Kategori: 2018-06

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.

Probiotika halverar benförlust

Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 är en naturligt förekommande tarmbakterie hos människor och har visats ge positiva effekter på skelettet hos försöksdjur.

I en randomiserad och kontrollerad studie genomförd vid Göteborgs universitet fick äldre kvinnor med begynnande benskörhet under ett års tid tillägg med probiotika i form av Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 eller placebo. I gruppen som fått tillskott av Lactobacillus reuteri halverades benförlusten jämfört med placebo.

”Denna studie ger de första bevisen på att åldersberoende benförlust kan minskas med tillskott av probiotika, vilket kan bli en ny metod för att förhindra benskörhet”, säger professor Mattias Lorentzon vid Göteborgs universitet och Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset i Mölndal.

”Bland äldre kvinnor drabbas upp till 50 procent av frakturer. Att Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 visats kunna minska benförlusten i denna grupp är därför mycket lovande. Vi hoppas att ytterligare studier bekräftar resultaten så att detta nya sätt att behålla god benhälsa och därmed minska risken för frakturer i högre åldrar kan komma till nytta både för den enskilda individen och för samhället”, säger Sebastian Schröder, tillförordnad vd, BioGaia.

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EDA and Dairy UK want no Brexit divorce

Dairy UK and the European Dairy Association EDA have jointly developed a ‘Future UK-EU Dairy Framework’ setting out the outcomes the dairy sector hopes to be achieved in the current negotiations between the UK and the EU. 
It is our main priority that the relationship between the EU and the UK remains as close as possible to the status quo after Brexit and throughout a transition period. 

The UK should preferably remain part of, or at least as close as possible to, the EU Single Market and the Customs Union.  This would secure the free movement of milk and dairy products between the EU and UK with no tariffs or quotas from either side for milk and dairy products, and limit non-tariff barriers to trade (SPS/TBT) as much as possible. The EU and UK should have no (significant) divergence in the regulatory sphere when it comes to policies affecting dairy and dairy products and a level playing field should be sustained. 

As they debate the future relationship between the UK and the EU, we urge decision-makers on both sides of the Channel to take these observations into account and to do all they can to avoid damaging our industry – and not to harm the consumers we serve. Don’t Spill the Milk.

Lidl chooses Dale Farm for cheddar

Lidl has awarded Dale Farm, the largest UK farmer-owned dairy co-operative, a lead contract to supply cheddar cheese to its stores across the UK, Europe and the United States.

The supply deal represents the single biggest contract awarded by Lidl to a Northern Ireland agri-food company and will see Dale Farm’s locally-made block cheddars, as well as grated and sliced varieties, stocked in some 8,000 stores across 22 countries.

The contract award means Dale Farm, which is headquartered in NI and has multiple processing and manufacturing sites across the UK, will be Lidl’s main cheddar supplier on a global basis. The brand names in Europe are Valley Spire and Milbona.

In turn, the leading retailer now becomes Dale Farm’s biggest cheddar customer.

Tetra Pak rejuvenates drinking yoghurt with inclusion of large fruit pieces

Thanks to its expertise in ambient yoghurt processing, particle heating and a new Tetra Top system Tetra Pak announcesTetra Top® 200 Mini with strawberry chunks that it has helped Yili, a leading Chinese dairy manufacturer, to produce the world’s first ambient drinking yoghurt with large fruit and cereal pieces. ​​

Yili launched the breakthrough product in Tetra Top® 200ml with large re-sealable screw caps. It gained immediate popularity, strengthening the leadership position of the company in the fast-growing ambient yoghurt category.

Including large fruit pieces within an ambient beverage product is a challenging process. The heating of the product must be done carefully to ensure that the fruit pieces are not damaged or broken-down during the process, and the filling and packaging need to ensure even distribution of the fruit particles, keeping the quality and integrity of the final product.

Tetra Pak: “Online grocery shopping is growing at a double-digit rate”

Online grocery shopping is growing at a double-digit rate, while traditional stores are being reinvented, merging together into an omnichannel where consumers expect to be able to buy whenever, wherever and however they choose, with the smartphone as their compass. Packaging will play an important role in response to the trends that are shaping the growth of on-line grocery, says the company.

The Tetra Pak Index 2018 highlights the four key trends shaping the growth of on-line grocery:

  • Convenience The main driver for on-line consumer take-up, as time-crunched consumers look for new ways to make their life easier. Key opportunities include easy product replenishment, voice, and convenient packaging
  • Sustainability Pressure on plastic and awareness of the circular economy will continue to grow, and recycling will become ever more important. Consumers want to know whether brands are ’doing the right thing’
  • Personalisation & uniqueness Customisation of products and personalisation in the consumer journey will be important differentiators going forward. This is accelerating the direct-to-consumer trend and as many as 80% of consumer-packaged goods companies are predicted to migrate to this model by 2025
  • Technology & performance Super-fast delivery in as little as 10 minutes is expected by 2025, changing consumer behaviour to buy more frequently and in smaller amounts, adding more complexity to the logistics. Supply chains will continue to be transformed by a raft of technologies, notably radio-frequency identification (RFID) and robotics, boosting efficiency and transparency

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DMK pays 36.29 eurocents per litre

Germany’s largest cooperative dairy company, the DMK Group (including MILRAM, Humana and Uniekaas), has scored initial wins in the first year of its sweeping reorganisation. Ingo Müller, CEO of the dairy company, presented a turnover for 2017 of 5.8 billion euros (12.6 percent up on the previous year) in Hanover on Wednesday at the Annual Assembly of the owners from the Deutsches Milchkontor eG cooperative. At 29.6 million euros, the consolidated net profit for the year more than doubled.

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Brist på Västerbottensost i midsommar

Västerbottensost är med sin unika smak och mytomspunna historia ett mathantverk där lagringstiden är både lång och varierande. De ostar som skulle vara klara nu till midsommar, ystades i början av 2017.

Thomas Rudin är ostmästare vid Burträsk mejeri. Foto: Erik Hillbom

– Varje vecka väljer vi ut de ostar som har mognat färdigt. Men det är inget som kan påskyndas. Vissa ostar behöver mer tid än andra att bli färdiga, ibland hela 18 månader, säger Thomas Rudin, ostmästare vid Burträsk mejeri.

Ostarna har behövt längre tid än beräknat för att mogna och kombinationen med att allt fler väljer Västerbottensost gör att den färdiga osten inte räcker.

BEUC: “Food makers’ labels mislead us”

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) is publishing a report showcasing many misleading tricks that food makers commonly use on labels across the EU. The report Food labels: tricks of the trade highlights three practices that sugar-coat the actual quality of foods and drinks:

  • Industrial products being labelled ‘traditional’, ‘artisanal’;
  • Drinks and dairy with little or no actual fruit displaying fruit pictures;
  • Breads, biscuits, pasta, etc. with barely any fibre labelled as ‘whole grain’.

The problem mainly stems from a lack of EU rules defining in which cases manufacturers can use such terms. BEUC has set out recommendations for the EU institutions to make food labels more honest.

Consumer organisations from 10 countries that are part of the BEUC network have unveiled those deceptive practices.1 The three categories highlighted in the report may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Report: Food labels:tricks of the trade

New MD at Arla UK

Ash_AmirahmadiArla Foods UK,  has announced the departure of its Managing Director, Tomas Pietrangeli, who is leaving the company to become CEO of Danish retail group Dagrofa A/S. Pietrangeli will be replaced by Ash Amirahmadi, who is currently SVP – Sales for Arla Foods in the UK.

Amirahmadi joined Arla Foods in 2004 from Unilever and has held a number of leadership roles across the business. He was appointed SVP – Sales in 2016, responsible for the company’s 120 strong Commercial Team, all UK customer relationships and global lead for Walmart and Tesco. During this time, Ash has overseen sales growth of circa £200 million and 9% growth in the company’s branded portfolio.

Amirahmadi is a graduate of Nottingham University where he studied engineering. He is of British and Iranian descent, moving to the UK from Iran during his childhood. Married to Elizabeth they have two children. He will take-up his new role on 1 July 2018 when Pietrangeli leaves.