint venture that will focus on the export of cheese. Both cheese majors are combining their efforts in a new company that will export and sell affordable cheese propositions to markets in Africa and the Middle East from Egypt. Talks of the agreement began in 2020, with the two parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2020. Under the agreement, FrieslandCampina will hold a 51 per…

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Lactalis eyes acquisition of Dutch cheese brand Leerdammer to boost European presence

ITALY – French multinational dairy products corporation, Lactalis has entered into exclusive negotiations with Bel Group to acquire its Dutch cheese brand  Leerdammer, as part of efforts to bosst its European presence. Apart from the Leedammer brand, FoodBev reported that the two companies have signed unilateral promises which will see Lactalis acquire also acquire Royal Bel Leerdammer, Bel Shostka Ukraine, and its businesses in Italy and Germany. Under the terms of the deal, Bel subsidiary Sicopa will sell the aforementioned assets in exchange for Lactalis’ 23.16% equity stake in Bel.…

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Dairyworks divests its ice cream brand portfolio to focus on its cheese business

NEW ZEALAND – Dairyworks, a subsidiary of Synlait Milk, has sold its Deep South ice cream brand and operations to New Zealand-based food company, Talley’s Group, effective 12 November 2020, as it looks trim its portfolio and focus on its core cheese business. The 42 years old Deep South brand was acquired by Dairyworks in 2016. Dairyworks was subsequently acquired by Synlait earlier this year, following an announcement in October. “The sale of Deep South enables Dairyworks to focus on our core business, explore new market opportunities and deliver strong…

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Spanish dairy processor TGT Group acquires 20% stake in goat milk firm Lácteas Cobreros

SPAIN – The TGT Group, Spain based producer and distributor of dairy product, has acquired 20% of the shareholding in Lácteas Cobreros, a local goat’s milk products supplier specializing in cheese and milk powder. The two family-run companies have a history of working together, which began with the signing of a five-year rolling partnership in 2005 that saw TGT distribute Lácteas Cobreros’ products. TGT has pointed out that, thanks to this agreement, the group, “strengthens its strategy as a manufacturer, reaching eleven production plants on the peninsula, and manufacturing most…

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Egyptian cheese maker Domty, FrieslandCampina partner to explore Africa’s cheese market

EGYPT – The Arabian Food Industries Company, popularly known as Domty has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dutch dairy processor, FrieslandCampina to explore and undertake cheese export to African countries. Founded in 1988, Domty is an Egypt-based manufacturer and marker of a range of branded white and processed cheeses and juice products. The company has a portfolio of nearly 200 SKUs under the Domty, Damo, Gebnety and Bravo brands. “Domty is a household name and the number-one cheese producer in the nation by market share. The Company sells…

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