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Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and...

Profiles: Arab Dairy and Bisco Misr

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...


Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

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.


Dairy in India: No quick win for multinationals

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.


Dairy in India: How can exporters crack market?

Raghavendra Verma, Alan Osborn and Barbara Bierach | 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.


BRICs: How dairy deal bolsters Lactalis and BRF

Katy Askew | 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.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: FrieslandCampina export MD Cees Ruijgrok

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.


just the answer - Robin Barraclough, Emmi

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

Lactalis surpasses Danone on dairy league table

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.


Lactalis buys out Arla from dairy JV Walhorn

Dean Best | 16 Jun 2015

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


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.


UPDATE: Lactalis buys 80% of Ak Gida

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.


Yildiz Holding "to sell Ak Gida to Lactalis"

Dean Best | 5 May 2015

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


Tesco delists Rachel's Organic yoghurt range

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2015

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


Food industry news of week: Iglo, Blue Bell

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.


Lactalis' Ljubljanske ends soft-cheese production

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2015

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


Another 'yoghurt cartel' firm to appeal

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.


French yoghurt cartel fines announced

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.


UPDATE: Nestle denies competition violation

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.


Danone, Nestle, Lactalis fined for price collusion

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.


Food industry news of week: Dr Oetker, Hain

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.


Nestle, Lactalis launch low-sugar Munch Bunch

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.


Pioneers outbids Lactalis for Arab Dairy

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Mar 2015

Investment firm Pioneers Holding has reportedly submitted the winning bid for the takeover of Egypt's Arab Dairy.


French yoghurt "cartel" set to hear probe verdict

Stuart Todd | 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.


Pioneers enters sealed bid for Arab Dairy

Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Parmalat to close Canada plant, 92 jobs affected

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Feb 2015

Italian dairy firm Parmalat is to cease operations at its Marieville plant in Canada, a move that will affect 92 jobs.


Rachel's launches Inspirations range

Katy Askew | 18 Feb 2015

Lactalis-owned UK organic yoghurt maker Rachel's is launching a range to try to capitalise on growing evening yoghurt consumption.


Lactalis's Al-Nour counters rival Arab Dairy bid

Dean Best | 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.


Lactalis to launch Lactel breakfast drink

Stuart Todd | 12 Feb 2015

Lactalis will next month launch a breakfast drink, Milk'n Go, in France.


Food industry news of week: Tesco, Fonterra, Mars

Dean Best | 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.

Latest blogs

Parmalat's Lactalis court case comes to an end

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.


How Parmalat has received another boost in Australia

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.

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