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Can national milk brand revitalise Dean Foods?

Dean Foods this week announced it was bringing its 31 fluid milk brands under one label - DairyPure - and appears to be pushing the latest "...

Building value in liquid milk: a four-point plan

Katy Askew | 11 May 2015

Liquid milk is not a category that benefits from significant added value. While milk is on the shopping list, generally speaking, it is not an area where consumers are engaged and brands are valued. Here is just-food's four-point plan for adding value to the milk category.

Viewpoint: US health food in play - at a price

Dean Best | 11 Sep 2014

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.

The challenge of brewing growth from centre-store

Dean Best | 17 Apr 2014

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and a focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.

Editor's viewpoint: US consumer chill lingers

Dean Best | 17 Feb 2014

Read the financial statements and listen to the conference calls from US food manufacturers in recent days and it is clear: companies operating there are still facing tough conditions and cautious consumers.

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Sustainability Watch: WhiteWave Foods

Ben Cooper | 17 Sep 2014

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.

Alpro reaps rewards of portfolio expansion

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Alpro has had three owners in four years but one executive that has been at the company throughout is CEO Bernard Deryckere. He talks to Dean Best about the success Alpro, now owned by US firm WhiteWave Foods, has had with the recent expansion of its product portfolio.

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Dean Foods names Ralph Scozzafava COO

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Sep 2015

Dean Foods has appointed chief commercial officer Ralph Scozzafava to the position of chief operating officer.

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.

Freedom Foods confirms cooling of interest in A2

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

Freedom Foods Group has confirmed the interest it and Dean Foods jointly had in A2 Milk Co. has cooled.

A2 Milk: "no further talks" with Freedom, Dean

Dean Best | 21 Aug 2015

Dean Foods, the US dairy giant, and Australia's Freedom Foods Group have yet to contact A2 Milk Co. again after the New Zealand-based dairy company turned down their takeover interest.

Dean Foods former chairman "faces SEC probe"

Katy Askew | 14 Aug 2015

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating former Dean Foods chairman Thomas Davis over allegations that he leaked information regarding the 2012 spin off of WhiteWave Foods from the US dairy giant.

Dean Foods appoints Jim Turner as chairman

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Aug 2015

Dean Foods has appointed director Jim Turner as non-executive chairman, replacing Tom Davis, whose exit from the US milk supplier was announced last week.

Dean Foods posts mixed Q2 results

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Dean Foods today (10 August) reported a set of mixed second-quarter results with earnings beating Wall Street forecasts but sales missing analyst estimates.

Dean Foods chairman resigns

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Aug 2015

Dean Foods has announced the resignation of non-executive chairman Tom Davis.

Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.

Freedom Foods coy on next move on A2 Milk

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2015

Freedom Foods Group has refused to be drawn on whether it and fellow suitor Dean Foods will table a new expression of interest in New Zealand milk group A2 Milk Co.

A2 Milk rejects Freedom Foods, Dean Foods offer

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jul 2015

New Zealand dairy processor A2 Milk Co. has turned down takeover interest from Freedom Foods Group and the Australian group's bid partner, Dean Foods, the US dairy giant.

Dean Foods named as A2 Milk bidder

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jun 2015

Dean Foods has been revealed as the party that has expressed interest in a joint acquisition with Australia's Freedom Foods of the A2 Milk Co.

Dean Foods: DairyPure "fills void" in US dairy

Dean Best | 12 May 2015

US milk supplier Dean Foods has insisted its launch of national brand DairyPure fills a gap in a market where liquid milk consumption continues to fall.

Dean Foods shares rise on underlying Q1 profits

Dean Best | 11 May 2015

Shares in Dean Foods jumped today (11 May) despite a reported first-quarter loss as the US milk supplier's underlying earnings beat analyst forecasts.

Food industry quotes of week: Dean Foods, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of week: Kellogg, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Dean Foods brings milk brands under single label

Hannah Abdulla | 5 May 2015

Dean Foods has consolidated all of its milk brands under one label in a bid to boost sales.

Dean Foods shares drop as Q4 earnings miss

Katy Askew | 10 Feb 2015

Dean Foods stressed today (10 February) it continued to see "sequential improvements" throughout 2014 but shares fell in pre-market trading as the group reported fourth-quarter profits that missed analyst expectations.

Dean Foods to close Wisconsin milk plant

Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2015

Dean Foods is closing its Verifine Dairy fluid milk processing plant in Sheboygan as part of a move to consolidate operations in Wisconsin.

Schwan names Galloway CFO

Katy Askew | 14 Jan 2015

The Schwan Food Co has appointed Robin Galloway to the post of EVP and chief financial officer.

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.

WhiteWave ups forecasts after "record" Q3

Dean Best | 10 Nov 2014

Alpro and Silk owner WhiteWave Foods today (10 November) lifted its forecasts for 2014 sales and underlying earnings per share after reporting a "record" third quarter.

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Dean Foods' now ex-chairman subject of trading probe

Dean Best | 13 Aug 2015

Thomas Davis, the former chair of US milk giant Dean Foods, is reportedly being investigated over whether he tipped off a professional gambler - who then told golfer Phil Mickelson - about the company's spin-off of WhiteWave Foods.

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