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Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

18 Mar 2019

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.

Dairy Farmers of America to acquire Agropur facility

18 Dec 2018

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has entered into an agreement with a peer which will see the co-op acquire a facility in St Paul, Minnesota.

Agropur launches dairy accelerator programme in North America

30 Oct 2018

Canada's Agropur is launching a dairy accelerator programme, the latest sizeable food manufacturer to develop such an initiative.

Agropur hints at further changes to goat cheese operation

19 Oct 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has said it is "examining avenues" for its goat cheese operation.

Canada's Agropur to shut Quebec plant

21 Sep 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced the closure of its Saint-Damase plant in Quebec's Montérégie region.

KP Snacks adds to Hula Hoops range in UK, Arla enters food-to-go breakfasts with Milk & Oats drinks; Gressingham Duck debuts Bistro range; Agropur's crunchy yogurt bites

4 May 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

Earnings summary - Kraft Heinz FY sales fall; Campbell H1 sales drop on volumes in 'challenging' US; Danone boosted by WhiteWave synergies; J.M. Smucker Q3 food sales fall

16 Feb 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Canada's Agropur creates investment platform with local partner

15 Feb 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has joined forced with locally-based institutional investor La Caisse to create a joint investment platform.

Canada's Agropur takes full control of yogurt maker Ultima Foods

1 Sep 2017

Canada's dairy cooperative Agropur will become the sole owner of Ultima Foods under an agreement with Agrifoods International in what was previously a 50/50 joint venture.

Agropur books increased first-quarter sales and earnings

30 Mar 2017

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has booked increases in sales and earnings in an "excellent" performance for the first quarter of 2017.

Rene Moreau named president of dairy giant Agropur

13 Feb 2017

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced the appointment of René Moreau as its president.

Dairy giant Agropur reports "substantially improved" earnings

10 Feb 2017

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has booked sales of nearly CAD6bn (US$4.5bn) and "substantially improved earnings" for 2016.

Dairy giant Agropur to acquire Canada's Scotsburn Ice Cream

2 Dec 2016

Canada's Scotsburn Ice Cream is selling its assets to local dairy giant Agropur Cooperative for an undisclosed sum.

Agropur president Serge Riendeau to step down

18 Oct 2016

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced president Serge Riendeau will retire in February.

Canadian dairy firms grumble over another hike to price floors

8 Sep 2016

Canadian dairy processors have expressed their concern regarding the imposition of another increase in the minimum price they must pay for butter and skimmed milk powder

Agropur sales get M&A, forex boost in 2015

11 Feb 2016

Agropur saw sales rise by over a quarter in 2015, thanks to the impact of acquisitions and foreign exchange, although the Canadian dairy co-operative's profit performance was mixed.

Agropur to close plant in British Columbia

5 Nov 2015

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced plans to close its plant in Chilliwack, British Columbia, as part of its optimisation programme in western Canada.

Agropur to close Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville plant

8 Jul 2015

Canadian dairy Agropur has announced plans to shut its plant in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville as it reorganises its fluid milk processing.

Agropur results "below expectations" despite record sales

16 Feb 2015

Agropur CEO Robert Coallier has said the Canadian dairy co-operative's annual results missed the company's expectations despite record sales.

2014 in review: the year's most-read interviews on just-food

18 Dec 2014

Our interviews with senior United Biscuits executives - in the year the company's owners agreed to sell the UK snack maker to Turkey's Yildiz Holding - featured highly on the list of 2014's most-clicked interviews on just-food. Interviews with the CEOs of the UK's Premier Foods and Canada's Agropur, as well as the CFOs of Arla Foods and Brazil's BRF were also popular as we continued to gain access to some of the industry's leading lights.

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

1 Sep 2014

Fonterra this week made a significant move to boost its business in China, a market that has been problematic for the world's largest dairy exporter. We analysed the group's latest foray, a venture with infant formula producer Beingmate. Elsewhere, dairy dominated our coverage, with news of Parmalat closing in on an acquisition in Brazil and Emmi's surprise profit warning. Canadian dairy giant Agropur also featured on our interview pages, when CEO Robert Coallier sat down with us to discuss the co-op's recent M&A.

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

1 Sep 2014

This week, the EU announced more measures to help out dairy farmers hit by the Russia ban. Chiquita and Fyffes insisted again a merger between the two would be the best outcome for shareholders. Our latest just-food interview saw us discuss Agropur's M&A strategy with the Canadian dairy co-op's CEO, while we chatted to Scandinavian free-from firm Fria about its expansion across Europe.

The just-food interview part two: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier

29 Aug 2014

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.

The just-food interview part one: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier

27 Aug 2014

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur this month finalised its largest deal to date - its purchase of US cheese and dairy ingredients business Davisco Foods International. In part one of a two-part interview, Dean Best speaks to Agropur CEO Robert Coallier about the company's most recent transaction.

CANADA/US: M&A-hungry dairy co-op Agropur in Davisco deal

23 Jul 2014

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has pounced again, with a deal for Davisco Foods International's dairy-processing assets in the US, Europe and China.

CANADA: Acquisitive Agropur to buy Northumberland Dairy assets

15 Jul 2014

Canadian dairy Agropur has made another acquisition, this time swooping to buy the dairy and food distribution assets of fellow co-op Northumberland Dairy Cooperative.

CANADA: Agropur in plants-and-supply deal with Sobeys

9 Jul 2014

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has struck deals to buy four plants from - and supply a range of products to - Sobeys, one of the country's largest retailers.

CANADA: Sales, EBITDA up at dairy co-op Agropur

13 Feb 2014

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has reported higher annual sales and EBITDA, insisting it was able to grow in a market where competition, it said, has been "at a rarely seen level".

CANADA: Agropur acquires Cook's Dairy

24 Jun 2013

Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur has acquired Nova Scotia-based Cook's Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

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

3 Dec 2012

Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.

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