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Open book: The future of probiotic marketing in Europe

‘Openness’ and ‘better dialogue’ between industry, scientists and regulators were themes of the day as the newly minted European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA-Europe) launched itself with a...

Firm files health claim for probiotic and Herpes labialis recurrence

Italian dairy firm Granarolo Spa has applied for a health claim for a probiotic – prebiotic combination and the reduced recurrence of cold sores.

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Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

Yashili set to acquire infant formula business from parent company Mengniu

Chinese dairy Yashili has agreed to acquire infant formula business Oushi Mengniu from its majority shareholder, Mengniu, for around $165m.

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Ireland and China to co-operate on food safety

China and Ireland signed an agreement on food safety this week.

Relevance of probiotics research increasing with US yogurt demand: Dannon

As the US yogurt market develops, research in the field of probiotics is ever more relevant, says US yogurt giant Dannon.

Back to the farm: Companies need to zoom in on climate risks in agriculture, says CDP

Many multinational food and beverage brands are missing their biggest chance to address climate risks, according to the global non-profit group CDP, which says companies need to work closer with...

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

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Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

Dairy Top 20 - Nestlé's reign continues, Lactalis unseats Danone, and Yili holds strong

Nestlé took the top spot and Lactalis unseated its French rival Danone to take second place in the Rabobank Global Dairy Top 20. Can you guess how the likes of...

Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies: Danone study

Probiotic fermented milk may improve airway allergies through immune system shift, says Argentinian research funded by Danone.

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Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Danone business Brookside Dairy acquires Ugandan dairy SALL: Reports

Brookside Dairy - East Africa's largest processor - has acquired Ugandan dairy Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited (SALL), according to reports from the region.

Prebiotics bring infant formula closer to ‘golden standard’ of breast milk: Review

There is growing evidence of the health benefits of adding prebiotics to infant formula, according to a review from Belgian and Russian researchers.


Activia and ISIS: Al Safi Danone lays out dairy ambition in conflict-ridden Iraq

Islamic State (ISIS) attacks have disrupted Al Safi Danone Iraq deliveries, but have not deterred it from becoming Iraq's largest dairy manufacturer. 

Al Safi Danone investment will reduce Iraq's dairy import reliance: IFC

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) plans to invest up to US$18m in a subsidiary of Al Safi Danone to reduce Iraq's reliance on dairy imports. 

Further Asian infant formula recovery drives Danone Q1 sales boost

Further recovery of Danone's infant formula business in Asia drove a 4.8% like-for-like increase in Q1 group sales, the French dairy announced today.

“The new EC has spoken of better regulation and growth so we trust them to consider our position and argumentation."

IPA gathers forces in Brussels; seeks EC ear

The just-formed European iteration of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has met for the first time at its new Brussels base with Danone, Dupont-Danisco, Chr Hansen, Yakult, Probi and Lallemand...

Dannon & Evolution Fresh join forces to launch new Greek yogurt products

Yogurt maker Dannon’s partnership with cold pressed juice giant Evolution Fresh creates a powerhouse that could bring renewed energy to the Greek yogurt category, which has been slowing recently.

Oxfam: World’s biggest food companies must ‘walk the talk’ on sustainability

Eight of the 10 biggest multinational food companies have improved their food security and sustainability policies over the past year – but all must do more to put their commitments...

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Bartec Benke sees roaring trade with Tiger milk measuring system

Bartec Benke claims to have seen a roaring trade with its Tiger milk measuring system, as Bartec closes its largest acquisition to date with Top Group.

Probiotic chief: “[Collaboration] could be part of the puzzle for health claim applications”

Swedish firm engages Wageningen to reveal probiotic mechanism of action

A Swedish probiotic player has enlisted Wageningen University to research probiotic mechanisms of action in the area of inflammation – work Probi’s CEO told us could yield a sector-defining health claim....

Aptamil infant formula linked to UK Campylobacter case given 'all clear' at plant

Aptamil infant formula linked to a case of Campylobacter illness in a British infant was given the "all clear" before entering the market.

SIG Combibloc Obeikan opens regional HQ in Dubai

‘MEA ambient beverage market has grown with more regionalization of brands and multi-national infiltration’

‘Despite the recent political and economic disruption, the MEA ambient beverage market has grown and remains one of our core markets’, says SIG Combibloc as it announced opening a joint...

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