Around 20 individuals have carried out two commando-style raids on an Entremont Alliance production plant in France.
 
In the first attack, the main door of an administrative building at the facility in Brittany was smashed - as were several office windows, a computer and video system.

The second raid saw men in tractors pour 15,000 litres of milk - taken from tankers that had been blocked from entering the facility - into a local river, a spokesperson for the company told just-food.

The spokesperson said that the company had been "deeply shocked" by the violence and estimated the damage at around EUR100,000 (US$149,665). 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw police make three arrests.
 
While making no reference to the attack, France's biggest milk producers federation, the FNPL, issued a statement shortly after the raids to denounce what it claimed to be the company's policy of underpaying dairy farmers.

However, the spokesperson strongly refuted this suggestion.

"We are in respect of the price agreement we signed back in June," he insisted. "In the light of some recent improvement, the FNPL wants us to react now and, while we don't rule this out altogether, it could aggravate Entremont's 2009 results, which in turn could affect its on-going (merger) negotiations with Sodiaal."