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'Organic' growth from Danone

'Organic' growth from Danone

Danone, the French dairy product, bottled water and biscuits group,
may have said that it is not interested in acquiring any assets of
bankrupt Italian group Parmalat, but this does not mean that it is
not on the acquisition trail.

A mixed year for Arla

A mixed year for Arla

Dairy giant Arla Foods has posted slightly increased profits of DKK
1,094 million (€147m) for the 2002/03 financial year - but it's not
been all plain sailing. Facilities have been closed and the Swedish
vote against the Euro...

Danone WBD talks called off

Danone WBD talks called off

Danone's on-off acquisition of Russian dairy market leader
Wimm-Bill-Dann appears to be off again, at least for the time
being. WBD has today announced that talks have been broken off with
the French group, which was negotiating...

Arla facing Danish probe

Arla facing Danish probe

The Competition Authority in Denmark is investigating claims by a
smaller dairy group that Arla Foods, the country's biggest milk
group, has offered milk at unreasonably low prices to the Dansk
Supermarked retail chain.

Danone's rumours grow

Danone's rumours grow

There is increasing speculation regarding the future of French
dairy-to-biscuits group Danone, good Q3 results expected next week,
will simply fuel the speculation further.

Arla passes the test

Arla passes the test

Two dairies, Danish-based Birkum Ost and UK-based Oakthorpe, have
been granted ISO 9001:2000 and HACCP accreditation. Both are owned
by dairy giant Arla Foods.

Unilever chills out

Unilever chills out

Unilever is to target the chilled dairy market in a number of
European countries from September as it pushes aggressively into
sectors with significant growth potential.

Arla plans job cuts

Arla plans job cuts

Dairy giant Arla Foods is planning to cut 600 jobs over the next
three financial years. The job losses will largely be contained
within the group's administrative departments.

Organic push from Arla

Organic push from Arla

Scandinavian milk-based ingredient supplier Arla Foods announced
recently that it is to tackle the organic market with a new
publicity campaign. The campaign aims to increase the sales of
organic milk in Denmark and represents the...

Arla gets the Danish blues

Arla gets the Danish blues

Claims by Swedish dairy company Arla that its Rosenborg cheese is
the most popular blue cheese in Britain have caused offence to
Stilton producers, who argued successfully that their cheese is by
far the most widely sold UK brand.

Danone interested in Numico?

Danone interested in Numico?

Dutch nutrition company Numico is struggling to stay afloat at the
moment, but rumours in the Dutch press suggest French dairy giant
Danone could be interested in a bid. An odd choice for the French
company which has been streamlining...

Danone on target in Q3

Danone on target in Q3

French food and drink producer Danone highlights its positive
like-for-like sales growth in the year to date, even though sales
in actual terms were lower than in 2001 as a result of exchange
rate concerns.

Danone increases WBD stake

Danone increases WBD stake

A spokeswoman for Russian dairy and fruit juice group
Wimm-Bill-Dann reports that France's Danone recently increased its
stake in the company. An indication that WBD's policy of rapid
expansion is the right way to go?