French yoghurt manufacturer Danone has announced that it has raised
its stake in probiotics maker Yakult to 19 per cent, citing strong
performance of the Japanese company as the reason for its long-term
Scottish dairy producer McLelland is investing a total of £13
million to extend its cheese-making operations in Stranraer. The
plans include the building of a new 10,000 ton cold store and
general storage facilities.
Despite currency devaluations in both North and South America,
Italian dairy group Parmalat posted only a 2.7 per cent decline in
sales for 2002 as a programme of product roll-outs helped boost
organic volume growth.
Express Dairies, the UK's leading liquid milk supplier, and Arla
UK, the British arm of Europe's largest dairy co-op, are merging to
create a stronger position in both the liquid milk and dairy
Focusing on improving quality rather than lifting sales has paid
off for Dutch dairy group Campina, which has seen a solid
improvement in sales for its core brands despite volatile
international dairy markets.
A continued push into the Russian regions helped dairy product and
fruit juice producer Wimm-Bill-Dann to its fourth successive year
of growth in 2002. Further investment should help drive growth in
A strong performance from key brands, plus the addition of a number
of new products previously owned by Nutricia, helped Dutch dairy
group Friesland Coberco overcome the negative impact of depressed
world dairy prices in 2002.
Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods has installed new production lines at two of
its dairy plants located in the Central Region of Russia, as part
of a continuing modernisation project aimed at further improving
operating efficiencies and maintaining...