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The First Milk rise follows announcements by a number of major UK milk processors that they would be increasing pricesUK: First Milk ups milk price

20 September 2012

First Milk is to raise the standard price it pays producers in its liquid milk pool by 2.6p per litre to 28.65p per litre.

UK: Wiseman next to pledge milk price hike

13 September 2012

Robert Wiseman Dairies has become the latest UK dairy processor to announce an increase in the price it pays farmers for milk.

UK: Wiseman to "rebuild trust" with milk price move

29 August 2012

UK milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies has insisted it will look to bring more transparency to how it determines the price it pays farmers after a tense summer in the sector.

GERMANY: Metro decides on one CEO for Real arm

13 August 2012

German retail giant Metro Group has decided to create a CEO role for its entire Real hypermarket operations.

UPDATE: UK: Wiseman shelves milk price cut

27 July 2012

Robert Wiseman Dairies has confirmed it will shelve plans to cut the price it pays for milk following talks with farmers and its retail customers.

UK: Wiseman in talks to solve milk price feud

27 July 2012

Robert Wiseman Dairies is in talks with the National Farmers Union and its customers over its plans to cut the price it pays for milk as farmer anger centres on the Muller-owned processor.

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

16 July 2012

The price of milk dominated headlines in the UK this week, with farmers gathering at a summit to air their views on the implications of the cuts and discuss what can be done. Elsewhere, French retailer Carrefour sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its domestic hypermarket business, while PepsiCo and Müller at last showed their hand as they joined the fray to win over US consumers in the Greek yoghurt market.

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

16 July 2012

UK dairy farmers this week gathered at a summit in London to air their views on recent cuts in prices to liquid milk and the implications of the cuts. In the US, PepsiCo and Müller made the much-anticipated launch of their yoghurt range, while Campbell Soup Co. indicated it is eyeing expansion into new categories through its acquisition of carrot-to-beverage firm Bolthouse Farms.

US: PepsiCo-Muller JV debuts in yoghurt category

9 July 2012

Muller Quaker Dairy, the US joint venture between Muller and PepsiCo, has confirmed its plans to enter the dairy category in the country with the launch of a line of premium yoghurts.

Promo Tracker: Waitrose leads promo activity in June

3 July 2012

Waitrose led the promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

UPDATE: UK: Robert Wiseman defends decision to cut milk price

2 July 2012

Robert Wiseman Dairies has said its decision to cut the price it pays its farmers for milk wasn't taken without "a great deal of consideration", despite criticism from the National Farmers Union (NFU) over the move.

UK: NFU blasts Robert Wiseman for milk price cut

2 July 2012

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has blasted UK milk supplier Robert Wiseman Dairies for hitting farmers with a "catastrophic" cut in milk prices.

UK: Greencore sells Uniq desserts facility to Müller

15 June 2012

Ireland-based food maker Greencore has struck a deal to sell a chilled desserts facility in the UK to yoghurt giant Müller.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's leads promo activity in May

6 June 2012

Sainsbury's led an increased level of promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

Category crunch: Turbulent times in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The UK liquid milk sector is experiencing an ongoing decline in value sales. Despite gradually increasing volumes, the price being paid for milk is dropping. As a consequence, milk producers find themselves struggling to turn a profit in the category. In part one of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at the dynamics shaping the UK's liquid milk market.

Category crunch: Industry responds to challenge in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The downward movement of liquid milk prices has placed margins in the category under mounting pressure. In part two of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at how the country's three largest milk processors - Dairy Crest, Arla and Robert Wiseman - are responding to this challenge.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

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.

UK: Supermarkets slammed for "dodgy" pricing tactics

24 May 2012

UK shoppers are being "misled" by supermarkets over "dodgy pricing tactics" used for multi-buy offers, according to consumer group Which?

The just-food interview - Arla UK CEO Peter Lauritzen and Milk Link CEO Neil Kennedy

23 May 2012

Arla Foods and Milk Link have revealed plans to merge their operations in the UK. If approved, the combined entity would become the largest dairy processor in the market. In this month's just-food interview, Peter Lauritzen, CEO of Arla UK, and Neil Kennedy, chief executive of Milk Link, speak to Katy Askew about the benefits the proposal would bring the companies and their farmer-owners.

UK: Arla, Milk Link merger to create UK dairy giant

22 May 2012

Arla Foods has announced plans to merge with UK dairy farmer co-operative Milk Link in a deal that would create the country's largest dairy group.

Promo Tracker: Ocado ramps up discounts in April

2 May 2012

Ocado stepped up the level of discounts it offered in April in a mixed month of promotional activity among UK retailers, according to the latest data from just-food's Promo Tracker.

Focus: Players battle to ride the US Greek yoghurt wave

20 April 2012

The Greek yoghurt market in the US has enjoyed some serious growth over the last few years with formidable entrenched players in the category reaping the benefits. But with concerns that General Mills is not being proactive enough and Kraft Foods pulling out last month, analysts question whether there is room for more players in this already crowded category.

SPAIN/PORTUGAL: Metro revamps cash-and-carry unit

20 April 2012

German retail giant Metro Group is to reorganise the structure of its Makro operations in Spain and Portugal, resulting in 150 jobs being cut and the closure of its Portuguese head office.

Promo Tracker: Chocolate jumps to most promoted category

5 April 2012

Boxed chocolates leap-frogged into pole position as the most heavily promoted category in March, according to the latest just-food Promo Tracker.

Promo Tracker: Ocado leads promo battle in February

13 March 2012

Discounts at Ocado offered UK consumers the largest savings in February, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker, as the promotional fight between the country's food retailers resumed in earnest.

UK: Muller adds to Greek style yoghurt range

5 March 2012

Muller has expanded its yoghurt range with the launch of a trio of "fat free" Greek style yoghurts in the UK.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

5 March 2012

It had been speculated in recent months but, this week, PepsiCo and German dairy giant Muller confirmed plans to start a manufacturing yoghurt in the US, where sales of the product are growing fast. Ferrero's decision to build a plant in Mexico and General Mills' acquisition of US snacks firm Food Should Taste Good also grabbed your attention, as did financial results from chocolate firm Lindt & Sprungli and Dutch retailer Ahold. And, to mark Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK, we interviewed Paul Chandler, chief executive of a pioneer in the sector, Traidcraft.

GERMANY: DMK ups stake in ingredients firm DP Supply

23 February 2012

German dairy giant DMK is to expand its ingredients business through the acquisition of a further stake in DP Supply.

Promo Tracker: Waitrose offers deepest promotions

7 February 2012

Waitrose's promotions offered consumers the highest saving on average, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

2012 - Supermarket battles to drive supplier M&A

6 February 2012

Some of the world's largest retailers struggled in 2011, which promises to mean even more intense competition in 2012. What could this mean for suppliers? Ultimately, it could mean the industry witnesses more consolidation this year.

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