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Arla plans marketing and capacity increases

Arla is upping its marketing spend by 30 per cent in 2010, and plans to invest almost a billion DKK in more capacity increases and structural changes.

Irish dairy trade body slams carbon tax

The Irish Dairy Industries Association (IDIA) has attacked a new carbon tax in Ireland saying that the measure will put jobs at risk.

Beneo backs functional price premiums

The recession has not dented the will of consumers to pay price premiums for products that deliver digestive, bone and other benefits, according to European consumer research conducted by global...

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Glanbia expects 2010 earnings return of 8 per cent

 International cheese and nutritional ingredients company Glanbia has said it expects a return to earnings growth in 2010 of 6 to 8 per cent.

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La Seda signs PET supply deal with Grupo Leche Pascu

PET packaging firm La Seda de Barcelona has announced an agreement to supply Grupo Leche Pascual with 5,000m preforms from next January.

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Martek Q4 revenues drop three percent

DHA specialist Martek Biosciences Corporation fourth quarter results slipped three percent to $87.6 million from $90.4 in the corresponding 2008 quarter, but the company said net income rose 24 percent for the period.

Cultures buck the downward trend at Danisco in Q2

Danisco has reported a drop in quarterly revenues but culture sales grew strongly thanks largely to continued conversion from bulk starter to Direct Vat Inoculation (DVI).

Danone to take full control of South African yoghurt venture

Danone has bought out its African joint venture Danone Clover for just under €100m to focus on growth opportunities in the region.

Martek signs omega-3,-6 supply deal with Fonterra

Omega-3 specialist Martek has signed an agreement with Fonterra to become its sole source supplier of DHA and ARA for infant formula and milk drinks aimed at young mothers and...

Emmi invests in French and Italian cheese markets

Swiss dairy processor Emmi is expanding its cheese business, buying stakes in packaging specialist Diprola in France and Venchiaredo, an Italian fresh cheese and mozzarella maker.

FrieslandCampina plans 942 job losses in production shake-up

Dutch dairy co-operative FrieslandCampina has announced six site closures and 942 fresh job losses a year after its formation.

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FrieslandCampina fulfills last merger condition with Bleskensgraaf sale

All the conditions set by the European Commission for the merger of Friesland Foods and Campina have been approved.

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Dairy Crest renews pallet contract with CHEP

Dairy Crest has awarded a three-year contract renewal worth £5 million to Chep, a provider of pallet and consumer pooling services.

Nampak head delivers warning as profits slump

Nampak announced a 60 per cent fall in profits in 2009 as its chief warned that 20 per cent of its operations must either turnaround or face being closed or sold off.

Fonterra drops Anchor brand share in UK

Fonterra has sold its remaining 25 per cent stake in UK joint venture Arla Foods Fonterra (AFF) to majority owner Arla Foods.

Dairy sector in cautious backing for EU aid

A fund to help bolster the European dairy sector has been welcomed by the industry but the European Dairy Association (EDA) warns it must be spent appropriately.


Soda tax: A lot of froth over freedom

Is taxing soda really an evil plan to curb your individual freedom? Conspiracy theories aside, perhaps it’s simply a sensible scheme to tackle obesity when personal choice has failed.

Kraft reportedly prepares hostile bid for Cadbury

Kraft Foods is reportedly preparing a hostile bid for Cadbury three weeks after the confectionery company rejected a £10.2bn ($16.7bn) offering.

Cadbury tells Kraft to bid or back off

Cadbury has approached the UK’s Takeover Panel, asking it to impose a deadline for Kraft to make an offer.

Cadbury confident despite Kraft bid

Cadbury has given a confident presentation of its stand-alone strategy in the midst of speculation that the company is unlikely to hold onto its independence following Kraft’s failed take-over bid....

Cadbury slams Kraft bid and business model

Cadbury has labelled Kraft “a low growth conglomerate” in a letter restating its rejection of the food giant’s £10.2bn ($16.7bn) takeover bid.

Triple drivers behind cultures, Danisco VP

Danisco is confident in the long term strength and potential of food cultures – so much so it recently pledged €60m to expand capacity. That confidence is based on three...

Tate & Lyle cuts ribbon at Australia food systems site

Tate & Lyle is giving a boost to its Australian food systems business with the opening of a new R&D and manufacturing centre in Queensland.

Arla Foods reports sharp decline in sales and profits

Sales and profits at Arla Foods have fallen sharply in the first half of the year but the dairy co-op expects cost cutting measures to improve full year results.

Lower selling prices hit FrieslandCampina’s ingredients business

The newly merged dairy co-op Royal FrieslandCampina has reported a sharp decline in the profitability of its ingredients business, as selling prices plummet.

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