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‘C'est qui le patron’ brand success leads to expansion into butter, crème fraiche and yogurt

A fair-trade milk scheme where shoppers set fair prices for farmers has seen initial success with its C'est qui le patron? (Who is the boss) brand selling five million cartons...

US Dairy Program set to change following House Agriculture Committee Hearing

Members of the USDA House Agriculture Committee are looking for incentives for dairy farmers to join and stay in the US Dairy Program as net farm income is expected to...

Transitioning: Danone profits soar by 34% as firm outlines €1bn cost-cutting

A 34% rise in net profits for French dairy and nutrition giant Danone was backed up by the announcement of a €1 billion efficiency program as the firm continues its...

Agropur posts strong earnings for 2016 due to acquisitions and cost-cutting, president says

Agropur posted nearly C$6bn (US$4.6bn) in total revenue for the full year ending Nov. 1, 2016, almost the same as its revenue from 2015 when the company registered C$5.9bn (US$4.5bn)...

South Korea culls 195 cows and halts livestock transportation to stop spread of foot-and-mouth disease

The government of South Korea has confirmed a case of foot-and-mouth disease at a dairy farm in Boeun county, approximately 106 miles southeast of Seoul.

Saputo posts increased Q3 sales, slightly offset by decline in US dairy sector revenue

Canadian dairy processor and producer, Saputo Inc., posted increased quarterly profits helped by a boost in international prices for dairy products. 

News in brief

Copa & Cogeca welcome support to extend EU milk package beyond 2020

Farming and cooperative group Copa and Cogeca has welcomed EU Farm Ministers’ support to extend the EU milk package beyond 2020, stressing that the package helps farmers.

Job losses likely at Westland

New Zealand cooperative Westland Milk Products has announced it is conducting a further review of staff roles throughout Westland Group (Westland Milk Products, Westland Shanghai and EasiYo).

US dairy groups ask Canada to ‘hold up its end of the bargain’ in trade agreements

The US dairy industry is continuing its fight against Canada’s policies, which they say are blocking American dairy imports into the country in violation of international agreements.

Trump withdraws US from Trans-Pacific Partnership, US dairy groups react

President Donald J. Trump has signed off on an executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a decision that could have negative implications for the US dairy...

Former USDA secretary becomes new USDEC CEO and aims to ‘aggressively market’ US dairy worldwide

Former USDA secretary Tom Vilsack will be leading USDEC as its new president and CEO, and has said he will be dedicating much of his time to increasing dairy exports...

South Dakota dairy sector taps Puerto Rico to relieve labor shortage partly due to Trump’s future immigration policies

The US dairy sector in the state of South Dakota has begun tapping unemployed Puerto Rican workers as their reliance on Mexican immigrant workers is at stake under President-elect Donald...

Milk is a top-performing rebate offer for mobile reward shopping app Ibotta

Shopping habits of US consumers have shown that dairy milk still ranks as one of the top essential items on their grocery lists, according to data analysis from mobile reward...

Sell-up: Analysts predict more gloom for infant formula firm Bellamy’s as shares slump continues

Replacing CEO Laura McBain hasn’t seen the end of financial turmoil at Australian infant formula manufacturer Bellamy’s with shares continuing to slide amid gloomy forecasts from analysts.

US dairy calls on Trump to fix Canada’s ‘protectionist’ trade policies

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, US dairy groups said that Canada’s “protectionist” trade policies are intentionally designed to block imports from the US and are in direct violation...

Egg prices set to keep rising in EU

Egg prices in Europe have risen 16% since November last year driven up by bird flu outbreaks and rising consumer demand, say global commodities analysts at Mintec.

Changes at First Milk responsible for rise in profits says CEO

First Milk has released its latest mid-year financial results (for the six months to September 30, 2016), with operating profits up to £9.2m ($11.4m).

Danone & WhiteWave merger cleared by European Commission with divestment of ‘growing-up milk’ in Belgium

The acquisition of WhiteWave by international dairy giant Danone has received final clearance by the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation.

GEA and GE ‘Blister Free’ membranes reduce dairy processing costs

GEA US has partnered with General Electric (GE) to develop ‘GE Blister Free’ reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to reduce dairy processing costs.

Commissioner Hogan engages with dairy industry at EDA congress

At the first open session of the European Dairy Association (EDA) annual congress in Nice, France, from December 1-3, there was dialog and discussion on the state of the European...

NMPF and USDEC write to US President-elect Trump underscoring ‘positive impact’ of US dairy

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) have sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, highlighting the “positive impact” that prior trade agreements...

Westland shareholders told of company ‘failure’ to be industry competitive

New Zealand dairy company Westland Milk Products’ shareholders heard at their recent annual general meeting that while the company’s business strategy was sound, its delivery had been poor.

‘The big money is in cream’ says Arla Foods as it installs Tetra Pak Standardization Unit

Tetra Pak has launched a next generation standardization unit, designed for automatic in-line standardization of the fat in milk and cream directly after milk separation for milk products.

Second report on Milk Package looks to possible extension

The European Commission has published its second report on the operation of the Milk Package, measures launched in 2012 to strengthen the position of European dairy producers in the supply chain.

Rabobank says world dairy trade still has issues

Rabobank says that the trade in dairy products has suffered some big blows in the past three years, and that there are still challenges ahead.

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