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Ex-Agriculture Minister Paice appointed First Milk chairman

British dairy cooperative First Milk has appointed the former Minister of State for Agriculture and Food, Sir Jim Paice, as its new chairman.

It's Crunch Time! Danone boosts US yogurt offering through YoCrunch deal

Danone has moved to further “strengthen" its US yogurt offering through the acquisition of ‘yogurt with toppers’ market leader, YoCrunch.

It’s official: Promoted and organic tweets drive offline sales, says Twitter, and we can prove it

Is your brand getting some decent bang for the bucks you spend on paid-for (‘promoted’) tweets? The answer, according to a new trial with 35 big names in consumer packaged...

Dean Foods speeding-up plant closures to offset Q2 fluid milk losses

US dairy giant Dean Foods plans to speed-up the efficiency-driven closure of up to 15% of its processing facilities in an effort to offset the impact of increasing market competition...

Nestlé may offset China infant nutrition price cut with other 'amendments'

Swiss dairy giant Nestlé has suggested that it could offset potential losses as a result of its recent infant nutrition product price cut in China through similar positive "adjustments" in...

Danone, Fonterra, Mead Johnson handed China infant formula price fixing fines

China has issued fines totalling RMB 669m ($110m, €82m) to six companies, including Mead Johnson Nutrition, Danone Dumex, and Fonterra, following an investigation into price fixing and suspected anti-monopoly law...

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Ex-Milk Link execs get EC go-ahead to complete Crediton Dairy deal

A management buy-out team led by two former Milk Link executives has completed its acquisition of Devon-based processor Crediton Dairy from Arla Foods UK, after the deal was given the...

Arla to gauge African milk powder demand with portable packaging unit

Arla Foods has announced plans to ship a custom-made mobile packaging facility to Africa to test the level of demand for its powdered milk products in the “potentially huge growth” market....

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Devondale-Murray Goulburn to supply Danone with growing-up milk powder base

Australian dairy cooperative Devondale-Murray Goulburn (Devondale-MG) has entered into a five-year deal with Danone, to supply the French dairy giant with 50,000 tonnes of growing-up milk powders (GUMPs) base.

Top 5 US Yogurt Brands - Yoplait top, Chobani toppled, Dannon trails...

US yogurt consumers have shown that their taste for Greek yogurt isn't waning after voting Chobani, Yoplait, Dannon and Stonyfield Farms amongst their favorite yogurt brands in the influential 2013...

Ben & Jerry's, adult film producer settle 'Ben & Cherry's' trademark lawsuit

The producer of the ‘Ben & Cherry’s’ adult DVD series has agreed to stop selling the blue movie range to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Ben & Jerry's....

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Arla Foods UK to close Ashby-de-la-Zouch processing plant

Arla Foods UK has announced plans to close its dairy processing and distribution facility at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire – a move that could result in the loss of up 370 jobs.

Farmers for Action protests ‘harming’ milk supplier livelihoods, says Arla

Farmers for Action (FFA) is “harming” the livelihoods of the suppliers it is campaigning for by disrupting the collection and distribution of milk, a coalition of Arla Foods UK farmer...

Chobani awarded USDA school lunch Greek yogurt contract

Chobani has been selected as the product of choice for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Greek yogurt pilot program, after successfully undercutting bids from a number of rival Greek...

Glanbia joins EU sports nutrition group

Glanbia Performance Nutrition has joined the ever-growing membership of the 10-year-old European Specialist Sports Nutrition Association (ESSNA), joining supplement maker PhD Nutrition, and retailers NBTY Europe Bodybuilding.com as new members....

Danone infant formula demand drives ‘strong start’ to 2013

Danone claims to have got off to a “strong start” this year, with early signs of stabilisation in Europe and solid demand for infant nutrition products in China driving better-than-expected sales growth...

Dannon Oikos still fastest-growing brand in Greek yogurt segment, with sales topping $400m in 2012

While many new products generate impressive year-one sales after blasting out of the starting blocks bolstered by great distribution and piles of promotional cash, few sustain this momentum. But Dannon’s...

Mead Johnson maintains full-year forecast despite Chinese infant formula price cuts

Mead Johnson Nutrition is standing by its 2013 full-year forecast, despite recently slashing its infant formula prices in China by up to 15% in the midst of a government anti-trust probe.

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Dunkin’ Brands cashing in on Royal baby hype

Dunkin’ Brands has launched two products to cash in on celebrations surrounding the birth of the Royal baby.

Drought-hit Fonterra cuts 2013 profits forecast

Fonterra has lowered its profits forecast for fiscal year (FY) 2013 by almost NZ$80m (US$64m, €49m) to account for the impact of this year’s drought.

Biostime amends Chinese infant formula distribution contracts amidst anti-trust probe

Chinese infant formula manufacturer Biostime has made amendments to the contracts it holds with distributors to delete terms that guarantee fixed prices and price floors that may violate Chinese anti-trust...

Starbucks, Danone team up to develop Greek yogurt brand

Starbucks has teamed up with Danone’s US subsidiary, Dannon, in an attempt to establish a foothold in the country’s booming Greek yogurt market.

Danone yogurt supply issue should be resolved by next week, says Tesco

Tesco expects the supply chain issues that reportedly left it and many other British retailers short of Danone brand yogurt to be resolved by next week.

Keep it real! Chobani urged to phase-out use of milk from GMO-fed cows

Chobani has vowed to “explore the complexities” of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) following the launch of a petition in the US that claims it is reliant on milk from cows fed a...

Lifeway Foods to challenge fro-yo with UK Frozen Kefir launch

US kefir manufacturer Lifeway Foods is hoping to exploit increasing consumer demand for frozen yogurt in the UK with the launch of its probiotic-rich, low-fat, gluten and lactose-free Frozen Kefir...

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