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Fonterra announces two senior appointments

Fonterra Co-operative Group has made two appointments to ‘further strengthen [its] front bench.’

Dannon launches first new brand since Oikos with Dannon Creamery indulgent dessert range

Dannon is looking to drive incremental growth to the dairy category with the launch of a new indulgent dessert brand called Dannon Creamery that targets a day-part US yogurt marketers...

WPC recall-impacted Nutricia NZ reports 97% profits drop

Nutricia Limited, the Danone-owned New Zealand infant formula business hit by last year's Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, reported a 97% drop in profits in 2013.

Food manufacturers ‘unprepared for digital revolution’

Food manufacturers are unprepared to exploit the digital revolution that is boosting online sales of food and drink, warns Rabobank.

Creatine-enriched, high-protein Cyclone Milk 'world's first': MaxiNutrition

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) brand MaxiNutrition has launched what it claims is the world’s first high-protein milk drink containing 3g of liquid creatine.

Danone hopes to regain 'competitive edge' through EU plant closures

Danone has announced plans to close factories in Italy, Germany and Hungary, in its latest effort to offset the impact of "flagging" European fresh dairy product sales.

Noosa co-founder: Greek yogurt isn’t the only game in town

While Chobani, Dannon and Yoplait have been battling for supremacy in the US yogurt market (and at halftime at the Super Bowl), another equally ambitious player has recently emerged from...

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Fonterra names new global operations head

The world’s biggest dairy exporter has appointed a new head of global operations, with Robert Spurway taking on the newly-created position on Fonterra’s management team.

Who owns How (and does it Matter)? Chobani on trademark lawsuit: ‘This is all a bit silly’

Becoming a target of opportunistic lawsuits is the price you pay for being successful, says Chobani’s marketing boss, who says he is “baffled” by a complaint filed by Dov Seidman...

Dannon, Daisy, LAG deny reported titanium dioxide nanoparticle use

Dannon, Daisy Brand and Lactalis American Group (LAG) have questioned the reliability of a US study that reported finding levels of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in their products.

Chobani unveils new organizational, operational structure - lays off some temporary workers

Chobani is laying off a small but undisclosed number of temporary workers at plants in Twin Falls, Idaho and South Edmeston, New York as it harmonizes production between the two...

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US retailer Meijer breaks ground on $100m Ohio dairy plant

Meijer has broken ground on a $100m (€75m) dairy production facility in Ohio - the US retailers' latest move into dairy manufacturing. 

US hospital infant formula sample giveaways 'not violation of WHO Code'

The International Formula Council (IFC) has dismissed claims that the US practice of providing free hospital discharge bags containing samples of infant formula is in violation of the International Code...

Russian dairy crosses out devilish barcodes in battle with Satan

Russian dairy, Russkoe Moloko, has revealed why for the past five years it has stamped the barcodes on its entire portfolio with a red cross - to fend off the...

Criminal investigation into Parmalat LAG deal 'completely over'

An Italian criminal investigation into Parmalat's May 2012 disputed acquisition of Lactalis American Group (LAG) is "completely over", says the Parma-based dairy giant.

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Arla Foods UK to officially open ‘world’s largest’ fresh milk plant

Arla Foods UK will today officially open its £150m ($240m, €180m) fresh milk plant in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - a facility it claims to be “the world’s largest and most technologically advanced.”...

Nestlé, Fonterra divide up Latam JV Dairy Partners Americas

Fonterra and Nestlé have "realigned" their decade-old Latin American joint venture, Dairy Partners Americas, to "better reflect" the strategic focus of each company....

Pulling back the lid on the Greek yogurt trend

Dannon: There's almost nowhere Greek yogurt can't go

Greek yogurt has long been edging its way beyond the refrigerated aisles and into everything from coated snacks to bars, to baking chips and frozen yogurt. With that, the competitive...

a2 milk 'surprised' by Parmalat PR campaign to discredit brand

The a2 Milk Company has voiced disbelief following reports that its Australian fresh milk rival Parmalat hired a PR firm to help discredit the science behind its popular a2 dairy...

R&R Ice Cream boasts 'unique presence' through Australian Peters deal

Europe's largest private label ice cream manufacturer R&R has acquired Australian rival Peters Food Group - a deal that gives it a "unique presence in the European and Australian markets."...

Bright Food to acquire controlling stake in Israeli dairy Tnuva

Chinese dairy giant Bright Food looks set continue its international expansion after agreeing to acquire a controlling stake in Israel’s largest dairy, Tnuva Foods.

FrieslandCampina to close under-capacity Romanian cheese lines

FrieslandCampina has announced plans to streamline its Romanian cheese business in an effort to offset the impact of declining dairy consumption in the country.

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Devondale Murray Goulburn unveils AU$19m infant formula powder investment

Devondale Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest dairy cooperative, hopes to meet increasing global demand for infant and follow-on formula with a AU$19m (US$17.5m, €12.9m) expansion of its Koroit plant....

Nestlé working with Saudi officials to 'harmonize' infant formula prices

Nestlé is working with Saudi Arabian authorities to "harmonize" infant formula prices following the launch of an investigation into alleged "synchronized" price hikes by the sector's biggest players....

McDonald's Happy Meal Yoplait Go-GURT deal 'great opportunity': General Mills

General Mills has struck a deal with McDonald’s to supply the fast-food giant with an new, exclusive Yoplait Go-GURT yogurt product for its Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals in...

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