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


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...

Graham's The Family Dairy is partnering with Brakes Scotland to supply dairy products to Brakes' customers across Scotland.

Graham’s The Family Dairy inks deal with Brakes Scotland

By Jim Cornall

Graham’s The Family Dairy has signed a new deal with Scottish food suppliers Brakes Scotland to provide milk, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and crème fraiche to its customers across Scotland.

Landcorp has announced it is significantly reducing its dairy expansion plans at Wairakei Estate

Less dairy as Landcorp changes plans

By Jim Cornall

Landcorp, New Zealand’s largest farming company, is revising its land-use expansion program at Wairakei Estate near Taupo to include fewer dairy farms.

Three new Fonterra plants were officially opened at Edendale last month, however, the future for the Kaikoura plant looks bleak

Fonterra looks at plant closure

By Jim Cornall

Fonterra is in discussions to close its Kaikoura cheese-making site in New Zealand, with 22 full-time jobs at risk.

Arla will also change its current management structure

500 job losses as Arla restructures

By Jim Cornall

Arla has announced structural changes to its organization that it says will enable the business to deliver on its Good Growth Strategy 2020.

Swiss company Emmi is buying a 60% stake in Bettinehoeve

Emmi goes Dutch for goat’s milk

By Jim Cornall

Emmi, Switzerland’s largest milk processor, is acquiring a 60% stake in Dutch goat milk business Bettinehoeve.

Murray Goulburn is to supply Coles with its private label cheeses.

Murray Goulburn nabs Coles cheese contract

By Jim Cornall

Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited has announced that it has entered into a five-year national private label contract to supply Coles brand Australian cheese.

Swiss dairy company Emmi has taken full control of German firm Gläserne Molkerei

Emmi takes over Gläserne Molkerei

By Jim Cornall

Swiss dairy company Emmi has purchased Gläserne Molkerei, a leading organic milk processor in Northeast Germany.

Paul Vickers, chair of the board of Gay Lea Foods, and Garnet Schellen, chair of ADL, announce the launch of a new co-operative.

ADL and Gay Lea Foods launch new co-op

By Jim Cornall

Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) and Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited (Gay Lea Foods) have announced the launch of the Co-operative Dairy Alliance (CDA) to strengthen co-operation between two of Canada's leading dairy co-operatives.

Almarai has purchased more than 1,700 acres of land in California to support its dairy business

Almarai buys land in California

By Jim Cornall

Almarai Company, in Saudi Arabia, has announced the purchase of farm land in California, US, for $31.8m (SAR 119.3m).

Two Danone plants in Russia will be closed, with production moved to other facilities

Danone restructuring Russian production

By Jim Cornall

Two Danone plants in Russia are closing as the company rearranges its capacities in both Siberia and the Volga region as part of its production optimization program.