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just-food interview part 2: Agropur CEO

Dean Best | 29 Aug 2014

Few food companies, if any, have been as acquisitive as Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur in recent quarters. And the group's M&A activity appears to have picked up since CEO Robert Coallier joined the business in 2012. In part two of the latest just-food interview, Coallier explains the reasons behind Agropur's appetite.

just-food interview: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier

Dean Best | 27 Aug 2014

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur this month finalised its largest deal to date - its purchase of US cheese and dairy ingredients business Davisco Foods International. In part one of a two-part interview, Dean Best speaks to Agropur CEO Robert Coallier about the company's most recent transaction.

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Agropur to close plant in British Columbia

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 2015

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced plans to close its plant in Chilliwack, British Columbia, as part of its optimisation programme in western Canada.

Agropur to close Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville plant

Katy Askew | 8 Jul 2015

Canadian dairy Agropur has announced plans to shut its plant in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville as it reorganises its fluid milk processing.

Agropur FY below expectations despite record sales

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Feb 2015

Agropur CEO Robert Coallier has said the Canadian dairy co-operative's annual results missed the company's expectations despite record sales.

2014's most-read interviews on just-food

Dean Best | 18 Dec 2014

Our interviews with senior United Biscuits executives - in the year the company's owners agreed to sell the UK snack maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding - featured highly on the list of 2014's most-clicked interviews on just-food. Interviews with the CEOs of the UK's Premier Foods and Canada's Agropur, as well as the CFOs of Arla Foods and Brazil's BRF were also popular as we continued to gain access to some of the industry's leading lights.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Sep 2014

This week, the EU announced more measures to help out dairy farmers hit by the Russia ban. Chiquita and Fyffes insisted again a merger between the two would be the best outcome for shareholders. Our latest just-food interview saw us discuss Agropur's M&A strategy with the Canadian dairy co-op's CEO, while we chatted to Scandinavian free-from firm Fria about its expansion across Europe.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2014

Fonterra this week made a significant move to boost its business in China, a market that has been problematic for the world's largest dairy exporter. We analysed the group's latest foray, a venture with infant formula producer Beingmate. Elsewhere, dairy dominated our coverage, with news of Parmalat closing in on an acquisition in Brazil and Emmi's surprise profit warning. Canadian dairy giant Agropur also featured on our interview pages, when CEO Robert Coallier sat down with us to discuss the co-op's recent M&A.

M&A-hungry dairy co-op Agropur in Davisco deal

Dean Best | 23 Jul 2014

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has pounced again, with a deal for Davisco Foods International's dairy-processing assets in the US, Europe and China.

Agropur to buy Northumberland Dairy assets

Dean Best | 15 Jul 2014

Canadian dairy Agropur has made another acquisition, this time swooping to buy the dairy and food distribution assets of fellow co-op Northumberland Dairy Cooperative.

Agropur in plants-and-supply deal with Sobeys

Dean Best | 9 Jul 2014

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has struck deals to buy four plants from - and supply a range of products to - Sobeys, one of the country's largest retailers.

Agropur announces merger with Dairytown Products

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Mar 2014

Dairy giant Agropur Cooperative and Dairytown Products have proposed a merger of the companies.

Sales, EBITDA up at dairy co-op Agropur

Dean Best | 13 Feb 2014

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has reported higher annual sales and EBITDA, insisting it was able to grow in a market where competition, it said, has been "at a rarely seen level".

Acquisitive Agropur to buy cheese firm Damafro

Dean Best | 25 Nov 2013

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has struck another deal to buy a local firm - this time Quebec brie and camembert maker Fromagerie Damafro.

Agropur buys B2B dairy M. Larivee International

Dean Best | 19 Nov 2013

Canadian dairy group Agropur has snapped up own-label and ingredients supplier M. Larivée International.

Agropur acquires Coast Mountain Dairy

Katy Askew | 26 Jul 2013

Canadian dairy Agropur has made another acquisition with the purchase of British Columbian ice cream maker Coast Mountain Dairy.

Agropur cuts jobs following Farmers Dairy merger

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2013

Canadian dairy group Agropur has announced it will cut 45 jobs as it integrates the activities of Farmers Co-operative Dairy after the merger between the two companies.

Canadian co-op Agropur acquires Cook's Dairy

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2013

Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has acquired Nova Scotia-based Cook's Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Dairy co-op Agropur claims "remarkable" FY results

Dean Best | 15 Feb 2013

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has booked what it claimed are "remarkable" annual financial results, with higher sales and core earnings.

Canada dairies Agropur, Farmers Dairy plan merger

Katy Askew | 12 Feb 2013

Canadian dairy cooperatives Agropur and Farmers Co-operative Dairy plan to merge their operations.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 3 Dec 2012

Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.

Dairy co-op Agropur plans capex spend in US

Dean Best | 29 Nov 2012

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has announced what it says it is largest-ever capex programme in the US.

Yoghurt firm Ultima Foods earmarks more investment

Dean Best | 11 Oct 2012

Canadian yoghurt firm Ultima Foods has announced plans to expand its plant in the eastern city of Granby.

Yoplait licencee Ultima launches own yoghurt brand

Dean Best | 21 Aug 2012

Canadian dairy group Ultima Foods, which produces Yoplait under licence for the local market, has launched its own yoghurt brand.

just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 14 May 2012

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King this week welcomed moves from its UK retail rivals to invest in product quality and service after the retailer reported an increase in annual underlying profits.

Agropur, Agrifoods settle dispute, ready launch

Michelle Russell | 9 May 2012

Canadian dairy co-ops Agropur and Agrifoods have signed a deal to continue making Yoplait products through their joint venture Ultima Foods following a dispute over the production and operation of the brand.

Exports boost Agropur sales

Katy Askew | 9 Feb 2012

Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has hailed its "best performance in its history" as sales jumped on the back of higher exports and improved US dairy prices.

Brewing, retail exec Coallier to be Agropur CEO

Dean Best | 2 Feb 2012

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has named director and consumer goods veteran Robert Coallier as its new chief executive.

Agropur announces Main Street Ingredients | 23 Dec 2010

Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has acquired US functional foods producer Main Street Ingredients.

Company research

Agropur Cooperative Ltd in Packaged Food (Canada)

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Agropur Cooperative Ltd is looking to maintain and grow its share in an increasingly competitive and consolidated dairy market through mergers and acquisitions. Its pace of acquisitions accelerated in...

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Global Dairy Food Market: Merger and Acquisitions July 2014

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Synopsis The report provides a review of the mergers and acquisitions (M&As), partnering deals, and agreements entered into by companies active in the global dairy food market during July 2014. Summa...

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