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Arla sues Wiseman in UK price fixing dispute

Rows over dairy price fixing allegations in Scotland took another twist this week, after Arla Foods UK revealed it would sue rival Robert Wiseman to recoup lost revenue.

Australian drought could impact dairy prices

Buyers of Australian dairy products are facing uncertainty over future supplies and pricing as the country's farmers weigh up the impact of a prolonged drought on their output.

Price fixing allegations hit Wiseman shares

Shares in dairy firm Robert Wiseman have struggled to recover in recent days after Britain's competition watchdog accused the group of fixing milk prices in Scotland.

Milk Link ups prices to supply Britain's organic milk boom

UK dairy processor Milk Link will pay farmers more money for their organic milk from this October as the industry attempts to keep pace with soaring demand.

EU plots path out of commodities

The current supply glut on the EU butter market will be solved by more producers leaving the sector, says a Commission report, again predicting a move away from commodities across...

Cost pressures knocking EU milk prices

Farmgate milk prices have continued to fall across the European Union and most rapidly in France over the last year, new figures show, increasing tension between producers and processors.

Lactalis slams Sodiaal in French milk price row

Rows over farmgate milk prices have intensified in France, with leading French dairy processor Lactalis accusing its rival Sodiaal of irresponsibly cutting the price it pays to producers.

Nestlé confident that food prices will stabilise

Nestle doesn't expect raw material prices to rise further this year, despite a recent FAO report that forecasts an increase of over 2 per cent in the world food import...

Arla UK under fire over milk price cuts

Arla UK announced it would make more controversial cuts to farmgate milk prices and fine producers for churning out too much milk, as cost pressures on the dairy industry intensify.

UK dairy sector still hooked on commodities

Britain's dairy trade deficit grew again in 2005, highlighting that the country is still too reliant on lower margin commodity goods, leaving the domestic market exposed to foreign competition.

Wiseman ups prices to lift dairy profits

An increase in selling prices helped dairy processor Robert Wiseman to begin clawing back lost profits, as the group looks to continue the momentum with more new products and facilities.

Low milk prices unsustainable, say producers

Milk producers have renewed their fierce criticism of low farmgate prices in Britain, as the country's competition watchdog prepares to open an in-depth probe into the market practices of top...

Cost cuts to balance high input prices, Nestlé says

Prices for raw materials and energy are forecast to rise by around five to 10 per cent this year, but Nestlé believes cost cuts will balance the equation out, the...

Dairy price rises forecast to moderate as demand eases

The international demand for dairy products has eased slightly and prices for supplies are likely to moderate in the next several months, according to a new report.

Commodity outlook for 2005

The FAO's predictions concerning commodity costs and production show sustained high prices for milk and growing sugar consumption in the developing world.

OFT launches dairy price-fixing probe in UK

Britain's Office of Fair Trading is investigating allegations of price-fixing by top dairy processors as the government agency draws increasing criticism from the industry.

More dairy strikes planned over farmgate prices

British farmers are planning another strike in protest over low prices paid by retailers and processors for their goods, adding to calls from MPs and lobby groups for mandatory legislation...

Galactic announces lactic acid price increases

Lactic acid giant Galactic is the latest ingredients firm to announced substantial price increases on the back of rocketing energy costs.

Spiralling costs hit lactic acid prices at Purac

For the second time in six months, Purac raises prices for its range of lactic acids as raw material and energy costs continue to bite.

Strong sales for Arla brands soften blow of spiralling oil prices?

The UK branch of dairy processor and ingredients supplier Arla Foods told investors yesterday that it is still on track to reach revised profit targets for the year, boosted by...

Fixed prices can combat CAP reform, says Lactalis

France's largest dairy processor, Lactalis, wants the industry to introduce fixed prices for dairy products in order to cope with unstable markets and insulate against cuts to EU export subsidies.

Price pressure on identical food brands across EU set to continue

Ongoing price competition among European retailers has squeezed prices for international branded foods in recent years, finds new research from ACNielsen that confirms the pressure will continue into the near...

Packing industry warns of price hikes

As a further sign that packing companies are about to hike prices in a big way, two of the industry's associations have told customers they should expect to pay more...

New enzyme technologies to fight downward price trend in saturated market

Opportunities in the mature enzyme market lie in developments, driven by biotechnology, that provide food and beverage makers with the right tools to meet consumer trends, claims a new report.

More pressure for processors, Carrefour promises price cuts

France's Carrefour, the world's second largest retailer after Wal-Mart, has upped the stakes in the supermarket battle for market share by announcing further price cuts and overseas expansion arein the...

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