Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and...
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 internat...
| 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.
| 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.
| 30 Sep 2014
Overseas dairy companies talk of the potential India can offer their business but the market remains challenging, not least when looking at its supply chain and infrastructure. However, there are ways international dairy players can gain a foothold in India's promising dairy sector.
| 9 Sep 2014
The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing on improving the performance of its core meat operations and the group would leave the transaction better positioned to step up its expansion into international protein markets. Meanwhile, Lactalis will strengthen its hand in the promising Brazilian dairy sector, leaving the company well-placed as a global dairy powerhouse. Katy Askew reports.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 16 Jun 2015
Lactalis has taken full control of Walhorn AG, the Belgian dairy venture it had with European peer Arla Foods.
| 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.
| 7 May 2015
French dairy group Lactalis has confirmed plans to buy a controlling stake in Turkish dairy Ak Gida from Yildiz Holding.
| 5 May 2015
Yildiz Holding has reportedly struck a deal to sell Turkish dairy arm Ak Gida to Lactalis.
| 24 Apr 2015
Lactalis-owned UK dairy business Rachel's Organic has confirmed supermarket Tesco has delisted its yoghurt range.
| 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.
| 31 Mar 2015
Lactalis-owned Slovenian dairy firm Ljubljanske Mlekarne has announced it is to discontinue semi-hard cheese production.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 6 Mar 2015
Danone, Nestle and Lactalis are among 11 dairy companies fined by the Spanish competition regulator over alleged collusion on pricing.
| 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.
| 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.
| 3 Mar 2015
Investment firm Pioneers Holding has reportedly submitted the winning bid for the takeover of Egypt's Arab Dairy.
| 26 Feb 2015
France's competition regulator, the Autorité de la Concurrence, will render its decision in weeks on an 2012 investigation into an alleged price-fixing cartel among a number of yoghurt producers.
| 23 Feb 2015
Private equity firm Pioneers Holding is keen to remain in the running to acquire Egyptian dairy firm Arab Dairy, according to a statement from Egypt's financial regulator.
| 20 Feb 2015
Italian dairy firm Parmalat is to cease operations at its Marieville plant in Canada, a move that will affect 92 jobs.
| 18 Feb 2015
Lactalis-owned UK organic yoghurt maker Rachel's is launching a range to try to capitalise on growing evening yoghurt consumption.
| 13 Feb 2015
Lactalis-owned Egyptian dairy business Al Nour for Dairy Industries has submitted a fresh offer for local peer Arab Dairy after rival bidder Pioneers Holding had a new offer accepted.
| 12 Feb 2015
Lactalis will next month launch a breakfast drink, Milk'n Go, in France.
| 6 Feb 2015
Tesco is to be the first UK retailer investigated for alleged breaches of the country's groceries code in the wake of its mis-statement of profits, it was announced this week. Elsewhere, a staff error led to Fonterra losing its licence to ship cheese to the US and Mars revealed it will close a chewing gum plant in Canada.
| 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.
| 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.
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