Responding to Ofgem’s call for evidence on A Smart, Flexible Energy System, which closed on Thursday, the Solar Trade Association (STA) has called on the Government to remove all barriers to deployment of energy storage. Following substantial recent reductions in costs associated with storage – especially lithium-ion batteries – the industry are ready now to deliver smarter alternatives for a clean energy system that will save money for the consumer.
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- YFCU are delighted to announce Massey Ferguson as their new platinum sponsor. One of the events that they will be sponsoring is the 2017 Agri Conference which will be held on Saturday 21st January in Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. Pictured (L-R) are: Sean McAvoy, Massey Ferguson; Roberta Simmons, President YFCU; Lindsay Haddon, Massey Ferguson and Robert McConaghy, Chairman YFCU agriculture and rural affairs committeeThe Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster are delighted to announce Massey Ferguson
- Sheep and goat keepers in Wales are being reminded to submit their annual inventory form by February 1, to avoid potential penalties.
The form can be submitted by either logging onto the EID Cymru website (www.eidcymru.org) , or by returning the paper form in the pre-paid envelope.
Once the form has been submitted keepers will receive a receipt, which should be kept for record keeping purposes. Should you no longer keep sheep and goats and aren’t planning on keeping any in the next 12 mon
- Florida-based Franklin Foods Holdings (Franklin), which produces cream cheese, has been taken over by German cheese company Hochland SE.
Chobani notched up double-digit US growth in 2016, has ‚Äėno plan‚Äô to head back to Europe right nowWhile growth in the US yogurt category fell into negative territory in 2016, Chobani's US operation notched up double-digit sales and volume growth last year, driven by a strong performances from Flip and the core cups range and a successful move into yogurt drinks, according to chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness.
- Müller Milk & Ingredients has confirmed its Chadwell Heath plant in London will close, with the loss of 389 jobs.
- A Swiss watchmaker is protesting against the loopholes in the country's ‘Swiss Made’ law with a novelty 100% Swiss watch made from cheese. "Our response to this lax and insufficient label is derision," says the CEO of H. Moser & Cie.
- The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) has confirmed all ‘is back to normal’ following threats to contaminate Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta products with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.
- South East Asia functional food and supplement firms need to help educate consumers that whey protein isn’t just for body builders, and formulate new products that can help treat the rising number of Sarcopenia cases among the elderly in the region.
Sell-up: Analysts predict more gloom for infant formula firm Bellamy‚Äôs as shares slump for third dayReplacing CEO Laura McBain hasn’t seen the end of financial turmoil at Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s with shares continuing to slide amid gloomy forecasts from analysts.
- Replacing CEO Laura McBain hasn’t seen the end of financial turmoil at Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s with shares continuing to slide amid gloomy forecasts from analysts.
Organic Trade Board in the UK secures ‚ā¨10 million EU funding to grow organic food and drink sectorThe Organic Trade Board (OTB) has been awarded €10.4 million by the EU to run a three year campaign to promote organic food in the UK and Denmark. Starting in January 2017, the OTB will work with brands, processors and retailers to drive growth in the organic food and drink sector.
The OTB won the EU bid by demonstrating that the funding for the campaign will help grow retail sales of organic, increase employment in organic agriculture, and improve awareness and understanding of the benefi
- In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, US dairy groups said that Canada’s “protectionist” trade policies are intentionally designed to block imports from the US and are in direct violation of commitment made under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization.
- 2015 FAB WinnerRIDBA (The Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association) is delighted to announce Farming Monthly as our media partner for the 2017 RIDBA Building Awards!
In September 2016, we launched the RIDBA Building Awards, previously known as the FAB Awards, which has always proved to be the highlight of the industry calendar. Showcasing the best in rural and industrial buildings, the awards are a unique opportunity to promote the success and exceptional performance of our members
- Peter PhythianPeter Phythian has been appointed chief executive of the British Charolais Cattle Society from 14 March. He succeeds David Benson who is retiring at the end of March after 29 years.
Peter brings 35 years of experience of working throughout the food chain – from grass roots to retail. He moves to the post from Eurofins where, as business manager he worked with the global company’s feed analysis, genomics, food legal advice and BRC audit divisions.
He began his career on
- Danish company Chr. Hansen has issued its Q1 financial statement for the quarter ending November 30, 2016.
- Irish food and drink exports have exceeded 11 billion despite the fall in exports to the UK, according to figures from the country’s food board, Bord Bia, a total increase of 41% since 2010.
- US trade representatives have heeded calls from the country’s meat industry to act on ‘unfair and discriminatory’ rules on US beef imports to the EU – threatening to reopen a 20 year dispute and put sanctions on European products.
- Figures announced yesterday by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, show the value of Irish agri-food and drink exports exceeded €11bn ($11.7bn) for the first time in 2016, despite a small decrease in UK exports following Brexit and currency fluctuations.
- The first stage of Blue Lake Dairy Group’s A$65m (US$48.8m) processing plant at Tantanoola in South Australia has been officially opened.
- Uflex has launched its own aseptic carton packaging called Asepto in India, investing approximately $100m in a purpose-built factory to start production in April 2017.
- In a quest to attract, develop and engage the next generation of farmers, Farmcare – the UK’s leading rural and agricultural business – has launched its 2017 Graduate Scheme, offering successful candidates a bespoke training scheme.
Unlike other graduate programmes within the agricultural sector, Farmcare’s forward thinking initiative will offer new recruits a truly unique ‘build-your-own’ placement, allowing each person to shape their own experience. This mo
- Errington Cheese is planning to put some of its products back on the market after authorities prohibited sales following an E. coli outbreak last year.
- The Farmers’ Union of Wales has rejected proposals to split Wales into five bovine TB regions in its response to a Welsh Government consultation, highlighting the need to tackle the disease in badger populations.
The Welsh Government proposes splitting Wales into two high, two intermediate and one low TB level regions, with different rules applying in each region. The proposals would mean a heightening of Wales’ cattle TB rules, which are already amongst the strictest in the world.
- DuPont Nutrition & Health has expanded its cheese R&D facility capabilities at its Kansas City metro area laboratory with the addition of several new pieces of equipment and expansion of its R&D innovation team.
- Daily consumption of fortified toddler milk helps to improve the nutritional status of children and can reduce deficiencies in iron and vitamin D, a new randomised trial has found.
- DuPont Nutrition & Health is to invest $60 million (€57m) in expanding dairy culture production sites in France and Germany.
- In December, the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland (KHO) fined Valio €70m ($74m) for abusing its dominant market position by selling basic milk at too low a price from 2010-2012 in Finland.
- There have been changes at Australian formula makers Bellamy’s as CEO Laura McBain has stepped down and been immediately replaced with former COO Andrew Cohen taking over in a temporary capacity.
- The Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA) has played a major role in changing the culture and behaviours of the 10 biggest UK retailers.
That’s the view of the NFU which has submitted evidence as part of a Government review into unfair trading practices, alongside the statutory review of the GCA role.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said he believes Christine Tacon’s clarity and interpretation of the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) has led to significant changes¹.
- Leading premium retailer Marks & Spencer has been confirmed as headline sponsor of the World Angus Forum 2017 which takes place in the UK and Ireland this summer.
Covering farm tours and events across Scotland, England and Ireland, the World Angus Forum will take in visits to both the Royal Three Counties Show and the Royal Highland Show, as well as being focused around the Forum Conference ‘From Consumption to Conception,’ which takes place in Edinburgh on Sunday 25 and Monday
- A 13-year dispute has drawn to a close after Tetra Pak agreed to pay Parmalat, with no admission of liability, €16m ($16.72m).
- Pictured (L to R): Neil Blackburn (kite consulting) middle Bryn Jones (farmer) right Nigel jones (herd manager)At a recent event hosted on Bryn Jones’ farm near Oswestry local farmers heard how AHDB Dairy’s Mastitis Control Plan had helped him to significantly reduce the rate of new clinical mastitis cases and reduce antibiotic use across his 800-cow herd, delivering annual savings of around £57,000. This downward trend is encouraging as the livestock industry works towards ac
Grass-fed is greener, says Maple Hill Creamery: ‚ÄėWe need to have a more nuanced conversation about dairy and sustainability‚ÄôDairy can get a bad rap in debates on animal welfare and sustainability, but it’s time the conversation became more nuanced, says 100% grass-fed, organic and “unapologetically full-fat” dairy brand Maple Hill Creamery, which is now available in 6,000 stores from Walmart to Sprouts and growing rapidly on the back of surging interest in all things grass-fed.
- Despite Asia Pacific being a region with high incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), sales of cardiovascular health positioned foods and beverages are not high, writes Maria Mascaraque from Euromonitor International.
- Reducing sugar consumption in line with recommendations set out in the Eatwell Guide, are likely to extend the average life expectancy by around six months according to Oxford University researchers.
- Probiotic fermented milk (PFM) may relieve gastrointestinal discomfort via a modifying effect on the gut microbiota, says British research commissioned by French dairy giant Danone.
- Amcor Rigid Plastics will invest $40m to double production at its Bellevue, Ohio facility after demand from manufacturers converting from glass to plastic.
- Egg prices in Europe have risen 16% since November last year driven up by bird flu outbreaks and rising consumer demand, say global commodities analysts at Mintec.
- With more than 100 infant milk powder manufacturers established and thousands of product lines launched in the last 30 years, overcrowding in the segment appears to have hit Chinese businesses hard.
Innovation Center for US Dairy to hold food safety workshops to prep dairy industry for FSMA complianceThe Innovation Center for US Dairy (IC) has announced its plans to implement a 2017 schedule of food safety training for the US dairy industry, which will include educational tools and hands-on training of FSMA-compliant controls.
- US dairy groups have raised concern over the latest proposed changes by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in the USDA’s WIC (women, infants, and children) feeding program guidelines.
- Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are responsible for the taste, consistency and shelf life of a range of dairy products.
- TIC Gums has developed Dairyblend YG OG 6, an organic, non-GMO hydrocolloid system for use in indulgent yogurt applications.
- Australian infant formula firm Bellamy’s is facing further turmoil after a major shareholder demanded the removal of four of the company’s board directors.
- Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech’s global vice president and head of Greater China, has been named vice president of the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China, which Alltech recently joinedIn an effort to improve soil quality and environmental protection in China, various key players from soil, fertilizer and livestock industries formed the Soil and Fertilizer Alliance of China (SFAC) in February 2016.
Alltech, guided by its founding ACE principle of positively benefiting the animal, the consumer
- According to the National Milk Producers Federation – and 34 members of Congress who wrote to the FDA before Christmas - using the term ‘milk’ on plant-based beverages misleads consumers, harms the dairy industry and violates milk’s standard of identity (lacteal secretions from cows). But where does the FDA stand?
- Building an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable industry to meet the growing demand for sheep milk products is the goal of a new sheep milk Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) program that has officially kicked off in New Zealand.
- As the UK’s exit from the European Union looms, Arla Foods UK managing director Tomas Pietrangeli says the food and farming industries need a united front when leaving the EU.
- China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited has made an offer to purchase the remaining shares of China Modern Dairy Holdings Ltd.
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