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Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

'Kids throw milk at each other...it's a waste of public money'

Sri Lanka students shun nutritious food and dairy due to raft of ‘social and cultural factors’

Students in Sri Lanka are not eating healthy diets and are shunning school milk programmes due to social and cultural factors, and until these are tackled the country’s double burden...

VIDEO: Talking trends – Chr. Hansen on the probiotics and healthy dairy boom driving growth across Asia Pacific

Probiotics, functional dairy and natural colours – combined with Asia’s rapidly changing lifestyle and health needs – are among the top factors driving industry growth in the region.

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Tetra Pak and Lahore University sign dairy sector agreement

Tetra Pak Pakistan has joined forces with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to sign a dairy sector agreement.

China direct

Dairy firms missing out on retail as China's cheese market booms

China’s cheese manufacturers are missing out on an important market segment as they vie for position in a lightning-fast cheese market. 

‘C'est qui le patron’ brand success leads to expansion into butter, crème fraiche and yogurt

A fair-trade milk scheme where shoppers set fair prices for farmers has seen initial success with its C'est qui le patron? (Who is the boss) brand selling five million cartons...

US Dairy Program set to change following House Agriculture Committee Hearing

Members of the USDA House Agriculture Committee are looking for incentives for dairy farmers to join and stay in the US Dairy Program as net farm income is expected to...

Cooperatives can improve India’s dairy industry, NDDB chair says

Shri Dilip Rath, chairman of India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), said dairying in India is more about livelihoods for millions of smallholders than simply a business.

‘Cream of the crop’: Brazil co-op expands SIG carton pack production

The Co-operativa Central Gaúcha Ltd (CCGL) in Brazil has increased production capacity at its Cruz Alta plant with the purchase of a filling machine from SIG Combibloc.

Say vegan cheese! Miyoko’s Kitchen raises $6m in series B financing round

Artisanal vegan cheese maker Miyoko’s Kitchen has completed a $6m series B financing round led by JMK Consumer Growth Partners and supported by Obvious Ventures, Stray Dog Capital, and CircleUp’s...

Agropur posts strong earnings for 2016 due to acquisitions and cost-cutting, president says

Agropur posted nearly C$6bn (US$4.6bn) in total revenue for the full year ending Nov. 1, 2016, almost the same as its revenue from 2015 when the company registered C$5.9bn (US$4.5bn)...

In the $28bn ice cream category, ‘free from’ drives growth, says Packaged Facts

According to retail data company Packaged Facts, “food industry marketers are astutely churning out a variety of healthier, yet still decadent, frozen treats to please modern American consumers.”

Somerdale starts cheese exports to the Philippines

Somerdale International, an exporter of British cheese to more than 50 countries, has started exporting a range to the Philippines.

Apac embraces healthy diets with organic dairy foods and drinks

Asia-Pacific’s organic dairy foods and drinks market is growing at a rapid pace due to its enhanced nutritional profile and its role in the act of sustainability.

IFC helping FrieslandCampina with $145m package for Engro purchase

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $145m financing package to Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina, to improve the development of Pakistan's dairy industry.

India launches $1.2bn dairy fund

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget in Parliament last week, and made a pledge to invest in the country’s dairy industry.

US dairy groups ask Canada to ‘hold up its end of the bargain’ in trade agreements

The US dairy industry is continuing its fight against Canada’s policies, which they say are blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements.

ADB grant to help fund study on boosting dairy production in Tajikistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $500,000 technical assistance grant to prepare a feasibility study for a proposed project to improve food security in Tajikistan by boosting dairy...

Guest article

Water, water, everywhere: Torrential rains dampen Argentina’s milk production prospects early in 2017

Just over a month ago, farmers in northern Argentina were beginning to see a bit of rain fall upon their fields. At first, the moisture was welcome.

Ornua to acquire cheese firm F.J. Need (Foods)

Ornua (formerly the Irish Dairy Board) has signed an agreement to acquire F.J. Need (Foods), a Cheshire-based cheese company. 

Opportunity exists for cultured dairy options such as quark

Relative newcomer Misha Quark is looking to edge its way into the crowded cultured-dairy market. 

Trump withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership, US dairy groups react

President Donald J. Trump has signed off on an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a decision that could have negative implications for the US dairy...

Dairy industry responds to Brexit speech

This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined some of the expectations of Brexit negotiations, expected to begin after the UK formally announces its intention to leave the EU this...

Nielsen's top innovative products: 'Our winners leveraged package design, pricing & advertising to truly remarkable effect'

Packaging is the forgotten hero of food marketing - especially considering more than half of purchase decisions are made at the shelf, says Nielsen. We look at some of the...

Fonterra looks to cheese to grow Korean market

As New Zealand marks the one-year anniversary of its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea, Fonterra Co-operative Group says it is looking to grow sales of its dairy products...

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