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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.

Wimm-Bill-Dann buys Siberian cheese factory

Russia's largest dairy and juice group, Wimm-Bill-Dann has said that it has bought 100 per cent of ZAO Sibirsky Syr, otherwise known as Siberian Cheese,...

Nestlé buys Mövenpick ice cream

Swiss food group Nestlé is to acquire the ice cream operations of compatriot Mövenpick in a move designed to improve the growth and performance of...

Givaudan buys dairy flavours

Swiss flavours company Givaudan has signed an agreement to acquire International Bioflavors - a leading US producer of natural cheese and dairy flavours. In a...

Nestlé drops milk-buying in the UK

Nestle has dropped its milk-buying activities in the UK, after the country finally looses its war-time habit of consuming condensed and evaporated milk. According to...

UK's number one boosted by Nestlé ice cream buy

The acquisition of Nestle UK's ice cream operations and the consolidation of production facilities have contributed to an excellent performance in 2002 by ice cream...

Arla expands UK business with HT Webb acquisition

Arla Foods, the Scandinavian dairy group, has added to its British operations with the acquisition of HT Webb, the leading speciality cheese importer in the...

Campina UK buys Superlife

Campina UK, the UK branch of Campina, the Dutch group which is a major player in the European dairy sector, has acquired the Superlife flavoured...

Colourful acquisition for Sensient

Sensient Technologies, the colours, flavours and fragrances producer, has acquired the New Jersey-based comapny Cardre, a producer of speciality ingredients for cosmetics and other consumer...

Dairy Crest confirms St Ivel acquisition

As expected, the UK's Dairy Crest group has confirmed that it has made an offer to buy the St Ivel spreads business from the Uniq...

Russia dairy buy-out

As part of its strategy for regional expansion in Russia, Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has purchased Roska St. Petersburg Dairy Company for about €12 million. The company...

WBD buys Ukrainian dairy plant

Russian juice and yoghurt maker Wimm-Bill-Dann has announced the acquisition of 75 per cent of Kharkovsky Dairy Plant in Ukraine for $4.5 million (€4.55m). Wimm-Bill-Dann...

CSM to buy Avebe unit?

Dutch food ingredients and confectionery company CSM is in discussions with starch company Avebe about the possible acquisition of its subsidiary Glucona. Operating in the...

New acquisitions expected to boost Kerry results

A number of recent acquisitions by Irish food ingredients, flavours and consumer foods group Kerry will help the group post 2002 results in line with...

Danisco buys more shares

Danisco, the Danish ingredients group, has continued with its share repurchase programme, taking the total number of its own shares held by the company to...

Future cloudy for dairy takeover

An attempt by a food ingredients billionaire to take over New Zealand's second biggest dairy company could head into difficulties if a farmers' collective wins...

Danone buys US functional yoghurt

Groupe Danone, the France-based consumer products company, has agreed to acquire a slice of the US functional yoghurt leader, Stonyfield Farm. Danone is to purchase...

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