North America


Canada launches $333m fund to compensate dairies for lost market share

By Teodora Lyubomirova

The funding will provide non-repayable compensation to dairy producers and processors who have lost market share due to concessions made by the Canadian government in trade deals such as the CPTPP, the Canada-EU agreement and the Canada-US-Mexico trade...

Coveris to close Anderson factory. Picture credit: Coveris.

Coveris to close US plant, axing 100 jobs

By Jenny Eagle

Coveris, which makes packaging for liquid milk products, yogurt, soft, processed and natural cheese, among others, will close its Anderson, US, facility, axing 100 jobs next year.

Ice cream sandwich bars

Highest consumption of ice cream is in North America

Tetra Pak launches world first high capacity ice cream extrusion line

By Jenny Eagle

Tetra Pak says it has developed an ice cream extrusion line with the highest capacity in the world, producing up to 43,200 pieces of ice cream sticks and sandwiches per hour, (the average is 36,000) with plans to launch a second one in Q1 next year.

DSM Engineering Plastics’ Akulon polyamide 6 polymer, which is used in food packaging, will soon be produced in Augusta, Georgia.

Establishing domestic production should yield 50% growth by 2020

DSM to build first US polymerization plant in Augusta, Georgia

By Heidi Parsons

Netherlands-based Royal DSM and its DSM Engineering Plastics Americas unit have announced they will build a polymerization plant in Augusta, Georgia. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2015, with completion expected in mid-2016. 

Combox not just for small- to medium-sized dairies: Serac


Combox not just for small- to medium-sized dairies: Serac


Serac Inc president, Acyr Borges, explains why the company's recently launched Combox blow-fill-cap machine, which has a maximum output of 12,000 bottles per hour, is garnering interest from multinational dairy processors as well as small- to medium-sized...

General Mills wins race for stake in Yoplait

General Mills wins race for stake in Yoplait

By Guy Montague-Jones

General Mills has fought off big name bidders from across the global food industry to buy a 50 per cent stake in the French yoghurt maker Yoplait.

Organic meat on the menu

Organic meat on the menu

A new report suggests that competition in the European organic meat
industry is increasing, as the market begins to suffer from
overcapacity. This follows another report that linked the
popularity of organic meat in North America...

Is organic meat the future?

Is organic meat the future?

Public concern over BSE outbreaks is set to boost sales of organic
meat products in North America, according to a new report. But
North Americans have not historically been as influenced by food
scares as their European counterparts.