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137 jobs under threat at Robert Wiseman Dairies

69 staff at Robert Wiseman Dairies’ Okehampton dairy and 68 staff at its Cupar distribution centre face an uncertain future as the firm initiated 30-day consultations on the future of both sites.

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PepsiCo gains Russian approval for Wimm-Bill-Dann deal

PepsiCo has received all the necessary regulatory approvals from the Russian authorities required to close its acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann.

Rossa Dairy Products enters administration

Leicester ice cream and dairy product manufacturer Rossa Dairy Products has gone into administration after over a century of production.

Glanbia confirms outlook despite Irish economic woes

Glanbia has reiterated its strong outlook for full year profits despite the poor performance of its US cheese and Irish consumer businesses.

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Kerry sells Dawn Dairies milk business to Glanbia

Kerry Group has sold off its liquid milk business, Dawn Dairies, to rival Irish dairy company Glanbia.

DuPont’s Danisco buy boosts probiotics and could spur further acquisitions

DuPont’s €4.9bn acquisition of Danish probiotics and sweeteners specialist Danisco this week is vindication of the increasing economic viability of functional foods, according to analysts.

Irish export boom led by dairy products and ingredients

Strong dairy product and ingredient exports drove an 11% increase in the value of Irish food and drink exports during 2010, according to a new government report.

Schreiber to buy Dean Foods yoghurt business

Schreiber Foods is to acquire Dean Foods’ customer-brand yoghurt business in a bid to increase the company’s production and distribution facilities.

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Dean Foods’ shares jump as billionaire investor buys stock

Dean Food’s shares jumped up by over 11 per cent on Friday as hedge fund firm Appaloosa Management acquired a 7.35 per cent stake in Dean Foods.

Pay talks break down at Adams Foods' Leek site

Union leaders failed to agree a pay deal for staff at Adams Foods' cheese packing plant in Leek on Monday, but remain hopeful of agreeing a package with management that...

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CAP reform circus re-opens - but this time it’s serious

Roll up, roll up, the Great CAP Reform Circus is back in town. Missing those long arguments about the future of farm support? Hungry for more debate about how best...

Arla Foods: Super-dairy will create 680 skilled jobs

Arla Foods’ proposed £150m 1bn litre 'super-dairy' in Aylesbury will create 680 skilled jobs, while the development of commercial space next door could create 500 more, bosses have claimed.

Wimm-Bill-Dann goes east as Russia approves PepsiCo deal

Wimm-Bill-Dann has acquired a dairy plant in eastern Russia as the government gives its approval for PepsiCo to acquire the company.

Arla Foods in merger talks with German co-op

Arla Foods is in merger talks with the German dairy co-operative Hansa-Milch as it looks to broaden its portfolio and improve its negotiating position with customers in the country.

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Arla in merger talks with German dairy co-op

Arla Foods has revealed that it is in merger talks with the German dairy co-operative Hansa-Milch.


PepsiCo pays a high price for a gamble in Russian dairy

When PepsiCo put up $5.4bn last week to acquire Wimm-Bill-Dann, it was seduced by the promise of high revenue growth but like any high-yield investment the Russian deal does not...

PepsiCo eyes dairy potential in Wimm-Bill-Dann acquisition

PepsiCo has revealed plans to acquire Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods in a $5.4bn deal that it sees as an opportunity to open up new dairy opportunities.

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Danone and Unimilk finalise Russian dairy merger

Danone and Unimilk have finalised the merger of their fresh dairy businesses in Russia and other CIS countries, creating a new entity with annual sales of about €1.5bn.

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General Mills agrees to buy Mountain High Yoghurt

 General Mills agreed to buy the Mountain High Yoghurt business and Mountain High brand from Dean Foods, the company has said.

Dairy UK gives CAP reform update a mixed review

A communication from the Commission on the direction of reform of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) has got a mixed reaction from Dairy UKA communication from the Commission on the...

Rabobank changes view on future dairy role of China and India

Rabobank has changed its view on the likely role of China and India in global dairy markets. It has abandoned the view that the countries will reach self-sufficiency soon and...

Dairy Crest wins 50m-litre contract with Tesco

Dairy Crest has picked up a new 50m litre milk supply contract with Tesco but reported a 24% drop in operating profit in its dairies division to £10.9m on the...

Rachel's boss takes helm at Loseley Dairy Ice Cream

Ex-Rachel’s boss Neil Burchell has taken the helm at Cwmbran-based ice cream maker Loseley Dairy Ice Cream (formerly known as Hill Station Ice Cream).

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Low UK milk prices can only improve, says Carrs

Carr Milling Industries revealed a 27 per cent jump in its annual profits this week, but highlighted milk as the "notable exception" among farm commodities in the UK.

Arla Foods Milk Partnership slams milk price war

The boss of one of the UK’s biggest milk supply groups has slammed cost-cutting by discount stores that he claims has taken £252m out of the supply chain.

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