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Catching the consumer’s eye

Arla Foods in the UK has launched a new campaign for its brands that focuses on the commuter market and encourages people to “Eat Monday for Breakfast.”

Posted 15 May 2017

Packaging on show

This week I am starting my working week off in Düsseldorf. This is the home of Interpack, the once every three-year packaging colossus that takes over the trade showgrounds in that German city. I expect to visit many stands and look at many machines, ranging from bulk bag filling to packaging for shelf units.

Posted 8 May 2017

Suffer the children

Busy week in dairy, with everything from improving prices for milk ingredients globally to research showing that dairy is an excellent source of protein (yes, we knew) and more research being sought to prove that dairy is helpful for sports nutrition. Then there’s the drop in milk deliveries to school children in two states in Germany.

Posted 2 May 2017

Are you bored of elections yet?

I think I am done with elections, but yet again we are facing imminent votes in France and the UK. These elections, in particular, are vital ones to the dairy industries in both countries, as the fate of the sector lies in politicians on either side of the Channel making sound decisions about Brexit and future cooperation.

Posted 24 April 2017

The US in dairy

It is interesting that the current occupant of the White House seems to embody what healthcare issues the US has right now. He is an older gentleman and quite overweight. I have no doubt he probably suffers from type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

Posted 19 April 2017

Raise a glass for one billion

Happiness, I am sure, can be found in a glass of milk, and since 2001, 1 June, World Milk Day, has been observed by the United Nations. It was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to mark the importance of dairy.

Posted 10 April 2017

Reformulate with care

Public Health England has been busy, with its latest report noting that companies should reduce sugar by 200,000 tonnes per year until 2020, using a voluntary guideline. Dr Alison Tedstone, director of diet and obesity at Public Health England, says that for example, bread contains 40 per cent less salt than 10 years ago, and nobody has really noticed.

Posted 31 March 2017

What’s it all about, Brexit?

We are nearing blast off as Article 50 is set to be triggered on Wednesday this week by British Prime Minister Theresa May. I spent last Wednesday at the European Dairy Association’s policy conference, listening to European dairy leaders celebrate European unity and bemoan the loss of key EU member the UK.

Posted 28 March 2017

Fads and trends at IFE

Walking around the International Food & Drink Event (IFE) in London yesterday, one of my fellow visitors looked at the ice creams made from nuts and coconut and remarked, remember how popular coconut water was for awhile? And now, where is it at this show? The IFE tends to capture the emerging trends in the food industry.

Posted 20 March 2017

My five minutes of fame

Looking at myself wittering on about cheese on the episode of The Farmers’ Country Showdown on BBC1 last week, I thought, I wish I’d combed my hair before they started filming. And boy, do I get red when put under any public gaze.

Posted 6 March 2017

Look at the science

There continues to be encouraging news about the correlation between dairy and body mass index (BMI). A study published in the Nutrition & Diabetes journal showed that higher total dairy intake was associated with lower BMI, body fat percentage, waist circumference and blood pressure.

Posted 28 February 2017

And a spoon shall lead them

It’s often the little things in life that irk a person. One personal bugbear of mine is being addressed by Rachel’s, which has added spoons to its on-the-go breakfast yogurt pots in the UK. I applaud this measure as so often, you’re out and about, and to have to remember to grab the spoon from the pile in the supermarket after the checkout and while you’re galloping towards a train, while not spilling your coffee as well.

Posted 20 February 2017

Not just for breakfast

We have been consuming less milk in the house, while at the same time increasing intake of Greek-style yogurt. This is due to the small child developing a keen interest in “yogurt pots,” as they are known.

Posted 13 February 2017