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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

Liquid milk is not a category that benefits from significant added value. While milk is on the shopping list, generally speaking, it is not...


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.


On the money: Dean: Savings to offset weak volumes

Michelle Russell | 13 Nov 2013

Dean Foods said an expected increased savings in the fourth quarter and into 2014 will help offset volume deleveraging from its lost business.

Latest Interviews

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.

Latest News

Dean Foods named as A2 Milk bidder

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jun 2015

Dean Foods has been revealed as the second party that has expressed interest in an acquisition of Australia's 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.


Dean Foods shares jump on outlook, Q3 beat

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2014

Dean Foods has seen its share price jump today (10 November) after the US dairy group beat third-quarter analyst expectations and guided to an improved fourth-quarter performance.


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

Dean Best | 22 Sep 2014

After General Mills' move to buy Annie's, M&A advisor Stefan Kirk took to just-food's pages to argue Lifeway Foods could be a takeover target for Danone. General Mills, meanwhile, battling to improve the performance of its US business revealed it will close two plants. And we took a look at the most eye-catching products being showcased at the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore.


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

Dean Best | 22 Sep 2014

US food groups General Mills and ConAgra Foods were under scrutiny this week with both reporting first-quarter results. WhiteWave Foods, the US natural and organic specialist, struck a deal to buy dairy-free brand So Delicious, while Thai seafood giant Thai Union Frozen Products made its second acquisition in Europe in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, we spoke to the CEO of Wise Foods about his plans to grow the US snacks business.


Milk costs sour Dean Foods results

Dean Best | 12 Aug 2014

Dean Foods has reported a second-quarter loss - and warned of another loss in the third quarter in 2014 - as the US milk supplier battles "volatile" commodity costs.


Dean Foods shares plunge after FY forecast cut

Hannah Abdulla | 9 May 2014

Shares in Dean Foods dropped more than 5% yesterday (8 May) after the US dairy group lowered its forecast for annual earnings following a loss in its first quarter.


Dean Foods shares sour after 2014 warning

Dean Best | 12 Feb 2014

Shares in Dean Foods tumbled yesterday after the US dairy giant warned commodity prices would weigh on the business this year.


Baskin-Robbins ice creams set for grocery roll-out

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2014

Baskin-Robbins ice creams are set to go on sale in US grocery stores, owner Dunkin' Brands has announced.


Saputo Q3 sales, earnings jump

Katy Askew | 7 Feb 2014

Canadian dairy major Saputo has booked an increase in third-quarter sales and earnings, boosted by its acquisition of Morningstar Foods and a strong performance from the group's international businesses.


Court reinstates Dean Foods antitrust trial

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 2014

A court of appeals has reinstated antitrust proceedings being brought against Dean Foods by a consortium of retailers, overturning an earlier ruling that had dismissed the case.


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Dean Best | 18 Nov 2013

All three bidders for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory tabled revised offers this week - with the takeover target still backing Canada's Saputo. Meanwhile, Mexican food group Sigma has made a move for Spanish meats firm Campofrio. And our latest just-food interview saw Orkla CEO Age Korsvold talk about the Nordic group's plans for FMCG.


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

Katy Askew | 18 Nov 2013

This week saw a continued focus on M&A, as further evidence of the global trend towards consoidation in the sector emerged. The battle for Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory rumbled on and Mexico's Sigma launched a takeover bid for Spain's Campofrio.

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