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Kraft to sell Canada natural cheese business to Parmalat

Kraft Heinz Co has agreed to sell its Canadian natural cheese business to Parmalat SpA in a C$1.62 billion ($1.23 billion) deal that will help Kraft trim its debt and extend the North American footprint of Parmalat owner Lactalis, Reuters says.

Parmalat’s acquisition in Canada marks a further addition to the North American footprint of France’s Lactalis, the world’s largest dairy firm that controls nearly 90 percent of Parmalat.

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Guld och silver till Jürss Mejeri vid World Cheese Awards i Bergen

I år åkte Jürss Mejeri hem till Hälleforsnäs med tre medaljer när den årliga World Cheese Awards avslutats. Granbarksosten vann ett nytt guld, Sörmlands Ädel och Malma belönades med silver. Juryn bedömde omkring 3500 ostar.

–Vi lämnade in Granbarksosten, Sörmlands Ädel och Malma, berättar Kerstin Jürss. Granbarksosten fick guld i fjol och glädjande nog upprepade vi framgången med ännu ett guld. Blåmögelosten Sörmlands Ädel och den pressade osten Malma belönades med silver.

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FrieslandCampina expands its cheese activities

Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. takes over activities of Best Cheese Holland, including its brands Parrano and Tjiezi. With this step FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy wants to respond stronger to the consumer need to use more cheese in cooking and the growing demand for dairy snacks as dippers.

The Parrano brand is famous for its cheese flakes, grated cheese and powder cheese in Italian style and is sold by major Dutch retailers. Parrano is one of the fastest growing consumer brands in this segment. With the acquisition of dairy dipper activities, including Tjiezi, FrieslandCampina capitalises on the growing need for dairy snacks in, among others, Europe, Asia and North America. The dippers are sold by retailers and international discounters. The acquired activities will be integrated in FrieslandCampina Consumer Dairy with effect from 15 September 2018.

The taste of a cheese cannot be protected by Intellectual Property Law

On 25 July 2018 the European Court of Justice was asked for a preliminary ruling by a Dutch Court of Appeal whether the taste of a food such as a cheese can be protected by copyright. In his conclusions, the Advocate General considers that the taste of a food does not constitute a work within the meaning of the Directive 2001/29. It is now up to the European Court of Justice to take a final decision, EDA Dairy Flash writes.

“The idea to protect – beyond the geographical indications, trademarks and brand names – also the unique taste of a cheese is an interesting approach. Today’s legal instruments may indeed, as stated by the Advocate General, not be fit for this purpose”, stated EDA secretary general Alexander Anton.

US Cheesemakers Hit by Tariff Dispute

Nearly 635 million kilograms of American cheese are in cold storage in the United States. That’s roughly 1.8 kilos of cheese for every American, the highest amount since record-keeping began in 1917.

And that amount could go higher as the two main US dairy states – California and Wisconsin – deal with the impact of retaliatory tariffs on dairy products from Mexico and China.

On 5 July, Mexico and China put tariffs on $986 million worth of US dairy exports-$408 million worth of cheese to China and $578 million worth of dairy products to Mexico-as retaliation for the Trump administration’s tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. US dairy exports totaled $5.5 billion last year, including $1.3 billion to Mexico alone, according to the US Agriculture Department.

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Parmigiano Reggiano is the most influential PDO brand

Parmigiano Reggiano is the most influential PDO brand in the world, according to “The Most Influential Brands 2018” ranking, organized by Ipsos, an independent market research company that operates in 89 countries. Every year Ipsos carries out a survey with a sample of Italian consumers, whose objective is to identify the global brands considered to be the most reliable, influential and “unique” ones.

France extends cheese recall after E.coli cases in children

All Reblochon cheese coming from a factory in the French Alps should be removed from the market after young children were found to have been infected by a E.coli bacteria linked to the raw milk based product, the French agriculture ministry sais.

French food retailer Leclerc had issued a recall on Friday of Reblochon products produced by cheesemaker Chabert and sold in its own shops under the “Nos regions ont du talent” (“Our regions have talent”) brand.

The move came after the French health authorities linked seven cases of E.coli 026 bacteria among children between one-and-a-half and three years to the cheese, which is a creamy specialty of the French Alps.

Six of the seven cases of infection involved hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially serious condition that can cause kidney failure among young children.

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Cheese added to the Anchor brand

For years milk, butter and yoghurt have all been part of Fonterra’s Anchor range and now cheese is coming into the fold.

As well as the traditional Tasty, Colby and Edam, there are two new additions – Protein+ and Zero Lacto.

Zero Lacto cheese has been introduced as an additional option for Kiwis with lactose intolerance. While most hard cheese is naturally low in lactose this is batch tested to ensure there is no lactose, providing a guaranteed lactose free cheese option.

Protein+ has 26 per cent more protein than Anchor Tasty and is an easy way to increase protein in the diets.

Report: Cheese consumption decreases the risk of heart diseases

Cheese contains a high content of saturated fatty acids but also lists of potentially beneficial nutrients. How long-term cheese consumption affects the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is unclear. A meta-analysis of prospective observational studies was conducted to evaluate the risks of total CVD, coronary heart disease (CHD), and stroke associated with cheese consumption.

This meta-analysis of prospective studies suggests a nonlinear inverse association between cheese consumption and risk of CVD, the authors

Guo-Chong Chen, Yan Wang, Xing Tong, Ignatius M. Y. Szeto, Gerrit Smit, Zeng-Ning Li and Li-Qiang Qin say.

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China Unilaterally Lowers Cheese Tariffs

Effective Dec. 1, 2017, China is unilaterally lowering its cheese tariffs from 12 percent to 8 percent. The reduction is part of a broader package of tariff cuts on food and consumer goods China announced last week to bolster consumer choice. Cheese was included among those products.

Over the last decade, China’s cheese imports soared more than seven-fold to nearly 100,000 metric tons. Already a top-10 cheese buyer, it is on pace to become the largest cheese importer in the world in the coming years.

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