Index of world dairy ingredient prices fell in the Q2

The GDT Price Index decreased by 23% in the second quarter (April to June), following a 16% increase from January to March. The index, assembled by Global Dairy Trade, Auckland City, New Zealand, provides market-based benchmark prices for more than 30 dairy products. Report the full report on the Global Dairy Trade website.

Tetra Pak Dairy Index 2015 reveals opportunities revitalize milk through innovation, communication

Consumers worldwide remain overwhelmingly positive about the goodness of milk and understand its nutritional value, but feel variety and convenience are not keeping pace with modern lifestyles and expectations.

That is the conclusion of an international consumer study commissioned by dairy packaging and processing supplier Tetra Pak and published this week in the company’s 8th Dairy Index. The study, undertaken earlier this year, highlights the need for dairy companies to revitalize the relevance of milk among consumers of all ages, through the introduction of innovative products and a fresh approach to marketing and communication.

For several years, the food industry has reported rising demand for nutritious but convenient products, fuelled by the new generation of health-conscious consumers leading ever-more active lives. People already regard milk as nutritious, healthy, a good source of calcium and tasty. To maintain its relevance in the modern world, producers need to innovate and develop drinks that reflect changing lifestyles.

The report explores instances where dairy companies have successfully brought new drinks to market, identifying four global product trends. These trends include indulgent yet permissible treats; customized products that make milk easier to digest or provide added health benefits; drinks made for on-the-go consumption or snacking, and “pure” milk with organic or “natural” values.

In addition, the report reveals how new communication channels can be used to create successful marketing campaigns that raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of milk, whilst forging an emotional connection with people to drive consumption.

See more on Tetra Pak’s website and this related article "4 opportunities for dairy processors to develop new milk products and to increase sales" on

Expo Pack Mexico venues will be in Mexico City one year, Guadalajara the next

Show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will alternate its two Mexican shows every other year starting in 2017. Expo Pack México 2016, (Mexico City, Centro Banamex) will take place May 17–20, 2016, while Expo Pack Guadalajara (Expo Guadalajara) moves to June 13–15, 2017.

Pro Mach creates a shared services facility in Monterrey, Mexico

Pro Mach, a provider of integrated packaging and processing products and solutions for the dairy industry (among others) said it is expanding its support of its Latin American customers through its Pro Mach Mexico Shared Services in the Santa Catarina Industrial Park, Monterrey, Mexico. The business unit will provide customers, distributors, and agents with aftermarket parts availability, custom stocking of consumables, training, equipment demonstrations, light assembly, and technical field support.

Kloosterboer opens logistics facility in South Africa

Kloosterboer International Forwarding South Africa opened a 11,000-square-meter facility in Pinetown South Africa, (20 kilometers from Durban.) This new facility enables Kloosterboer to guarantee the quality of the complete service with a one stop shop concept. The company said it can provide forwarding of dairy and other food-related logistics, both for import and export by reefer container or reefer ship.

Packaging supplier Coveris acquires businesses in Central America, New Zealand

Coveris Holdings acquired Olefinas, an agricultural plastics company with operations in Guatemala and Mexico. Earlier this year, Coveris acquired Elldex, a full-service flexible packaging company in New Zealand.