Exports rise 8% 

Dairy exports in the first half of 2007 rose 8% to £420m driven by rising commodity market values, according to Food from Britain. Total food and drink exports rose 9%. 

Ready for launch 

Partners in Cheese, the Cumbrian cheesemaker, is officially launching its new site to farmers on 3 December. Production will start in 2009, but the business is already selling contract-processed cheese through Bradbury's. 

Blue cheese takes off 

Yorkshire blue cheesemaker Shepherds Purse has secured a contract to supply Qantas Airlines with its Mrs Bells Blue cheese for the premier and business class menus. The cheese was named after the company founder Judy Bell.