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What's going down with Doha?

Two weeks ago world leaders extended the deadline on the beleaguered Doha trade round to the end of this year. Exhortations not to let the opportunity pass have ensued, but...

Milk prices debate keeps dairy in the spotlight

Public debates over farmgate milk prices will take place across Britain over the next couple of weeks, as producers and campaign groups look to maintain pressure on retailers and processors.

Irish court judges in Glanbia's favour in probiotic case

The Irish Commercial Court has judged that the Yoplait Essence brand does not infringe on Danone's Essensis trademark, and that the French dairy giant's trademark should be revoked, as it...

Tension marrs Irish dairy sales rise

Rising commodity prices in the second half of 2006 helped the Irish Dairy Board to a five per cent sales rise for the year, but producers warn they are not...

Nestle offloads dairy plant to milk core brands

Food Giant Nestlé has sold off one of its Vietnamese dairy plants to local group Anco Foods, as it looks to shift focus in the region to the production of...

Arla joins rush to raise milk price

As Tesco again displayed its power in the UK food chain with another profits rise, dairy group Arla Foods joined a growing list of processors to raise farmgate milk prices.

New calls for a supply chain watchdog in UK

An independent watchdog is needed to ensure fair dealings between supermarkets and food suppliers, says a UK economics group, echoing similar calls from parts of the dairy industry.

Wahaha rebuffs Danone's advances

Chinese beverage group Wahaha has hit out at plans by business partner Danone to acquire the groups remaining assets.

Arla signs up for Russian dairy venture

Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods has agreed to form a joint venture with its Russian distributor, Artis, as competition for space on the growing Russian dairy market intensifies.

EU slices through butter mountain

Nearly all remaining butter stocks being held in the EU's intervention system will be sold off on the common market, member states have agreed.

Wiseman milks added value in the UK

Robert Wiseman became the second UK dairy processor to announce in line trading this week, thanks to success from its growing range of added value milk products.

Dairy Crest upbeat on market prospects

Dairy Crest said trading during 2006 was in line with its expectations, and highlighted 'significant progress' made to transform its business, in a statement this week.

Commission plans to raise environmental taxes

New European Commission proposals on 'green taxes' to be made this week could eventually lead to an increase in the cost of doing business in the EU.

Nestlé milk factory can fight terrorism

Nestlé's new milk factory in Pakistan, set to be the world's largest milk collection centre, can help prevent more people from turning to Islamic extremism, the country's president has said....

UK allocates CO2 emission permits, reducing levels

UK food and drink companies face further pressure to reduce their CO2 outputs next year, with more plants in the sector coming under the second phase of the EU's Emissions...

Nestle cuts water use at manufacturing plants

In a bid to cater to consumers' environmental concerns, Nestlé has pledged to further cut its water use and effluent discharges.

Hart set to create Tetra Pak rival with SIG takeover

New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart is now set to take over SIG Holding, creating a rival to Tetra Pak in the beverage packaging market.

Dairygold defiant as legal action looms

Irish dairy co-operative, Dairygold, has pledged to fight any court action brought against it in Wales over the closure of its cheese packing plant in the country.

New rival to take on world dairy market

One of New Zealand's leading meat processors plans to build a dairy business capable of supplying markets around the world, offering new competition to the established elite.

Tesco raises the bar on milk prices

Milk producers in the UK have given a cautious welcome to milk price rises announced by Tesco this week, in the latest development on dairy farmer incomes.

Nutritionals offset Glanbia's troubled dairy division

Glanbia's nutritionals activities were a positive force in 2006, driving gains in operating profits for its ingredients division and staving off the impact of another challenging year for dairy.

Arla absorbs boycott loss

Profits were better than predicted for Scandinavian dairy group Arla Foods last year, prompting optimism about the firm's ability to bounce back from a consumer boycott in the Middle East.

International focus boosts Emmi

Swiss dairy group Emmi said it planned to expand in the US over the next year as it looked to continue promising growth in its international division.

Danone signs dairy joint venture in Colombia

French dairy giant Danone has continued its quest for new markets by signing a joint venture deal in Colombia.

Sainsbury's 'open' to milk price rise

A little piece of Fairtrade Fortnight touched the UK dairy industry this week as the head of the Sainsbury's supermarket told farmers he was willing to pay more for their...

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