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Japan to Import More Butter as Shortage Worsens
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (882 reads)

Japan will turn to overseas markets for the second time in a year as their butter shortage continues. The government is planning to import an extra 10,000 tons of butter by the end of October reported Kyodo News. The move may benefit suppliers in New Zealand, where Japan bought much of the record 12,900 tons it imported to replenish stocks when butter disappeared from shop shelves at the end of last year, a time when demand soars for making cakes. 

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UC Davis Takes Steps To Create World Food Center in China
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (922 reads)

Officials from the city of Zhuhai, China, and the University of California, Davis, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the World Food Center-China. The WFC-China will be the central office for coordinating research and training activities in food safety for various Sino-U.S. Joint Research Centers across the country. A facility for the center is being developed in a newly created economic zone in Zhuhai’s Guangdong province, a region known for its technology industry, economic vitality and proximity to Hong Kong.

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Saudi Arabian Food Company To Invest $5.59B To Strengthen Food and Beverage Operation
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (988 reads)

Saudia Arabia-based Almarai will invest $5.59 billion in a strategy to grow its food and beverage operations, reinforce its presence in several markets and double revenues through 2020. The strategy also includes an expansion of the firm's farming, manufacturing, distribution and logistics in each of its dairy, bakery and poultry segments.  Almarai manufactures dairy and juice products under the Almarai brand. A few of their products include fluid milk, UHT milk, evaporated milk, cheese, butter and infant formula.


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Italian Dairy Exports Set New Record
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (921 reads)

Italian cheese and dairy-product exports rose to a new record of €2.2 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.8 percent in value on 2013, according to farm research body ISMEA. In terms of volume, growth was 3.3 percent, to 331,000 tons.



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Australian Cheese and Skim Milk Powder Increase During First Quarter of 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (882 reads)

Australian production of cheese and skim milk powder (SMP) have both increased  during the first quarter of 2015. Cheese production is up 12.4% in the nine months to March 2015 while SMP production is up 13.4%.

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Chinese Milk Powder Stocks to Fall Sharply, As Imports Dwindle
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (987 reads)

Chinese whole milk powder inventories, a key driver of the global dairy market, will fall sharply this year, as expectations for imports are revised down, but from levels far higher than previously thought, US officials said. The US Department of Agriculture's Beijing bureau has cast doubts on the accuracy of previous estimates of January 2015 whole milk powder stocks, leading to a bearish revision of demand forecasts.

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Idaho Reclaims Status as Third-Highest Dairy Producer
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (1032 reads)

Idaho surpassed New York State as the nation’s third largest milk producer after California and Wisconsin, generating 13.9 billion pounds of milk in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest report. Idaho’s total dairy revenue in 2014 was up 12.5% over 2013 due to investments from companies including Chobani, Glanbia Foods and numerous other dairy processors.

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Saputo Subsidiary Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Complete Acquisition of the Everyday Cheese Business of Lion-Dairy & Drinks
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (799 reads)

The $107.3 million acquisition of Lion Dairy & Drinks' everyday cheese business by Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory is now complete, transferring ownership of the Lion unit's operations, distribution, intellectual property and cut and wrap facility to the Saputo subsidiary. Lion Dairy sold its EDC unit as part of a strategy to focus on milk-based beverages, specialty cheese and yogurt, Lion's Managing Director Peter West said. 

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CWT Assists with 1.3 Million Pounds of Cheese and Whole Milk Powder
Thursday, May 28, 2015 (781 reads)

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 7 requests for export assistance to sell 553.360 pounds (251 metric tons) of Cheddar, and Monterey Jack cheese, and 749,572 pounds (340 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

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FAO Proposes New Protein Quality Measurement
Friday, May 22, 2015 (1655 reads)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) has released a report recommending a new, advanced method for assessing the quality of dietary proteins. The report, “Dietary protein quality evaluation in human nutrition,” recommends that the Digestible Indispensable Amino Acid Score (DIAAS) replace the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) as the preferred method of measuring protein quality. 

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