Having collated a vast array of dairy machinery manuals over the years, we've now categorised all of these manuals and made them available online in a comprehensive manuals library with a search tool that allows you to find the machine manual you need by manufacturer or machine type, or a combination of both criteria. Read more
With the demise of the national standard for all ice cream and a call from the Ice Cream Alliance to uphold a quality standard for ice cream. The ICA has set out the minimum standards which both it and its members have called for to produce a minimum quality standard for ice cream to cover the nation. Read more
An international survey reveals how yogurt preferences differ between countries and cultures and sheds light on the new opportunities for yogurt manufacturers being created by consumer demand for foods that fit lifestyles and health preferences.
When it comes to understanding the yogurt market one thing is very clear – it is the food’s amazing versatility that is allowing it to deliver great results millennia after it was first eaten. Read more
Here we are, once again approaching the merry festivities of Christmas 2014, and what a year it has been. Official annual ice cream sales figures haven’t been released yet but from what we’ve heard from our clients in the UK and further afield, it’s been a profitable year, a successful year and a year that will be looked back on with fond memories.
One thing in particular that caught our eye in 2014 is the availability and popularity of new flavours. Manufacturers around the world have started producing new flavour combinations that have appealed to a new kind of audience, and despite being a little bizarre in part, they actually they work really well. Strawberry and balsamic vinegar, coffee and doughnut, honey and ginger are all examples of perfect flavour groupings that haven’t been available on a mass scale, before now. Read more
We’re all aware of the mounting pressure that volatile commodity prices are placing dairy farmers under here in the UK, as well as abroad. Challenging supermarkets on what they pay for milk is undoubtedly going to be a long and difficult road, but there are more and more options opening for those wanting to limit their exposure and diversify into new markets, namely, the ice cream sector.
To start with, the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA), the trade body for the UK’s ice cream industry, are very approachable and happy to offer advice to those uncertain about expanding operations, or unsure where to even start. Now, further to this free guidance, the ICA are offering training and support packages to help farmers create successful products and businesses. Read more
Machinery World, experts in sourcing and reselling second hand machinery of the highest quality, has launched a new website to improve the customer experience and reflect the modern, outward thinking of the company.
In an internet lead world, a business’s website is, in the large majority of cases, the first port of call for potential customers interested in its products or services. It is the 24 hour shop window where first, and lasting, impressions are created. As a result it is important that the website, both visually and functionally, portrays the company, its messages and aspirations. Read more
When reporting an ice cream related story, journalists can’t wait to regurgitate some sort of headline involving the ‘ice cream wars’, in reference to one of Scotland’s most notorious criminal cases that involved two rival families using ice cream vans to sell drugs and stolen goods in the Eighties. However, the trite headline may be getting its most appropriate usage since the ‘war’ ended with the outcome of the litres or grams argument potentially sending shockwaves across the UK industry. Read more
The Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children will help shape future consumption trends, according to the NFU, and in turn will provide more stability to dairy farmers in the short, and long term. Read more
Despite it only being mid-April long-range weather forecasters are already using some pretty heavy-duty words when describing what the UK can expect this summer. ‘Super summer’, ‘prolonged heat wave’, ‘hot sunshine’, ‘a summer to rival Ibiza’ are all terms that have been confidently touted by forecasters and newspapers alike in the past few weeks, and let’s hope they’re right. Read more