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Dean Foods’ plants recognised for environmental efforts

Eighteen Dean Foods dairy processing plants have been recognised by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their environmental efforts.

Arla considered Finnish fresh milk exit over ‘illegal’ Valio pricing

Arla Ingman – Arla Foods’ Finnish business – seriously considered abandoning the country’s fresh milk market over the “unfair and illegal” pricing policy practiced by industry rival Valio.

Double-digit growth market sales drive record Arla profits

Arla Foods has reported record high profits of DKK 1.9bn ($340m) for 2012 – an achievement it has attributed to double-digit sales growth from Russia, China, and the Middle East...

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General Mills: Our Greek yogurt sales are significantly outpacing growth of the segment

General Mills is “significantly outpacing” category growth in the Greek yogurt segment, claims the firm.

Dairy Crest expects £5m annual saving through management shake-up

Dairy Crest has announced a board and senior management shake-up – a move the British dairy processor anticipates will lead to cost savings of at least £5m per year.

Dairy Farmers of America launches probe after chemical release

US co-operative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has launched an investigation to determine what caused a “hazardous” chemical release at its Adrian, Michigan processing plant last week.

Danone to cut 900 European jobs to address downturn

Danone has announced plans to cut 900 jobs across 26 European countries in an effort to address “the lasting downturn of the European economy.”

British dairy veteran Robert Wiseman elected to Dean Foods board

US dairy giant Dean Foods has elected Robert Wiseman, the former managing director of UK dairy processor Robert Wiseman Dairies, to its Board of Directors – through which it hopes...

‘Terrific' Russia position boosts PepsiCo beverage business: Indra Nooyi

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the firm has a ‘terrific position’ as the top food and beverage business in Russia, where 10% organic revenue growth in 2013 helped offset weaknesses...

Saputo eyes further efficiencies following flat Q3 results

Canadian dairy giant Saputo has announced plans to pursue “additional efficiencies and decrease costs” across its business after announcing only marginally improved profits for the last three months of 2012....

Nestlé facing ice cream lawsuit over ‘monopolistic’ US practices

Nestlé is facing court in the US over allegations it used “unfair” and “monopolistic” business practices to limit the availability of Clemmy’s ice cream in a number of major supermarkets....

Nestlé reports slower growth, expects challenging year ahead

Nestlé’s share price fell 2.3% on Thursday as the company announced its slowest growth in three years, with developing markets hit by natural disasters and continued market weakness in Europe...

Dean Foods commends Fresh Dairy Direct Q4 performance

US dairy giant Dean Foods has reported better-than-expected profit for the last three months of 2012 – a result it has attributed to better “cost control and effective pricing” from its Fresh...

Danone Danio yogurt slapped with UK ‘Greek yogurt’ labelling injunction

Danone has been handed an interim injunction by the UK High Court preventing its use of the term ‘Greek yogurt’ to market its recently-launched brand, Danio.

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Agropur announces proposed Canadian co-op merger

Agropur – Canada’s largest dairy co-operative - has announced plans to merge with Farmers Co-operative Dairy Limited.

Nestlé facing Pfizer Nutrition re-brand under South African approval

The South African Competition Tribunal has approved Nestlé’s takeover of Pfizer Nutrition – but only under the condition that the acquired infant formula brands are licensed out and re-branded in...

Big Interview: Michael Shoretz, founder and CEO, Enlightened Ice Cream (Beyond Better Foods LLC)

Enlightened Ice Cream CEO: Our ice cream is actively good for you, not just ‘less bad’ than the rest

Can ice cream actually be good for you - as opposed to just a little less bad for you? And if it can, will it sell? One man on a...

First Milk ups farmer capital to fund added-value dairy future

British dairy processor First Milk is increasing the amount of capital that its farmer members are required invest in the business, in an attempt to speed up the growth of...

a2 Milk UK aiming to reproduce Australian success

a2 Milk UK is confident that it will mirror the achievements of its Australian counterpart by claiming a share of the UK mainstream fresh milk market – despite only launching...

Dairy Crest ‘on track’ to exceed cost-saving target

Dairy Crest has revealed that it is “on track” to exceed its cost saving target for the year – an achievement it hopes to mirror in 2013.

SA anti-trust authority recommends Nestlé-Pfizer Nutrition deal

The South African Competition Commission has given its blessing to Nestlé’s $11.85bn global acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition – leaving it in the hands of the country’s Competition Tribunal to approve...

General Mills agrees to $8.5m settlement over YoPlus health claims

General Mills has agreed to pay $8.5m to settle a lawsuit that alleged it launched a national marketing campaign for its Yoplait YoPlus probiotic yogurt products in the US based on misleading...

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Nestlé India to acquire 26% stake in local milk collector

Nestlé India has entered into an agreement to acquire a minority stake in milk collector Indocon Agro and Allied Activities Private Limited.

TruMoo reformulation boosts nutritional value - Dean Foods

Dean Foods has developed a reduced-sugar version of its popular TruMoo chocolate milk product in an attempt to increase the “nutritional value” of the product in the eyes of mothers and schools....

Danone rubbishes Yakult shareholding increase rumours

Danone has dispelled rumours that it is seeking to increase its stake in Yakult – declaring that it has no plans to mount a “hostile bid” for the Japanese company....

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