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The sale of Westland to Yili is subject to shareholder and High Court approval. Pictured: Westland's Rolleston plant.

Yili set to buy NZ’s Westland for $404m

By Jim Cornall

The board of New Zealand’s Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited has signed a conditional scheme implementation agreement to sell the West Coast dairy cooperative to Hongkong Jingang Trade Holding Co., Limited (Jingang), a wholly-owned subsidiary...

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Danone adds low- and no-fat milk to La Serenísima

By Niamh Michail

Danone’s La Serenísima brand is adding 0% fat and 2% fat milk to its range of fresh and long-life milk in Argentina, Paraguay, and beyond in response to "new trends".

Dean Foods is looking into several options to position the brand for the long term, despite poor 2018 numbers.

Bernstein drops Dean Foods after poor 2018 performance

By Beth Newhart

After a disappointing 2018 for Dean Foods, it revealed last month that it was considering a sale. Investment management firm Bernstein has announced that it is “discontinuing coverage of Dean Foods (DF) due to the stock's diminished market cap and...

Malaysia has had a poor run until late with its milk production. Pic: ©Getty Images/Josephine Jullian

Virtues of sustainability and experience trump low-rent central planning. He just needs more land.

Wild West dairyman claims his farms can bring dairy self-sufficiency to Malaysia

By Richard Whitehead

Crocodiles protect Yap Yun Fook dairy farm from predators, while swiftlets roost in a house built for them to control natural pests. His Sabah property is nothing like what most dairymen are used to.

Thai farmers need help, according to the director general of the country's Department of Trade Negotiations. Pic: ©Getty Images/cocorattanakorn

Australia-New Zealand FTA is an ‘opportunity’ for Thai dairy producers, as long as they learn how to compete with the titan

Thailand preparing dairy farmers in time for 2025 Down Under deal

By Richard Whitehead

As the clock ticks down to 2025, when tariffs and quotas on shipments to and from Australia and New Zealand will be abolished, Thailand’s government is ramping up preparations for the increased competition that will come with free trade between the countries.

Gottlieb's resignation comes just two months after he denied rumors he planned to leave the FDA. Pic: WikimediaCommons

Gottlieb resigns from FDA, dairy projects in the balance

By Beth Newhart

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb signed a resignation letter Tuesday with intent to leave the role in one month. He has served as Commissioner for nearly two years and been pivotal in the recent plant ‘milk’ vs. dairy...

More than 3,200 people have attended the Center's workshops since 2010. Pic: ©GettyImages/PeopleImages

Dairy food safety workshops set 2019 schedule

By Beth Newhart

The Innovation Center for US Dairy has announced plans for five food safety training workshops this year, bringing together dairy farmers, company CEOs and industry leaders to work on “shared social responsibility priorities and opportunities.”

Grupo Lala's profits as reported were up by 13.4% compared to 2017, and milk remained the top-earning segment of the business.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze products are coming to Mexico

By Beth Newhart

Grupo Lala announced this week that it reached a deal with Blue Diamond Growers to distribute Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond beverages in Mexico. It also released fourth-quarter and full-year financial reports from 2018.

Dean Foods plans to invest in its core capabilities, technology, infrastructure, people and systems.

Sharp loss in profit forces Dean Foods to consider sale

By Beth Newhart

A disappointing fourth quarter for Dean Foods rounded out an under-performing 2018, causing the dairy giant to explore alternatives in its ‘business transformation.’ It is considering a joint venture, business combination or even a sale.

Arla Foods CEO Peder Tuborgh, Chairman Jan Toft Nørgaard and CFO Natalie Knight answer questions at the 2018 annual results press conference.

Arla pays out all 2018 profits to farmers

By Beth Newhart

In its 2018 wrap-up report, Arla Foods announced that it would pay out its full net profit for 2018 of €290m ($329m) to farmers. It also discussed the progress of in-house cost-savings program Calcium and pending sustainability efforts.