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Infant formula, sports nutrition sectors boost demand for whey powderComment: Competition to rise as dairies invest in whey production 1 Sep 14

Katy Askew

Arla Foods is wise to invest in its whey protein production capacity. However, the company is far from alone in pursuing this strategy, with various dairy firms stepping up production to meet growing global demand. As activity increases so too could competition, Katy Askew suggests.


Agropur needed M&A amid a consolidating dairy sector, Coallier saysThe just-food interview part two: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier 29 Aug 14

Dean Best

Few food companies, if any, have been as acquisitive as Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur in recent quarters. And the group's M&A activity appears to have picked up since CEO Robert Coallier joined the business in 2012. In part two of the latest just-food interview, Coallier explains the reasons behind Agropur's appetite.


Mengniu focuses on higher margin opportunities On the money: Mengniu brushes off concerns with "star" brand focus 28 Aug 14

Katy Askew

China's largest dairy manufacturer China Mengniu Dairy has shrugged off investor concerns over margin pressure, insisting its strategy to raise investment behind "star" and growth brands will improve the group's long-term profitability profile. Katy Askew reports.


Jeanine Holmgren, CEO FriaThe bitesize interview - Fria CEO Jeanine Holmgren 28 Aug 14

Hannah Abdulla

Scandinavian free-from firm Fria entered Ireland last month, its 11th European market since it launched in 1996, another example of the growth in demand for gluten-, lactose- and dairy-free products. just-food's Hannah Abdulla caught up with Fria CEO Jeanine Holmgren about the latest trends in the sector and how innovation is a key factor to staying ahead in this sector


Fonterra and Beingmate hope to tap into growing demand for formula in ChinaBRICs and beyond: Fonterra, Beingmate partnership formula for success 28 Aug 14

Katy Askew

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and Chinese baby food maker Beingmate are to form a joint venture to try to capitalise on the exponential growth of the Chinese infant formula sector. With each partner bringing something very different to the table, Katy Askew suggests the new entity is well-placed to leverage the strengths of both.


Milk producers have welcomed USDA work to plot out ways to develop biogas outputSustainability Watch: How will US biogas push affect food industry? 28 Aug 14

Ben Cooper

An initiative launched under the auspices of President Obama's Climate Action Plan will see the government foster a major expansion of biogas use. Ben Cooper looks at the implications of the US government's Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for US food manufacturers.


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