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Last ditch struggle to save global food trade talks

The WTO is in crisis following the dismal failure of last week's agriculture talks in Geneva.

Lactalis slams Sodiaal in French milk price row

Rows over farmgate milk prices have intensified in France, with leading French dairy processor Lactalis accusing its rival Sodiaal of irresponsibly cutting the price it pays to producers.

Branded milk still lifting Wiseman sales

UK dairy processor Robert Wiseman said sales were up two-and-a-half per cent in its first quarter thanks to a new milk supply contract and continued branded milk growth.

Fonterra reports record sales rise

Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy co-operative, said it sold more dairy ingredients this May than in any other month ever, as it continues to expand on the world dairy market.

Arla re-starts cheese production for Middle East

Arla Foods has re-started cheese production for the Middle East dairy market, but warned the move did not represent significant progress in beating the boycott there.

Emmi buys up Italian yoghurt group

Swiss dairy group Emmi said it would expand its reach in Italy's fresh dairy sector by taking over yoghurt maker Trentinalatte, rounding off another week of consolidation on the European...

Lamy puts pressure on global agriculture deal

WTO director general Pascal Lamy has told delegates that a deal on global agricultural trade must be achieved soon.

Arla signs speciality cheese deal

Arla Foods has bought up speciality cheesemaker Tholstrup in its native Denmark, as the group looks to expand its cheese export business amid rising competition.

Kraft Foods in Danone takeover rumour

French dairy group Danone has seen shares rise after rumours again surfaced that the firm may be taken over by a foreign company, this time Kraft Foods.

Danone and Stonyfield create European organic dairy firm

Leading US organic dairy firm Stonyfield Farm and Danone have joined forces to create a European subsidiary, which the groups hope will duplicate Stonyfield's US success in Europe's organic dairy...

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Litigation: a necessary cost of doing business?

In the US, the role of court action in defining limits not set by regulators is generating a flood of costly court cases for the food industry: much unnecessary, and...

Nestlé confident that food prices will stabilise

Nestle doesn't expect raw material prices to rise further this year, despite a recent FAO report that forecasts an increase of over 2 per cent in the world food import...

Wiseman swoops for Milk Link in UK

Dairy processor Robert Wiseman has continued on the acquisition trail by agreeing to buy Milk Link's milk business, suggesting consolidation is picking up pace on the Uk dairy industry.

Arla, Danisco swallow Denmark's EU subsidies

International food giants Arla Foods and Danisco got more subsidies from the EU than anyone else in their native Denmark last year, says a new report, adding yet more controversy...

Campina, Fonterra cleared over lactose deal

Dutch dairy group Campina is free to form a joint venture with New Zealand dairy Fonterra to sell lactose for use in fine chemical production and pharmaceuticals, says the European...

Arla UK under fire over milk price cuts

Arla UK announced it would make more controversial cuts to farmgate milk prices and fine producers for churning out too much milk, as cost pressures on the dairy industry intensify.

Campina buys Argentine dairy ingredient maker Inovatech

Campina has bought dairy ingredient producer Inovatech Argentina, signalling the Dutch-owned company's desire to reach further into the global specialized ingredients market, with an particular emphasis on nutrition.

EC president digs heels over agriculture concessions

There is no reason for the EU to put more agricultural concessions on the table at the WTO, according to current EC president Josef Proll.

Boycott legacy hits Arla comeback

Uncertainty continues to hang over Arla Foods in its key Middle East dairy market, after it said sales there have been slow to recover from a region-wide boycott against its...

New proposals ask EU to cut export subsidies sooner

British dairy officials are lobbying the European Union to stick to its 2013 deadline for scrapping export subsidies, after nations outside the bloc called for aid to end faster.

Arla UK sees red as costs soar

Soaring input costs have claimed Arla Foods UK as their latest victim in Britain's dairy industry, sending the group into the red for its first half.

Profit slump blights Dairy Crest brand growth

Brands and a functional food focus helped Dairy Crest to increase sales in 2005, but profits slumped amid rising costs and tough times for the group's milk supply division.

Top dairy firms guzzling EU subsidies, report

Europe's top dairy firms are at the centre of the row over European Union export subsidies, after a new report revealed which UK dairies are lapping up the aid.

Wiseman ups prices to lift dairy profits

An increase in selling prices helped dairy processor Robert Wiseman to begin clawing back lost profits, as the group looks to continue the momentum with more new products and facilities.

Recovery policy pulls Parmalat through

Disgraced Italian dairy giant Parmalat, still suffering from 2003's fraud revelations, has posted a jump in first-quarter income - thanks to CEO Enrico Bondi's recuperation strategy.

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