Production capacity to reach 9.8bn packages by 2015
Tetra Pak will invest a further €36m in its packaging material plant in Izmir, Turkey to complete a €60m technology upgrade it started in 2012.
Pecan Deluxe Candy (Europe) has invested in a €300,000 Yamato multihead check weigher, which can operate up to 100 bags per minute, to meet increasing demand for inclusions in products such as ice cream, desserts, cookies and donuts.
Nestlé has declined to comment on "market rumors" that it is in advanced talks with Danone to acquire the French dairy's medical nutrition division.
Greek yogurt manufacturer KRI-KRI does not expect to experience any supply issues in or outside Greece as a result of the fire that tore through its Serres yogurt production plant on Christmas Eve.
The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) has invested €20m ($27m) in a dairy manufacturing and technology facility in Saudi Arabia, “to access the important dairy growth markets in the Middle East and North Africa region, supplying the Islamic Halal market segment”.
Arla Foods has revealed plans for a state-of-the-art DKK 270m ($49.1m, €36.2m) global innovation centre in Denmark - an investment designed to support the increasingly important "localisation" of its dairy product concepts.
Fonterra appoints new Apac head
Fonterra has announced the appointment of a new head for its Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa business unit.
Unilever has opened a new €95m ice cream factory in Turkey in order to drive local growth – as well as in the Middle East and North Africa.
Australia’s dairy companies have failed to invest in technology and do not try hard enough to profit from international trade, Murray Goulburn’s chief executive, Gary Helou, has warned.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Tetra Pak has reported net sales of €11.16bn ($14.6bn) for 2012 – a 4.2% year-on-year increase – despite what the Switzerland-based firm described as a “tough year.”
Arla Foods has reported record high profits of DKK 1.9bn ($340m) for 2012 – an achievement it has attributed to double-digit sales growth from Russia, China, and the Middle East and Africa region.
Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a range of proteins that enable traditional yogurt manufacturers to produce Greek-style yogurt using existing technology.
Arla Foods has no plans to acquire, merge or partner with any other Chinese dairy industry players under its recently-unveiled five-year strategy, a spokesperson for the Denmark-based co-operative has revealed.
Chr. Hansen has teamed up with Kenyan firm Oleleshwa Enterprises Ltd to increase its knowledge of camel cheese production - knowledge it intends to pass on to camel owners in Africa and the Middle East for free.
Reynolds Group has reported a total group revenue and gross profit rise, but said weak European demand affected all of its business segments.
Strong growth in Kerry Group’s ingredients and flavours division has helps to balance out slow-down in consumer goods, as revenues increased by nearly 11% to €4.4 billion.
The influx of Western brands into the Israeli dairy market is unlikely, despite government plans to reduce long-standing import duties on milk-based products, Rabobank has claimed.
Dairy giant Arla Foods has reported a net profits decrease for the first six months of the year, as the continuing impact of the European dairy price war cancelled out revenue growth in the firm’s core and growth markets.
DISPATCHES FROM ANUGA FOODTEC 2012
Ecolean is to launch its latest lightweight aseptic portion packs globally after the success of their roll out in Asia in 2011.
Ecolab unveils new clean-in-place formulations
Improved performance and a reduction in carbon footprint are benefits claimed by Ecolab for its new range of clean-in-place (CIP) formulations for food and beverage processors.
Constantia has completed a deal to take over a Turkish flexible packaging outfit in a bid to boost growth in developing markets such as the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Eastern Europe.
Agrana opens fruit for dairy plant in Egypt
After a two month delay, sugar giant Agrana has started production at its new Egypt plant that will supply prepared fruit to dairy companies in the Middle East and North Africa.
GRAS status gives K2 a US dairy platform, says NattoPharma
NattoPharma will be able to expand further in the US, said the firm, after it was awarded GRAS status for its vitamin K2 ingredient for dairy foods.
New yoghurt cultures meet demand for a mild taste
A new line of yoghurt cultures ensure taste remains mild throughout the products’ shelf life, claims manufacturer Danisco.
A leading cheese market analyst has cast doubt on the potential of Russia and has picked out Africa, the Middle East and Latin America as regions to watch over the coming years.
Chr Hansen opens first Asian development centre
Chr Hansen has opened its first product development centre in Asia to boost its capabilities as a supplier and partner in the region.
Tetra Pak banks on emerging markets for growth
Tetra Pak said stronger sales in the final quarter of 2009 and emerging markets offset declining demand in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as it posted an increase in net sales of 1.2 per cent for the year to almost €9bn.
Processed cheese growth keeps cheddar volumes steady
The volume of cheddar sold globally remains steady thanks the growing popularity of cheddar-based processed cheeses in emerging markets, according to a new market report.
Chr Hansen will unveil a new range of premium yoghurt cultures within weeks in response to needs identified by yoghurt producers across the globe.
Dairy potential remains for emerging market push - report
With a number of dairy manufacturers committing to emerging market growth, countries outside of the EU and US will continue to hold strong potential for processors, despite undergoing difficulties during 2008, says new research.
Fonterra drops anchor deal in Egypt
Fonterra has reached an agreement with a leading Egypt-based dairy supplier for licensed production of its Anchor range of goods in the country.
Chr Hansen targets Middle Eastern yoghurt tastes
Chr Hansen has introduced a new yoghurt culture specifically designed to meet taste and texture preferences of Middle Eastern consumers, and help producers make cost savings.
New resin targets dairy and confectionery packaging markets
A new polypropylene (PP) injection moulding grade of plastic resin allows food packagers the ability to increase production, while cutting down on the material needed, the manufacturer claims.
Arla adopts local focus on global consumer markets
Arla has announced a reorganisation of its consumer operations in
eight markets including simplifying its business model in the
Middle East, where a second boycott of its products is in place.
Arla targets Algeria
Arla Foods is looking to expand its milk powder business in
Algeria, in the dairy giant's latest push to gain a foothold in
emerging dairy markets.
Boycott legacy hampers Arla plans
A consumer boycott across the Middle East on dairy products made by
Arla Foods has set the firm back two years in the region, and
allowed rivals to gain ground.
CaraGum launches cost-effective gum Arabic emulsifier
A French company has developed an Arabic gum-based emulsifier that
it claims can be used in much lower concentrations than
Middle East boycott hits Arla profits
A boycott across the Middle East on dairy products made by
Denmark's Arla Foods has hit the group's profits in the first of
half of the year, it has announced.
Vinamilk set to seek new investors
Vietnam's biggest dairy, commonly called Vinamilk, is set for a
change of ownership, after the government revealed plans to reduce
its controlling stake in the company.
Arla re-starts cheese production for Middle East
Arla Foods has re-started cheese production for the Middle East
dairy market, but warned the move did not represent significant
progress in beating the boycott there.
Boycott legacy hits Arla comeback
Uncertainty continues to hang over Arla Foods in its key Middle
East dairy market, after it said sales there have been slow to
recover from a region-wide boycott against its products.
Danone strengthens interest in Algerian dairy sector
Groupe Danone's growing interest in the Algerian dairy market
underlines the importance of the North African / Middle East region
to European milk processors.
Can Arla beat the boycott?
As Arla Foods begins on the long road to recovery in its Middle
East dairy markets, DairyReporter.com delves into the nature
of consumer boycotts and the effects they may have.
Arla says boycott losses to hit €53m
Arla Foods says a boycott on its dairy products in the Middle East
will cost it at least €53m this year, as the firm tries to remain
positive about the long road to recovery.
Nestlé moves to dodge Middle East boycotts
Nestlé, the world's biggest food firm, has taken out adverts in
Saudi Arabia to refute rumours that two of its dairy products are
Danish, as unlucky Arla Foods continues to suffer from 'those
Middle East recovery could take years, warns Arla
Arla Foods said its future on the key Middle East dairy market was
in jeopardy, after the group stopped production for the area amid a
widescale boycott on Danish products by Muslim consumers.
Arla dairy sales crippled by Middle East boycott
Danish dairy group Arla Foods said sales had come to a standstill
in the firm's key Middle East region as Muslim consumers in several
countries boycotted Danish products.
Arla flags up Middle East dairy potential
Arla's switch of production from the EU to Saudi Arabia will save
the firm money and help it to benefit from the Middle East's
significant potential for high value diary products.
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tonnes of processed cheese last year, a rise of nearly 18 per cent
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