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Comment: Danone, PepsiCo caught in Russia backlash

For US and European companies exporting products to Russia, the operating environment has been challenging to say the least. Recent comments...

Katy Askew | 1 Sep 2014

Arla Foods is wise to invest in its whey protein production capacity. However, the company is far from alone in pursuing this strategy, with various dairy firms stepping up production to meet growing global demand. As activity increases so too could competition, Katy Askew suggests.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Aug 2014

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Confident the country can be self-sufficient, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have urged local producers to take advantage of the opportunity, and get their products on supermarket shelves. But are they up to the task? And what does this mean for global exporters to Russia? Hannah Abdulla reports.

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Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2014

Valio is facing some significant challenges. The Finland-based dairy group is grappling with the closure of the Russian border as well as the decline in industrial markets for dairy ingredients. However, the company is also working to identify new growth avenues, such as its lactose-free technology. Katy Askew spoke to Kari Finska, SVP of Russia and eastern markets for Valio, to find out more.

Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2013

European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has set out an ambitious growth plan for its Russian business. The firm has indicated it intends to triple sales in the country. Katy Askew caught up with Arla senior vice president Hans Christensen, who has overall responsibility for Russia and other emerging markets, to find out how.

Latest News | 10 Nov 2017

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.

Simon Harvey | 17 Oct 2017

Finnish dairy cooperative Valio has received approval to export to South Africa.

Katy Askew | 16 Jun 2017

Finnish dairy cooperative Valio saw its sales fall by almost 5% in 2016 due to "poor" demand in Asia, an oversupply of milk in the EU and increasing competition.

John Shepherd | 22 Mar 2017

Finnish dairy group Valio has been awarded a loan of up to EUR30m (US$32.4m) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the development of dairy products.

Katy Askew | 25 Nov 2016

Finnish dairy group Valio is launching a lactose-free milk powder product in China. 

Katy Askew | 19 Oct 2016

Finnish dairy group Valio is re-entering Russia by launching a baby food brand in the country.

John Shepherd | 3 Aug 2016

Valio, Finland's largest dairy group, said today (3 August) it will cease production at its factory in Tampere, a city in the south of the country, on 30 September.

Dean Best | 31 May 2016

Valio, Finland's largest dairy group, is planning to end production at a factory in Tampere, a city in the south of the country.

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2016

Finnish food groups Fazer Group and Valio have teamed up to work on a low-salt ingredient they are both using in new consumer-facing lines.

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Mar 2016

Finnish dairy group Valio has confirmed plans to build a plant to produce low-sugar yoghurt products.

Dean Best | 16 Mar 2016

Valio, the Finland-based dairy group, saw its sales drop almost 12% in 2015, the latest company in the sector to report it felt the pressure from the tough trading conditions in the sector.

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2016

Valio has announced the launch of a range of reduced-sugar yoghurt and yoghurt puddings aimed at children in its domestic market.

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2016

Valio, the Finnish dairy group, has launched a spread containing quark in its domestic market to compete with Unilever's Becel in the "wellbeing" segment.

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

European dairy companies Arla Foods and Valio have both moved to quell rumours they are interested in acquiring a controlling stake in Latvia's Jelgava Dairy Company.

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jul 2015

This week, McCormick & Co. highlighted China as a strength in its first half numbers. Valio made a commitment to halve sugar in its dairy snacks and the Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving global food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ebro Foods acquired French sandwich maker Roland Monterrat. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Jul 2015

Finnish dairy firm Valio has committed to halving the sugar levels in snack-type dairy products, particularly yoghurt, by 2020.

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

Dean Best | 8 Jun 2015

Valio has confirmed the number of operations and head office jobs it plans to cut, moves that have come in part to Russia's embargo on dairy products from the EU.

Hannah Abdulla | 21 May 2015

Finnish dairy firm Valio has secured a deal with a single distributor in Australia, providing better access to its low-lactose and lactose-free milk powders.

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

The EUR2.6bn sale of European frozen food giant and Birds Eye owner Iglo Group grabbed the headlines this week - and we looked at where the new owners - Nomad Holdings - could look next. Blue Bell Creameries, the US ice cream maker linked to a fatal listeria outbreak, was in the spotlight for very different reasons, pulling all its products from the market after fresh tests.

Katy Askew | 20 Apr 2015

Valio, the Finnish dairy group, has begun negotiations with around 2,900 employees with the expectation that 320 positions will be eliminated from its operations division and head office.

Dean Best | 4 Mar 2015

Finland-based dairy group Valio has reported a 4% fall in annual sales, a sign of how the business was affected by Russia's embargo on EU dairy products.

Dean Best | 3 Feb 2015

Finland-based dairy group Valio has launched a line of kefir drinks in its domestic market.

Dean Best | 15 Dec 2014

The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.

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Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2015

Russia has insisted it has no plans to lift the EU ban on food imports, its deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, told an audience at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (21 January).

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Dairy in Russia

Dairy in Russia

Dairy in Russia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market size (value 2012-16, and forecast to 2021). The profile also contains descriptions...

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Dairy in Scandinavia

Dairy in Scandinavia

Dairy in Scandinavia industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: market share, market size (value and volume 2012-16, and forecast to 2021). The prof...

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Yoghurt and Sour Milk Products in Finland

Yoghurt and Sour Milk Products in Finland

Natural ingredients, different yoghurt structures, seasonal flavours, surprising new flavour combinations and health and wellness features such as lower sugar content and high in protein ingredients h...

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