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Dairy Crest is a UK-based dairy producer. Founded by the milk processing arm of the Milk Marketing Board in 1981, Dairy Crest is a public company, listed on the London Stock Exchange as DCG. The head office for Dairy Crest is located in Esher, Surrey, England.

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Focus: Why Dairy Crest needs to offload dairies

Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen said today (21 May) he is "confident" the group's disposal of its struggling dairies business to Mull...

Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

The price farmers are paid for milk has again made national headlines in the UK - and again it is the country's supermarket chains in the fi...

Dean Best | 6 Nov 2014

Shares in Dairy Crest shot up today (6 November) after the UK dairy group announced a deal to sell its most problematic and under-pressure division - liquid milk. However, it may just be the City was not just reacting to the exit (dependent of course on competition officials approving the transaction) of Dairy Crest from a sector struggling to make money but the fact there could be takeover interest in the leaner company.

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Oct 2014

Unilever's third quarter underlying sales growth missed analyst expectations as the Hellmann's maker reported its spreads segment was still struggling, and ice cream sales were dampened by poor weather in Europe.

Katy Askew | 1 Sep 2014

Arla Foods is wise to invest in its whey protein production capacity. However, the company is far from alone in pursuing this strategy, with various dairy firms stepping up production to meet growing global demand. As activity increases so too could competition, Katy Askew suggests.

Dean Best | 3 Jul 2014

Strategically, Dairy Crest's deals with fellow UK dairy group Fayrefield Foods and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to serve the global infant formula market are astute moves. But the deals could also catch the eye of some of the world's larger dairy processors about Dairy Crest's new capabilities.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.

Katy Askew | 24 May 2013

Dairy Crest has said it has had a "transformational" year, characterised by an increased focus on its domestic business and a drive to boost efficiency. The company is now plotting a number of investments designed to grow both the top and bottom line. In a two-part just-food interview, Katy Askew spoke to CEO Mark Allen about how Dairy Crest is improving its cost base and shifting to higher margin products.

Latest News

Andy Coyne | 26 Nov 2018

Major dairy companies have been linked with interest in possibly making bids for Premier Foods' up-for-sale Ambrosia custard brand.

Andy Coyne | 17 Sep 2018

The UK's largest dairy company, Dairy Crest, is planning a raft of new product launches after revealing 14% of the revenues it generated in its last financial year came from "recent innovation".

just-food.com | 7 Sep 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of a range of vegetarian meals from Birds Eye in the UK, Mars' confectionery brand M&M's moving into cakes and Tine's foray into plant-based foods.

Simon Harvey | 23 May 2018

Dairy Crest is investing GBP75m (US$100.3m) to boost cheese production at a creamery in Cornwall in the south-west of the UK as it seeks to meet increasing demand in its domestic market and overseas.

just-food.com | 31 Jan 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Dean Best | 18 Jan 2018

Dairy Crest finance director Tom Atherton has also been handed the job of deputy chief executive at the UK group.

just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Dean Best | 18 Jul 2017

Dairy Crest today (18 July) reported a fiscal first quarter "in line with expectations", with volumes of its four main brands up 7% but pressure on the margins from its butter business.

John Shepherd | 18 May 2017

UK dairy group Dairy Crest today (18 May) booked an increase in adjusted pre-tax profits for the year ended March, marking what it said was a "robust" performance following the divestiture of its loss-making liquid milk business to Muller. 

Katy Askew | 9 Feb 2017

UK dairy group Dairy Crest stressed its brands "continue to perform well" and flagged "improved" trends for its Cathedral City cheese brand during its third quarter. 

Dean Best | 21 Dec 2016

Dairy Crest, the UK butter and cheese maker, is to work with ingredients giant DuPont on trials of how the prebiotic galacto­oligosaccharide can be used in poultry and swine.

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2016

Dairy Crest reported an increase in profitability for the first half of the year, its first full trading period since the sale of its liquid milk business to Muller. 

Katy Askew | 2 Nov 2016

Dairy Crest, the UK business, is launching a snack bar under its Cathedral City cheese brand this month. 

Katy Askew | 19 Sep 2016

Dairy Crest said today (19 September) three of its key brands – Country Life, Clover and Frylight – grew volumes and market share in the first half of the UK group's financial year. 

Katy Askew | 19 Sep 2016

Thirty additional companies, including Burton's Biscuit Co. and Dairy Crest, have joined the Courtauld Commitment 2025 in a bid to reduce the resource intensity of the UK's food sector. 

Katy Askew | 19 May 2016

Dairy Crest, the UK dairy group, has said it will focus on growing its branded sales and accelerating revenue from demineralised whey and galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) ingredients this year. 

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Mar 2016

Dairy Crest is in talks with Fowler Welch over a deal that could see the UK logistics company manage the transport operations at the Cathedral City cheese owner's distribution site in Nuneaton in Warwickshire. 

Katy Askew | 11 Feb 2016

Dairy Crest said this morning (11 February) product launches and promotions have helped improve the performance of its struggling spreads brands, Clover and Country Life. 

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Dec 2015

Dairy Crest has taken over Promovita Ingredients, maker of galacto-oligosaccharide, a prebiotic for use in infant formula.

Dean Best | 17 Dec 2015

From the merger that created Kraft Heinz and ConAgra Foods' decision to split in two, through Nestle's uneven sales performance and on to investment in India and China, our analysis pages got you clicking this year. Here's the top ten most-read analysis articles of 2015.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Dec 2015

This week, Kellogg pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2020. Elsewhere, German dairy Muller announced it was exiting its US yoghurt joint venture with PepsiCo, Muller Quaker Dairy. Canada announced it is working on duties on a range of imported US-made food products after the WTO ruled it could claim compensation for illegal US country-of-origin labels and Coca-Cola revealed plans to enter Brazil's dairy sector. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Nov 2015

This week, TreeHouse Foods announced the acquisition of ConAgra Foods' troubled private-label arm for US$2.7bn. Kellogg posted yet another quarter of falling cereal sales, although CEO John Bryant insisted the category was improving. Kraft Heinz Co. announced a fresh swathe of job cuts across the US and Canada And just-food interviewed UK cheese maker Wyke Farms MD Richard Clothier who highlighted the challenges in the UK market for an independent dairy operator.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 26 Jul 2016

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.

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Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the UK

Country Profile: Dairy & Soy Food in the UK

The dairy & soy food sector in the UK is led by the milk category in both value and volume terms. The ‘dairy-based & soy- based desserts’ category is expected to register the fastest value and volume...

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