Research published 28th September 2020 in the BMJ suggests that eating dairy products can lower the risk of bowel cancer by almost 20%.

dairy products

The coronavirus pandemic has shown the food industry new innovations and technologies that might benefit them in their recovery and in living with Covid-19 in the coming months.

At the online World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases in August researchers showed how dairy products are beneficial to the health and development of bones and muscles.

We have collected together a wide variety of analyses and predictions to share with our fellow industry professionals. This selection is looking at predictions for the food service industry.

In this article we look at the changing food habits and demands of consumers and how businesses can adjust to the “new normal”.

consumer habits

We continue our series of posts looking at the predictions for the food industry in the shadow of Covid-19. We have gathered a series of articles and reports that examine the future of packaged foods and how consumer demand changes which were brought by the crisis

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In our series of posts which look at the predictions and trends being formulated in the current era of Covid-19 we look at the international picture.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a huge shift in the market and analysts are still crunching the data to predict future trends. These are some of the recent analyses.

With many businesses reopening there is uncertainty as to the long term impact that Covid-19 will have on the food trade. This Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) Report examines the predictions and emerging trends.

bord bia report

Vulnerability of the food supply chain and how to assess known and unknown risks is one of the hottest topics in the international food industry.

risk assessment

In this, the second of our series of items about how to avoid Supply Chain Disruption we have two more detailed whitepapers to share with you. The first is by BSI and the second is a paper put together by Deloitte.

These are the first of a number of posts linking to whitepapers. We will be publishing more over the coming weeks and gathering together a large number of white papers on the future of food and the legacy left in the wake of Covid19.

Are you knowledgeable about cheese or like a quiz? Submit a cheese themed question to the quiz bank. Enter the competition here.

Printable quiz questions and answers for pub quizzes, zoom quizzes or just to test your colleagues. Cheese plus more!

Cork scientists working in collaboration with Italian scientists have conducted a study into how much beneficial LAB probiotic bacteria we have in our guts and discovered that most were found in individuals who consumed cheese and yoghurt regularly.

cheese supplier

Take part in our business poll and discover the key trends in this unprecedented era.

coronavirus poll

We are currently offering a free trial for wholesalers who wish to test this great new product’s appeal to their customers.

little italy pizza topping

Every step has been taken to protect our family of employees whilst producing the best quality ingredients for our diverse base of customers in this unprecedented time.

covid mitigation plan

New Irish research has shown Vitamin D to be vital in fighting respiratory infection. We look at that new research and other studies which indicate that including cheese in the diet may help our bodies to combat Covid-19.

As the world responds to the Covid19 crisis, we look at the effects on the food industry and our own business.

Have you heard of the In Flight Cheese Plate Challenge on Instagram?

Eating cheese was found to lower risk of stroke

It’s a busy day for dairy market news so let’s have a look at some of the stories making headlines.

Congratulations to Bernie Ahern who achieved the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Certificate in International Trade this week.

Historically, cheese was probably a wonderful accident created by chance when a herdsperson used a sheep’s stomach to store milk. The herdsperson would have opened the pouch to discover that the liquid had transformed to delicious lumpy curds and whey.

Cheese is a food that people get passionate about and there are lots of unusual ways to use cheese. Of course it has uses that we are all aware of – cheese is the most popular addition to a burger bun, it’s in Ireland’s favourite sandwich, it’s a pizza and pasta essential. Cheese is so […]

As we move into a new decade we look at some of the worldwide dairy market indicators. Can the period of stability remain or will we see greater price fluctuation?

All was still relatively quiet in the dairy industry at the end of 2019 and this period of stability was the longest we have enjoyed in some time. However there is a slight whiff of suspense in the air for at the start of 2020 as the recent Fonterra GDT auction on January 8th saw […]

newzealand australia

The dispute between the USA and the EU has escalated since then and we now have the threat of an all-out trade war which could significantly affect market prices.

usa eu tarrifs

It hasn’t been the best few months for the French dairy industry as a British Cheddar and American Blue Cheese took the top awards at the World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. A panel of 260 expert cheese tasters judged the American Rogue River Blue as the world’s best cheese and Somerset’s Pitchfork Cheddar came […]

french cheese

Halloumi Cheese supply is low due to the ever growing popularity of Halloumi has caused a severe shortage of stocks across the global market.

Halloumi

A cheeseboard after a meal is a delicious way to finish a meal and it is also very good for your teeth. It is a great alternative to carbs and also acts preventatively against cavities. So why is cheese so great for your teeth?

Researchers at Kobe University in Japan have discovered that that LH dipeptide, a constituent of blue cheese may be beneficial for mental health.

blue cheese and mental health

2019 has been an eventful year at Ingredient Solutions Ltd and it was great to celebrate it at our Christmas party. We are looking forward to further success in 2020.

With Christmas fast approaching the risk of hangovers is increasing so you’ll be delighted to learn that new research has pointed to a natural effective cure.

hangover cures

Cheese Tea, or naigai cha, has taken Asia by storm and we wonder could it become the next big thing in European cafés?

cheese tea

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, conducted conducted extensive consumer research in cheddar cheese buying habits. This is a summary of the findings.

consumer research cheddar

Activity has been relatively quiet regarding dairy pricing throughout the summer months with butter the only commodity to show major movement.

dairy market report

Major cheese products such as Cheddar, Mozzarella, Edam, Gouda have remained pretty static in price over the summer. Milk volumes have been healthy across Europe and demand steady which has kept price movements to a minimum. However butter manufacturers have endured a more challenging time as butter prices slipped back to the €3300/ton mark. In […]

dairy products

There have been some rumblings between the US & EU regarding potential tariffs on European dairy. This is in part retaliation from the US against subsidies paid from the EU to French aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The much loved cheese products in the firing line from the US includes Stilton, Roquefort, Gouda and Edam. The USTR […]

Ireland had the biggest share of exports in 2018 at 25% followed by France at 21%, Italy 12% and Spain 8%.

impact on ireland

Fonterra is forecast to report a second year of financial losses in a row as their international expansion plan has not enjoyed the expected success.

Research conducted by food economist Ciaran Fitzgerald has highlighted the importance of the Irish dairy sector in its contribution to the rural economy.

Research carried out in the University of Pennsylvania indicated that damage caused by salt may be offset by a diet which contains cheese

salt damage offset by cheese

Mukbang is a new viral trend in social media and involves people shooting and posting videos of themselves eating.

There have been a couple of articles ranking the healthiness of different cheeses over the past week this is a summary of them.

It’s national burger day in the UK so we had a look at some cheesy burger research and, as we thought, cheese is consistently the favourite burger topping.

brger toppings

“Cheeeseboarding” has become Instagram’s latest artistic trend – vote for your favourite here

cheeseboarding

A recent analysis of the Australian cheese consumer may offer insight to consumers in other markets. It shows that grated/shredded and sliced cheese are driving growth.

grated cheese

Marc Veyrat of La Maison des Bois has requested to be removed from the Michelin Guide following a row over the cheese that was used in his Souffle.

souffle

New research showed that eating a diet rich in dairy products reduced the blood pressure of overweight middle-aged men and women.

dairy products

Welcome everyone to our latest market update and as we enter the peak summer months it is fair to say we have entered a period of stability in the dairy industry.

camembert

Butter pricing has been the driving force of the volatile dairy industry over the last few years so it is a good place to start with our current assessment.

butter prices

The demand for Mozzarella keeps increasing as the global appetite for pizza especially shows no sign of slowing down. Even large manufacturers in Europe are finding it difficult to sustain the global demand.

mozzarella cheese suppliers

Mass produced Camembert, which most consumers across the continent are familiar with, has been granted PDO status causing protests in france.

camembert

In contrast to the European market which is often under supplied in recent years there are reports coming from the United States where there are significant stocks of cheese waiting to be moved due to lack of demand.

dairy farm in USA

Cheese ingredients were contained in most of the top dishes in research conducted by Gousto into instagram’s favourite foods.

instagram's favourite foods

Eating dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt, was found to protect against premature death from any cause, according to researchers.

cheese health video

Italian researchers conducted a trial on 30 hypertensive adults over a 2 month period. They concluded that Grana Padano Cheese may lower blood pressure

grana padano cheese

Cheese has been part of the human diet for milenia, but new research shows that it was not only a food for the wealthy.

After 9 hours of walking the streets of London the Penzance Pasty Posse arrived at the finish – exhausted but triumphant!

Team Pasty Posse - the moonwalk

Cheese brings people together, but things have moved on from the cheese and wine parties of the 1980s. Now it’s an important part of the growing food tourism industry.

cheddar cheese tours cheese odyssey

Research into adaptive divergence of fungi has revealed the genetic history of blue cheese and found it to differ from the popular belief that it was caused by fungi in caves.

blue cheese microfoilia

Cheese allergies are most prevalent in ripened cheeses and the researchers looked closely at the microbial communities that develop in the cheese rinds.

cheese prices in 2018

This Bord Bia presentation highlights the challenges faced by frozen food manufacturers to break down preconceptions about frozen foods.

frozen food

Despite the growth of the vegetarian and vegan food sector – 14% of Brits consider themselves “flexitarians”: while they consume meat occasionally, their diet is mainly meat free. This is twice as many as pescatarians, vegetarians, and vegans combined. YouGov’s latest white paper “Is the future of food flexitarian?” looks at how cooking habits and […]

is the future of food flexitarian

A recent University of Alberta study shows that contrary to associations people make with high fat content, cheese may help to control blood sugar levels.

cheese supplier

The study was published on 28th March 2019 and is part of a consumer marketing campaign being conducted by AHDB with Dairy UK, and looked at people’s responses to different food options.

eating pizza

International research published in October 2018 found that moderate consumption of cheese and other dairy products may help to protect against type 2 diabetes.

Cow - dairy foods may protect against type 2 diabetes

Cheese In Surround Sound – An experiment that has taken place in Switzerland. The results have been published after 6 months of exposure to a variety of sounds and styles of music.

A recent youGov poll revealed that on a classic four-sided box grater, the vast majority, 84 per cent of Britons use the side with the medium raindrop-shaped holes – in precise culinary terms this isn’t actually considered grating, but shredding.

The aim of this research was to examine cheese consumption in Irish adults and to determine its association with healthy eating, consumption of other foods and food choice attitudes. Analysis of food choice attitudes, sociodemographic information and consumption patterns was completed using the data from the National Adult Nutrition Survey Teagasc is the Agriculture and […]

It has been another drama filled period in the dairy industry. Thankfully we seem to have got over the worst 2018 threw at us but who knows how 2019 will play out?

Butter has dropped significantly and is now around the €4250/ton mark

butter in the dairy market

Cheese prices have, like butter, also eased back following the trend of butter. Cheese had been relatively stable over the summer but there has been significant downwards pressure since then. Mozzarella is now trading around the €3300/ton mark and Mild Cheddar is around a similar level. Again there are signs that significant stock levels are […]

cheese prices in 2018

Politicians in both UK and Europe still seem to be in great uncertainty about what the eventual outcome will be.

Brexit negotiations and the dairy market

There was a major announcement of a merger between the Irish co-ops Lakeland and Lacpatrick. The two co-ops are based around the border region and have a combined 3,200 milk suppliers with an overall pool of 1.8bn litres. This will make the new merged co-op the second biggest in Ireland after Glanbia. As both co-ops […]

lacpatrick lakeland merger

Good news for dairy lovers everywhere as a huge international study carried out by McMaster University in Canada suggested that eating three portions of dairy a day could cut the risk of early death by one quarter. The study was was carried out on 220,000 adults and the results look very good for the dairy […]

dairy health

Our market report looks at butter and mozzarella prices as well as Brexit and the effect of the summer heatwave.

dairy market report q3 2018

As mentioned in the previous post many buyers were caught unaware yet again as butter soared in price over Q2 due to ever increasing demand. The price neared the astounding levels seen in 2017 where record prices were shattered. That record price hike was considered initially as a freak occurrence but it now seems to […]

butter prices dairy market report

As previously alluded to the record breaking summer we have experienced so far has been great for holiday makers and beach goers but the drought is causing great concern among farmers. Many have already been forced to dig in to their winter silage supply to sustain their herds due to the lack of grass growth. […]

heatwave leads to feed shortage

Mozzarella is another product that, like butter, has experienced a volatile upwards trajectory over the last while. Many felt the sharp increases last year were also an aberration but this prediction didn’t hold out as we yet again saw a big increase over Q2. Mozzarella prices are now around the €3500/ton mark. While other cheese […]

Mozzarella prices q3 2018

Despite the continued turbulence on pricing, particularly evident for butter and mozzarella, we can at least now say we have experienced relative stability over the last few weeks. However this can possibly be linked with the holiday season and traders have been quiet. Another cloud looming on the horizon however is Brexit, and negotiations don’t […]

Brexit negotiations and the dairy market

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