20 May 2013
Netherlands-based dairy giant FrieslandCampina will shut a cheese plant in Romania next month.
15 April 2013
The EU is to clear FrieslandCampina's acquisition of Dutch cheese peers Zijerveld & Veldhuyzen after the dairy giant agreed to give up some production to competitors.
2 April 2013
Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has insisted its infant formula on sale in China is safe after reports a local distributor allegedly mislabelled some of the company's products.
15 March 2013
FrieslandCampina has booked higher sales and profits as the Dutch dairy giant benefited from an increased focus on infant nutrition and branded cheese.
4 March 2013
European dairy processor Arla Foods had a bumper 2012, with sales and profits up. And its operations in emerging markets played a part in boosting its top and bottom lines. Dean Best spoke with Arla CFO Frederik Lotz about the company's ambitions in emerging markets as it battles stiff competition for rising dairy consumption in markets like China from its European peers.
25 February 2013
FrieslandCampina has requested the European Commission's approval to acquire Mywo Food Group-owned cheese specialist Zijerveld & Veldhuyzen and its packaging unit Den Hollander Food.
21 December 2012
As the week draws to an end and the industry prepares to take a Christmas break, Sainsbury's found itself responding to reports its chief exective Justin King may only be staying on in his role for a few months in the New Year. Elsewhere, yoghurt group Chobani dismissed reports it is looking at a listing, while Barilla spoke to just-food about its plans for expansion in Latin America.
20 December 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has said its joint venture with Bongrain to sell branded cheese in France will give it access to major retailers in the country.
20 December 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has entered into a joint venture with French dairy processor Bongrain to sell branded cheese products in France.
17 December 2012
The top two stories on just-food's pages last week included Barry Callebaut's deal to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients business and the European Commission's warning it will come forward with ideas for a grocery code adjudicator next autumn if no system of self-regulation is in place. Elsewhere, there has been a focus on the dairy sector with FrieslandCampina announcing plans to cut over 200 jobs across its business in Germany, and Parmalat having had its offices raided by Italy's financial police over an investigation into tax. We also brought you news from the FDEA's UK export event in London where just-food was an exclusive partner.
10 December 2012
The power of German food retailers has forced FrieslandCampina to shake up its business in the country, including axing over 200 jobs, the Dutch dairy giant has said.
10 December 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina is to cut over 200 jobs across its business in Germany.
10 December 2012
Tesco's decision to potentially exit the US market shared the headlines with Intersnack's acquisition of United Biscuit's salty snacks unit. just-food spoke with Intersnack's MD Bernd ter Glane about the deal. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with FrieslandCampina's boss Cees Ruijgrok and the chief executive of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa, Ian Donald.
6 December 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has just reorganised its export operations. Cees Ruijgrok is overseeing a more integrated export effort to build on the overseas businesses Friesland Foods and Campina had before their 2008 merger. Dean Best spoke to Ruijgrok about the company's export ambitions.
5 November 2012
Following the news last week that Premier plc sold its sweet pickles and table sauces business to Mizkan, just-food caught up with the Japanese firm's Euro-Americas president Craig Smith to discuss its plans for the brand. Elsewhere, word reached UK shores of the devastation Hurricane Sandy has left on the east cost of the US. Mondelez revealed an R&D site in New Jersey was still closed yesterday in the wake of the super storm. Elsewhere, the debate over the implementation of fat taxes continued.
31 October 2012
Unilever and dairy giant FrieslandCampina have extended their global partnership deal with a pledge to further drive innovations in dairy, while promoting sustainable production and logistics.
26 October 2012
The Irish Dairy Board is a co-op that generates sales of EUR2bn and exports products including its Kerrygold brand to over 80 countries. Dean Best caught up with Fergal McGarry, the IDB's global marketing and innovation director, to discuss the company's targets in emerging markets, R&D and Ireland's push to promote its food industry overseas.
30 August 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has booked an increase in first-half profits as sales increased despite tough conditions in Europe.
12 June 2012
FrieslandCampina has said its acquisition of The Irish Dairy Board's Belgian cheese packing operation is an "important" purchase for the company as it looks to expand its position in the sector.
12 June 2012
The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is to sell its Belgian continental cheese packing operation to FrieslandCampina.
28 May 2012
The UK dairy sector was in the spotlight this week, with the proposed merger between Arla Foods and local co-op Milk Link and the annual loss reported by Dairy Crest. just-food interviewed senior executives from Arla and Milk Link to discuss the combination and reported on Dairy Crest's plans to increase returns from its troubled dairies business. Elsewhere, we reported on two sustainability events held in London, including the annual conference on the Round Table for Responsible Soy. And, further afield, Heinz revealed it was looking for more acquisitions in emerging markets while US rival General Mills secured a deal to buy Brazilian firm Yoki Alimentos.
24 May 2012
Dairy giant FrieslandCampina has said it "regrets" not being able to reach an agreement to buy Balkans processors Imlek and Mlekara Subotica.
24 May 2012
FrieslandCampina's bid to buy majority stakes in Balkans dairy processors Imlek and Mlekara Subotica has fallen through after talks with the companies' owners ended.
14 March 2012
Dutch dairy group FrieslandCampina has revealed that its 2011 profits dropped by almost one-quarter, as poor consumer sentiment in Europe hit branded sales and inhibited the firm's ability to pass increased costs on to consumers.
9 March 2012
Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina has taken a majority stake in Philippines firm Alaska Milk Corp.
6 February 2012
Hershey and Unilever were among the major food manufacturers that this week were the first to report their 2011 financial results. Unilever's profits inched up 1% and CEO Paul Polman pointed to the performance of its home and personal care operations - casting some questions over the prospects of its food operations. In the retail sector, this week saw the long-speculated appointment of a new CEO at Carrefour and analysts expressed concern about the outlook for Ocado despite narrowing full-year losses.
2 February 2012
Dairy giant FrieslandCampina has signed a deal to buy Balkans processors Imlek and Mlekara Subotica.
15 December 2011
Dutch dairy company Royal FrieslandCampina has amended its EUR1bn (US$1bn) revolving credit facility.
14 December 2011
McCain Foods' Indian arm has appointed Vikas Mittal as its managing director.
15 November 2011
Unilever and Dutch dairy giant FrieslandCampina have joined forces to boost the availability of sustainable dairy products.