Pricing Pressures

The DBA met in Madison to discuss the future of Wisconsin's dairy community. Pic: Getty/Sean Pavone

DBA announces legislative and budget priorities in Wisconsin

By Beth Newhart

The Dairy Business Association (DBA), an organization of the Wisconsin dairy community, outlined its legislative and budget priorities for 2019-2020 at a Dairy Day this month, taking place at the Capitol in Madison.

Representatives from African and European organizations called for a balanced agricultural and trade policy in the EU to guarantee fair conditions for dairy farmers in Africa and Europe.

Rally calls for sustainable European production

By Jim Cornall

At a rally close to the EU Council building earlier this week, dairy farmers from Burkina Faso, Mali, and three other West African countries joined European dairy farmers to call for sustainable production in Europe and Africa to ensure the survival of...

Will raising the liter price of milk help farmers? Pic: ©Getty Images/petej

It’s hard to see much respite when Australian prices continue to be set from overseas

Will Aussie dairy farmers gain as much as they hope with end of the milk wars?

By Richard Whitehead

Less than a month after the Australian dairy industry marked the eighth anniversary of the so-called “milk wars” last Australia Day, Woolworths announced it would break ranks and rise its prices.

Global economic growth is looking gloomy and the US could see a recession next year. Pic: Getty/nanoqfu

Global milk supply growth has stalled in 2019

By Beth Newhart

The first quarter of the year is coming to a close, and Rabobank has released Q1 2019 numbers from its Dairy Quarterly report. The world’s largest exporters of dairy have stalled in year-over-year milk supply growth, but the US is experiencing a mixed...

Dairy manufacturers are struggling with production efficiency, unplanned machine downtime, maintaining quality, and environmental sustainability.

Processing dairy trends at ProFood Tech

By Beth Newhart

Production efficiency, automation innovation and CPG trends in dairy were all showcased at the ProFood Tech show in Chicago last week.

NZMP showcased its solutions at Gulfood in Dubai and Food Ingredients China (FIC) in Shanghai.

NZMP moves to soothe uncertainty

By Jim Cornall

NZMP, the global dairy ingredients brand of Fonterra, has refreshed its market-leading risk and commercial solutions.

Dairy concerned by Trump Mexican border closure threats

By Beth Newhart

Last week President Donald Trump announced plans to close the southern US border, effectively ending trade with Mexico. He has since changed his mind and now given Mexico ‘a one-year warning’ with further threats of tariffs.

The Kerrygold Butter is now the number two butter brand in the US, with 2.6m packets sold every week. Pic: Ornua

Ornua notches a €40m operating profit in 2018

By Beth Newhart

Ornua, producer of the Kerrygold brand, released its full-year 2018 results that showcased a strong performance in its key European and US markets. It also broke ground on a cheese facility in Spain and prepared for potential fallout from the Brexit deal....

Westland's Rolleston plant.

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Westland Milk Products lowers pay-out prediction

By Jim Cornall

Lower than expected sales have led to the board of New Zealand’s Westland Milk Products to lower its predicted payout range for the 2018-19 season to NZ$5.80 - NZ$6.00 (US$3.95-US$4.08).

The changes are part of Valio's three-year program.

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Loss of 80 jobs at Valio

By Jim Cornall

Finnish dairy cooperative Valio has announced a reduction of 80 positions at the company.

Kroger has recently put new emphasis on its ecommerce platform by launching Kroger Ship last summer.

Peak Rock acquires Turkey Hill Dairy from Kroger

By Beth Newhart

Peak Rock Capital has signed an agreement to acquire the Turkey Hill Dairy business from The Kroger Co., known for ice cream, refrigerated drinks and other dairy products. It marks Peak Rock’s eighth current investment in the food and beverage industry.

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...