News briefs: Friesland, Chinese organic dairy and cave cheese

By Neil Merrett

- Last updated on GMT

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This week, Friesland posts full year profit growth on the back of
its ingredients division, China-based emerald dairy claims to be
one of the country's first processors to gain dairy certification,
and Napolact re-launches some of its cheese brands.

Frieslandfull-year profits up ​Cheese, milk powders and ingredients products helped Friesland Foods offset increases in milk costs to deliver a nine per cent revenue improvement for the full year 2007, amounting to €5bn. The company posted operating profit of €299m for the twelve month period ending 31 December, a 16.3 per cent hike over the same period the previous year. Operating margins were also up by 0.4 percentage points for the year to 5.8 per cent, despite the company's estimates that milk price had risen by about 20 per cent to €37.07 per 100 kilograms of milk. Internationally, the company said that its operations had mixed fortunes over the year. Despite posting a nine per cent sales volume growth in its Asian and African markets, the company expressed some disappointment in its Dutch fresh dairy products segment and the performance of its cream-based brands, the company said. Emerald Dairy claims Chinese organic certification ​China-based Emerald Dairy says that it intends to launch organic labeling for its products this year, after recently obtaining certification for its operations to do so. Company chief financial officer Shu Kaneko said that the company's total output was organically produced, and could now be marketed as such having obtained certification from national body Guangdong Zhongjian Certification. "We can now add the 'organic' label to our packaging and we expect this will create additional demand for our products, as more and more Chinese consumers seek out healthier alternatives,"​ he stated. "We are one of the first Chinese dairy enterprises to be officially certified as organic and we are very excited." ​ The company said that in order to obtain certification, it was required to prove to government inspectors that all aspects of it production cycle, from sourcing to processing, met organic requirements. Emerald Dairy produces infant formulas, milk powder and soybean products on the Chinese market. Napolact mulls packaging shake up ​Napolact, a Romanian dairy manufacturer is aiming to give some of its fermented cheese brands a makeover ahead of a re-launch for the products, according to news reports. ​ The group, which produces a number of cheeses that are naturally matured in caves, says it hopes to repackage the products while retaining its traditional production method. The revamped wrapping is designed to push the fermented cheeses into new markets. The products to be re-launched include, Tavarna, a semi-hard paste cheese, the Alpina and Montana brands, which are soft paste cheeses, and Alpina Afumata, a fermented smoke dried product.

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