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2012: M&A revival but caution hinders big deals

There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A acti...

Best bits: The risks of Arla's fresh push in China

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a significant deal in China with local company Mengniu. The Danish-Swedish co-op says the venture repre...

Category crunch: Turbulent times in UK liquid milk

Katy Askew | 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: UK dairies answer milk challenge

Katy Askew | 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.

The most-read interviews on just-food in 2011

Dean Best | 23 Dec 2011

2011 was again a year in which just-food discussed the key industry issues with the leading lights in the sector. From the creation of meat-free firm Quorn Foods to Ferrero's ambitions in the UK and from Kraft Foods' plans in the key emerging market of South Africa to sustainability strategies with Ahold and Kellogg, we interviewed some of the top players in the industry this year. Click on the links for more and check out all our featured interviews for 2011 here.

End of dairy quotas makes EU mergers inevitable

Dean Best | 16 Jun 2010

The spectre of the end of dairy quotas in the EU is prodding dairy processors across the continent to combine.

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Arla looks to M&A to drive growth - CFO

Michelle Russell | 29 Aug 2013

Arla Foods today (29 August) reported a doubling of earnings in its first-half, boosted by M&A. The company has taken a lead in the process of consolidation underway in the European dairy sector, with deals in the UK and Germany. Arla expects to continue to play an active part in European consolidation in the dairy sector as well as looking to M&A to drive growth in emerging markets, Michelle Russell discovered when she caught up with Arla CFO Frederik Lotz.

IFE: Arla to ramp up investment in UK

Katy Askew | 21 Mar 2013

For all the positive publicity around dairy exports, the UK dairy sector is facing some significant challenges. The domestic market is dominated by low-value own label liquid milk sales, while underinvestment means that UK producers and manufacturers operate at a competitive disadvantage to their European peers. However, Arla Foods plans to tackle these issues head-on. Arla UK vice president of marketing Ash Amirahmadi spoke to just-food on the group's plans to ramp up investment in the UK, including the launch of a new liquid milk brand.

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Arla Foods H1 earnings double

Michelle Russell | 29 Aug 2013

Dairy giant Arla Foods saw its earnings double in the first half of the year as deals including its merger with Milk Link helped boost profits.

Arla sells Crediton Dairy milk drinks unit in UK

Dean Best | 24 May 2013

Arla Foods has offloaded UK milk drinks operation Crediton Dairy to a group of executives who worked for the unit's previous owner, Milk Link.

Arla raises UK milk price

Katy Askew | 23 Apr 2013

Arla UK has raised the price it pays Arla Milk Link members thanks to an "improved business performance".

Arla, AFMP to "define roadmap" to ownership

Katy Askew | 15 Mar 2013

Arla Foods and UK supplier group Arla Foods Milk Partnership have entered into talks in a bid to define how AFMP members can join Arla's existing farmer-shareholders in ownership of the co-operative.

M&A, emerging markets boost Arla in 2012

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2013

Acquisitions and growth in markets outside the EU have helped dairy giant Arla Foods report higher annual sales and profits.

Arla Foods to lose former Milk Link CEO Kennedy

Chris Mercer | 11 Jan 2013

The former CEO of Milk Link, Neil Kennedy, has said his decision to leave his role at new parent firm Arla Foods has nothing to do with the dairy giant's strategy for the recently-acquired business.

Arla Milk Link price cut "bitter blow"

Katy Askew | 9 Jan 2013

News that Arla Milk Link is cutting its farmgate milk price will come as a "bitter and unacceptable" blow to its farmer suppliers, the National Farmers Union has warned.

Arla Foods to up milk price for farmers

Michelle Russell | 19 Nov 2012

Arla Foods is to increase the price it pays to its Arla Milk Link farmer members by 1.33ppl from 3 December.

Arla to sell Milk Link asset for EU merger OK

Chris Mercer | 28 Sep 2012

Arla Foods will sell the milk drinks business of Milk Link in order to satisfy competition authorities before merging with the UK dairy farmer cooperative.

Arla to begin local production of Anchor butter

Dean Best | 31 Aug 2012

Arla Foods is to start producing Anchor butter in the UK next month.

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

Dean Best | 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.

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

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2012

A raft of earnings results kept the just-food news desk busy this week. M&S chief executive Marc Bolland insisted its product development sets it apart from rival grocers, while Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison expressed her disappointment at the firm's US soup performance this year. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Peter Lauritzen, CEO of Arla UK, and Neil Kennedy, chief executive of Milk Link, on the merits of their merger.

Arla and Milk Link merger to create UK dairy giant

Michelle Russell | 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.

Arla plans merger with Milch-Union Hocheifel

Michelle Russell | 22 May 2012

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a proposed merger with Germany's eighth largest dairy co-operative, Milch-Union Hocheifel (MUH).

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

Katie Smith | 21 May 2012

Arla Foods revealed 250 jobs could be cut as it drives efficiency and tries to keep pace with its international competitors - and admitted more could be made. The race to buy frozen food giant Iglo Group also continued to make the headlines and this week Thai food manufacturer CP Foods was linked to the business. Meanwhile, in the US, Kellogg "refreshed" its 106-year-old namesake brand, although industry watchers suggested the cereal maker might have to do more to drive sales.

Milk Link reports higher FY profits

Dean Best | 18 May 2012

UK dairy co-op Milk Link has reported an increase in annual underlying pre-tax profits on the back of cost cuts and higher commodity prices, which boosted sales.

Milk Link ups capacity at cheese plant, creamery

Dean Best | 15 Feb 2012

UK dairy co-op Milk Link plans to "upgrade" two production facilities to meet "growing demand" for its cheese.

Milk Link H1 sales, profits rise

Katie Smith | 2 Nov 2011

UK dairy co-op Milk Link today (2 November) reported an increase in half-year sales and profits.

Milk Link invests in Lockerbie plant

Katie Smith | 29 Sep 2011

Milk Link has today (29 September) announced that it will invest GBP20m (US$31.3m) into its facility in Lockerbie, Scotland.

Tesco increases price of milk for dairy farmers

Katie Smith | 27 Sep 2011

Tesco has increased the price it pays farmers for milk on sale in its UK stores.

Milk Link revamp creates two business units

Dean Best | 17 Aug 2011

UK dairy co-op Milk Link has created two business units in a revamp that its chief executive says will improve the company's performance.

Branded sales boost First Milk FY profits

Dean Best | 19 Jul 2011

Higher branded sales have helped drive a jump in annual profits at UK dairy co-operative First Milk.

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