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The dairy sector topped the list of acquisitions in 2017, with 72. Pic:©GettyImages/designer491

Dairy tops list of acquisitions in 2017

By Jim Cornall

According to a report by Zenith Global, 2017 was another record year for food and drink industry transactions, with 727 registered in the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database, an average of almost 14 each week.

Vietnam's dairy sector continues to target outside markets such as China to increase its exports. ©GettyImages/pixinoo

Vietnam dairy sector heats up with eye on exports

By Mary Ellen Shoup

The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is targeting an increase in exports of 3% in 2018 to reach $40bn, roughly half of which will come from “cultivated products” such as dairy.

Awareness of the positive role protein plays has jumped ©iStock/triocean

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The protein challenge: meeting global demand

By Katy Askew

The food sector has witnessed a jump in demand for protein. But conflicting pressures mean this complex issue requires a nuanced response and leadership from the food industry.

A dairy farm in Kazakhstan has received $10.4m in funding to grow its herd and increase its capacity. Pic: ©iStock/PeterHermes/Furian

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Kazakhstan-Hungarian fund invests in Kazakhstan dairy

By Jim Cornall

The Kazakhstan-Hungarian private equity fund (CCL Kazakhstan ‘Silk Road’ Agriculture Growth Fund) has financed a dairy-commodity farm in the Akmola region of Kazakhstan – Aina dairy farm LLP – for $10.4m, by purchasing a majority stake.