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Interview: Arla looks to M&A to drive growth - CFO

29 Aug 2013

Arla Foods today (29 August) reported a doubling of earnings in its first-half, boosted by M&A. The company has taken a lead in the process of consolidation underway in the European dairy sector, with deals in the UK and Germany. Arla expects to continue to play an active part in European consolidation in the dairy sector as well as looking to M&A to drive growth in emerging markets, Michelle Russell discovered when she caught up with Arla CFO Frederik Lotz.

DENMARK: Arla Foods H1 earnings double

29 Aug 2013

Dairy giant Arla Foods saw its earnings double in the first half of the year as deals including its merger with Milk Link helped boost profits.

UK: Arla sells Crediton Dairy milk drinks business

24 May 2013

Arla Foods has offloaded UK milk drinks operation Crediton Dairy to a group of executives who worked for the unit's previous owner, Milk Link.

UK: Arla raises milk price

23 Apr 2013

Arla UK has raised the price it pays Arla Milk Link members thanks to an "improved business performance".

Interview: IFE: Arla to ramp up investment in UK dairy

21 Mar 2013

For all the positive publicity around dairy exports, the UK dairy sector is facing some significant challenges. The domestic market is dominated by low-value own label liquid milk sales, while underinvestment means that UK producers and manufacturers operate at a competitive disadvantage to their European peers. However, Arla Foods plans to tackle these issues head-on. Arla UK vice president of marketing Ash Amirahmadi spoke to just-food on the group's plans to ramp up investment in the UK, including the launch of a new liquid milk brand.

UK: Arla, milk suppliers to "define roadmap" to ownership

15 Mar 2013

Arla Foods and UK supplier group Arla Foods Milk Partnership have entered into talks in a bid to define how AFMP members can join Arla's existing farmer-shareholders in ownership of the co-operative.

The just-food interview - Arla Foods CFO Frederik Lotz

4 Mar 2013

European dairy processor Arla Foods had a bumper 2012, with sales and profits up. And its operations in emerging markets played a part in boosting its top and bottom lines. Dean Best spoke with Arla CFO Frederik Lotz about the company's ambitions in emerging markets as it battles stiff competition for rising dairy consumption in markets like China from its European peers.

DENMARK: M&A, emerging markets boost Arla in 2012

20 Feb 2013

Acquisitions and growth in markets outside the EU have helped dairy giant Arla Foods report higher annual sales and profits.

UK: Arla Foods to lose former Milk Link CEO Kennedy

11 Jan 2013

The former CEO of Milk Link, Neil Kennedy, has said his decision to leave his role at new parent firm Arla Foods has nothing to do with the dairy giant's strategy for the recently-acquired business.

UK: Arla Milk Link price cut "bitter blow"

9 Jan 2013

News that Arla Milk Link is cutting its farmgate milk price will come as a "bitter and unacceptable" blow to its farmer suppliers, the National Farmers Union has warned.

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

19 Dec 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.

The ten most-read interviews on just-food in 2012

18 Dec 2012

just-food's interviews with senior executives in the international food sector provide exclusive insight into how the leading lights in the industry deal with the challenges and embrace the opportunities in front of them. This year, the most-read interviews on just-food included one-on-ones with companies from General Mills and Heinz to Russian retail giant Magnit to the UK government minister responsible for food policy.

UK: Arla Foods to up milk price for farmers

19 Nov 2012

Arla Foods is to increase the price it pays to its Arla Milk Link farmer members by 1.33ppl from 3 December.

UK: Arla to sell Milk Link asset for EU merger approval

28 Sep 2012

Arla Foods will sell the milk drinks business of Milk Link in order to satisfy competition authorities before merging with the UK dairy farmer cooperative.

UK: Arla to begin local production of Anchor butter

31 Aug 2012

Arla Foods is to start producing Anchor butter in the UK next month.

Best bits: The risks of Arla's fresh push in China

18 Jun 2012

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a significant deal in China with local company Mengniu. The Danish-Swedish co-op says the venture represents a "breakthrough" for its brand in China but, with food safety a concern in the country, there are potential risks, as well as rewards, for the company.

Category crunch: Turbulent times in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The UK liquid milk sector is experiencing an ongoing decline in value sales. Despite gradually increasing volumes, the price being paid for milk is dropping. As a consequence, milk producers find themselves struggling to turn a profit in the category. In part one of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at the dynamics shaping the UK's liquid milk market.

Category crunch: Industry responds to challenge in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The downward movement of liquid milk prices has placed margins in the category under mounting pressure. In part two of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at how the country's three largest milk processors - Dairy Crest, Arla and Robert Wiseman - are responding to this challenge.

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

28 May 2012

The UK dairy sector was in the spotlight this week, with the proposed merger between Arla Foods and local co-op Milk Link and the annual loss reported by Dairy Crest. just-food interviewed senior executives from Arla and Milk Link to discuss the combination and reported on Dairy Crest's plans to increase returns from its troubled dairies business. Elsewhere, we reported on two sustainability events held in London, including the annual conference on the Round Table for Responsible Soy. And, further afield, Heinz revealed it was looking for more acquisitions in emerging markets while US rival General Mills secured a deal to buy Brazilian firm Yoki Alimentos.

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

28 May 2012

A raft of earnings results kept the just-food news desk busy this week. M&S chief executive Marc Bolland insisted its product development sets it apart from rival grocers, while Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison expressed her disappointment at the firm's US soup performance this year. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Peter Lauritzen, CEO of Arla UK, and Neil Kennedy, chief executive of Milk Link, on the merits of their merger.

The just-food interview - Arla UK CEO Peter Lauritzen and Milk Link CEO Neil Kennedy

23 May 2012

Arla Foods and Milk Link have revealed plans to merge their operations in the UK. If approved, the combined entity would become the largest dairy processor in the market. In this month's just-food interview, Peter Lauritzen, CEO of Arla UK, and Neil Kennedy, chief executive of Milk Link, speak to Katy Askew about the benefits the proposal would bring the companies and their farmer-owners.

UK: Arla, Milk Link merger to create UK dairy giant

22 May 2012

Arla Foods has announced plans to merge with UK dairy farmer co-operative Milk Link in a deal that would create the country's largest dairy group.

GERMANY: Arla plans merger with Milch-Union Hocheifel

22 May 2012

Dairy giant Arla Foods has announced a proposed merger with Germany's eighth largest dairy co-operative, Milch-Union Hocheifel (MUH).

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

21 May 2012

Arla Foods revealed 250 jobs could be cut as it drives efficiency and tries to keep pace with its international competitors - and admitted more could be made. The race to buy frozen food giant Iglo Group also continued to make the headlines and this week Thai food manufacturer CP Foods was linked to the business. Meanwhile, in the US, Kellogg "refreshed" its 106-year-old namesake brand, although industry watchers suggested the cereal maker might have to do more to drive sales.

UK: Milk Link reports higher FY profits

18 May 2012

UK dairy co-op Milk Link has reported an increase in annual underlying pre-tax profits on the back of cost cuts and higher commodity prices, which boosted sales.

UK: Milk Link ups capacity at cheese plant, creamery

15 Feb 2012

UK dairy co-op Milk Link plans to "upgrade" two production facilities to meet "growing demand" for its cheese.

The most-read interviews on just-food in 2011

23 Dec 2011

2011 was again a year in which just-food discussed the key industry issues with the leading lights in the sector. From the creation of meat-free firm Quorn Foods to Ferrero's ambitions in the UK and from Kraft Foods' plans in the key emerging market of South Africa to sustainability strategies with Ahold and Kellogg, we interviewed some of the top players in the industry this year. Click on the links for more and check out all our featured interviews for 2011 here.

UK: Milk Link H1 sales, profits rise

2 Nov 2011

UK dairy co-op Milk Link today (2 November) reported an increase in half-year sales and profits.

UK: Milk Link invests in Lockerbie plant

29 Sep 2011

Milk Link has today (29 September) announced that it will invest GBP20m (US$31.3m) into its facility in Lockerbie, Scotland.

UK: Tesco increases price of milk for dairy farmers

27 Sep 2011

Tesco has increased the price it pays farmers for milk on sale in its UK stores.



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