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August 30, 2016updated 10 Apr 2021 5:29pm

Food industry news of the week – Australia dairy sector probe, Unilever on Israel production, China’s duties on US poultry to continue

The Australian government this week announced plans for an investigation into the country's dairy sector in the wake of price cuts from processing giants Fonterra and Murray Goulburn for the price they pay for milk. Unilever said it continues to manufacture in Israel as the business recovers from the revelation cereal contaminated with salmonella was shipped to retailers. The spat between China and the US over the trade in poultry products continued with Beijing set to continue its anti-subsidy duties on certain imports from the US.

By Dean Best

The Australian government this week announced plans for an investigation into the country’s dairy sector in the wake of price cuts from processing giants Fonterra and Murray Goulburn for the price they pay for milk. Unilever said it continues to manufacture in Israel as the business recovers from the revelation cereal contaminated with salmonella was shipped to retailers. The spat between China and the US over the trade in poultry products continued with Beijing set to continue its anti-subsidy duties on certain imports from the US.

Australia launches “full examination” of dairy industry

The Australian government has launched a probe into the country’s dairy industry after dairy processors including Murray Goulburn and Fonterra moved to cut their farmgate milk prices by as much as 20% earlier this year. 

Unilever insists Israel production licence not suspended

Unilever said it has “broadly confirmed” human error led to some of its Telma cereal products contaminated with salmonella being shipped out of a plant in Israel but stressed the company’s manufacturing licence had not been suspended.

China to renew anti-subsidy duties on US poultry products

China’s ministry of commerce has extended for another five years countervailing (anti-subsidy) duties that have been charged on US imports of broiler chicken products.

American Heart Association advises on added sugars for children

Children aged two to 18 in the US should eat less than 25 grams of added sugars each day, the American Heart Association has recommended.

Amul plans new ice cream plant in Indian city of Pune

Indian dairy giant Amul is planning to set up an ice cream plant within 18 months in the western city of Pune.

Orior to acquire Culinor Food Group

Orior, the Swiss food group, said today (23 August) that it is acquiring the Culinor Food Group, which will become Orior’s “European centre of competence”.

Cloetta CEO David Nuutinen stands down 

David Nuutinen, the president and CEO of European confectionery group Cloetta, has decided to stand down from the post, with the company citing “private reasons”.

Hügli expands in foodservice with Bresc stake

Hügli Group has acquired an 80% stake in Dutch foodservice supplier Bresc, in a deal that expands the Swiss company’s geographical reach and scales up its foodservice operations.

Nomad Foods CEO touts improving sales trends as H1 results worsen

Nomad Foods CEO Stéfan Descheemaeker today (25 August) insisted the UK-based frozen food group was seeing its sales trends improve despite the Birds Eye reporting a fall in underlying first-half revenue and earnings.

Emmi earnings grow but sales outlook lowered

Emmi lowered its full-year sales forecast this morning (23 August) with the Swiss dairy group pointing to a “challenging economic environment”, although the Caffe Latte owner upped its estimating for annual operating profit.

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