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National Foods Products Co. 'abandons sale' 

23 Jun 2016

The owners of the UAE's National Foods Products Co. (NFPC) have reportedly abandoned negotiations over the potential sale of a majority stake in the Abu Dhabi-based dairy group. 

AUS: Lion Nathan removes 'permeate' from milk

25 Jun 2012

Lion Nathan National Foods, the Australian dairy and drinks giant, has announced the removal of the substance 'permeate' from its milk.

UPDATE: AUS: Lion confirms CEO Murray to leave

29 Feb 2012

Australian dairy firm Lion, which will see its chairman leave next month, has confirmed that its CEO Rob Murray also plans to quit next year.

AUS: Former British Airways CEO Eddington to become Lion chair

29 Feb 2012

Former British Airways CEO Sir Rod Eddington is to become the chairman of Australian dairy firm Lion next month.

AUS: Woolworths defends NSW own-label milk switch

17 Jun 2011

Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, has defended its decision to switch own-label milk supplies in New South Wales, insisting it was not due to the fierce competition with rival Coles in the sector.

AUS: Lion Nathan National Foods announces name change

16 May 2011

Lion Nathan National Foods, the Australian dairy and drinks giant, today (16 May) announced its intention to rebrand its three divisions to a single corporate brand.

AUS: National Foods to rationalise cheese production

16 Mar 2011

Australia's National Foods plans to rationalise its cheese production, investing in expanding manufacturing at one plant and shuttering or selling five other sites in Tasmania, South Australia and Victoria.

AUS: ABF unit George Weston Foods names Reeves as CEO

7 Feb 2011

Associated British Foods' Australian subsidiary George Weston Foods (GWF) has appointed Andrew Reeves as its new chief executive.

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

23 Dec 2010

The week kicked-off with the news that the purchase of French cheese maker Entremont Alliance by dairy co-operative Sodiaal had been approved.

JAPAN: Charges drag down Kirin Holdings' nine-month profits

5 Nov 2010

Kirin Holdings has reported a 42% drop in net profits for the first nine months of 2010, due to lower sales and one-off charges for restructuring and pensions.

MALAYSIA: Fraser & Neave to buy ice-cream firm King's Creameries

20 Oct 2010

Fraser & Neave announced plans today (20 October) to buy King's Creameries to expand its ice-cream business in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

UK: La Buena Vida launches tapas range

3 Sep 2010

La Buena Vida has launched its tapas at home range in the UK.

AUS: National Foods to review cheese manufacturing

26 Aug 2010

National Foods has announced it will undertake an extensive review of its cheese manufacturing operations across Australia.

JAPAN: Kirin Holdings cuts H1 profits, sales forecast

26 Jul 2010

Kirin Holdings has cut its sales and profits forecast for the first half of 2010.

AUS: Woolworths shakes up milk supply

8 Jun 2010

Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, has shaken up its milk supply and decided to award its own-label contracts to more than one supplier.

JAPAN: Food business helps drive Kirin Q1 profit jump

7 May 2010

The food interests of Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings have helped the business post a jump in operating profit for the first quarter of the year.

AUS: National Foods consolidates manufacturing

29 Apr 2010

Australian dairy group National Foods has announced plans to close its Booval production site and transfer volume to its Crestmead facility, putting 100 jobs at risk.

JAPAN: Kirin 2009 profits down; forecasts 2010 dip

10 Feb 2010

Kirin Holdings, the Japan-based food and drink group, today (10 February) booked a 39% fall in 2009 profits and warned of another - albeit less pronounced - fall in 2010.

UPDATE: JAPAN: Shares dive on Kirin, Suntory breakdown

8 Feb 2010

Analysts and investors have reacted badly to a breakdown in merger talks between Kirin Holdings and Suntory.

JAPAN: Kirin, Suntory merger talks collapse

8 Feb 2010

Merger talks between Japanese food and drink makers Kirin Holdings and Suntory have ended after seven months.

AUS: National Foods strikes Tasmania milk price deal

21 Dec 2009

An amicable deal has been struck between Tasmanian farmers and dairy processor National Foods today (21 December), concluding a long-running saga that had become bitter on occasions.

CANADA/AUS: Warrnambool "very likely target" of Saputo

9 Dec 2009

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (WCB), the Australian dairy firm at the centre of takeover speculation, could be a target for Canadian dairy giant Saputo, one leading Canadian analyst claimed today (9 December).

AUS: Warrnambool shrugs off takeover approach

8 Dec 2009

Australian dairy firm Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (WCB) has dismissed a takeover approach as under-valuing the company and insisted the business is recovering after a tumultuous year.

AUS: McCain to close Australian plant

23 Nov 2009

The food processing sector in Australia has received another blow with the second major plant closure in a fortnight.

AUS: Goodman issues "encouraging" outlook

23 Nov 2009

Goodman Fielder, Australia’s largest publicly-listed food manufacturer, has told shareholders that the outlook for the coming year is “encouraging” and believes that the major headwinds of the past two years are behind the company.

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

23 Oct 2009

From the enthusiastic boss of US retailer Supervalu Inc Craig Herkert to the ambitious Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, we have heard from a number of bosses this week on their growth prospects and fight to beat the recession. Elsewhere, the surprise announcement that French retail giant Carrefour will exit Russia continued to provoke passionate views from the industry, while Jumbo CEO Frits van Eerd happily broke the news that it had snapped up local rival Super de Boer following much speculation.

AUS: National Foods no closer to deal with farmers

23 Oct 2009

Talks between National Foods and Tasmanian farmers broke down yesterday (22 October), with an end to the dispute seemingly further away than ever before.

AUS: National Foods price increases a “stunt” - farmers

12 Oct 2009

National Foods appears a long way from appeasing Tasmanian farmers after a price increase was not particularly well received.

JAPAN/AUS: Kirin adds brewer to food stable

7 Oct 2009

Australia's Federal Court today (7 October) approved Kirin Holdings' takeover of brewing group Lion Nathan.

AUS: National Foods to close Hexham dairy

2 Oct 2009

National Foods, the Australian group owned by Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings, has announced further moves to revamp its manufacturing base - which could lead to the loss of over 70 jobs.




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