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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

THE BEVERAGEDAILY BASEMENT TAPES: CHRIS HANNAWAY, OVERLY SPORTS DRINK

Sainsbury's listings at 19, a sports drink launch at 24: Overly entrepreneur on guessing Justin King's email and casting off wide-eyed innocence

Young entrepreneur Chris Hannaway and childhood friend Will Hammersley launched frozen yogurt brand Arctic Farm into Sainsbury’s at the tender age of 19. Now they’re back with sports drink Overly....

Top 20 Dairy Manufacturers - the Ups and Downs of 2013

European dairies Nestlé, Danone and Lactalis made up the podium in the latest Rabobank Dairy Top 20. Can you guess how the likes of Fonterra, Saputo, Yili and Mengniu lined up?

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SPX to provide dairy processing system for baby food factory

SPX Corporation has been awarded a contract worth more than $28m to help Biocom Ltd establish a baby food factory in Belarus. 

Repackaging coffee, powedered milk and cocoa

Exclusive: Nestlé on why Africa will be its focus for modular factories

In an exclusive interview with FoodProductionDaily, Alfredo Fenollosa, technical head, Nestlé Asia, Oceania and Africa, tells us why the company is targeting Africa for the launch of its modular factory...

Chobani blasts “irresponsible” study on moldy yogurt; authors stand by their paper

Dr Alejandro Mazzotta - the microbiologist heading up food safety at Chobani - says he is disappointed by the publication of a “highly irresponsible” paper in the peer-reviewed journal mBio alleging...

Attorney: Chobani could face more lawsuits over moldy yogurt, but they are very hard to prove

The publication of a paper alleging that the fungus in yogurts voluntarily recalled by Chobani last fall is more virulent than originally thought could prompt a new wave of civil...

Guest article

Marketing to Millennials, Unisex Sells

‘It has been decades since expectant parents felt compelled to paint the nursery walls baby blue for boys and cotton candy pink for girls.

€70m fresh milk antitrust fine 'costly decision for consumers and Valio'

Finnish dairy giant Valio claims a €70m (US$95m) fine, imposed for abusing its dominant position in the country fresh milk sector, will reduce competition and shut it out of the market....

Asian investors plough $106m into ambitious Chinese dairy Huaxia

A coalition of Asian investors is ploughing US$106m (€77.7m) in to Huaxia Dairy Farm to fund an expansion of the Chinese company's farming and processing operations.

Fonterra and Dairy Crest enter infant formula ingredients partnership

Dairy Crest and Fonterra have entered into a strategic partnership to produce and market infant formula ingredients, demineralized whey powder and galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS).

Fonterra, Dairy Crest quiet on demineralized whey partnership reports

British firm Dairy Crest has confirmed it will be “partnering with someone” to supply demineralized whey powder for infant formula, but declined to confirm reports it is close to sealing...

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Arla Foods given go-ahead to complete EGM Walhorn merger

Arla Foods’ has been given the green light by relevant competition authorities to complete its merger with European dairy cooperative Eupener Genossenschaftsmolkerei Walhorn (EGM Walhorn).

Chinese organic dairy Shengmu launches expansion-driven IPO

Shengmu Organic, China's largest organic dairy player, is seeking to raise up to HK$1.3bn (US$169m, €124m) through an initial public offering (IPO) of shares in Hong Kong.

The Organic Protein Company eyeing 'healthy chunk' of UK whey market

Newcomer, The Organic Protein Company, expects to “steal a healthy chunk” of the UK whey protein powder market with its California-made, USDA-certified offering.

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Hormel Foods to acquire CytoSport and its Muscle Milk Sports Nutrition Products

Muscle Milk maker CytoSport is being acquired by Hormel Foods for a tasty $450 million.

FDA wants more goat's milk formula on US market: Hyproca Nutrition

Having secured access to the US market, Dutch firm Hyproca Nutrition has welcomed efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the availability of goat's milk-based formula products....

Hemp-infused Cheech & Chong relaxation ice cream set for US launch

Relaxation Solutions, a subsidiary of Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo), has partnered with 80s comedy duo Cheech and Chong to launch a hemp-infused relaxation ice cream in the US.

What can we learn from General Mills' move to ditch aspartame in Yoplait Light?

If artificial sweeteners have an image problem, then General Mills’ move to replace one artificial sweetener (aspartame) with another (sucralose) in its Yoplait Light yogurts might seem like an odd...

Fourteen firms in race to acquire Brasil Foods' dairy business

A total of 14 firms are battling it out to acquire the dairy assets of Brasil Foods (BRF), the Brazilian food giant has confirmed.

China

Bright Food eager to snap up more big international acquisitions

Unbowed by the decision by credit agency Moody’s to downgrade its outlook last month to “negative” following the recent near-billion-dollar Tnuva buy-in, Bright Food is now said to be looking...

Davisco Foods ‘not taking shotgun approach’ to Africa

Having secured sales in South Africa, US dairy protein specialist Davisco Foods is examining further opportunities in Africa - but insists it will not take a "shotgun approach" to the...

Starbucks tests new ‘Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice Smoothie inspired by Dannon’ in San Jose & St Louis

Starbucks-owned brand Evolution Fresh is test marketing a new range of co-branded smoothies made with cold pressed, high pressure processed juice and Dannon Greek yogurt in 200 Starbucks stores in...

DISPATCHES FROM ZENITH GLOBAL DAIRY CONGRESS

Yogurt can be 'reinvented' in traditional Turkey: Danone

More than 1,000 years since its alleged conception in the country, Danone has envisioned opportunities for yogurt “to be reinvented” in Turkey.

DISPATCHES FROM ZENITH GLOBAL DAIRY CONGRESS

Don't get emotional, enter strategic alliances: Dairy Farmers of America

Strategic alliances have enabled Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to overcome the “emotion” that comes with attempting to enter emerging markets such as China.

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