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Dairy Crest acquires struggling Proper Welsh Milk from administrator

British dairy processor Dairy Crest has acquired Proper Welsh Milk for £325,000 ($490,000) – just hours after the struggling Carmarthenshire-based dairy processor went into administration.

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Fonterra and A-ware confirm deal to develop ‘mutually-beneficial’ plants

Fonterra and Dutch premium cheese manufacturer A-ware Foods Group have signed an agreement that will see them establish separate, but “mutually-beneficial” cheese and dairy ingredient plants in the Netherlands....

Oxfam thanks food industry for ‘bland’ and ‘complacent’ response to damning CSR report

Oxfam will step up its campaign to improve the treatment of people and resources that form part of the supply chain of the world’s biggest food conglomerates, after it cast...

Parmalat not concerned by ‘unbelievable’ LAG deal annulment request

Parmalat is confident of a positive outcome in the civil hearing into its acquisition of Lactalis American Group (LAG) – despite yesterday’s request by prosecutors to remove the company’s board...

R&R Ice Cream declines to comment on takeover reports

R&R Ice Cream – Europe’s largest private label ice cream manufacturer - has declined to comment on reports that it is on the verge of a takeover by French private...

Food industry failing to manage animal welfare, warns report

The first ever structured benchmark of the world’s leading food companies suggests that farm animal welfare is not being properly managed and reported by the food industry.

Parmalat 'shocked' by prosecutors call to cancel LAG acquisition

Italian prosecutors have asked for Parmalat’s $904m acquisition of Lactalis American Group (LAG) to be cancelled and the Parma-based dairy giant’s board to be removed, according to reports.

Unilever & Nestlé tell Oxfam to bring other stakeholders to food ethics table

Unilever and Nestlé say Oxfam missed an opportunity for a wider and more comprehensive debate about food ethics after the NGO published a damning report on the supply chains of...

Fonterra unveils NZ$100m UHT processing investment

Fonterra will invest more than NZ$100m ($82.4m, €62.8m) in a new ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk and cream processing plant in New Zealand in an attempt to meet growing Asian demand...

Muller PepsiCo JV takes Müller yogurt to more US cities as Batavia factory prepares for summer opening

Muller Quaker Dairy, the joint venture between PepsiCo and German dairy giant Theo Müller Group, is rolling out Müller yogurts to more US cities in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and...

Dairy Crest to merge marketing teams in head office re-shuffle

Dairy Crest plans to merge its existing food and dairy marketing teams under its recently-announced efficiency-driven head office re-shuffle.

Ingredients and flavours drive double-digit development for Kerry

Irish food and ingredients giant Kerry Group has reported a 10.8% increase in operating profit for the year of 2012 on the back of strong growth driven by its ingredients...

ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack ‘ridiculous’

Associated British Foods – worst-in-class in an Oxfam report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility (CSR) “veil of secrecy” – has hit back, slamming the...

Saputo to pull plug on European dairy operations over profitability issues

Saputo intends to pull the plug on its European operations after just seven years on the continent – citing a lack of “short to mid-term opportunities” to ensure profitability.

Centrale Laitière deal 'key' to North African development - Danone

Danone has increased its stake in Moroccan dairy processor Centrale Laitière to 67% - a deal it has pinpointed as a “key step” for the company in North Africa....

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Dean Foods’ plants recognised for environmental efforts

Eighteen Dean Foods dairy processing plants have been recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their environmental efforts.

Arla considered Finnish fresh milk exit over ‘illegal’ Valio pricing

Arla Ingman – Arla Foods’ Finnish business – seriously considered abandoning the country’s fresh milk market over the “unfair and illegal” pricing policy practiced by industry rival Valio.

Double-digit growth market sales drive record Arla profits

Arla Foods has reported record high profits of DKK 1.9bn ($340m) for 2012 – an achievement it has attributed to double-digit sales growth from Russia, China, and the Middle East...

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General Mills: Our Greek yogurt sales are significantly outpacing growth of the segment

General Mills is “significantly outpacing” category growth in the Greek yogurt segment, claims the firm.

Dairy Crest expects £5m annual saving through management shake-up

Dairy Crest has announced a board and senior management shake-up – a move the British dairy processor anticipates will lead to cost savings of at least £5m per year.

Dairy Farmers of America launches probe after chemical release

US co-operative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has launched an investigation to determine what caused a “hazardous” chemical release at its Adrian, Michigan processing plant last week.

Danone to cut 900 European jobs to address downturn

Danone has announced plans to cut 900 jobs across 26 European countries in an effort to address “the lasting downturn of the European economy.”

British dairy veteran Robert Wiseman elected to Dean Foods board

US dairy giant Dean Foods has elected Robert Wiseman, the former managing director of UK dairy processor Robert Wiseman Dairies, to its Board of Directors – through which it hopes...

‘Terrific' Russia position boosts PepsiCo beverage business: Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the firm has a ‘terrific position’ as the top food and beverage business in Russia, where 10% organic revenue growth in 2013 helped offset weaknesses...

Saputo eyes further efficiencies following flat Q3 results

Canadian dairy giant Saputo has announced plans to pursue “additional efficiencies and decrease costs” across its business after announcing only marginally improved profits for the last three months of 2012....

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