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Parmalat agrees $105m deal for Mexican cheese businesses

Italian dairy Parmalat has agreed to acquire a selection of Central and South American cheese production and distribution sites for US$105m (€92.5m).

Fonterra blames 'human error' for US cheese export license loss

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has admitted "human error" cost it a multi-million dollar license to export cheese to the US.

Mead Johnson 'can't predict how or when' SEC China infant formula probe will end

Mead Johnson Nutrition cannot foresee "how or when" the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will conclude its investigation into the promotional practices of its Chinese infant formula business....

Organic aroma loophole leaves bad taste

The organic French yoghurt brand Vrai has been forced to pull one of its yoghurts after consumer pressure weighed in on its (legal) decision to use a non-organic aroma.

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Fonterra to reduce GlobalDairyTrade offering as milk production falls

Fonterra intends to reduce the amount of product it offers on the GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction platform in response to a fall in milk production.

Arla boosts German dairy processing capabilities with €110m investment

Arla Foods has increased processing capacity at its site in Pronsfeld, Germany to support growing regional and international demand for butter and milk powder.

F&N extends ASEAN Nestlé canned milk brand licenses

Fraser and Neave (F&N) has extended a series of licenses to manufacture and distribute several Nestlé canned milk brands in South East Asia.

'Great need for good nutrition' in malnourished Myanmar: ANZ Nutrition

Functional beverage firm ANZ Nutrition has developed two "competitively priced" dairy drinks "to boost the health status of Myanmar people."

Nestlé CEO: Business should not lead the social agenda

Business plays a crucial role in meeting sustainable development goals – but it should not lead the social agenda, according to Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, speaking at the World Economic...

Irish-made, high-protein Powerful Yogurt launching in UK and Ireland

Irish-made, high-protein Powerful Yogurt will launch in the UK and Ireland next week under license from the brand's Miami-based creator.

Eurolactis launches world's first carton-packed donkey milk

After years of development, Eurolactis has officially launched what it claims is the world's first carton-packed donkey milk. 

NIZO and OptiBiotix join forces to produce weight management yoghurt

NIZO Food Research business NIP and British firm OptiBiotix have agreed to established a joint venture to produce weight management yoghurt products.

India

Amul plans 10 new dairy plants as boss seeks to attract more farmers

Indian dairy giant Amul will invest Rs5,000 crore (US$812m) on around 10 milk processing plants over the next year as it targets revenues of 10 times that investment by 2020.

Arla creates Asian business unit to manage Chinese, SEA interests

Arla Foods has brought its Chinese and South East Asian interests under one roof, creating a new segment called Business Unit Asia.

Three Happy Cows: The party isn’t over for Greek yogurt; but the category is maturing

Are Americans falling out of love with Greek yogurt? No, says Three Happy Cows director of marketing Brian Twomey. But growth is slowing and space allocation in some stores is...

Arla Foods enters UK yoghurt category with high-protein quark launch

Arla Foods has entered the UK yoghurt category with Arla Protein - a high-protein quark product Finnish consumers will be familiar with.

Dannon targets US 'struggling dieter' with Light & Fit protein shakes

The Dannon Company has launched a low-fat protein shake for the "struggling dieter" under its existing Light & Fit yogurt brand.

Egyptian Lactalis business Al-Nour ups Arab Dairy takeover bid

Lactalis subsidiary Al-Nour for Dairy Industries has bumped up its offer to acquire sought-after Egyptian cheesemaker, Arab Dairy Product Company.

First Milk 'very safe' financially despite milk payment deferral

British dairy cooperative First Milk insists its business is "very safe" despite cash flow problems that forced it last week to defer milk payments to its farmer members. ...

Arla updating human rights policy to avoid 'negative footprint' in Africa

Arla Foods is taking steps to update its human rights policy to ensure its operations in Africa and other developing regions do not leave a "negative footprint."

Meiji planning wider Chinese ice cream roll out after plant investment

Japanese dairy giant Meiji has opened a plant in Guangzhou that will enable it to expand the availability of its branded ice cream in China.

Fonterra given Chinese green light for Beingmate infant formula JV

China’s Ministry of Commerce has given Fonterra the green light to establish an Australian infant formula joint venture with Chinese firm Beingmate.

Greek yoghurt not ‘one dimensional’! Fage aims to educate consumers

Fage UK has launched a TV campaign aimed at changing the British consumer perception that Greek yoghurt is a “one dimensional product.”

Battle to acquire Arab Dairy rages on as Pioneers Holding ups bid

The battle to acquire Egyptian cheese maker Arab Dairy continues to rage on, with Cairo private equity firm Pioneers Holding tabling an improved bid.

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Powerful Yogurt launches 'first' high-protein Greek yogurt drink

Powerful Yogurt has officially launched what it claims is the first high-protein drink made with a Greek yogurt base.

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