Nestlé invests $16 million in 2 ice cream factories in China

Nestlé is investing in its ice cream factories in Tianjin and Guangzhou, China. The company said its investment totals RMB 100 million (more than CHF 15 million or about US$16.1 million). It opened a new production line in Tianjin to produce Nestlé 8Cubes brand, while increasing its cold storage capacity in Guangzhou. Nestlé 8Cubes, available only in China, are shareable bite-size snacks comprised of individual ice cream cubes with a crunchy chocolate and sesame seed coating.

The factories also the local brand 5Rams, a range of ice cream cones, which include flavors such as purple yam, lychee, and melon, as well as ice cream sticks in red bean, green bean and chestnut flavors, among others.

Stick packs of milk from Ireland’s Lakeland take off on airlines

Lakeland Dairies of Ireland is producing milk in a stick pack. The new aseptic product format is used in airline foodservice. The stick packs are said to weigh up to 45% less than typical mini cups, require less storage space and produce less on-board waste. The news comes from IMA Dairy & Food USA (formerly Oystar USA), the supplier of the Hassia SAS 20/30 Aseptic Pouch Form-Fill-Seal, used by Lakeland.

Population growth in India bodes well for dairy products, yet supply chain issues remain a big challenge

Ken Research has published an analysis of the dairy products market in India. “India Dairy Food Market Outlook to 2019” looks at the country’s milk and dairy food products. The report covers various aspects such as market size of India dairy food market, segmentation on the basis of cheese, butter, Ice cream, yogurt, milk powder, cottage cheese and flavored milk and volume of exports and imports for dairy products.

Rising disposable incomes and a boom in infant population are some of the reasons predicted for increased spending on dairy food products. Yet the country faces challenges, including issues related to sourcing and logistics, and milk prices, according to Ken Research.

380 dairy exhibitors to show at Anuga 2015 in Cologne Oct.10 to 14

German trade show promoter Koelnmesse GmbH calls its upcoming food industry show Anuga 2015 “fully booked.” The five-day fair in Cologne will have 6,800 exhibitors from all over the world. The dairy pavilion includes about 380 exhibitors. Exhibitors include Arla, Bauer, Delizia, Ehrmann, Emmi, FrieslandCampina and Hochwald Foods. Other dairies will exhibit on their home country stands, which include Belgium, France, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Spain and Cyprus. First-time groups are Argentina, Australia and Thailand. The fair runs from Oct. 10 to 14.

Koelnmesse also said it is organizing a packaging technology trade fair in Bogota, Colombia, with partner Corporación de Ferias y Exposiciones S.A. (Corferias). Starting in 2017, the two companies stage Andina-Pack.

Gluten-free and other ‘free-from’ foods and ingredients boosted attendance at Free From Food/Ingredients 2015

More than 2,000 visitors flocked through the doors of Free From Food/Ingredients 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. More than 160 exhibitors from 21 countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy and America participated. Rule of Crumb, from Northern Ireland, received the Innovation Award for its gluten-free chicken Kiev. The next show will be June 9 to 10, 2016 in Amsterdam.

New high-capacity extrusion line for ice cream sandwiches to be tested in Iran

A new high-capacity extrusion line for the large-scale production of ice cream sticks and sandwiches from Tetra Pak, Lausanne, Switzerland, will be field-tested in Iran, a source told Dairy Foods this week. A large U.S. ice cream producer is in the second year of its own field test. The new line can deliver up to 43,200 pieces per hour, according to the manufacturer, and it can handle up to four flavors and 12 different coatings without changing equipment.

Epi Ingredients takes on a new corporate identity

Epi Ingredients, a subsidiary of the French company Laïta, has a new logo to support its new corporate identity. Epi Ingredients develops and markets dry dairy ingredients for the food and nutrition industry. It said it wants “to create momentum to back the value-creation strategy implemented by Laïta for its dry ingredients division.”

Sources: company press releases compiled by Dairy Foods