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Editor’s blog

A 25 gram challenge

The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that adults consume only 25 grams of sugar per day, but most people fall short of this number by overconsuming sugar.

Posted 29 May 2018

The expanding taste of cheese

I went along to a tasting day at a speciality food magazine, whose labels now adorn products throughout the UK.

Posted 22 May 2018

Food for thought in Ireland

As the UK swiftly winds out towards Brexit (who knew 2018 could go so fast?), the question of the Irish border continues to nag at the British government and similarly, the Republic of Ireland’s government.

Posted 14 May 2018

Riding the nostalgia wave

As part of our May Day worker celebrations (or bank holiday long weekend, as it is commonly known here in the UK), we took ourselves off to the last remaining outpost of what used to be a fairly widespread phenomenon, Fitzpatrick’s Temperance Bar in Rawtenstall.

Posted 8 May 2018

A matter of perspective

The news that the European Union and Mexico have reached a free trade agreement is of some concern in some quarters, particularly north of the Mexico-US border, but not here in Europe.

Posted 30 April 2018

Getting the message out

It’s always a challenge changing perceptions, as US cheese makers are discovering. US dairy is used worldwide, but often as a commodity base.

Posted 23 April 2018

The new craft brews

It had to happen in the US. Having spent 20 years turning the American beer scene into a plethora of good beer options, the artisanal cheese market is booming, with various milk cheeses from around the country showing up in the suburbs.

Posted 16 April 2018

Bigger and better

I’ve been in the US visiting friends and relatives this week, and enjoying the variety of weather on offer in April. Snow to start, and now it’s sunny.

Posted 9 April 2018

The search for a top person

Fonterra is a very large exporter in New Zealand, where the local market amounts amounts to around 4.7 million people and the local cows produce around 21.5 million metric tons of milk annually.

Posted 3 April 2018

An unscientific survey

Last week I was at Anuga FoodTec, a trade show in Germany, and saw three bottles for adding to drinks in the press centre first thing in the morning, before I embarked on my mad gallop around the various halls and stands.

Posted 26 March 2018

Sustainable age

Water use reduction, innovation centres and how the Swiss will improve their sustainable production were all features of last week’s news.

Posted 19 March 2018

Better in the long run

After a few fraught weeks for Müller’s home delivery system Milk & More, everything is now running smoothly again.

Posted 12 March 2018

Snow and milk delivery

It isn’t until there is snow and ice on the ground and extreme weather (particularly for a country like the UK where we are not used to it) that one appreciates the diligence of the milkman.

Posted 5 March 2018

Oh boy, obesity

We all worry about our waistlines here in the modern world. I myself spend quality time plodding down by the Thames, exercising away my continued reliance on too much of a good thing (plus, doing a bit of bird-watching. I saw two Egyptian geese there yesterday).

Posted 26 February 2018