Consolidation

Some Murray Goulburn products are being dropped as the closure of three plants draws near.

Murray Goulburn axing products as job cuts loom

By Jim Cornall

In a letter to suppliers, Australian dairy company Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG) said it is discontinuing several products as job losses take place.

The acquisition will give Lait Kaiser a 30,000-square-foot-facility with its own milk run to expand production.

Lait Kaiser and Cult Yogourt to takeover Chagnon Dairy in Quebec

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Lait Kaiser and Cult Yogourt of Quebec have purchased the assets of Chagnon Dairy, a local creamery and milk brand, to help strengthen manufacturing of Lait Kaiser to expand Cult Yogourt’s portfolio to include more innovative dairy products. 

Parmalat has acquired cheese making companies in Chile to expand in the region. Pic: ©iStock/mtrommer

Parmalat acquires cheese firms in Chile

By Jim Cornall

Parmalat S.p.A. has announced that its La Vaquita Holding S.p.A. subsidiary has acquired some companies in the Chilean cheese sector.

The deal to sell Danone Chile to Watt's has been approved by Chile's FNE.

No issues for Danone Chile takeover

By Jim Cornall

Chile’s Fiscalia Nacional Economica (FNE), the country’s competition authority, has said that a takeover of Danone Chile by Watt’s can go ahead.

AGRANA Fruit has purchased Argentinian company Main Process, which prepares fruit for yogurt and ice cream.

AGRANA Fruit acquires Argentinian company Main Process

By Jim Cornall

Austrian fruit processing company AGRANA Fruit, part of the AGRANA Group, has consolidated its presence in the South American market through the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Main Process S.A., a producer of fruit preparations.

Mead Johnson has agreed to a Reckitt Benckiser takeover deal.

Mead Johnson Nutrition agrees Reckitt Benckiser takeover

By Jim Cornall

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) has signed a merger agreement with Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (Mead Johnson) under which Mead Johnson shareholders will receive $90 in cash for each share of common stock, valuing the total equity at $16.6bn.

Marmum Dairy has been sold by Dubai Investments PJSC to Elite Agro. Pic: ©iStock/Somchaij

Elite Agro takes over Marmum Dairy in UAE

By Jim Cornall

Dubai Investments PJSC has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Dubai Investments Industries has divested its 100% stake in Marmum Dairy Farm and its distribution unit United Sales Partners (USP) LLC to UAE-based Elite Agro LLC, a subsidiary of...

Hochland SE has acquired US company Franklin Foods. Pic: ©iStock/Azure-Dragon

Hochland SE acquires Franklin Foods

By Jim Cornall

Florida-based Franklin Foods Holdings (Franklin), which produces cream cheese, has been taken over by German cheese company Hochland SE.

Ornua has acquired US ingredients company CoreFX Ingredients for approximately $5m.

Ornua acquires US dairy ingredients business CoreFX

By Jim Cornall

Ornua, Ireland’s largest exporter of Irish dairy products, has acquired the CoreFX Ingredients division of MCT Dairies, Inc. and a powder ingredient production facility in Orangeville, Illinois. 

Some of the products LGG (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) features in. Chr Hansen has ambitions for much more. Image: ©Valio

'The race is on in this industry to take positions for future growth of probiotics.'

Probiotics giant buys world’s best-documented strain

By Shane STARLING

Danish probiotics and enzymes leader Chr Hansen has paid €73m in cash to acquire the Lactobacillus rhamnosus-based LGG suite of probiotic strains from Finnish dairy group, Valio.

The Bel Group is hoping to create a global snack-food company through its proposed acquisition of MOM Group.

Bel Group to acquire MOM Group from LBO

By Jim Cornall

The Bel Group and MOM Group’s management team have agreed to undertake exclusive negotiations with LBO France to acquire the MOM Group.

Emmi is taking over Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr, Switzerland.

Emmi takes over Mittelland Molkerei

By Jim Cornall

Swiss dairy company Emmi, which already had a 60% stake in Mittelland Molkerei AG, is acquiring a 40% share package from AZM Verwaltungs AG, the investment firm of the Mittelland Milk Producers’ Cooperative (MPM).

Frusion and Promised Land are among the brands Grupo LALA will be acquiring from Laguna Dairy.

Grupo LALA taking over Laguna Dairy assets

By Jim Cornall

Mexican dairy company Grupo LALA has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets from Laguna Dairy's branded business in the US for $246m.

Emmi is expanding in the US with the acquisition of the California artisan cheese company, Cowgirl Creamery Corporation.

Emmi buys US cheese company

By Jim Cornall

Swiss dairy company Emmi has entered into a merger with the US cheese company Cowgirl Creamery Corporation and the associated Tomales Bay Foods, based in Petaluma, California.

Chinese company Fuyuan, which is controlled by dairy giant Mengniu, is taking a controlling stake in Burra Foods.

China’s Fuyuan taking over Burra Foods

By Jim Cornall

Australian dairy ingredient processor Burra Foods has announced a change in shareholding in the company as part of its plans to improve market access and raise capital to expand its processing facility in Korumburra, Victoria.

Müller is investing in its Bellshill dairy plant in Scotland, while considering closing dairies in Aberdeen and East Kilbride.

Müller announces £15m investment and potential dairy closures

By Jim Cornall

As part of a review of its Scottish dairy network, Müller Milk & Ingredients is investing £15m ($21.6m) over the next three years in Scotland’s largest fresh milk dairy at Bellshill, while looking into the potential closure of its East Kilbride and...

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