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Kraft Foods takes on Russian cheese sector

Kraft Foods, one of the world's largest food producers, has begun selling melted cheese in Russia and has an aggressive expansion plan to become a leading player within seven years.

Arla seals China milk powder deal

Arla Foods' factory re-jig paid off this week as the group signed a joint-venture deal with China's leading dairy firm to get its added value milk powder products into one...

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A strategy for beating China

As Chinese producers move in on western markets, the first response by many established players is to protect and defend their previous market positions. It's a doomed strategy.

Cargill drives into whey derivatives market through Brazilian buy

Signing yet another deal to feed its seemingly insatiable appetite for acquisitions, US ingredients firm Cargill makes a drive into the whey derivatives market, reports Lindsey Partos.

Baby milk powder in China, new recalls?

Food safety for Chinese milk powders hits the headlines again as authorities detect excessive iodine content in another Nestle baby milk powder, according to Chinese news reports.

Russian dairies see profits in drinking yoghurt

Dairies not manufacturing premium-range yoghurt are missing out, with new products hitting this lucrative market every month, reports Angela Drujinina.

Nestlé apologises over baby milk in China

Nestle, the world's biggest foodmaker, has apologised to Chinese consumers after the country's safety authorities detected too much iodine in one of its milk-power brands.

Sustainable vanilla from India reaches Danisco stocks

Diversifying supplies and managing risk for the world's most expensive, and popular, natural flavour, for the first time ingredients giant Danisco receives a batch of sustainable organic vanilla from an...

China pulls milk formula from supermarkets shelves

Nestle has launched an investigation into its milk products, after a type of baby powder sold in Chinese supermarkets failed to meet national standards over iodine content, reports Claire Johnston.

Danone, Yakult link up for Indian joint venture

Danone and Yakult have chosen India as the next market to target with their probiotic products, setting up a joint venture in the country.

Dairy, bread and juice driving functional Russia

Russia's dairy, bread and juice sectors are driving a raft of novelty product innovations aimed at inspiring Russia's functional food sector, offering opportunities for companies looking for more value-added products,...

China approves Danone dairy deal

French dairy giant Danone has received approval from the Chinese authorities to more than double its existing stake in China's biggest dairy company, Tom Armitage reports.

Soaring costs hampering Russian ice cream makers

High taxes on raw materials and soaring energy costs are severely hampering progress in Russia's ice cream industry, according to one industry body which is campaigning for government intervention. Yet...

Russia moves to slash hard cheese imports

Russia draws the wrath of the dairy exporting community, after imposing a duty hike of more than 100 per cent on hard cheese imports, Tom Armitage reports.

Estonian dairy group fearful after Russian indifference

Managers at Estonia's Estmilk dairy group have warned that the company is on the verge of collapse after its Russian shareholder, Nutritec, failed to inject funds into the ailing firm.

Russia ups export licenses, leaves Mlekpol out in cold

More Polish dairy processors have been granted permission to export to Russia, while Mlekpol, one of Poland's leading dairy companies, has had its export license application rebuffed, along with around...

Nestlé expands ice cream lines in China

Suppliers of ingredients to the developing ice cream market in China will welcome news that Nestlé, the world's number one food maker, will deepen penetration and sharpen competitiveness in this...

Russian ingredient prices rise

Prices for a number of key food ingredients in Russia have risen in January and February, according to a recent survey, and supply difficulties are expected to keep costs high...

Russia reconsiders Polish dairy ban

Russian authorities are set to readmit Polish dairy exports, according to unconfirmed reports appearing in the Polish press last week, but will this be enough to satisfy overseas investors? asks...

First Chr Hansen food colour plant in China opens

Number one natural colours firm Chr Hansen makes inroads into the lucrative Chinese market, this week unveiling a new food colour factory to meet a rise in local demand, and...

Russia must act in order to attract foreign investments

Russia must loosen limitations on ownership of the companies by foreign citizens and must improve transparency in order to attract more foreign investments, says a new report of the Organization...

Alcan invests in growing Russian packaging market

Aluminium packaging giant Alcan is investing $55 million to build and equip two new Russian plants - a clear indication that foreign firms are beginning to take notice of the...

Foreign investment pours into China

As food ingredients suppliers take a stake in the burgeoning Chinese market new figures released by the United Nations confirm foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Asia and the Pacific...

Friesland Coberco pulls out of China

Dutch dairy producer Friesland Coberco says it is transferring its China manufacturing operations to its joint venture partner, Tianjin Sino-Finnish Dairy Research due to the 'rapidly deteriorating conditions' in the...

Russia: Flexible packaging set to dominate

Consumers and producers are united in their desire for lighter, functional packaging on the Russian food market, driving the development of plastics and paper in the dairy, bakery and confectionery...

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