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Dairy Crest brands hold up profits

A strong brand presence helped Dairy Crest keep full-year profits in line with predictions, despite tough conditions on the UK dairy market.

Arla dairy creeps back in Middle East

Arla Foods has said the boycott on its products in the key Middle East dairy market was slowly lifting, thanks to its dominance in certain areas of the Middle East...

Organic dairy-rating report sparks fierce debate

A new report rating the nation's organic dairy brands according to ethical farming practices has sparked fierce debate in the industry as it accuses a number of market leaders of...

National Foods seeks growth in specialty cheese with Lactos deal

Australian dairy group National Foods has signed an agreement to buy the specialty cheese maker Lactos from France's Bongrain.

Ruling lays path for more Parmalat suits

Auditors Deloitte & Touche and Grant Thornton International must defend themselves against a $10 billion lawsuit by Parmalat, ruled a US judge.

Wiseman continues UK dairy consolidation trend

Robert Wiseman's takeover of Definitely Devon's liquid milk business shows how consolidation on Britain's dairy industry is continuing amid tension with competition authorities.

Graham Packaging moves in with Royal Numico

In a move that brings it closer to a key customer, Graham Packaging has opened a new bottle-making plant in Zoetemeer, the Netherlands, on site with Royal Numico.

Chirac dismisses French protectionism claims

Europe has no time for national champions if it is to compete in the world, warned the European Commission president Wednesday, as French president Jacques Chirac dismissed claims that France...

Competition regulator to examine supermarkets' pricing power

In a major move that might help reduce the pricing power of the UK's major supermarkets, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) yesterday said it would refer the issue to...

Dairy Crest workers may strike over pension plans

Workers at UK dairy giant Dairy Crest may strike over the group's plans to reform its debt-laden pension scheme, threatening to disrupt supplies to retailers and processors.

Banks knew of problems, says Parmalat founder

International banks supporting Parmalat's operations knew of the company's financial problems, according to the former chairman Calisto Tanzi.

EU warned over economic nationalism

A top economic expert has warned against growing economic nationalism in Europe, as reports say the French government will move to protect 20 companies, including Danone and Carrefour, from foreign takeovers.

Arla says boycott losses to hit €53m

Arla Foods says a boycott on its dairy products in the Middle East will cost it at least €53m this year, as the firm tries to remain positive about the...

Czechs to be fined over EU milk quota

The Czech Republic's dairy industry is facing a €7m (CK 200m) fine as milk output is forecast to exceed the national quota for 2005/6 of 2.682 billion kilos.

Glanbia blames poor results on EU dairy upheaval

Glanbia has blamed EU dairy sector restructuring and upheavals in the Irish market for a disappointing financial performance in 2005.

Parmalat CEO points finger at creditors

Parmalat's chief executive Enrico Bondi has pointed the finger at the company's creditors, accusing them of having knowledge of the disgraced dairy giant's finances.

Added value is Europe's only path, Mandelson

Added value dairy products are the only path open to European dairies if they are to stay competitive in the future, says Peter Mandelson to the UK National Farmers' Union...

Americas lift Nestlé as Europe falters

Nestlé's Americas division has established itself as the food firm's most important business region for the first time following difficult conditions and subdued sales growth in Europe.

Arla signs organic milk deal with Lidl

Dairy group Arla Foods has signed an organic dairy supply deal with discount retailer Lidl, as big food firms increasingly move in on rising consumer demand for organic food.

Danone: strong results despite testing market conditions

Danone has ridden out difficult market conditions to report strong full-year earnings and improved margins.

Court fines Arla for abusing market position

A Danish court has fined Arla Foods €670,000 for abusing its dominant position on Denmark's dairy market, further jeopardizing the group's public image in the country.

Parmalat to take on Bank of America

Parmalat can proceed with its legal action against Bank of America over the dairy company's financial collapse in 2003, according to a US judge.

Arla dairy sales crippled by Middle East boycott

Danish dairy group Arla Foods said sales had come to a standstill in the firm's key Middle East region as Muslim consumers in several countries boycotted Danish products.

Campina signs dairy joint-venture in Thailand

Campina, the Dutch dairy co-operative, will target rapidly growing demand for dairy drinks in Thailand after signing a joint-venture deal with local firm Thai Dairy Industries.

Kraft set for major reshuffle

Kraft Foods has announced plans for a major European reshuffle and a string of acquisitions, as US parent company Altria segregates the food producer from its ailing tobacco subsidiary.

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