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

25 November 2013

Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan made another investment in the UK with the acquisition of Burton's Biscuit Co. In Australia, grocery retailing giants Woolworths and Coles signed up to a code of conduct governing their relationship with suppliers. And we ran our latest just-food interview, with Patrick Coveney, CEO of private-label convenience food group Greencore.

UK: Muller acquires UK operations of dairy group Nom

4 September 2013

German dairy giant Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller has acquired the UK operations of Austrian rival Nom, as it looks to expand its presence in the country's private label yoghurt market.

UK: Muller Wiseman Dairies eyes depot closures

12 June 2013

UK milk supplier Muller Wiseman Dairies has said it may close two depots as it readjusts to the way milk is now delivered to retail customers.

UK: Muller to invest in butter production facility

15 January 2013

Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller has confirmed plans to invest GBP17m (US$27.3m) in a new UK facility that will see the company move into butter manufacturing in the country.

UPDATE: UK: Overseas investment to drive food M&A

8 January 2013

Analysts at Experian believe that overseas investment will maintain the momentum of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food sector.

just-food review of 2012: M&A revival but caution hinders big deals

19 December 2012

There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A activity rebounded in the food sector this year. However, a look at just-food's M&A coverage this year shows there have been few big-ticket, transformational deals.

UK: 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.

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

17 September 2012

Late on Friday, India's government stunned the country with a wave of reforms, including the return of plans to ease restrictions on foreign investment into the retail sector. Further east, Japanese conglomerate Itochu Corp. confirmed it was in talks to buy Dole Food Co. assets - and expansion in China could be a factor in its interest.

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.

UK: Dairy farmer protests target Arla Foods

16 August 2012

Protests by UK farmers over the price of milk last night (15 August) targeted dairy giant Arla Foods.

UPDATE: UK: Iceland agrees to talks amid dairy protests

3 August 2012

Iceland Foods has agreed to talks with UK dairy farmers after the retailer was targeted by a fresh round of protests last night.

UK: Dairy farmer protests target Iceland, Farmfoods

3 August 2012

Protests by UK farmers over the price of milk last night (2 August) targeted discount retailers Iceland Foods and Farmfoods.

UK: Farmers warn milk protests could continue

31 July 2012

UK dairy farmer protests over milk prices could continue, despite processors last week reversing plans to cut prices this week.

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

30 July 2012

Major food multinationals last week reported their first-half results. Unilever saw food volumes fall, PepsiCo insisted it had "momentum" in Europe, Hershey believed US candy had reached a new growth phase and Danone faced criticism from analysts. Elsewhere, the UK milk farmers' protests appeared to pay off, with processors shelving plans for price cuts.

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.

UK: Arla U-turn on milk price cut

27 July 2012

Arla Foods has become the next UK dairy processor to reveal it will no longer implement plans to cut milk prices next week.

UK: Dairy Crest postpones milk price cut

26 July 2012

Dairy Crest will postpone a cut to the farmgate milk price that was due to come into effect on 1 August.

UK: Asda, Morrisons, Co-op in government talks on milk

25 July 2012

Asda, Morrisons and The Co-operative Group will today (25 July) hold talks with the UK government to discuss the future of the country's dairy sectors - as farmers protests over milk prices continue.

UK: Milk protests will continue, says Farmers for Action

24 July 2012

UK farmers angry at the cuts to the price they receive for their milk will continue their protests despite a deal on a code of practice to govern relations in the industry.

UK: Aldi next to up milk payments

24 July 2012

Discounter Aldi has become the latest UK retailer to increase the amount it pays for milk.

UK: Morrisons to up milk payment

23 July 2012

Morrisons is to increase what it pays to milk farmers, becoming the latest UK retailer to up its payment amid anger from suppliers.

UK: Morrisons set to announce milk payment changes next week

20 July 2012

Morrisons plans to announce changes to the way it pays its milk farmers next week, the UK retailer said today (20 July).

UPDATE 2: UK: NFU calls for retailers to fund milk price increase

17 July 2012

The National Farmers Union has suggested the reversal of recent price cuts implemented by dairy processors should be funded "from retailers margins".

UK: Scotland unveils "dairy action plan"

13 July 2012

The Scottish government has unveiled a five-point action plan aimed at tackling pricing issues in the dairy industry.

UK: UK government unveils dairy farmer funding

13 July 2012

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a GBP5m (US$7.7m) funding programme aimed at helping improve dairy farmers' competitiveness.

In the spotlight: Dairy farmers lay down gauntlet over pricing

11 July 2012

UK dairy farmers have warned they are prepared to take action if processors push through recently announced price cuts. However, Katy Askew writes, it seems likely their demands will carry little sway with processors and retailers.

UK: M&S predicts price hike as weather hits crops

11 July 2012

Marks and Spencer has said it expects the extreme weather conditions in the UK are likely to have an affect on crops, potentially leading to a spike in prices.

UK: Dairy industry nears agreement on code of practice

11 July 2012

The UK dairy industry is nearing an agreement on a voluntary code of best practice that would govern relationships down the supply chain, it emerged today (11 July).

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