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Unilever is alleged to have been involved in "collusive conduct" with ingredients firm Sime DarbyEditor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

7 April 2014

Unilever's business in South Africa was in the spotlight this week after it emerged its offices were raided as part of a probe into collusion. Elsewhere, there were two notable M&A deals in dairy, with Arla Foods looking to merge with Belgium-based EGM Walhorn and Lactalis's Parmalat bolstering its business in Australia with the acquisition of Harvey Fresh.

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

7 April 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

BELGIUM: Dairy co-ops Arla, EGM Walhorn propose merger

31 March 2014

European dairy co-operatives Arla Foods and Eupener Genossenschaftsmolkerei Walhorn plan to merge their operations.

Editor's viewpoint: Milking emerging market demand

31 March 2014

Arla Foods, The Irish Dairy Board and Fonterra have all in the last week announced investments - or hinted at expansion to come - with growing demand for dairy products in emerging markets in mind.

BANGLADESH: Arla forms JV with local partner Mutual Foods

7 March 2014

Dairy giant Arla Foods has merged its Bangladesh interests with local distributor Mutual Foods.

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

3 March 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

The just-food interview part one: Arla builds solid base in Europe

28 February 2014

Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods is growing apace outside Europe. In contrast, it is facing sluggish consumer sentiment and a highly promotional environment within Europe, where the company remains focused on growing ahead of the dairy category while also expanding its milk supply in the region. In part one of this two-part interview, Arla chief financial officer Frederik Lotz spoke to just-food about the group's priorities in core-European markets.

DENMARK: Global growth propels Arla sales, earnings

19 February 2014

Strong global demand for dairy has propelled Arla Foods' full-year results as the group benefited from increasing demand that pushed up milk prices.

CHINA: Danone raises stake in Mengniu

12 February 2014

French dairy giant Danone plans to become the second-largest shareholder in China Mengniu Dairy Co., raising its stake from 4% to 9.9% through a rights issue.

DENMARK: Emerging markets core focus in Arla investment plan

4 February 2014

Arla Foods has increased the level of investment into its growth markets compared with last year, a move the dairy giant said is essential for it to remain ahead of competition.

DENMARK: Arla outlines $397m investment plan for 2014

3 February 2014

Arla Foods will invest DKK2.2bn (US$397m) in ten of its dairy sites this year as it looks to boost production, target emerging markets and become more eco-friendly.

BRICs and beyond: Lactalis enters India's promising - but challenging - dairy sector

27 January 2014

Put next to China, there has been far less investment in India's dairy sector, which is not as developed as in its BRIC counterpart. However, earlier this month, Lactalis, the French dairy group and the third-largest processor worldwide, confirmed months of speculation it would enter India with the acquisition of local group Tirumala Milk Products.

UK: Tesco targets schools in healthy eating campaign

27 January 2014

Tesco has launched a farm-to-fork education programme to provide children with an awareness of where food comes from and encourage them to eat more healthily.

UK: Arla "secures milk supply" by growing ownership base

6 January 2014

Arla Foods has almost doubled its number of UK-based farmer owners, the European dairy co-operative revealed today (6 January).

China briefing: Multinationals face shifting formula landscape

29 November 2013

Multinational companies have dominated China's infant formula market but domestic companies are, with government support, looking to bolster their position with demand expected to remain buoyant. Wang Fangqing in Shanghai reports.

China briefing: Multinationals vie for place at table

29 November 2013

With an increasingly affluent population of more than 1.36bn mouths to feed the potential offered by China's food sector is immense. But the size of the opportunity does not, in itself, guarantee success. Competition is fierce as multinational food groups and local players alike look to grow their share of this vast pie. Katy Askew examines the competitive dynamics of the Chinese food sector.

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

14 October 2013

just-food was working hard to bring you news from both Cologne and Paris last week as the Anuga trade show and World Retail Congress conference, respectively, got under way. Enjoy some of the best quotes from both shows. Separately, Saputo confirmed plans to table a takeover bid for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, while the UK Government unveiled a programme to support the country's food and drink exports.

DENMARK: Arla to "lead innovation in dairy" with R&D site

9 October 2013

Arla Foods plans to set up an "innovation centre" in Denmark in a bid to compete in a "tough" international dairy market.

FMCG in Russia: Price and premium touted as ways to grow in Russia

1 October 2013

Russia's robust growth during much of the Noughties attracted FMCG companies big and small looking to for avenues of growth. The recent economic slowdown in the country has made trading conditions tougher. Firms need to adapt to a more price-sensitive consumer but Russia's middle class do present opportunities at the more premium end of the market. Dean Best reports.

FMCG in Russia: Interview: Arla plans to triple Russian sales

30 September 2013

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has set out an ambitious growth plan for its Russian business. The firm has indicated it intends to triple sales in the country. Katy Askew caught up with Arla senior vice president Hans Christensen, who has overall responsibility for Russia and other emerging markets, to find out how.

GERMANY: Arla launches Bio organic range

24 September 2013

Dairy co-operative Arla Foods is launching an organic dairy brand, Arla Bio, in Germany next month.

Interview: Arla looks to M&A to drive growth - CFO

29 August 2013

Arla Foods today (29 August) reported a doubling of earnings in its first-half, boosted by M&A. The company has taken a lead in the process of consolidation underway in the European dairy sector, with deals in the UK and Germany. Arla expects to continue to play an active part in European consolidation in the dairy sector as well as looking to M&A to drive growth in emerging markets, Michelle Russell discovered when she caught up with Arla CFO Frederik Lotz.

DENMARK: Arla Foods H1 earnings double

29 August 2013

Dairy giant Arla Foods saw its earnings double in the first half of the year as deals including its merger with Milk Link helped boost profits.

CHINA: Mengniu H1 sales, profits rise

29 August 2013

China Mengniu Dairy Company has booked an increase in sales and earnings during the first-half of the year, boosted by strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

UPDATE: SWEDEN: Arla Sweden strategy "intact" with new unit head

28 August 2013

Arla Foods has said the strategic direction of the group's business in Sweden remains "intact" following the appointment of a new head for the division.

SWEDEN: Arla appoints Unilever exec to head Sweden operations

28 August 2013

Arla Foods has appointed Unilever executive Henri de Sauvage Nolting as the head of its Swedish operations.

AFRICA: Arla uses mobile facility to test new markets

1 August 2013

Arla Foods has developed a mobile milk powder packaging facility to test new markets in Africa.

UK: Arla plans Ashby plant closure

31 July 2013

Arla Foods has put forward plans to close its plant and distribution centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the UK ahead of the opening of its mega dairy in Aylesbury.

UK: Arla, Danone still working on supply issue

23 July 2013

Arla Foods and Danone have said they are still working on resolving the disruption to the supply of the French company's yoghurts in the UK - caused by distribution problems at the Scandianavian dairy giant's local operations.

CHINA/US: Yili signs partnership deal with Dairy Farmers of America

9 July 2013

Chinese dairy giant Yili Group has teamed up with US co-op Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) in a venture that will serve China's fast-growing dairy market.

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