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Arla recovery fails to stop profit drop

Arla UK ended its three-year strategic plan with a three per cent drop in full year profits, after higher selling prices failed to save the dairy group from high input...

Tetra takeover of cheddaring firm escapes Competition Commission

Tetra Laval's anticipated acquisition of the cheese-making equipment division of a UK-based firm will not be referred to the Competition Commission (CC) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) accepted...

Arla expands in Finnish milk

Scandinavia's Arla Foods has bought nearly a third of Finnish dairy company Ingman Foods, as consolidation continues to run apace in the European dairy sector.

Dairy Crest seals St Hubert spreads deal

Dairy Crest, Britain's largest dairy group, is set to significantly increase its collection of brands and capture leading market positions abroad after signing a deal to buy French and Italian...

Dairy Crest eyes Uniq opportunity

Britain's largest dairy firm, Dairy Crest, was this week close to buying its way into the French spreads market, following talks with the Uniq group, according to reports.

Unilever profits slump in tough third quarter

Food manufacturer Unilever has reported a 20 per cent decrease in third quarter pre-tax profit of 1.12bn, despite bucking the trend in the European market.

Branded yoghurts lift Bright Dairy's 3Q income

Shanghai-based dairy Bright Dairy has seen a further decline in net profit for the third quarter but strong yoghurt sales during the summer season helped it lift operating income by...

Wimm-Bill-Dann warms to Siberian dairy

Russian dairy producer Wimm-Bill-Dann is to continue expanding its operations in its homeland as it looks to exploit growing markets in Siberia and the wider Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)...

Rexam opens PET bottle sale

International packaging group Rexam will look to sell its PET bottle facilities in Central and Eastern Europe as part of its plans to focus on more globally recognised products like...

Arla sues Wiseman in UK price fixing dispute

Rows over dairy price fixing allegations in Scotland took another twist this week, after Arla Foods UK revealed it would sue rival Robert Wiseman to recoup lost revenue.

Arla Foods set to reel in UK subsidiary

Dairy firm Arla Foods Amba has entered into talks with its British subsidiary to buy out the remaining 49 per cent of the company it does not already own.

UK milk producers head for brighter 2007, report says

Pressure on UK milk producers may ease off next year, according to a new supply chain report, which follows new moves to monitor and improve earnings in the sector.

Nestlé enjoys strong organic growth

Nestlé today said sales are up 9.1 per cent to CHF72.2bn (€45.4bn) in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period in 2005.

F&N takes over Nestlé milk business in Asia

Fraser & Neave, the Malaysian beverage and glass group, has signed a RM310 million (67.2m) deal with Nestlé to produce and sell the Swiss group's liquid milk products in south-east...

Stork shareholders bid to sell off food division

Stork's shareholders today consider a proposal to sell off parts of the company, including itsfood processing division.

EC vows to recover misspent CAP millions

The EC's promise to recover €317.3 million in misspent CAP money follows high-level discussions on how the CAP can be simplified and streamlined.

Wiseman warning highlights dairy cost pressures

Soaring input costs threaten to drag down recovering profit margins for UK dairy firm Robert Wiseman, highlighting ongoing pressure on sector earnings.

EU fines highlight milk quota problems

More multi-million euro fines are to be handed out to EU member states exceeding their milk quotas this year, highlighting what some believe is an out-dated system.

Ditching doorstep delivery prompts Arla revival

Arla Foods UK said it had seen a significant improvement during its second half, helped on by the sale of underperforming doorstep milk business to rival Dairy Crest.

Food mile focus pays off for Dairy Crest

Adverts praising Dairy Crest's Country Life butter for being made in Britain while lambasting brands shipped in from abroad appear to have paid off for the firm, in another round...

Life without EU milk quotas

Phasing out the milk quota system across the EU will help larger dairy producers and processors to become more competitive in the world dairy market, says a new report.

Dairy Crest plots cheese sale

Dairy Crest confirmed it was in talks to sell its retailer cheese division to rival dairy group First Milk, as the firm looks to branded products for growth.

Emmi consolidates to defend fondue lead

Swiss dairy group Emmi said it would shift all fondue and cheese production to one factory by 2010, improving efficiency in an attempt to remain the world's number one fondue maker.

Price fixing allegations hit Wiseman shares

Shares in dairy firm Robert Wiseman have struggled to recover in recent days after Britain's competition watchdog accused the group of fixing milk prices in Scotland.

USDA proposal could redefine grass-fed meat

Plans by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand the definition of grass-fed animals, has caused concern in the industry that the growing market for organic pastured meats could...

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