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Scientists confront the dairy v health myths

Scientists confront the dairy v health myths

The evidence base on milk and dairy and its relationship with lifelong health has shifted significantly over the past decade, according to leading nutritionists.

Speaking at ‘Dairy & Health: The Evidence Explained’ in London, nutritionists confronted the milk myths and outlined the positive role that milk and dairy foods can play with regards to heart health, type 2 diabetes, obesity and healthy ageing.

Delegates were told that despite its saturated fat content, milk and dairy foods have shown no significant association with the risk of developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Some studies have even shown protective effects.

Nutritionists also outlined that, when consumed as part of a balanced diet, milk and dairy has no negative effects on body weight or body fatness, and may actually help to break the obesity cycle.

Professor Kevin Whelan, professor of dietetics at King’s College London, said: “Milk and dairy foods are often targeted in public health campaigns to tackle obesity, but the latest research challenges this.

“For example, we now know that body weight and fatness is not associated with children who consume higher than average amounts of dairy, including those who drink whole milk as opposed to low-fat products. We also have seen that in adults, consuming dairy as part of a calorie restricted diet can actually aid body fat loss.

“The protein in dairy may help in making us feel full and delay our desire to eat, and the calcium may also reduce the amount of fat that is absorbed in the gut.”

The nutritionists outlined that dietary protein, particularly the type of protein found in dairy, is important for ageing muscles, and the latest scientific evidence on saturated fat, dairy, heart disease and type 2 diabetes was also presented.

Professor Ian Givens, professor of food chain nutrition at the University of Reading, said: “It is often thought that milk and dairy, due to their saturated fat content, can play a part in developing health problems such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, but recent studies have shown that’s not the case.”

Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council, added: “Milk and dairy matters at all stages of life and can help in addressing a number of public health concerns. Whether it’s the heart, type 2 diabetes, obesity or ageing healthily that is of concern, dairy can play an important role in your lifelong health.

“The role of milk and dairy foods in leading a healthy balanced diet is all too often misunderstood, and it’s important we clear up the confusion and confront the myths. The evidence on milk and dairy is well-substantiated, and it’s gathering strength.”

The seminar was held at the Wellcome Collection in London. The conference is part of a month-long roadshow series organised by The Dairy Council and will be held in cities across the UK throughout June to provide the latest evidence-based information for health writers and health professionals. All seminars in this series are CPD endorsed by The Association for Nutrition and have been backed by AHDB Dairy.

Expert advice on keeping your machinery in tip top condition

Expert advice on keeping your machinery in tip top condition

With the New Year fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting your machines in premium condition for a problem-free, productive season throughout 2017. 

At Machinery World, the service department have taken some time out from planning a comprehensive servicing schedule from January onwards to talk through some of the most common problems they have encountered, and to offer some preventative advice.

Senior engineer Russell Jex has been with Machinery World for over six years, and has resolved breakdowns from the obvious to the extreme, but he firmly believes it’s the simple problems that are the most frustrating:

Whilst the last thing anyone wants is a major problem like a cracked dasher or leaking barrel, I often feel it is worse when production stops for something small, as this could so easily be prevented.
The most common unscheduled repairs we do are usually to do with leakage issues, because an o-ring needs replacing, or a mechanical seal has gone,” he explains. “Problems with the refrigeration process, like gas leaks, or unstable aeration, which makes the ice cream unsaleable because the weight isn’t consistent, come a close second – and then there’s always a simple bearing collapse to bring production to a swift and grinding halt.

Before jetting off to Ghana for ROKK’s latest installation, he commented, 

All of these breakdowns are costly for ice cream producers, especially the smaller operators, as it can mean they have to stop production altogether whilst they wait for an engineer to come out. At Machinery World we pride ourselves on solving our customers’ unscheduled repairs the same day, or the day after at the very latest. Breakdowns can be hugely frustrating for small businesses – but can easily be avoided.

The three-strong service team advocate a prevention rather than cure approach as Martin Alexander explains: “Customers booking an annual service very rarely have a simple fault breakdown, as we spot any wear and tear and potential weak spots, replace seals and gaskets and carry out preventative maintenance to ensure machines are in prime condition to keep working at their peak throughout the season. Whilst some owners may baulk at the idea of paying for a service when their machines seem to be working fine, it often proves to be a false economy, with machines breaking down just when you need them most.”

Regular servicing also means that ice cream manufacturers have the correct paperwork in place for audit, or a potentially lucrative deal with a supermarket chain.

And the other top tip for a deliciously trouble-free season comes from Machinery World’s newest service department recruit, Chris Wilson.

I’ve been part of the team for a year now, learning more and more each day, and that’s what is just as critical for our customers – knowledge. Good staff training both in terms of how to operate the machines, and also knowing the importance of keeping them spotlessly clean can prevent so many problems and greatly extend the life – and productivity – of your machine.”

But the team don’t just repair machines: Another important aspect of their role is to deliver, set up and test new machinery, and of course, train customers on their new purchases. But new doesn’t always need to mean brand new: whilst Machinery World stock some of the industry’s best equipment including exceptional artisan equipment from the famous Cattabriga stable, budget-priced but mighty Promag machines, Coldelite CK blast freezers and their sister company ROKK’s brand new machines, the company is also the UK’s premier stockist of second hand machinery, which is fully-serviced prior to dispatch from Machinery World’s superbly equipped workshop.

There are a tremendous number of small firms just starting out in the ice cream business who simply can’t afford to buy new at the outset, so we can offer them an excellent choice of top quality used machines as an alternative.

says Russell.

Our experienced sales team can talk to them about their aspirations as well as their budget, to find the solution that works best for them, which could mean one larger machine, or perhaps several smaller machines, so they can do lots of different flavours at the same time.

When existing customers need to replace their machines, they find added benefits to working with the close-knit team at Machinery World, as UK sales director Phil Darvell explains:

Because our service department is a team of three, they know their customers, their customer’s businesses and their machinery inside out,” says Phil, “which means that when the time comes to reinvest the sales and service teams pool their knowledge and expertise to ensure our customers purchase the best possible machine for their individual needs.

Shortly after John Clement took over his tenure at Lovingtons Ice Cream, having spoken to the engineers as well as the sales team and to satisfy demand for their growing 125ml pot business he purchased a ROKK RR3800 rotary filler, now the centre piece machine in Lovingtons’ BRC AA grade approved production site.

This ROKK is exactly the right machine for our business,” says John. “We are continually impressed by the industry-leading expertise within the Machinery World Group of companies, and the outstanding professionalism, response times and support given to Lovingtons over the years.

Please contact the service team at Machinery World to book-in your annual service now, on 01455 220179 or follow the links to find out more about the range of new and used machines available.

Photo caption: The Machinery World Service team, L-R: Chris Wilson, Russell Jex and Martin Alexander


Brexit: The Dairy Industry Impact

Brexit: The Dairy Industry Impact

Amid the Brexit turmoil since the UK’s unforeseen exit from the European Union on 24th June, small and large business owners have unresolved questions about the impact on their firm’s sustainability, productivity and trade.

An EU exit means restricted access to the Single Market unless the UK, like other countries outside the EU, agrees to accept the free movement of people – an unlikely negotiation since immigration was a core argument of the Leave campaign. That said, certain EU trade regulations seen as burdening British businesses have been lifted, and retained membership of the European Economic Area but not the EU, provides access to the internal market and offers tax reductions of around £150 per person.

The dairy industry is central to the EU debate, with 40% of the EU’s budget spent on agriculture and Europe accounting for 73% of Britain’s agricultural exports. The chief executive of Dairy UK, Dr Judith Bryans, has reaffirmed that the UK’s dairy industry is “adaptable, resilient and determined, with the skills and innovation to rise to the many challenges we encounter”. Dairy UK did not take a side in the EU debate; according to Bryans, this is because trade association and dairy firms will “continue to operate in a global dairy market place and demonstrate [their] unwavering commitment to give the public nothing but the best of UK dairy.”

Arla Foods, a Denmark-based company operating in the UK, has been disappointed by the Brexit outcome, but is focused on minimizing negative impact on business by preserving trade between the UK and Europe.

Meurig Raymond, president of NFU, has stated that Brexit will “inevitably lead to a period of uncertainty in a number of areas that are of vital importance to Britain’s farmers.” According to the NFU, the primary destinations of UK food, beverage and animal feed exports were Ireland (£3.4bn), France (£2.1bn) and the USA (£1.9bn), leaving uncertainty over the post-Brexit influence on dairy exports.

The Leave campaign has been quick to assert, however, that the export market is not going to vanish: the demand for Welsh lamb will still exist in France, and Ireland will continue to sell beef to the UK. Whether it is enough to match the £11bn a year generated through agrifood exports to Europe is still uncertain for farmers and individuals in the dairy industry.