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The new frontier

I went to visit a cheese packing plant the other day, said to be the largest in Europe. When I said, “Oh, it’s not in Europe anymore,” my husband corrected me. “No matter what, the UK is part of Europe.

Posted 10 July 2017

Thinking of September

As we prepare for our summer holidays here at Bell Publishing, I’d like to remind you all of the impending deadlines for our annual Supplier Profile issue.

Posted 3 July 2017

The price of butter

Recovery of milk prices globally is the good news contained in Rabobank’s most recent quarterly report on the dairy industry.

Posted 26 June 2017

Signs of the times

The International Farm Comparison Network has been busy analysing the world’s dairy prices, and concluded that the milk price recovery is well underway now.

Posted 19 June 2017

Beautiful country and cheese

I was up in the beautiful, rainy Lake District this weekend for a swim. The swim didn’t go as planned – my day was cancelled and I wound up swimming a mile in choppy water on the Saturday and getting the biggest calf cramp I think I have ever had.

Posted 12 June 2017

Climate change and us

The news that the current resident of the US White House has decided to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change comes as no surprise to those of us who have seen the man’s work for decades in New York.

Posted 5 June 2017

Yogurt and me

When I am eating healthily, yogurt is one of my go-to products. In fact, I would say that yogurt features at most of my breakfast and snack times. Yes, I am older than seven and still have a snack time.

Posted 31 May 2017

Growing internationally and without copying

It’s been a powdery week in dairy, as Fonterra upgrades and reopens its dairy powder plant in Malaysia, and Mintel is predicting growth in the infant nutrition market in China.

Posted 18 May 2017

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