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Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year...

Glanbia quiet on Muscle Milk firm takeover reports

Irish dairy giant Glanbia has declined to comment on "speculation" that it is in advanced talks to acquire the American company behind the popular Muscle Milk protein drink brand....

Horizon organic regulation breach claims 'wildly false': WhiteWave

WhiteWave Foods has slammed “wildly false allegations” that a former Horizon Dairy milk farm breached US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations.

Fonterra $32m cheese slice plant expansion

Fonterra will invest $32m (USD $27m) in expanding its cheese slice plant in Taranaki, New Zealand. 

Listen up hedgehogs: Arla’s Lactofree ad is not misleading

Arla’s lactose-free TV advert is not misleading, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has concluded after receiving complaints from dairy-allergic consumers.

Chobani donates blocked Sochi Olympics shipment to food banks

Chobani has donated more than 5,000 pots of Greek yogurt originally intended for US athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi to food banks in New York and New Jersey.

Danone quiet on medical nutrition division sale reports

French dairy giant Danone has declined to comment on reports that it has drafted in JP Morgan to advise on potential suitors for its medical nutrition division.

Nutrition, health and wellness drive Nestlé forward despite 'challenging' year

Shares in the world's biggest food company were down by around 2% this morning as Nestlé announced its slowest sales growth in four years and missed profit expectations for 2013. 

'Remarkable opportunities' in goat milk ingredients: Dutch JV

Goat Milk Powder BV believes there are “remarkable opportunities” in the infant formula, sports and adult nutrition sectors for its alternative milk ingredients.

Danone to double stake in Chinese dairy Mengniu

Danone is set to increase its interest in Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu to almost 10% in its latest bid to capitalize on the "high growth potential" of the country's chilled...

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY MONTH

Nestlé cuts 35% operational costs with Dematic

Dematic, which supplies logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has cut 35% operational costs at Nestlé’s Anderson, Indiana plant in the US thanks to its Automated Storage/Retrieval...

Kraft pulling artificial preservative from some American slices

Kraft Foods is removing the artificial preservative sorbic acid from some of its individually wrapped Singles slices in the latest of a series of moves by major food producers to...

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DairyAmerica and Fonterra end SMP export deal

US marketing cooperative DairyAmerica and New Zealand-based dairy giant Fonterra have called time on their 13-year old skim milk powder (SMP) export agreement.

Arla preparing Danish chocolate milk Cocio for UK launch

European dairy giant Arla Foods has revealed plans to launch its popular Danish chocolate milk brand Cocio in the UK.

Food firms invest $800m in Idaho

Chobani, Monsanto, McCain, and other big food firms are putting down roots in southern Idaho.

60-second interview: Barb Yehling, Chief Marketing Officer, Muller Quaker Dairy

In conversation with Muller Quaker Dairy as Müller brand approaches $100m in US: 'Yogurt should be fun'

"Until now, Americans have been eating yogurt more because they ought to instead of because they want to," claims Barb Yehling, chief marketing officer at Muller Quaker Dairy (MQD) the joint venture...

Saputo eyeing 'growth opportunties' in Brazil, NZ

Following its victory in the three-way bidding war to acquire Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB), Saputo has set its sights on expanding its existing presence in Canada, the US, and...

Russia 'trying to resolve’ Chobani Olympics shipment fiasco

A shipment of Chobani Greek yogurt that was initially refused entry into Russia may still reach US athletes in Sochi before the Winter Olympics begin on Friday, says a leading...

Arla Foods unveils 2014 export-boosting investment plan

Arla Foods has pledged nearly $400m over the next 12 months to improve its environmental image and boost production of dairy products for export to its strategic growth markets.

News in brief

Dairy Farmers of America acquires Oakhurst Dairy

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest dairy cooperative in the US, has acquired Oakhurst Dairy, a family-owned, New England dairy processor, for an undisclosed sum.

EU heart health group backs sterols-stanols

Two grams of plant sterols or plant stanols per day in functional foods can help manage cholesterol for those with moderate heart disease risk and who are taking statin drugs,...

Super Bowl XLVIII: Battle of the brands! Watch all the teasers here

As the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos head into battle on Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the nation’s biggest food and beverage brands will battle for...

Dannon and Chobani go head-to-head at Super Bowl

Chobani and Dannon Oikos – two of the largest Greek yogurt brands in the US – are set to go head-to-head in front of more than 100m consumers at Super...

Nestlé to build $350m infant formula plant in Mexico

Nestlé will plough $350m (€256m) into the construction of a new infant formula manufacturing plant in Mexico, as part of a wider $1bn (€732m) investment in the country.

215 jobs will be axed by the end of 2014

Tetra Pak to close Netherlands factory

Tetra Pak will close a factory in Moerdijk, The Netherlands, at the end of the year, axing 215 jobs.

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