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Why Arla's Egyptian JV with Juhayna is shrewd

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-ope...

Brazil dairy sector upbeat despite slowdown

Brazil's economy slowed sharply in 2014 and is forecast to fall into recession this year. What impact could this have on dairy consumption i...

Brazil dairy sector upbeat despite slowdown

Paula Krizanovic | 18 May 2015

Brazil's economy slowed sharply in 2014 and is forecast to fall into recession this year. What impact could this have on dairy consumption in the country? Paula Krizanovic investigates.

Comment: How dairy can leverage nutrition

Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

Consumer awareness of nutrition is on the rise and globally. While salt and sugar reduction have grabbed the headlines, with campaign groups insisting the industry should do more on reformulation and reduction, consumers have increasingly come to expect manufacturers to offer products that deliver positive functional benefits. Katy Askew suggests the dairy sector could be poised to benefit.

Focus: Can Arla jump-start UK flavoured milk?

Katy Askew | 22 Apr 2015

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week. As part of these efforts, the dairy giant is hoping to capitalise on the "macro-trends" shaping demand in the UK in order to kick-start "stalled" flavoured milk sales in the UK. Will the company's efforts pay off? Katy Askew reports.

Profiles: Arab Dairy and Bisco Misr

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Nov 2014

Egypt has been in the M&A spotlight in recent weeks, with Arab Dairy and local snacks group Bisco Misr the subject of interest from international suitors. just-food explores the background of each company and looks at why the likes of Lactalis, Arla, Kellogg and private-equity firm Abraaj are battling it out to buy the businesses.

Latest Interviews

Why Arla upbeat about LatAm prospects

Dean Best | 26 May 2015

Arla Foods has invested significantly in overseas expansion, including in emerging markets, to look for avenues for future growth. The European dairy co-op's moves in developing markets have largely centred on Russia, China and Africa but it is also stepping up its activity in Latin America. Dean Best spoke to Arla executive vice president to find out more.

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.

Latest News

Arla exec Jais Valeur named Danish Crown CEO

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2015

Arla Foods executive vice president Jais Valeur has been appointed as the new chief executive of Danish meat co-operative Danish Crown.

Arla appoints Natalie Knight as CFO

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Sep 2015

Arla Foods has appointed Natalie Knight as its new CFO.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Quotes of the week - Green Giant; Arla in Africa

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.

Arla strikes JVs in Nigeria and Senegal

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Sep 2015

Arla Foods is continuing its expansion in Africa with two more joint ventures in Nigeria and Senegal.

Arla adds dairy drinks to UK range

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Aug 2015

Arla Foods has added two dairy drinks to its UK portfolio.

Muller's Dairy Crest milk buy moves closer to OK

Katy Askew | 11 Aug 2015

Muller's acquisition of Dairy Crest's liquid milk business appeared to move a step closer yesterday (11 August) when the UK's competition regulator indicated it is proposing to accept the German giant's moves to assuage anti-trust concerns.

Arla, Valio deny interest in Latvia's Jelgava

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

European dairy companies Arla Foods and Valio have both moved to quell rumours they are interested in acquiring a controlling stake in Latvia's Jelgava Dairy Company.

Lactalis buys out Arla from dairy JV Walhorn

Dean Best | 16 Jun 2015

Lactalis has taken full control of Walhorn AG, the Belgian dairy venture it had with European peer Arla Foods.

Food industry news of week: Applegate, Bel

Dean Best | 29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

Food industry quotes of week: Hormel, FSA, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 29 May 2015

This week, Hormel Foods announced it was acquiring US natural and organic meat processor, Applegate Farms. In the UK, scrutiny over campylobacter continued with the Food Standards Agency revealed 73% of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with the food poisoning bug. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry quotes of week: Arla, Premier Foods

Hannah Abdulla | 26 May 2015

This week, Arla Foods struck a notable deal in Egypt, with plans for a local venture with Juhayna Food Industries. Elsewhere, Unilever announced CFO Jean-Marc Huet would step down from his post and Thorntons said CEO Jonathan Hart had decided to leave the business. Premier Foods announced its annual results and CEO GavinDarby said the UK group would continue to focus on revamping its range.

Food industry news of week: GMOs, Arla, Mondelez

Dean Best | 26 May 2015

The US Department of Agriculture's development of GMO certification scheme emerged this week, adding to the debate over the labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Elsewhere in the US, Mondelez International revealed jobs will go at a biscuit plant in Chicago. Meanwhile, dairy giant Arla Foods announced a deal in Egypt with local processor Juhayna Food Industries.

Arla expands in Egypt with Juhayna JV

Katy Askew | 21 May 2015

Arla Foods has inked a joint venture agreement with Egyptian dairy Juhayna Food Industries that will see the European co-operative's products fed into the firm's distribution network in the country.

Arla launches reduced sugar, fat yoghurt in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 19 May 2015

Arla Foods has launched a reduced sugar and low-fat yoghurt under its namesake brand in the UK.

Arla CFO Lotz to exit

Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

Arla Foods chief financial officer Frederik Lotz is leaving the dairy group to take up the role of CFO at Dutch-based retailer Action.

Arla to launch protein dairy drink in UK

Katy Askew | 22 Apr 2015

Arla Foods is gearing up to extend its Arla Protein yoghurt brand into dairy drinks in the UK.

Arla launches "nutrient-enriched" milk in UK

Katy Askew | 22 Apr 2015

Arla Foods is launching Big Milk, a "nutrient-enriched" fresh milk targeted at children.

UK milk delivery drivers strike called off

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2015

A planned three-day strike by milk delivery drivers in the UK has been cancelled.

Arla faces UK driver strike

Katy Askew | 25 Mar 2015

Union officials claim that milk supplies to supermarkets in the north of England will be disrupted during Easter by a three-day strike over pensions and holiday pay.

Arla launches Icelandic-style yoghurt in UK

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2015

Arla Foods has launched an Icelandic-style yoghurt in the UK as part of its moves to expand into more parts of the dairy industry in the country.

Food industry quotes of week: UB, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Mar 2015

A week of some small but notable M&A transactions included Hain Celestial's purchase of US fresh food group Empire Kosher Foods and the race for Egypt's Arab Dairy being won by investment fund Pioneers Holding. Elsewhere, our latest management briefing included a look at how packaged food groups in the US could tap into the country's food service channel.

Latest blogs

Should more dairy firms target bone health?

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Apr 2015

A growing awareness of bone health in the UK is presenting a big opportunity for dairy manufacturers in the UK, a report from Canadean has revealed.

just-food all set for Gulfood

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Feb 2015

Dubai is the modern day New York, with its towering skyscrapers and bright lights and tomorrow just-food is again flying over to the city for this year's annual Gulfood exhibition, where food manufacturers convene to build their presence in the city and the wider Middle East.

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