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US group denies wrongdoing amidst milk price uncertainty

A leading US dairy cooperative has denied any wrongdoing over allegations that it may be involved in price fixing for some of its products, as yet another country finds its...

News briefs: Dairy Crest and Designer Whey

This week, Dairy Crest says cost pressures have failed to derail its full year expectations and a supplier of whey-based products moves to step up its global retail presence.

Arla UK deal targets process push

European cooperative Arla Foods says it will form a new joint venture with its UK arm to step up investment in its processing operations within the country.

Carbery throws weight behind nutrition business

Irish whey protein specialist Carbery is engaging in a major investment and recruitment programme in response to a whey market it says has "exploded".

News briefs: Glanbia, Fonterra speculation

This week, Glanbia says it expects to offset dairy cost pressures by meeting full year growth, and Fonterra is expected to target expansion in Australia.

FrieslandCampina may be operational by end 2008

Members of Friesland Foods and Campina have voted in favour of the proposed merger, marking a major step forward in bringing the two dairy cooperatives and companies together.

News briefs: Danone and organic schooling

This week, Danone continues to divest operations required to seal its Numico purchase, while an organic dairy cooperative heads for the playground with a new campaign about its operations.

Weekly comment

Adjusting to Mars' centre stage ambitions

While in the Hollywood stratosphere, it seems that you are not anyone these days unless you're a duo, in the glamorous world of food manufacture, the team-up route to success...

US politicians weigh in on biofuels vs. food debate

The debate over whether biofuels are a major factor in rising food prices lugged on this week, with the Bush administration for the first time acknowledging there may be some...

News briefs: Kraft Foods and Fonterra

This week, Kraft posts a slight rise in first quarter sales, while Fonterra gets Vatican approval to expand its presence in South America.

Weekly comment

No quick fix to the food price crisis

The food crisis is neither new nor sudden. The several underlying causes have been independently, steadily gathering speed and have collided in a perfect storm not seen for generations. It...

News briefs: Nestle results, Bel Group buy

This week, Nestle continues to profit from its nutrition focus and the Bel Group looks to expand into Czech cheese production.

Stork, Marel merger gets EU green light

The European Commission (EC) has given the go ahead to the acquisition of Stork Food Systems (SFS) by Marel after an investigation by the European competition authorities.

News briefs: Danone results and Tai Chi dairy

This week, Danone says it is on track for full year profitability and organic farmers get the Tai Chi bug.

Irish dairy board seeking higher sales to China

The Irish Dairy Board is eyeing China's foodservice market as an opportunity to add volumes to its growing retail business.

Irish dairy facing innovation challenges, says industry

The Irish dairy industry must step up innovation if it is to remain competitive in a changing European market place, according to one of the country's leading processors and ingredient...

Dutch dairy giants agree on merger plan

Netherlands-based dairy rivals, Friesland Foods and Campina, have yesterday reached an agreement to combine their operations in a bid to maximize returns from their milk supply.

Non-dairy products boost Bel profits

France-based dairy group Bel this week posted strong results for the year 2007, although the firm said profits were dampened by weaker growth in cheese sales.

Wimm-Bill-Dann looks to functional future in Siberia

Wimm-Bill-Dann yesterday kicked off production at a new site its hopes will allow it to tap into growing demand in Siberia and other far-east regions of Russia for functional and...

Campina to step up focus on low fat dairy

Dairy company Campina said it will increase investments into products geared towards the growing health and wellbeing trend on the back of significant success of its low fat products in 2007.

News briefs: Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods

This week, Nestle lifts its 2008 profit expectations on an expected fall in commodities costs, Danone denies it has an interest in purchasing Dean Foods, and Kerry Foods makes an...

Danone coy on Wahaha merger talks

Danone remains tight-lipped over reports that it hopes to merge a number of rival companies run by the founder of its Chinese joint venture partner Wahaha into its own operations...

China driving European raw materials innovation

The improved quality of the Chinese ingredients supply chain is forcing European operators to lift their game, according to one leading UK-based supplier.

EDA not supporting UK farmers' 'fair trade' calls

Calls by a UK-based dairy cooperative for the implementation of a "fair trade" style price system for the country's milk farmers to avoid a potential supply crisis, have not been...

Arla counts the kroner after exceptional year for milk

Arla Foods has reported a sustained level of profit despite a turbulent year in the milk markets after treading a fine line between paying its members more for their milk...

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