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Chr Hansen sees results of tight focus

Chr Hansen has reported a year of strong growth in 2007/8, putting it in a strong position to expand in the life sciences arena, and in particular health and nutrition.


A menu for American food policy

At the time of writing, the US is poised to go to the polls. The next two days are going to be hugely exciting. And when it’s all over, after...


The hour of stevia is nigh

The course of true love never did run smooth. The same could be said of stevia’s road to regulatory approval as a food ingredient. One final concerted effort is needed...

Destination Luxembourg for frustrated Euro milk-makers

Luxembourg will provide the stage for a show of growing discontent among European dairy farmers next week, over concerns about the ongoing reform to the bloc’s agricultural policy.

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Dairy Farmers vote on takeover bid

The future of Australian milk co-operative Dairy Farmers hangs in the balance as members decide whether to approve a take-over by National Foods; one of the country’s largest food and...

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Parmalat’s Citigroup claim rejected

Parmalat’s claim for damages against Citigroup, regarding an alleged breach of duty of trust, has been rejected by the Superior Court of Bergen County, New Jersey, United States.

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Saputo acquires Ontario dairy company

Canadian dairy company Saputo has acquired Neilson Dairy; formerly a division of Weston Foods Canada.

Danisco spies cardiovascular potential in beta-glucan buy

Danisco, hungry to boost its presence in cardiovascular health, has taken a minority stake in a New Zealand-based manufacturer of what it claims is a high concentrate beta-glucan.


Banks’ rescue package points the way for food crisis remedies

Question: When is a crisis not a crisis? Answer: When it’s a food crisis. Compare the two responses to failures in the food system and financial markets.

Milk farmer concerns persist over processor payouts

As a leading UK Dairy Processor prepares to increase payouts for their milk supplies from next month, the issue of sustainable pricing for supplies looks far from resolved.

News briefs: Fonterra in China and Friesland Foods

This week, Fonterra announces support for a Chinese charity to protect infants and mothers in rural areas and Friesland says it will not budge on its provisional 2007 milk price.

News briefs: Fonterra, Saputo and ice cream voting

This week, Fonterra spies an end to rising commodity prices; Saputo reviews its operations following a fire in its US operations and ice cream gets political.

News briefs: Fonterra, First Milk and Emmi

This week, Fonterra commits to its troubled Chinese operations, and Europe-based groups First Milk and Emmi reveal their latest financial performances.

FAO calls for tighter scrutiny of infant formula markets

Infant formula manufacturers need to invest further in safety controls in order to regain public confidence after the Chinese melamine scandal, FAO has said.

New EU proposal aims to make mergers, divisions simpler

The European Commission has published a new proposal to simplify company mergers and divisions, thereby reducing the administrative burden, especially for SMEs.

Chr Hansen thinking local in global cultures approach

While many Danish multinationals such as Carlsberg and Lego have opted to shift production abroad to drive their global success, Chr Hansen believes a domestic approach holds the building blocks...

Special comment: China dairy crisis

Choose your joint venture partner with care

The melamine milk crisis throws up some serious questions that foreign food firms must ask before they hop aboard a joint venture to take them into China. What food safety...

News briefs: Milk Link, Danone and sustainable dairy

This week, Milk Link mulls selling its Fresh dairy operations, Danone is fined over its deal for Numico, and Dairy UK highlights its focus on sustainability.

News briefs: Nestle, NFU action and Murray Goulburn

This week, Australian cooperative Murray Goulburn braces itself for strike action, Nestle expects easing commodity pressures and Dairy UK loses the support of the country’s farming union.

UK group plays up cow feed milk-cost improvements

As the dairy industry continues to offset the impact of higher milk pricing on its operations, one UK farmers association has launched a new campaign it claims can help cut...


Hurricane wake-up call for business and boy scouts

Louisiana was holding its breath when Hurricane Gustav made landfall last week. It promised to be the mother of all storms as it roared towards the Gulf Coast but fortunately...

News briefs: Wimm-Bill-Dann and Australian dairy

This week, Wimm-Bill-Dann posts strong half-year growth on the back of across-the-board sales improvements, Fonterra is reportedly considering increasing yoghurt production and Dairy Farmers records a profitable 2008.

Glanbia profits up as international ingredients business surges

Irish food giant Glanbia has turned in promising half year results with net earnings rising 26 per cent and the US food ingredients and nutritional products divisions performing strongly.

News briefs: Kirin, Indofoods dairy and a cheese heist

This week, Kirin looks set to acquire Australia-based Dairy Farmers, Indofoods could be set to enter dairy production and UK robbers make away with a fortune in cheese.

Growth hormone buyer eyes milk supply potential

Monsanto has found a buyer for its bovine somatotropin growth hormone, despite growing concern in the US over the use of such products in dairy cattle, as manufacturers continue to...

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