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Blackmores and Bega infant nutrition venture misses targets amid China slowdown

A joint venture between Blackmores and Bega Cheese to supply infant formula across APAC - and in particular China - has missed its sales targets, hitting Bega’s financial performance.

Grupo LALA continues to post steady gains in Q3

Grupo LALA’s focus on nutritious food and beverage products (both dairy and non-dairy) continues to pay off as the Mexican company reported a 12.5% increase in net sales and $2.4m...

Murray Goulburn says weather creating challenges

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) has provided an update on the impact of very wet climatic conditions on milk intake as well as a revision of its full year...

Lewis Road launches chocolate butter

Two New Zealand companies - Lewis Road Creamery and chocolate producers Whittaker’s - have partnered to create what Lewis Road believes is the world’s first chocolate butter.

IDF and FAO sign Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam at summit

The culmination of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit held in Rotterdam this week was the signing of a document with the FAO on sustainability.

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Latka becomes Hochwald Foods CEO

German dairy company Hochwald Foods GmbH has appointed Detlef Latka as chief executive officer.

Gay Lea Foods takes over Stirling Creamery, creates JV in Manitoba

Canadian company Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the business of The Stirling Creamery Limited, effective November 1, 2016.

Dannon fights back against farmers’ ‘unfounded’ accusations of non-GMO pledge

Dannon has responded to a coalition of farmers who criticized the US yogurt maker for misleading consumers into thinking that its non-GMO pledge promotes sustainable farming practices.

Unilever & Tesco close 'Marmitegate'

Unilever and Tesco have resolved their dispute over price increases for brands such as Marmite, but both are remaining tight-lipped over details of the deal.

Alpro: 'we made a mistake and we’re really sorry'

Twitter storm blows up Alpro's dairy problem

Belgian manufacturer of plant-based dairy alternatives Alpro has been caught in a Twitter storm after it tweeted that a healthy diet consists of one third animal-based products. Disgruntled vegan followers referenced the company’s...

Emmi committing to sustainability

Swiss milk processor Emmi has set itself specific objectives in four sustainability-related areas. These objectives have been defined in conjunction with various stakeholders, including WWF Switzerland.

Unilever: HFC is a challenge in certain regions as it phases out harmful ice cream fridges

Unilever admits it is difficult to obtain hydrocarbon (HC) gases in certain regions in the quantities and quality required, as the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) announces a second Refrigeration Resolution.

Australian flavoured cheese coaxing Asians to buy dairy for first time

Australian cheese products flavoured with chocolate, fruits and nuts are setting out to win over new customers in Asia.

Packaging news roundup October: JBT Corporation; Flexicon; Ball; Sacmi

Johnson Matthey has partnered with Cranfield University to develop modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for prolonged storage and improved management of fresh produce through the supply chain.

Nestlé uses $245m cash injection to open new child nutrition factory in Mexico

Nestlé has used a $245m investment to open a new 6.5 million-square-foot factory in Jalisco, Mexico, for the production of its child nutrition products.

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Unilever to relocate food R&D to Wageningen University

Global food giant Unilever is to relocate its R&D centres for food, home and personal care to Wageningen University in the Netherlands, creating what it calls "a global food innovation...

Sweet success: TINE's nutrition chief on its million-kilo sugar cut

Over the past ten years, Norwegian dairy and cereal manufacturer TINE has cut one million kilos of sugar from its products each year. We spoke to the company's head of...

ELS renovations may lead to doubling production of French PDO cheeses

The French cheese manufacturer ELS (l’Entreprise Laitière de Sauvain), which was taken over in 2015 by French retailers Groupe Casino, has opened its expanded site.

Müller raises November milk prices

Müller has raised its UK average milk price by 1.5ppl (2 cents), giving a contract price of 20.94ppl (26.8 cents).

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Fonterra drops sugar in children’s yogurt by 40%

Fonterra’s Anchor Uno has reformulated its children’s yogurts, with 40% less sugar than the original product.

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Fage’s Crossovers line advances the evolution of yogurt in the US from sweet to savory

The slow evolution of yogurt in the US from primarily sweet options concentrated on breakfast to more savory choices that can be eaten all day continues with the current roll-out...

Westland Milk Products sets up formula JV with Ausnutria and settles on 2015/16 payout

New Zealand’s second biggest dairy cooperative, Westland Milk Products, has signed a joint venture agreement with paediatric milk formula company Ausnutria to create a new standalone infant formula blending and...

Nestlé launches dairy development program in Sri Lanka

Nestlé has launched the ‘Kiri Govi Diriya’ dairy development program, with 3,000 Sri Lankan dairy farmers receiving training and development tools to learn about modern technologies and best practices. ...

Arla and First Milk increasing milk prices

UK company First Milk has announced a 2ppl (2.6 cents) milk price increase for October; its largest monthly increase since 2007.  Meanwhile, Arla Foods is raising its milk price by...

Vinamilk signs strategic cooperation with DSM

JSC Vietnam Dairy Products (Vinamilk) has signed a strategic cooperation with nutrition company Royal DSM, to apply international standards on nutrition powdered milk products for children and consumers in Vietnam.

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