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Covid-19 food industry updates – Wednesday 8 July (free to read)

8 Jul 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free

6 Jul 2020

Andy Coyne rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area.

New products – Meal-kit firm Purple Carrot links up with Conagra on retail launch; Mondelez debuts Cadbury cakes in India; Mullerlight Crunch low-fat yogurts

3 Jul 2020

This week's new product offerings include a global take on Old El Paso kits from US food group General Mills and a new 'superfood' cereal for kids from Kellogg-owned Kashi.

New products – Itsu products launch in France; Jelly Belly moves into gummies; Nestle-Lactalis JV expands Lindahls range in UK; Caulipower targets convenience

26 Jun 2020

We report on a batch of new products including Krispy Kreme's retail snacks, a "mash-up" breakfast cereal from Kellogg and Finland's Fazer Group launching vegan chocolate.

Lactalis names ex-Metro exec Philippe Palazzi new CEO

23 Jun 2020

Global dairy group Lactalis has hired a retail veteran as the French company's new group chief executive.

Italy's Parmalat launches D2C offering after Covid-19 boom

22 Jun 2020

Italian dairy company Parmalat, owned by French peer Lactalis, has made an announcement on whether to launch a direct-to-consumer operation.

New products - Nomad launches Birds Eye plant-based meal mixes, vegan rolls; Kraft Heinz's 'Gourmet' sauces; Lactalis-Nestle expands range; Muller's first Skyr yogurt in UK

5 Jun 2020

Our pick of the new products this week includes the return of Necco Wafers to US grocery shelves and Australia's Murray River Organics moving into the breakfast category.

Lactalis to close Australia plant

6 Feb 2020

Lactalis, the French dairy behemoth, is to shut a plant in one of its international markets as part of changes to its production network in that country.

New products - Nestle's plant-based sausages hit Europe, US; Turkey giant Butterball moves into meat snacks; Danone debuts simple ingredient yogurts; Hershey's Krave in new segment

17 Jan 2020

New product launches that caught the eye this week include a new milk chocolate KitKat variant from Nestlé and dairy-free ice cream from Alden's Organic.

New products - Mars links up with Burton's to take Maltesers brand into biscuits; Nomad Foods launches Green Cuisine range in Germany; Tofurky rolls out plant-based burger

10 Jan 2020

This week's batch of new products includes Unilever launching Magnum Ruby ice cream, Mars and Burton's teaming up on biscuits and lower-sugar kids' SKUs from Lactalis' Siggi's.

Fruit puree processors in France fined for role in price-fixing cartel

19 Dec 2019

France's competition authority has fined major fruit purée producers for fixing prices and controlling market share.

Nuova Castelli closes US cheese plant

12 Dec 2019

Nuova Castelli, the Italian cheese company soon to be owned by French dairy giant Lactalis, has made a decision which will affect employees in the US.

Lactalis takes Siggi's yogurt brand into plant-based

12 Dec 2019

French dairy heavyweight Lactalis is to take a yogurt brand it owns in the US into plant-based, it has been announced.

2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 Dec 2019

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019.

Carbon emissions target from Lactalis' Stonyfield

14 Aug 2019

Stonyfield, the US organic dairy business, owned by French giant Lactalis, has issued a target on carbon emissions.

New products - Nestle's ice cream push in China; Kellogg's Nutri-Grain for kids; Chobani nut butter yogurt; Danone's So Delicious yogurt alternatives

19 Jul 2019

This week's batch of new products includes Kellogg pushing Nutri-Grain into US kids category and a nut butter line of Greek yogurts from Chobani. 

Nestle sells unit in Uzbekistan to Lactalis

18 Jul 2019

Nestlé has sold a business in Central Asia to another of the world's largest dairy companies, it has been announced.

Dairy companies to appeal latest Spain collusion ruling

16 Jul 2019

Major dairy companies operating in Spain plan to lodge fresh appeals against a latest set of fines issued for alleged collusion on price.

Lactalis can finally get Itambe deal over line after agreement with Lala

11 Jul 2019

French dairy giant Lactalis has announced it has reached an agreement that means it can now complete its acquisition of a South American peer.

Lactalis extends US presence with Ehrmann's yogurt business

8 Jul 2019

French dairy giant Lactalis has extended its presence in the US with the purchase of another yogurt business.

Lactalis confirms Nuova Castelli acquisition

30 May 2019

French dairy giant Lactalis has confirmed it has acquired a European cheese maker, a deal first mooted last week.

Lactalis linked to Nuova Castelli acquisition

23 May 2019

French dairy giant Lactalis has been linked in media reports with a deal to take over an Italian cheese maker.

Lactalis makes unprecedented disclosure on sales target, reveals extent of baby milk scandal

8 Feb 2019

In an unprecedented move, French dairy giant Lactalis has disclosed details of its recent financial performance, along with targets.

New products - General Mills' Häagen-Dazs ice-cream brand expands into gelato; Lactalis takes Siggi's skyr yogurts to UK; Unilever's Magnum vegan roll out in US

8 Feb 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a new Japanese noodle kit range from the Tazaki Foods-owned Yutaka brand and Pladis taking the Godiva chocolate brand into biscuits.

New products - Voortman's sugar-free push; Mondelez introduces Milka Dark Milk; Unilever-owned Talenti brings out organic gelati line; Bob Evans Farms launches Steamables side dish line

1 Feb 2019

This week's batch of new products includes yogurts for babies from US-based Stonyfield and a vegan-friendly pea snack from the UK's Brave Foods.

Why Lactalis' M&A spree continued in India and Egypt

29 Jan 2019

The pace of acquisitions made by Lactalis shows no sign of abating as the dairy giant starts 2019 with a pair of acquisitions. Simon Harvey takes a look.

Lactalis builds emerging-market presence with acquisitions in India, Egypt

22 Jan 2019

France-based dairy giant Lactalis has announced acquisitions in the emerging markets of India and Egypt.

New products - Mondelez broadens Cadbury range in UK; Intersnack-owned crisp brand McCoy's launches Muchos tortilla chips; Parag Milk Foods expands reach of premium offering Pride of Cows; Pladis expands Go Ahead line with low-calorie options

18 Jan 2019

This week's batch of new products includes Post Holdings and Hostess Brands coming together to launch breakfast cereals and a chicken alternative from Naturli' Foods.

Lactalis ups stake in Italian peer Parmalat and plans to take it private

4 Dec 2018

Lactalis, the French dairy heavyweight, has increased its stake in a European subsidiary to more than 95%.

Kraft Heinz sells Canadian cheese assets to Lactalis-owned Parmalat

7 Nov 2018

US food giant Kraft Heinz is selling its Canadian natural cheese business to a major European dairy firm in a US$1.23bn deal.

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