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Chr Hansen strengthens probiotics with Medipharm buy

Chr Hansen has signed a conditional agreement to buy Swedish Arla Foods' subsidiary Medipharm, a deal which will strengthen the Danish firm's probiotic activities.

UK dairy groups reveal milk merger talks

Two of the UK's leading farmer-owned dairy businesses have today revealed that they are in advanced discussion over a merger of their operations.

Nestle predicts calmer acquisition outlook

Nestle expects to significantly reduce its acquisitions spending for the foreseeable future following a hectic twelve month period of expansion.

Danone marches towards Numico acquisition

Groupe Danone expects to conclude its acquisition of nutrition company Numico in the first half of November, the two companies said today, setting a timetable for the French group's bid...

Lactalis milks regional demand with Czech buy

Lactalis has acquired a majority stake in Czech dairy Mlekarna Kunin as it looks to tap into the potential for dairy products in the country.

Danisco names flavours buyer: it's Firmenich

Danisco has cut a deal to sell its flavours division to Firmenich that will let it focus resources on its bioingredients, texturants and sweeteners competencies - while still keeping some...

Lactalis promises innovation with Croatian acquisition

Safety and innovation were on the agenda this week, when the head of French dairy group Lactalis met with the Croatian vice president to discuss the company's plans for rejuvenating...

Hart set to create Tetra Pak rival with SIG takeover

New Zealand billionaire Graeme Hart is now set to take over SIG Holding, creating a rival to Tetra Pak in the beverage packaging market.

Healthy promise prompts Danone Japan buyout

French dairy group Danone has bought complete control of its Japanese joint venture, lured by the promise of riches from rapidly growing consumer demand for healthy dairy products.

CPS stay independent following acquisition

One of the UK's largest dairy machine manufacturers will continue to operate as an independent company following its acquisition by Tetra Laval this month.

Arla seals UK buyout deal

Arla Foods, the Scandinavian dairy group, has signed a deal to buyout its UK subsidiary for nearly £213m, following concerns about the firm's performance last year.

EC approves Arla dairy acquisition

The EC has finally approved Arla's proposed acquisition of Finnish firm Ingman Foods.

Milk Link buys out Glanbia to lead UK cheese

UK dairy co-operative Milk Link has consolidated its position in the country's cheese market after buying out partner firm Glanbia from The Cheese Company.

Tetra takeover of cheddaring firm escapes Competition Commission

Tetra Laval's anticipated acquisition of the cheese-making equipment division of a UK-based firm will not be referred to the Competition Commission (CC) after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) accepted...

Lactalis targets African dairy with Celia takeover

French dairy firm Lactalis has bought out domestic rival Celia in its latest move to expand, giving the group a foothold in the emerging North African dairy market.

Danone eyes acquisition trail

French food and water giant Danone has built up a war chest of up to €1bn to spend on acquisitions over the next three to five years, according to a...

Dairy Crest buys Arla's Express Dairies in UK

Dairy Crest has signed a deal to buy the doorstep milk delivery business of rival Arla Foods UK, claiming the prospect of cost savings outweighs falling demand in the sector.

Emmi buys up Italian yoghurt group

Swiss dairy group Emmi said it would expand its reach in Italy's fresh dairy sector by taking over yoghurt maker Trentinalatte, rounding off another week of consolidation on the European...

Kraft Foods in Danone takeover rumour

French dairy group Danone has seen shares rise after rumours again surfaced that the firm may be taken over by a foreign company, this time Kraft Foods.

Campina buys Argentine dairy ingredient maker Inovatech

Campina has bought dairy ingredient producer Inovatech Argentina, signalling the Dutch-owned company's desire to reach further into the global specialized ingredients market, with an particular emphasis on nutrition.

Lactalis buys Galbani for Italian cheese

Lactalis, France's largest dairy processor, has carried its wheeling and dealing on into 2006 after signing a deal to buy Italian cheese producer Galbani.

Dairy Crest denies Lactalis takeover talks

Dairy Crest, Britain's biggest dairy processor, has denied holding takeover talks with French dairy giant Lactalis, despite the emergence of Lactalis documents weighing up the pros and cons of a...

Takeover rumours boost Danone's shares

Danone is once again at the centre of takeover speculation as traders predict that American rival Kraft may make a bid for the French food company.

Fonterra buys stake in Chinese dairy race

The New Zealand dairy co-operative has bought a 43 per cent stake in one of China's biggest dairy processors, as the world's dairy giants scramble for position in one of...

Fonterra to upgrade Northland plant, buys Kapiti

New Zealand dairy firm Fonterra will spend around $15 million upgrading its Northland site next year, it said today.

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