New Zealand-based Fonterra has said that it will no longer use milk from new dairy suppliers where the land has been used for oil drilling or fracking, but will continue with existing suppliers, regardless of whether or not land farming has taken place. While Fonterra's announcement follows the New Zealand Green Party's request to the company to end its use of milk from land affected by oil drilling or fracking, Fonterra says its decision had nothing to do with the request.
Springfield, Mo.-based Roberts Dairy plans to start using the Hiland Dairy brand name on its products starting in May, the company says. Roberts is a division of Prairie Farms-Hiland Dairy, and its products are distributed throughout 11 states.
Construction on a proposed 7,000-acre dairy in Saratoga, Wis., can proceed, a judge has ruled. Local officials had opposed the project, which still must be approved by the state's Department of Natural Resources.
Consumer demand for yogurt and yogurt products will "remain quite strong" for the forseeable future, driven by demand for healthier snack and drink choices, according to Mintel research. The popularity of Greek yogurt is another key driver in the trend, the firm said.
Powder milk prices are soaring worldwide as Australia's drought continues and European farm subsidies fall. New Zealand-based Fonterra doesn't expect to change its payout forecast, though, on account of the higher-performing New Zealand dollar.