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Lactalis looks to scoop up remaining Parmalat shares

The Lactalis Group has announced a voluntary tender offer for the remaining outstanding shares of its subsidiary Parmalat.

€50m loan for Polish dairy Mlekpol

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €50m ($52.2m) to dairy cooperative Mlekpol, Poland’s largest dairy manufacturer, for the construction of a powdered dairy production plant in Mrągowo, eastern Poland. ...

FrieslandCampina completes Engro Foods deal

In partnership with the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation and the Dutch development bank FMO, Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. has acquired a majority stake of 51% in Engro Foods –...

Emmi takes over two more goat's milk companies

Swiss dairy company Emmi is growing in the goat’s milk product industry again, taking over companies in the US and Spain.

Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms announce merger

US companies Prairie Farms Dairy and Swiss Valley Farms have announced a merger agreement.

Aussie infant nutrition firm Bubs targets Asia growth after stock market flotation

Bubs, an Australian infant formula and nutrition firm, has launched on the Australian stock exchange after raising $5.15m in a share deal.

Windyridge Cheese relocating to grow business

UK cheese blending company Windyridge Cheese is relocating to accommodate growth.

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TINE and Synnøve Finden case over Jarlsberg ended

A settlement has been reached between two Norwegian companies over the use of the term Jarlsberg.

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FrieslandCampina Asia wins Gold Standard Award for Corporate Citizenship

For the second year, Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina has been given PublicAffairsAsia’s Gold Standard Award for Corporate Citizenship (Regional Programme) 2016.

Changes at First Milk responsible for rise in profits says CEO

First Milk has released its latest mid-year financial results (for the six months to September 30, 2016), with operating profits up to £9.2m ($11.4m).

Danone & WhiteWave merger cleared by European Commission with divestment of ‘growing-up milk’ in Belgium

The acquisition of WhiteWave by international dairy giant Danone has received final clearance by the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation.

Bank of China and Fonterra sign deal

Bank of China New Zealand has signed an agreement with New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra that establishes a RMB 1.5bn (NZ$300m, US$213m) multi-currency bank facility including a Chinese currency component....

Industrial in vitro: Commercialising lab meat

The spectre of lab-meat has been haunting the meat industry for years but has yet to reach store shelves. We speak to the Good Food Institute to discuss the obstacles...

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Ari Mervis appointed CEO and MD of Murray Goulburn

The chairman of Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG), Philip Tracy, has announced that the board of directors has appointed Ari Mervis as the new CEO and MD of MG...

Fonterra to expand mozzarella production with new plant

Fonterra has announced it will be constructing a new mozzarella plant to meet growing customer demand.

UK companies all hike price paid for milk

Arla Foods, Dairy Crest, First Milk and Müller have all announced increases to the price paid for milk.

Westland shareholders told of company ‘failure’ to be industry competitive

New Zealand dairy company Westland Milk Products’ shareholders heard at their recent annual general meeting that while the company’s business strategy was sound, its delivery had been poor.

Organizers say combining cheese awards and festival was a success

The 29th World Cheese Awards, held in San Sebastián, Spain, at the end of November, was part of the inaugural International Cheese Festival, which saw thousands of visitors from the Basque region...

China infant formula uncertainty claims another victim: Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson deal scrapped

Australian dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn and Mead Johnson Nutrition have scrapped an agreement signed in March to supply infant formula to Asia.

Valio to sell lactose-free milk powder in China

Finnish dairy company Valio has started exporting lactose-free consumer milk powder to China.

Dairy from cows fed GM feed is not ‘all-natural’, alleges lawsuit vs Dannon – but will it fly?

Has the FDA’s probe into ‘natural’ claims on food labels put a stop to the tidal wave of false advertising lawsuits engulfing food manufacturers? Not if a new complaint against...

Swiss companies create first donkey milk chocolate bar

Eurolactis, a Swiss company that sells donkey milk, and Swiss master chocolatier Fornerod have teamed up to make the first non-bovine Swiss milk chocolate bar.

Vinamilk farm first to achieve EU organic standard in Vietnam

Vinamilk’s Da Lat Organic dairy farm, located in Lam Dong, is the first organic dairy farm in Vietnam to be certified to a European standard.

China

Another dairy importer suspended as officials target Australian firms

In a further sign that Chinese authorities are strengthening their supervision of imported infant formula, a major Australian manufacturer with a 100-year history has seen its Chinese business registration suspended.

Fonterra’s increased milk price is good news after earthquake, says DairyNZ

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said Fonterra Co-operative Group’s increase of its 2016/17 Farmgate Milk Price is great news for farmers.

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