Consolidation

“We expect to see further growth from acquisitions, with a long-awaited shift in the top three of the global ranking likely.

Rabobank publishes Dairy Top 20

By Beth Newhart

Nestlé, Lactalis and Danone continue leading the global dairy industry, but could see some shakeups in the future, according to a new analysis from Rabobank.

The proposed acquisition would combine processing plants of the second and third biggest buyers of raw milk in Tasmania.

ACCC expresses concerns over Saputo cheese business acquisition

By Jim Cornall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it has preliminary competition concerns about Canadian dairy company Saputo’s proposed acquisition of the Tasmanian-based cheese business of competitor Lion Dairy & Drinks.

Dairy farmers called the picnic setting “casual, comfortable and efficient,” for fostering discussions. Pic: DBA

DBA ‘policy picnics’ bolster member engagement

By Beth Newhart

This summer, the Dairy Business Association (DBA) has hosted ‘policy picnics’ in collaboration with the Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative. The member events brings together the dairy community during a time of economic stress.

Synlait has taken over management and operational control of Talbot Forest Cheese. Pic: Synlait

Synlait completes Talbot Forest Cheese acquisition

By Jim Cornall

Synlait has completed the acquisition of selected assets from fellow New Zealand company Talbot Forest Cheese. The acquisition includes the property, plant and equipment at the Temuka site, along with the consumer cheese brand (Talbot Forest Cheese)....

Shareholder farmers in the former coop have received a cash payment of NZ$3.41 (US$2.24) per share, a 10-year guaranteed competitive milk payout, and guarantees all milk will be collected.

Done deal: Westland takeover by Yili completed

By Jim Cornall

China’s Yili Group has completed the purchase of all of the shares in New Zealand’s Westland Co-operative Dairy Company after final details of the sale were completed today.

The St. Albans board of directors will become part of DFA’s Northeast Area Council. Pic: Getty/Georgy Rozov / EyeEm

DFA closes merger with St. Albans Co-op

By Beth Newhart

The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) started the process of merging with the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery in June; the deal closes this week.

“The details we announced today ensure farmers will not stand alone in facing unjustified retaliatory tariffs.

USDA releases new farm aid details

By Beth Newhart

A $16bn aid package for US farmers was first announced in May. Last week Secretary Sonny Perdue gave more details about how and when the funding will be divided up.

Grupo Lala has been setting its sights on more premium products, like Promised Land's high-protein and high-calcium milk.

Grupo Lala’s Q2 shows growth in US premium products

By Beth Newhart

Mexican dairy producer Grupo Lala's 2019 second quarter sales netted 14,467m pesos ($758m) in Mexico, a 3.9% increase from Q2 2018. The company cited “innovation and an improved mix” of its ‘value-added dairy’ offerings as reason for the jump.

The merger created 35 local jobs and the dairy will house nearly 4,500 cows.

Ohio dairy partnership will supply Danone

By Beth Newhart

McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms have teamed up to open a new dairy in Mercer County, Ohio, which will supply milk to Danone North America.

Ornua’s Nantwich cheese ingredients facility produces multiple grated and diced cheese formats, a range of sliced cheese and delicatessen blocks and is the home of the Spinneyfields foodservice cheese brand. Pic: Ornua

Ornua to close Whitchurch facility

By Jim Cornall

Following a major review of its European ingredients’ operations, Ornua has announced a proposal to close its Whitchurch site in the UK and transfer the production currently undertaken there to its Nantwich cheese ingredients facility.

Lactalis Group acquired Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy, the US yogurt business of Ehrmann AG.

Lactalis busy with North American acquisitions

By Jim Cornall

Following the purchase last week of Kraft Heinz natural cheese activities in Canada, French dairy company Lactalis has further dipped into the market by acquiring the US yogurt division of Ehrmann AG.

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