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DuPont’s Danisco buy boosts probiotics and could spur further acquisitions

DuPont’s €4.9bn acquisition of Danish probiotics and sweeteners specialist Danisco this week is vindication of the increasing economic viability of functional foods, according to analysts.

Schreiber to buy Dean Foods yoghurt business

Schreiber Foods is to acquire Dean Foods’ customer-brand yoghurt business in a bid to increase the company’s production and distribution facilities.

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Dean Foods’ shares jump as billionaire investor buys stock

Dean Food’s shares jumped up by over 11 per cent on Friday as hedge fund firm Appaloosa Management acquired a 7.35 per cent stake in Dean Foods.

Arla Foods in merger talks with German co-op

Arla Foods is in merger talks with the German dairy co-operative Hansa-Milch as it looks to broaden its portfolio and improve its negotiating position with customers in the country.

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Arla in merger talks with German dairy co-op

Arla Foods has revealed that it is in merger talks with the German dairy co-operative Hansa-Milch.

RPC agrees takeover of Superfos for €240m

RPC Group has unveiled plans to acquire Superfos for €240m (₤205m) in a bid to boost its product portfolio, technical know-how, and geographical reach.

PepsiCo eyes dairy potential in Wimm-Bill-Dann acquisition

PepsiCo has revealed plans to acquire Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods in a $5.4bn deal that it sees as an opportunity to open up new dairy opportunities.

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Danone and Unimilk finalise Russian dairy merger

Danone and Unimilk have finalised the merger of their fresh dairy businesses in Russia and other CIS countries, creating a new entity with annual sales of about €1.5bn.

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Silgan buys plastic closure manufacturer IPEC

Silgan Holdings announced this week that it has acquired IPEC, a plastic closure manufacturer that serves primarily the North American dairy and juice markets.

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Danone to buy YoCream for $103m

Danone has signed an agreement to acquire YoCream, the leading producer of frozen yogurt in the US, for $103m.

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General Mills agrees to buy Mountain High Yoghurt

 General Mills agreed to buy the Mountain High Yoghurt business and Mountain High brand from Dean Foods, the company has said.

Emmi to further its foothold in Europe through Onken acquisition

Emmi is to gain the brand rights to Onken yoghurt as part of its wider plan to further its sales growth in the UK and Germany.

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Vinamilk buys two GEA dairy processing lines

Vietnam-based Vinamilk has placed a €30m order with GEA Process Engineering for two complete dairy processing lines to be used in the production of infant formula.

Graham's grabs bigger share of milk market with Claymore buy

Scotland’s leading independent dairy business, Graham’s, has boosted its share of the regions’ milk market by buying out rival Claymore Dairies amid the current highly competitive trading environment for the...

Arla buys into Westbury joint venture

Arla Foods is to join First Milk and Milk Link as a shareholder in the joint venture company Westbury Dairies.

Amcor full year profits drop on Alcan takeover costs

Amcor said its full year profits fell by 13.5 per cent to A$182m (US$ 161.4m) as it revealed the cost of taking over rival Alcan was A$226m.

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Lactalis gets EU backing in Puleva buy out

Lactalis has secured regulatory approval from the EU to buy Puleva Foods - the dairy arm of Spanish food giant Ebo Puvela.

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Bemis completes sell-offs as part of Alcan takeover

Bemis has completed the sell-off of two flexible packaging operations to Exopack Holdings for US$82m.

ONC buys into new omega-3 technology

Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) has added a new microencapsulation technology to its offerings buy purchasing a five-year license to the fish oil business and encapsulation technology of Austrian tech firm,...

Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy sign merger deal

Irish Dairy Board subsidiaries Kerrygold Company and North Downs Dairy are to merge their operations to create a £335m business called Adams Foods.

Top German dairy producer plans merger

Directors of Germany’s largest dairy company, Nordmilch, and Humana MilchIndustrie have proposed a merger to aid survival in a competitive international market.

Danone and Unimilk sign Russian merger deal

Danone and Unimilk have agreed to merge their Russian and CIS dairy businesses to create a new entity with annual sales of about €1.5bn.

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R&R buys into French ice cream market

R&R Ice Cream is expanding its reach abroad with the planned acquisition of France’s third largest ice cream manufacturer.

Emmi to buy Fromalp in international cheese push

Emmi has signed an agreement to buy specialty cheese producer Fromalp in an effort to further boost its international sales.

Mocon buys into Irish bioscience firm

Mocon Inc has prioritised the development of a pathogen screening process for a range of foods after announcing it has acquired a 16.9 per cent stake in Irish company...

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