Yomo, Italy's main yoghurt company (2001 sales forecast at Lit600bn (US$280.3m)), is spinning off its elaborate logistics operations and searching a European distribution partner.

Yomo -- also active in milk, cheese, sauces, vegetables, salami and pasta -- said the new company to handle logistics will also be quoted on the Stock Exchange. The group hopes to find a major European or Italian outfit with extensive operations in hauling fresh products.

The idea behind the spin-off is for Yomo to concentrate on production and boost sales, which had been stuck in the region of Lit500bn a year, with a loss in 2000. The projected increase in sales in 2001 is expected to enable Yomo to break even for the year.

By Hilmi Toros, just-food.com correspondent