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Long-term dairy fears allayed by OECD report

Growing fears among dairy processors over continued increases in the cost of ingredients like milk powders could be allayed by new findings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

Bangladesh success reflects Arla's Asian ambition

Dairy group Arla continues to profit from its partnerships within the emerging markets of Asia as sales of its powdered milk brands in Bangladesh continue to rise rapidly.

Weekly comment

M&A: Urge to merge

Mergers and acquisition activity is always ongoing in every segment of industry, but this summer looks to be a particularly hot one for food and beverage manufacturers.

Raisio halts Russian margarine production

Raisio is to cease production of margarine at its plant in Istra, Russia from September, when it will transfer the operation to a subcontractor in an effort to reduce over-capacity...

Courts continue to favour Parmalat

Italian dairy group Parmalat continues its fight back from insolvency after emerging victorious yesterday from another set of legal disputes over responsibility for its financial collapse in 2003.

EU export subsidies revoked as dairy prices rocket

The EU's dairy management committee last week revoked subsidies on all exported dairy products for the first time in 40 years, as increased demand amongst processors and consumers continues to...

Friesland rethinks Dutch dairy production

Friesland Foods this week announced plans to scale down its production facilities in the Netherlands in a bid to brace itself for wide scale changes within the EU's dairy market.

Wimm-Bill-Dann maintains Russian expansion

Dairy group Wimm-Bill-Dann has tightened its grip on the country's dairy market by increasing its holding in one of the country's major production facilities.

Vietnam next for Arla's emerging market drive

Sweden's Arla foods has today revealed it plans to enter Vietnam's dairy market in October to boost its presence in the dynamic emerging markets of Asia.

Unilever eyes job cuts in France

Unilever is planning to cut up to 200 jobs in France in an effort to rebuild its business in the country.

Dairy exports set to fall, says EU

Rising demand for dairy in the European Union is likely to see the bloc's dairy industry lose market share in several export markets over the next decade, a Commission report...

Dairy Crest focuses on health

Dairy Crest, which saw sales rise 12 per cent in 2006, said it was now pumping most of its research funding into developing healthier dairy products.

Dairy Crest to shut milk facility

More consolidation is looming in UK dairy, after Dairy Crest said it may close its milk bottling and production factory in Totnes.

Wiseman heralds dairy margin recovery

Robert Wiseman, one of the UK's largest dairy processors, said higher selling prices and added value milk helped it to rebuild operating profit margins in 2006.

Arla poised to sell packaging venture

Dairy group Arla Foods and packaging firm Constantia Packaging are looking to sell off their joint venture on the Danish market to focus on their core businesses.

CAP payments should be simplified, MEPs say

Conditions for subsidies paid to food firms and producers through the EU Common Agricultural Policy should be simplified, a European Parliament committee has said.

Tate and Lyle talks sweeteners and starch sale with Syral

Tate & Lyle is in advanced talks with Syral SAS regarding the sale of certain food and industrial ingredients facilities in the UK, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain.

Alcoa makes bid for Alcan

Alcoa today announced $33bn (€24bn) hostile bid for Alcan in a move to consolidate two of the world's largest aluminium suppliers to the beverage and packing industries.

Danisco names flavours buyer: it's Firmenich

Danisco has cut a deal to sell its flavours division to Firmenich that will let it focus resources on its bioingredients, texturants and sweeteners competencies - while still keeping some...

Spring sun boosts Unilever ice cream

Ice cream led a European sales rise for Unilever during the first quarter, largely thanks a warmer start to the year.

Green Watch

Drought unites Australian dairy on sustainability

Australian dairy leaders, facing the worst drought on record in their country, have launched an industry-wide sustainability drive to improve the sector's environmental credentials.

Arla flies in new team for UK dairy challenge

Arla Foods has overhauled its leadership in the UK as it looks to make a fresh start and improve earnings for its dairy operations in the country.

Danone on course for 2007 ambitions

Decline within Group Danone's Asian operations failed to dampen a strong first quarter performance for the company as like-for-like sales underwent a 10.1 per cent rise to €3.6bn.

Special edition: Global food trade

What's going down with Doha?

Two weeks ago world leaders extended the deadline on the beleaguered Doha trade round to the end of this year. Exhortations not to let the opportunity pass have ensued, but...

Milk prices debate keeps dairy in the spotlight

Public debates over farmgate milk prices will take place across Britain over the next couple of weeks, as producers and campaign groups look to maintain pressure on retailers and processors.