Pricing Pressures

Arla's 'Calcium' cost-cutting program will take effect throughout the company, covering production, products, procurement, promotional marketing and people.

Arla to cut €400m in costs

By Jim Cornall

European dairy cooperative Arla Foods has launched an internal transformation program called “Calcium,” which is set to deliver more than €400m ($492m) of savings by the end of 2020.

NFU Scotland's milk committee chairman said in Mull of Kintyre and Arran cheddar, both creameries are making world-famous cheese and both sites should be hugely attractive to potential buyers.

First Milk to sell two Scottish creameries

By Jim Cornall

UK dairy company First Milk has announced it will be offering its creameries in Scotland, on the islands of Arran and in Campbeltown, for sale, saying the operations need significant investment.

Müller Direct farmers will be offered the option to secure up to 50% of their milk supply at 28ppl fixed price for up to three years, to fulfill Lidl’s requirement for fresh milk. Pic: ©iStock/Tomasz Wyszołmirski

News in brief

Müller offers farmers fixed price following Lidl deal

By Jim Cornall

In the UK, Müller Milk & Ingredients has confirmed details of a new initiative it said will help British dairy farmers manage the impact of extreme farm gate milk price volatility.

There is 'tremendous potential' for US dairy exports, USDEC CEO Tom Vilsack told DairyReporter. ©GettyImages/Waldemarus

CEO Interview

USDEC CEO Tom Vilsack pinpoints US dairy export opportunities

By Mary Ellen Shoup

International partnerships between the US dairy industry and key export markets have formed six months after USDEC introduced the “The Next 5%”, a strategic export plan targeting an increase of dairy exports from 15% to 20%.

Foremost Farms expects the plant located in central Michigan to be fully operational by 2019.

Foremost Farms Michigan plant gains key state funding

By Mary Ellen Shoup

Foremost Farms received a $12m bond from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) to support construction of a 55,000-square-foot dairy processing plant in west central Michigan, estimated to cost $57.9m.

The EMB said a new study by BAL in Germany suggests farmers in France are not covering milk production costs.

Study says real milk production costs aren’t being met in France

By Jim Cornall

The European Milk Board (EMB), responding to French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that the milk price will be determined by production costs, has released data from a study it commissioned to look at farmer’s costs to produce milk.