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ADPI/ABI Annual Conference 2017

‘Demand is a bit off’ for dairy, Blimling & Associates director says

Demand for cheese is up nearly 3% according to Nielsen data (ending 52 weeks Mar. 25, 2017), a slight drop from 2016 levels of 3.3% demand, but a minimal decrease...

Mexico looks beyond the US for dairy imports over NAFTA fears

Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the future of NAFTA with US President Donald Trump pledging to get rid of the trade partnership, Mexico has been looking to diversify its trading partners.

Cornell professor of agricultural economics: US took advantage of 'loophole’ in dairy trade with Canada

Multiple US dairy groups have blasted Canada recently saying that the country is blatantly violating terms of the NAFTA trade agreement and that US dairy processors are suffering due to...

DAIRY Act would extend H2-A program to benefit dairy farms in need of year-long immigrant labor

The Defending the Agricultural Industry’s Requirements Year-round Act of 2017 (DAIRY Act), a new immigration reform policy for dairy operations, was recently introduced to Congress aiming to ensure that US...

DS Smith, International Paper & Smurfit Kappa in fraud investigation

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) has launched an anti-trust investigation into alleged corrugated sheet and packaging fraud in Italy.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

NZ government backs natural products innovation as exports help offset dairy slump

The New Zealand government is committed to helping natural products and supplements firms meet their export potential by removing barriers to innovation, according to the country’s environment minister.

USDEC CEO to Mexico: ‘US dairy industry is fighting hard to ensure that NAFTA is here to stay’

Three leaders of US dairy organizations traveled to Mexico City to reaffirm their commitment to maintaining a positive trade relationship with Mexico’s dairy industry and consumers. 

Milkiland-Agro sells subsidiaries to help pay off loans

LLC Milkiland-Agro has sold off two agri-subsidiaries, PJSC “Iskra” and LLC “Uspikh-Mena” to fulfill the conditions of the amendment agreement to the loan facility agreement with PJSC Crédit Agricole Bank....

NMPF president warns that US dairy labor shortage could become ‘dire’

The US dairy industry has faced labor shortage issues for years, but the situation may become more unfavorable under the Trump Administration as its immigration policies will likely hit the...

USDEC data shows global dairy exports on the rise despite slowdown of exports to Mexico

USDA data showed that whey and milk powder export volumes have increased for the eighth month in a row, but the data also confirmed a slowdown of dairy exports to...

‘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...

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