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Dairy UK chief Jim Begg announces retirement

Jim Begg, the Director General of Dairy UK, has announced he will retire this year.

Dairy Crest, Nampak Plastics unveil efficiency-driven 'link building' investment

Dairy Crest and Nampak Plastics have unveiled a “link building” between their neighbouring plants in Foston, Derbyshire - an investment that enables the movement of plastic milk bottles from one to the...

Synlait Milk launches expansion-funding NZ$120m public share offering

New Zealand-based infant formula manufacturer, Synlait Milk, has launched an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in the hope to raising around NZ$120m (US$93m) to fund a series of "growth initiatives."...

TINE heralds high-protein, high calcium Styrk development as ‘completely new type of milk’

Norwegian dairy processor, TINE, has developed what it describes as a “completely new type of milk” – a fat-free, vitamin D-enriched product that contains around 50% more protein and calcium than ordinary...

Heinz infant formula production shift to Fonterra a ‘massive blow’ - Unite

Heinz has proposed plans to transfer production of Asia-destined infant formula from a plant in the UK to New Zealand-based Fonterra – a move that British workers union, Unite, has...

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BioGaia buys out probiotic drops company for €3.5m

Swedish probiotics specialist BioGaia has taken 100% control of probiotic drop producer TwoPac for €3.5m. It previously had a 50% stake in the 11-year-old fellow Swedish firm.

Fonterra vows to stop sourcing milk from land affected by oil and fracking waste

Fonterra has vowed to no longer accept milk from any new dairy suppliers based in areas of New Zealand where oil industry and fracking waste has been spread and covered,...

Dean Foods' Shenandoah’s Pride dairy brand terminated through plant closure

Dean Foods has announced plans to close its Springfield, Virginia dairy plant within the next two months - a move which will see the end of its Shenandoah’s Pride brand...

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Tetra Pak teams up with Myanmar government to boost school-age milk consumption

Tetra Pak has teamed up with its parent company, Tetra Laval, and the government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to launch a school milk programme in the...

Fonterra announces NZ$30m Whareroa dry distribution centre expansion

Fonterra has announced plans for a NZ$30m ($24m) expansion of the dry distribution centre at its Whareroa processing site in Taranaki, New Zealand – an investment it hopes will improve...

Mengniu set to acquire majority stake in Chinese infant formula manufacturer Yashili

Mengniu has launched a general offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Hong Kong-based infant formula manufacturer Yashili International Holdings – the latest move by the company's to increase its...

Chobani's strained (not Greek) yoghurt gets UK revamp

Greek yoghurt giant Chobani has reintroduced its ‘strained’ yoghurt in the UK after a court ruled that it was misleading consumers by calling its US-produced yoghurt ‘Greek’.

The Lactalis American Group debacle: Is Parmalat finally out of the woods?

With Lactalis owner B.S.A set to refund $130m of the $904m Parmalat paid to acquire Lactalis American Group (LAG) in May 2012, the Italian dairy giant is confident it has...

Employees, union shocked by proposed Müller Wiseman Dairies depot closures

Müller Wiseman Dairies has opened talks regarding the proposed closure of two distribution depots in Scotland – an announcement that has left the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers...

Fonterra ordered to reinstate employees fired over ‘Harlem Shake’ videos

Fonterra has been ordered to reinstate two employees who were fired for doing the ‘Harlem Shake’ at a Fonterra Brands New Zealand processing plant in Takanini, Auckland.

Saputo challenges Kraft over ‘unauthorised’ use of ‘Toppers’ cheese trademark

Saputo Cheese USA – the US subsidiary of Canadian dairy giant Saputo – has filed a lawsuit against Kraft Foods alleging trademark infringement, competition law violation, and false advertising over...

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Dannon takes Greek yogurt in new direction with launch of Oikos Greek Yogurt Dips

Dannon is expanding its Greek yogurt franchise with the launch of Oikos Greek Yogurt Dips.

Acid whey? Not us! Greek yogurt firms distance themselves from environmental concerns

Muller Quaker Dairy and Ultima Foods have moved to distance themselves from concerns about the potential environmental impact of Greek yogurt by revealing details of their alternative, ‘acid whey’-free manufacturing...

Muller Quaker Dairy officially opens yogurt plant in Batavia, New York

Muller Quaker Dairy, the joint venture between PepsiCo and German dairy giant Theo Müller Group, has officially opened a $206m, 350,000+ square foot factory in Batavia, New York - one...

Arla Foods refinances bank debt through €175m corporate bonds issue

Arla Foods has given professional investors the opportunity to invest in the company through the issue of SEK 1.5bn ($225m, €175m)-worth of corporate bonds – a move designed to refinance its...

Growing yogurt market share: Dannon uses IBM analytics to boost forecasting and focus on promotions

The Dannon Company is supporting its market share growth in the $7 billion US yogurt sector by using IBM’s planning solutions to help the business in ways ‘that were unimaginable...

Chobani, Dannon attempt to defuse Greek yogurt ‘acid whey’ environmental concerns

Chobani and Dannon have vowed to establish more "responsible" ways to dispose of the potentially-hazardous Greek yogurt by-product, 'acid whey' - amidst growing concerns from the US about the substance's environmental impact....

Arla Foods agrees deal to sell Crediton Dairy to former Milk Link chiefs

Arla Foods UK has entered into an agreement with a management buy-out team led by two former Milk Link executives to sell its Devon-based milk drinks business, Crediton Dairy.

Dairy Crest ‘well placed’ for UK growth following St Hubert disposal

Dairy Crest is “well placed” for growth in the UK through internal investment or acquisitions following the 2012 disposal of its French spreads business, St Hubert, according to the company's CEO Mark...

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Glanbia managing director announces plans to resign in 2013

Glanbia managing director, John Moloney, has informed the company that he will retire from his role and from the board by the end of the year.

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