Arla Foods has agreed to acquire Denmark's family owned Tholstrup Cheese. The purchase will help Arla expand its food export business as it faces more competition. The agreement needs regulatory approval.
Some small organic dairy farmers fear overproduction could force them out of business, and are at odds with industrial-scale organic operations, which produce more milk per cow on grain diets with less labor. For the time being, the growing popularity of organic milk is keeping both sides busy.
Food manufacturers, quickservice restaurants and haute chefs alike are adding more kick to their foods. For example, Cold Stone Creamery has a wasabi-ginger ice cream. According to Mintel International, nearly 1,500 products marketed as "spicy" were introduced to the market in the past two years.
The Australian Food Standards Code has been amended to allow the sale of France's Roquefort cheese with a label that indicates its manufacture from unpasteurized sheep's milk. The amendment will not cover other domestic or imported blue mold cheeses.