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Why Lactalis swooped for Romanian dairy Albalact

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem...

The food industry in 2016 - what will drive M&A?

Looking to 2016, it seems likely many of the trends that drove a bumper year of deal-making will persist over the next 12 months - consolida...


Dean Best | 3 Jan 2016

Looking to 2016, it seems likely many of the trends that drove a bumper year of deal-making will persist over the next 12 months - consolidation, health, simple foods and emerging markets.


Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.


The recent sale of Italian unit Trentinalatte confirms growth through acquisition is not something Emmi is always successful at. Would, Stefan Kirk asks, the Swiss group's shareholders consider a liquidity event that would make them a participant in European dairy consolidation, plus earn them lots of money?


Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2014

India is the world's largest raw milk producer and one of the biggest global markets for dairy products. While the participation of international dairies remains relatively low in the country, interest is increasing. Continued rapid demand growth presents a challenge and an opportunity for multinationals stepping up their operations in India - and the growing presence of foreign firms bodes well for the health of the sector itself. Katy Askew reports.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 6 Dec 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.


Dean Best | 27 Oct 2010

Swiss dairy giant Emmi is embarking on two key strategies to develop its business. One is significant international expansion. The second is a global marketing programme that emphasises the "Swissness" of its products. Dean Best met Emmi's head of marketing Robin Barraclough at the SIAL food-industry expo to discuss this twin strategy.

Latest News

Dean Best | 3 Feb 2016

Lactalis has become a shareholder in Sante, a dairy company in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.


Dean Best | 28 Jan 2016

Lactalis has moved to buy a majority stake in Albalact, the Romanian dairy group.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Dec 2015

This week Fonterra announced it was selling its yoghurt and dairy business in Australia to Parmalat, Chinese fruit groups Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio announced a merger and UK meat group Dunbia confirmed it was mulling options for the business. Belgium's Lotus Bakeries bought UK snacks group Urban Fresh Foods, its second deal in the country in four months and, looking to next year, we analysed the prospects for the BRIC markets in 2016. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 18 Dec 2015

Belgium's Lotus Bakeries this week struck its second piece acquisition in the UK in four months, with a deal to buy Bear snacks owner Urban Fresh Foods. Our M&A pages also included news Fonterra is selling its Australian yoghurt business to Lactalis's Parmalat and Ornua is offloading US distribution asset DPI. Elsewhere, the Russian central bank said domestic producers had, in most categories, failed to meet the shortfall in production from Moscow's import restrictions on the west.


Dean Best | 17 Dec 2015

From the merger that created Kraft Heinz and ConAgra Foods' decision to split in two, through Nestle's uneven sales performance and on to investment in India and China, our analysis pages got you clicking this year. Here's the top ten most-read analysis articles of 2015.


Dean Best | 16 Dec 2015

Fonterra is to offload its yoghurt and dairy desserts business in Australia to Parmalat, the Italy-based group owned by France's Lactalis.


Dean Best | 12 Oct 2015

Nestle's "advanced" talks to put the bulk of its ice cream business into a venture with the UK's R&R Ice Cream was the week's stand-out M&A story, while regulatory developments - the TPP trade deal, food safety rules in China and US dietary guidelines - caught the eye elsewhere.


Hannah Abdulla | 3 Aug 2015

Parmalat has posted a fall in first-half profits, despite higher sales, as a result of inflation pressures in Venezuela but the Lactalis-controlled dairy group reported underlying growth.


Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Lactalis has moved ahead of French rival Danone into second place in the list of the world's top ten dairy companies by sales, according to new data from Rabobank.


Dean Best | 16 Jun 2015

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


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.


Katy Askew | 7 May 2015

French dairy group Lactalis has confirmed plans to buy a controlling stake in Turkish dairy Ak Gida from Yildiz Holding.


Dean Best | 5 May 2015

Yildiz Holding has reportedly struck a deal to sell Turkish dairy arm Ak Gida to Lactalis.


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2015

Lactalis-owned UK dairy business Rachel's Organic has confirmed supermarket Tesco has delisted its yoghurt range.


Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

The EUR2.6bn sale of European frozen food giant and Birds Eye owner Iglo Group grabbed the headlines this week - and we looked at where the new owners - Nomad Holdings - could look next. Blue Bell Creameries, the US ice cream maker linked to a fatal listeria outbreak, was in the spotlight for very different reasons, pulling all its products from the market after fresh tests.


Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2015

Lactalis-owned Slovenian dairy firm Ljubljanske Mlekarne has announced it is to discontinue semi-hard cheese production.


Stuart Todd | 16 Mar 2015

The Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin, one of the nine dairy firms fined in a French price-fixing probe, is to appeal the decision.


Stuart Todd | 12 Mar 2015

The French competition regulator has handed out fines worth EUR192.7m to nine dairy firms for their part in a price-fixing cartel for private-label products between 2006 and 2012.


Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2015

Nestle plans to appeal against a decision from the Spanish competition regulator decision that found the company, alongside ten other dairies, guilty of price collusion in the market.


Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2015

Danone, Nestle and Lactalis are among 11 dairy companies fined by the Spanish competition regulator over alleged collusion on pricing.


Dean Best | 6 Mar 2015

This week, the spotlight on the relationships between suppliers and retailers turned to Australia, where a new code of conduct is to be set up. Meanwhile, Spain's anti-trust watchdog fined 11 dairy companies over alleged price collusion. A series of M&A deals this week included Dr Oetker's move for European frozen cake maker Coppenrath & Wiese. And our latest management briefing analysed the opportunities for packaged food manufacturers in the US foodservice market.


Hannah Abdulla | 5 Mar 2015

Nestle and Lactalis' chilled desserts venture has rolled out a reduced-sugar variant of its Munch Bunch fromage frais range in the UK and Ireland.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 29 May 2014

The Italian dairy group was in the spotlight last year after minority investors complained about its acquisition of Lactalis American Group, the US-based arm of majority shareholder Lactalis. This week, an appeals court in Italy brought an end to the protracted legal dispute.


Dean Best | 3 Apr 2014

Days after Parmalat announced it had acquired Australian dairy and fruit juice firm Harvey Fresh comes news of a deal of another sort for the Lactalis-owned Italian dairy giant.

Company research

Grupo Lactalis Iberia SA in Packaged Food (Spain)

Grupo Lactalis Iberia SA in Packaged Food (Spain)

In 2013, Grupo Lactalis Iberia SA continued the restructuring of its business after the acquisitions carried out between 2010 and 2011, which included Puleva and cheese manufacturer Forlasa. The reorg...

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Lactalis, Groupe in Packaged Food (France)

Lactalis, Groupe in Packaged Food (France)

While Groupe Lactalis maintains plenty of room for growth in the other countries in which it is active, particularly in the countries with emerging economies known as the BRIC nations, France remains...

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Lactalis , Group in Packaged Food (World)

Lactalis , Group in Packaged Food (World)

Lactalis is one of the most acquisitive dairy producers over 2009-2014. It moved from fourth to third position in global dairy following the acquisition of Parmalat in 2011. The company has continued...

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