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The sale of Westland to Yili is subject to shareholder and High Court approval. Pictured: Westland's Rolleston plant.

Yili set to buy NZ’s Westland for $404m

By Jim Cornall

The board of New Zealand’s Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited has signed a conditional scheme implementation agreement to sell the West Coast dairy cooperative to Hongkong Jingang Trade Holding Co., Limited (Jingang), a wholly-owned subsidiary...

The infant formula market is expected to be worth around $32bn by 2023. Pic: ©Getty Images/magone

Melamine 10 years on: Foreign and ‘foreign’ firms vie for position

By Richard Whitehead

A decade after the first convictions were handed down to figures at the center of a tainted infant milk powder scandal that rocked consumer confidence in Chinese domestic dairy products, how have local firms clawed their way back and what have foreign...

Jennewein Biotechnologie is building one of the largest fermentation plants in Central Europe. Pic: ©Getty Images/magone

Jennewein Biotechnologie and Yili join forces in HMO research

By Jim Cornall

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH, a German company involved in the research and manufacture of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO), and Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group (Yili Group), China’s leading dairy company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding...

The region has some powerful reasons to attract Chinese companies. Pic: ©Getty Images/PytyCzech

Thailand and Indonesia in particular will take over from 10-year antipodean foray

SE Asia’s perfect storm of factors lures Chinese dairy investment

By Richard Whitehead

Dominating the news headlines twice in one week is not something done often by dairy majors anywhere in the world, never mind Southeast Asia. But Chinese dairy giants have now signaled their intent to set up a major presence in a region ranked the world’s...