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Europe's agricultural uprising a warning for Canada

European politics are notoriously intricate, and the recent EU elections have highlighted a growing fatigue in the West towards socialist and urban-centric policies that impact agriculture and the agri-food sectors.

About the price of milk in China

This is probably one of the most significant numbers I have seen in the global dairy industry stats for a long time.

Fonterra – selling up or selling out?

In New Zealand Fonterra is a big dog. In a good way. In fact, even in the global context it’s big, coming in as the sixth largest dairy company in the world.

Stoking the Fire and Considering Milk Prices

Here we are again, about to hit the halfway mark for the physical year, and entering a new financial year.

Assistance to Ukrainian farmers affected by the war

I recently wrote about a conference where the results of the joint project of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council (VAR) with the USAID AGRO Program were summarized. Today, as a result of this event, the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council, on behalf of the agrarians affected by the war, appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to support the agricultural sector in the occupied and frontline regions.

Private label continues its great run

Private-label products, sometimes known as private brands or store brands, have enjoyed steady growth since even before the COVID-19 pandemic. And dollar sales continue to grow. In 2023, total dollar sales rose 6%, while units sold grew 0.9% compared to the prior year. Often presented as the lower-cost option, high inflation has helped the private-label market, which is valued at more than $217 billion, according to a report from Chicago-based market research firm Circana.

Why does New Zealand dairy still need a strategic A2 policy?

In recent years, the level of A2 beta-casein in New Zealand milk has been increasing rapidly and the level of A1 beta-casein has been correspondingly decreasing.

Analysis of the Latest GDT Auction

I'm finally catching up on the latest GDT auction analysis since I only got to my computer today to read the feedback from analysts and traders. However, it seems that globally nothing crucial was missed—there's a mass vacation season in the EU, and analysts from Oceania are also sparse in comments.

Australian dairy processors are a critical part of the dairy supply chain

Their viability and sustainability are essential to securing a strong, vibrant dairy industry that can keep dairy manufacturing local.

New Dairy Promises Iowa Industry Growth But Who Will Milk All Those Cows?

I’m delighted Daisy Brand, LLC will be building a 750,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Boone, Iowa.

Nat'l milk producers federation support USDA and FDA's handling of H5N1 in dairy

The crossover of this H5N1 virus from birds to dairy cattle has presented some extraordinary challenges to animal and human health regulators in Washington.

Box clever to stay in the dairy fight

The nature of the global dairy market at the moment requires producers to keep a close eye on developments and react accordingly.

If Australia has reached ‘peak milk’, what does that mean for our food security?

Consumers assume Australia has milk production covered – but the national dairy herd is declining and imports are at record highs

Earth Day 2024: NY dairy farms are committed to protecting the planet

Central New York was chosen to host the North American Manure Expo in July 2024. What does that have to do with the Finger Lakes? Everything. Our farmers were identified as industry leaders in sustainability. It is a testament to the environmental stewardship efforts implemented on farms across our region and state.

Protein or Propaganda? The Story Behind America’s Love Affair with Milk

Have you ever been told growing up that drinking milk is good for you? Let’s see if the beverage is actually good for you.

Following participation in the dairy conference EDA

Last week, at the invitation of Alexander Anton and the European Dairy Association, I took part in the annual hashtag#EDA Dairy Policy Conference hashtag#NextGenEUDairy.

When milk caused a war, farmers, communists and the mob fought for control

From 1932 until 1940, the milk wars stretched across the Great Plains and beyond, claiming lives and leaving a path of destruction as dairy workers and farmers struggled to survive.

Plant-Based Dairy Just Became More Accessible for 7 Million American Women and Children

The US Department of Agriculture has just updated its supplemental food as medicine programme for women and children, providing access to more produce and plant-based dairy products to nearly seven million low-income Americans.

FMMO Modernization Must Put Farmers First

This week the arduous process of modernizing the Federal Milk Marketing Order system reached another milestone, with participating organizations submitting their final statements summing up their arguments for why USDA should adopt their proposals as part of a new federal order.

‘Simply Absurd’: 95% of Starbucks Shareholders Vote Against PETA’s Call to Drop Non-Dairy Surcharge

During Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting this month, 94.7% voted against PETA’s proposal to drop the extra charge for plant-based milk in the US, with the board of directors stating that prices are dictated by country-specific market conditions.

Amul to be in US

In 2014, I recall reading a piece of news regarding the Indian Dairy Sector: "Amul to be manufactured in US from Feb 2014." This initiative saw Amul partnering with NRI Piyush Patel to produce 50 tonnes of shrikhand, 100 tonnes of paneer, and 200 tonnes of ghee per month in New Jersey. However, this ambitious plan did not materialize.

One Farm In Zimbabwe, 24 Years Later

Twenty four years after farm invasions began in Zimbabwe it was time for me to go back to my farm again and have a look. Surely 24 years later, there would be something to see to support the legend that what happened on commercial farms was productive and beneficial to the people and the country.

Feeding the world: A dairy perspective

Dairy farming in the Netherlands has become a topic of intense debate, with opinions sharply divided. Interestingly, the timing of GDF’s annual congress in New Zealand this March couldn’t be more fitting.

When it comes to rural America, brands have the power to shape the future

With so many emotional, high-stakes conversations crowding our country’s discourse—global turmoil, division, and broad unease to name only a few—I wonder why rural America has been put on the sidelines.

Will Europe's Farmer Protests Make Their Way To The U.S.?

In case you haven’t heard, farmers across Europe are fed up with their politicians and bureaucrats telling them how to farm. Such sentiment is nothing new.

China’s Dairy Imports Down in 2023: What’s the Outlook For 2024?

China is an important buyer on the world dairy markets, with a strong influence on global demand that plays into price dynamics. Imports of dairy products to China continued to decline in 2023, driven by increased domestic production and weaker consumer demand.

Where Does Synlait’s Future Lie?

Synlait is in big trouble with losses mounting up and no easy answers, says Keith Woodford. For much of the past 20 years, Synlait was an entrepreneurial player in the New Zealand dairy industry, with a strong focus on growth. For a long time, it seemed to be doing everything right.

Larger Farms Have Housed a Larger Number of Animals Than Ever Before

Dairy farm milk production continues to struggle and remained below a year ago for the seventh consecutive month.

Where are California's Dairy Cows?

Every five years, the Department of Agriculture takes a census of farms, all two million of them. The most recent census occurred in 2022, and USDA released the data this week.

Lab-Grown Animal-Free Dairy Protein a Game-Changer For Dairy Industry

‘Lab-grown’ animal-free dairy protein receives approval, paving the way for sustainable alternatives in the dairy industry.

Managing mental health as a new dairy entrant

NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador James Scott is in his first year as a dairy farmer. He explains the challenges he’s faced so far and how he juggles the day-to-day of running the farm and managing his mental health.

America’s love/hate relationship with our biggest trading partner

There’s a joke about my fellow Baby Boomers making the rounds that goes something like this: In the 1960s, Boomers didn’t trust anyone over 30 but as soon as they reached their 60s, they didn’t trust anyone under 30.

After Dairy Innovations Congress in Dubai

A few more impressions after participating in the Dairy Innovations Congress in Dubai.

Startup Partners with South Korean Dairy Giant to Launch Vegan Casein Products Ahead of $12M in Seed Funding

New York-based Pureture has teamed up with South Korean food giant Namyang Dairy Products to create products using the biotech startup’s vegan casein ahead of an upcoming $12M seed funding round.

Aftertaste from exhibitions and factories - what remains in the bottom line?

Reflections on a plane: visiting exhibitions, conferences and factories.

We continue to watch food technology. Everything is seething.

Oat milk in plates, spirulina nuggets, blue algae dye, lupine protein and other food tech innovations.

China's absence failing to keep global dairy prices down

The absence of Chinese processors at dairy auctions is failing to keep global prices down. ASB analyst Nathaniel Keall says he's surprised at the resilience in dairy auction prices. His comments came as the first dairy auctions of the calendar year have got off to a healthy start, with the overall GDT index lifting 2.2% last week after a 1.3% rise a fortnight ago. Most dairy commodities have gained ground, with whole milk powder prices up a little over 4% over the last two auctions. ASB has lifted its forecast milk price for the season by 50c to $7.85/kgMS.

Cheese judging versus grading in cheese competitions

Cheese judging and grading are important activities performed by the cheese industry, but both play very different roles.

The Year of Protein

Within dairy and throughout agriculture, the refrain that will be often repeated is that this will be the year of protein.

Prices Like in Europe: Reflections on the 2023 Year for Milk Producers and Processors in Ukraine

The development of the dairy industry in Ukraine faces a challenge—raw material shortages. The cattle population is decreasing, while the share of milk exports to EU countries has been increasing over the last two years. Vadim Chagarovsky, the head of the Board of Directors of the "Association of Dairy Enterprises of Ukraine," highlighted these issues during the All-Ukrainian Conference "Dairy Business – 2023." Despite this challenge, milk processing in 2023 saw a 5% growth.

Germany: The biggest farmer protests

Germany: The biggest farmer protests I have seen so far ! ????

Cost of Living: UK Meat-Free Sales Plunge While Inflation Masks Dairy Decline

New data reveals that meat alternatives were among Britain’s fastest-falling grocery categories this year, with the cost-of-living crisis squeezing consumer budgets. The sales decline for plant-based dairy leader Alpro, meanwhile, reflected the overall drop in volume for the UK milk market, which was masked by inflation-induced price hikes.

The supply chain suffers from price disparities

I’m in Oxford today where it’s The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) with vital topics such as ‘Is the UK Supply Chain Broken?’ under discussion by Ged Futter, Director, the retail mind; Chris Brown, Senior Director, Farming at Asda; Robert Chapman, Farmlay Eggs, Farmer; and Tom Bradshaw, Deputy President, NFU (National Farmers'​ Union).

This makes me optimistic for the future - Well done India!

This slide has impressed me most in the last 2 weeks. It shows the progress India made from 2014 - 2023 under the Modhi administration.

Supporting the promotion of British dairy products around the world

In his New Year message, NFU Dairy Board chair Michael Oakes looks at the increasing global demand for dairy and the sector’s needs ahead of the 2024 general election.

Milk is a product of love, not war

Dear friends! As 2023 comes to a close, it's been a transformative year for us.

The U.S. dairy industry wants to tackle climate change–but not at the expense of feeding the world

As the world’s food industries took center stage at COP28 in Dubai, focus on the dairy industry’s contribution to the process of greenhouse gas reduction is getting the reasoned consideration it deserves.

Are You Stupid?: Oatly Wins Landmark Legal Battle Against UK Dairy Association to Keep ‘Milk’ On Its Packaging

A British High Court judge has sided with Oatly in a court case filed by Dairy UK, which objected to the use of the word ‘milk’ in its ‘Post-Milk Generation’ slogan on its product packaging and merchandise (citing consumer confusion), in what is a rare labelling win for a vegan brand.

Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives!

Dear Dairy Community, after more than a decade of advocacy, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act (H.R.1147) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 330-99. This strong, bipartisan tally in the House sets a strong precedent as the momentum moves to the U.S. Senate, where a companion bill (S.1957) is being led by U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) with the support of 9 additional bipartisan cosponsors.
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.
European politics are notoriously intricate, and the recent EU elections have highlighted a growing fatigue in the West towards socialist and urban-centric policies that impact agriculture and the agri-food sectors.
John Williams
John Williams
The Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF) Chair
This is probably one of the most significant numbers I have seen in the global dairy industry stats for a long time.