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Merger in the pipeline for German dairy giants

The boards of Germany's two largest dairy companies, Bremer Nordmilch and Humana Milchunione, have announced plans they are to merge. The proposal is due to come into effect as of...

Lactalis buys its way into ex-Soviet dairy markets

French dairy giant Lactalis has grabbed immediate supremacy in two former Soviet countries and paved the way for an expansion of its own brand products after signing a deal to...

Lactalis cleared for Spanish takeover

Lactalis, the French dairy group, has been given the green light to acquire two Spanish producers, Grupo Prado Cervera and Central Lechera Vallisoletana, by the European Commission's competition authorities.

Expanding Israeli firm buys IFF's natural fruit flavours

Ambitious Israeli flavours firm Frutarom has bought the European natural fruit preparations business from the world's number two flavours player just months after completing on the Swiss botanical extracts firm...

DFB acquisition sees further UK dairy consolidation

Dairy Farmers of Britain's £75 million acquisition of Associated Co-operative Creameries means further consolidation within the UK's tough dairy sector, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Huber buys number one xanthan gum and pectin slot

Family-owned US firm JM Huber has become the number one pectin, xanthan gum and CMC supplier after yesterday agreeing to buy leading hydrocolloid firm CP Kelco from merchant bank Lehman...

Danisco closes Rhodia acquisition

The acquisition of Rhodia Food Ingredients by Danisco has finally been completed today, bringing the Danish ingredients group one step closer towards its goal of becoming a leading supplier of...

Numico buys Valio's baby food business

Leading formula maker Royal Numico is to buy the baby food business of Finland's Valio for €57 million in cash, the companies revealed yesterday.

Kerry consolidates flavour position with new acquisitions

Acquisitive ingredients firm Kerry will spend €170 million on four bolt-on flavour acquisitions announced yesterday as the €3.7 billion Irish company continues to consolidate its position in the highly competitive...

WBD buys up Uzbekistan dairy

Despite recently announcing end-of-year results which were impacted by last year's heavy investment programme, Wimm-Bill-Dann is continuing its aggressive expansion policy with a major investment in an Uzbekistan dairy facility.

Milk Link acquisition

Milk Link the UK's fourth largest integrated dairy business, has this week announced that it is to continue its trend of acquiring units by buying Peninsula Milk Processors.

Number two cultures slot for Danisco on Rhodia acquisition

Ingredients giant Danisco leapfrogs into the second global position for cultures as the Danish firm acquires the food ingredients arm of ailing French chemical business Rhodia.

Arla merger causes dairy closure

UK milk producer Southern Milk co-operative has announced that is to disband as a result of increasing competition pressure from the recently formed Arla Foods UK. The move could leave...

Nestlé buys Volyn Holding

Nestlé continues to pursue its strategy of getting a foothold in just about every food market in the world. The recent purchase of Ukrainian food...

WBD buy delayed by Danone

Amidst growing political instability in Russia, French food group Danone has postponed its planned takeover bid for Russian dairy products and juiceproducer Wimm-Bill-Dann. The Financial...

Takeover rumours hang over Danone

Speculation has once again been rife this week that French food and drink giant Danone could be close to signing a deal with Wimm-Bill-Dann , the...

Saputo to make Argentinean acquisition

Canada dairy giant Saputo has entered into a preliminary agreement with Molinos Rio de la Plata, a public company from Argentina, to acquire 100 per...

DSM to buy Roche division

Ending months of speculation Dutch life science products company DSM announced today that is to pay CHF 3.5 billion (€2.4 billion) for Roche's vitamins and...

Parmalat to buy South African cheese

Italian dairy group Parmalat Finanziara announced today that it is to buy two South African-based cheese brands for €7.5 million. The business has agreed to...

Express profits hit by merger delay

The decision of the UK competition authorities to investigate the proposed merger between the UK arm of Denmark's Arla Foods and Express Dairies is likely...

Lakeland Dairies finalises acquisition

Ireland-based Lakeland Dairies has acquired Northern Ireland firm Pritchitts' Foods in a £13 million (€18.6m) deal. The newly merged business will be the largest UHT...

Unilever makes African acquisitions

The South African arm of Anglo-Dutch consumer goods producer Unilever has acquired two leading ice cream retail brands from the local company Pleasure Foods. The...

Valio makes Belgian acquisition

Earleir this month, Valio's Belgian subsidiary, Valio-Vache Bleue , took over the operational and commercial activities of International Food & Business - Brussels Food Distribution (IFB-BFD)....

UK seeks to rule on Arla/Express merger

The UK's Office of Fair Trading has called on the European Commission's competition authorities to refer parts of the proposed Arla Foods/Express Dairies merger back...

AB Enzymes buys enzyme business

German enzyme company AB Enzymes, a subsidiary of ABITEC Group, the food ingredient and specialty chemicals group, announced this week that it has acquired Gamma Chemie, a German-based enzyme business.

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