Added value dairy products are the only path open to European
dairies if they are to stay competitive in the future, says Peter
Mandelson to the UK National Farmers' Union conference.
Nestlé's Americas division has established itself as the food
firm's most important business region for the first time following
difficult conditions and subdued sales growth in Europe.
Dairy group Arla Foods has signed an organic dairy supply deal with
discount retailer Lidl, as big food firms increasingly move in on
rising consumer demand for organic food.
Danone has ridden out difficult market conditions to report strong
full-year earnings and improved margins.
A Danish court has fined Arla Foods €670,000 for abusing its
dominant position on Denmark's dairy market, further jeopardizing
the group's public image in the country.
Parmalat can proceed with its legal action against Bank of America
over the dairy company's financial collapse in 2003, according to a
Danish dairy group Arla Foods said sales had come to a standstill
in the firm's key Middle East region as Muslim consumers in several
countries boycotted Danish products.
Campina, the Dutch dairy co-operative, will target rapidly growing
demand for dairy drinks in Thailand after signing a joint-venture
deal with local firm Thai Dairy Industries.
Kraft Foods has announced plans for a major European reshuffle and
a string of acquisitions, as US parent company Altria segregates
the food producer from its ailing tobacco subsidiary.
A court hearing on 1 March will decide whether 13 bank executives
and four global banks should be sent to trial over the collapse of
Nestlé says it has opened up a clear lead on the global ice cream
market after getting full ownership of US firm Dreyer's and
successfully tapping into health and convenience trends.
Lactalis, France's largest dairy processor, has carried its
wheeling and dealing on into 2006 after signing a deal to buy
Italian cheese producer Galbani.
The UK's National Farmer's Union (NFU) believes that the EU budget
settlement could damage the nation's food production.
Dairy Crest, Britain's biggest dairy processor, has denied holding
takeover talks with French dairy giant Lactalis, despite the
emergence of Lactalis documents weighing up the pros and cons of a
Danisco's cultures are seeing strong organic growth thanks to
growing demand from fresh dairy for innovative products and