Lactalis gets motivated in the health food market
Lactalis, one of the world's largest dairy companies, has
strengthened its position in the health food sector via a stake in
Cema, a French company whose low-fat spread Primavere has been a
Alcoa closes the deal
Alcoa has announced that its Alcoa Closure Systems International
(CSI) business is set to expand further into the $100 million dairy
WBD: Will the sales take place?
Shareholders in Wimm-Bill-Dann may seek to profit from their investment by selling their shares to French group Danone, claims a press report today.
Arla prepares for the future
Swedish dairy giant Arla has presented an ambitious strategy for
future growth. This sets out a broad outline of how the business
will be developed over the next decade.
New subsidiary in Spain
Sandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods has announced the opening of its
new subsidiary in Spain.
Arla invests in the future
Arla Foods' board of directors has approved of the group's
investment budget for the coming year. A figure of DK1.6 billion
(€215m) has been agreed.
Richmond increases its reach
Ice cream manufacturer Richmond Foods, which bought the Nestlé
branded ice cream business in the UK last year, is continuing to
expand its operations.
NFU pushes for price rise
Members of the National Farmers Union in the UK this week
demonstrated outside Dairy Crest cheese manufacturing and
distribution sites to call for a 2p per litre rise in the price
Saputo to make Argentinean acquisition
Canada dairy giant Saputo has entered into a preliminary agreement
to acquire 100 per cent of the third largest dairy processor in
WBD: The big cheese
Russian dairy giant Wimm-Bill-Dann has increased its stake in Ufamolagroprom, the biggest milk processor in the southern Urals and one of the most modern cheese producers in Russia.
Arla looking for a partner
Arla Foods is seeking a new partner, according to the Swedish
business daily Dagens Industri.
Huhtamaki opens Polish facility
Huhtamaki, the Finnish-based consumer packaging specialist has
inaugurated a new facility in Siemianowice, Poland.
Dairy Crest consolidates
Dairy Crest has been steadily strengthening its portfolio of brands
in recent years, a move which is already beginning to pay
Tough conditions hit Bongrain
French cheese maker Bongrain has continued to invest in marketing
and promotions despite declining sales in the first half caused by
tough market conditions both at home and abroad.
Cosucra shifts focus to health
Belgian firm Cosucra Groupe Warcoing is exiting the sugar beet
processing business to concentrate entirely on added value
ingredients for health foods, it announced this week.
Synthetic vanilla- a favoured flavour?
When Cyclone Hudah struck the island of Madagascar in April 2000
destroying 15 per cent of the world's vanilla crop the news sent
prices rocketing for the peoples favourite ice cream ingredient.
Fonterra selects EDS
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra Co-operative has selected EDS as
the company with which it will continue negotiations over
outsourcing its global IT infrastructure.
Swedish euro vote disappoints Arla
The decision not to join the single European currency will have a
negative effect on one of Sweden's biggest food companies, Arla
Foods, which has operations in the UK, Denmark and Sweden.
The decisions over who will buy the Safeway retail chain and
whether the Arla/Express Dairies merger will proceed could have a
significant impact on Scottish dairy group Robert Wiseman Dairies.
Emmi on track
After a year of acquisitions and the launch of numerous innovative
products, Swiss dairy group Emmi is well on track to meet its
growth targets for 2003.
Strong euro undermines Parmalat
The Italian food group, Parmalat said that its sales in the
Americas were devastated by the appreciation of the euro against
the US and Canadian dollar during the first half.
Campina has faith in Russia
Campina is expecting big things from its operations in Russia after
installing a third production line at its facility at Stupino.
Krafty focus on leading brands
Kraft Foods has sold its Italian cheese unit Invernizzi to France's
Lactalis as part of its ongoing programme of focusing on core
First half of growth for WBD
Russia's leading dairy producer Wimm-Bill-Dann continued with its
solid double-digit sales growth in the first half of 2003, although
the cost of expansion weighed heavily on profits.
DSM to buy Roche division
Ending months of speculation Dutch life science products company
DSM announced today that is to pay CHF 3.5 billion (€2.4 billion)
for Roche's vitamins and fine chemicals division.
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Arla factory finally on track
Construction of Arla Foods' new milk powder factory in Vimmerby,
Sweden began yesterday after months of delay. According to the
original timetable, work on the factory should have begun in April.
Competition called into question
The UK Competition Commission announced today that it has sent a
remedies letter to both Arla Foods and Express Dairies regarding
their proposed merger.
Plant plans coming together
Irish dairy giant Glanbia, Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk
Producers have formed a joint venture to build one of the world's
Glanbia on solid foundations
Good underlying performances from Glanbia's prepared food and dairy ingredients businesses partially made up for the firm's exit from the prepared meat market.
New Chr-Hansen-Novozyme alliance
A new alliance, the first of its kind in Denmark, aims to focus on
new technologies to lead to faster and more targeted production and
marketing of new products for the dairy industry. Danish enzyme
company Novozymes will join up...
Arla expands cheese production
Arla Foods' new 12,500 sq m expansion of Høgelund Dairy in Denmark
is now in construction.
Currency fluctuations hit Nestlé sales
The global of Nestlé means that it is particularly susceptible to
currency effects, and first half sales at the food group were down
6.3 per cent as a result.
WBD turns to drink
Russian dairy products group Wimm-Bill-Dann continues to go from
strength to strength, with first half volume sales boosted
considerably by its fruit juice and bottled water operations.
DSM gets cultured
Ingredients company DSM has linked up with culture specialists CSL
to offer cheese and yoghurt manufacturers 'a single source for both
Fonterra raises the standard
Dairy giant Fonterra is about to increase premiums to organic milk
suppliers who choose to meet United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) standards.
Good news on the Horizon
Organic dairy foods group Horizon Organic reported an increase in
sales of 21 per cent in the US and 20 per cent in the UK during the
second quarter of 2003, compared with the second quarter of 2002.
Fonterra's strategy attracts investors
Dairy multinational Fonterra Co-operative Group has raised US$165
million (€145m) in a private placement of long-term debt to US
Wimm-Bill-Dan invests in baby food plant
Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods said yesterday that it completed the
installation of a new production line at its baby bood plant,
located in Moscow.
Glanbia settles over price fixing
Irish dairy group Glanbia has reached a settlement with the Irish
competition authority over allegations concerning the fixing of the
retail price of milk.
Unilever divests more cheese interests
Bongrain, the French cheese group, has expanded its presence in
Germany via the acquisition of the Milkana and Bresso brands from
New focus hits Ebro sales, boosts profits
Ebro Puleva saw its sales drop but profits rise in the first half
as it continued to streamline its business around three core
sectors - dairy products, sugar and rice.
Dairy drop off for Danone
Disappointing results from Danone saw dairy sales dropping 8 per
cent to €3.1 billion, partly due to the sale of the Galbani
Parmalat to buy South African cheese
Italian dairy group Parmalat Finanziara announced today that it is
to buy two South African-based cheese brands for €7.5 million.
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.
Express profits hit by merger delay
The Competition Commission's decision to investigate the proposed
merger between Arla UK and Express Dairies could have an adverse
effect on profits at the latter group.
Leche Pascual unveils Catalan plan
Leche Pascual is to invest €33 million in a new milk processing
plant in Barcelona to supply the Catalan market, despite the recent
boycott of its products there.
The whey to succeed
Glanbia has joined forces with two leading US milk suppliers to
build a new cheese and whey production facility in the south
Arla MD confident about the future
The European Agricultural Ministers' decision to reform the
European milk market last week has caused a degree of concern among
the continent's dairy producers.
WBD invests in the future
Russian dairy group Wimm-Bill-Dann is in the final phase of
modernising two production facilities.
Wiseman in the pink
New supply contracts with the UK's leading supermarket groups have
helped Robert Wiseman Dairies get off to an excellent start in the
first three months of the financial year.