Danone this week struck a deal with US regulators over its planned takeover of WhiteWave Foods – and it will lead to the sale of its local organic dairy business Stonyfield. In Europe, Ferrero named a new CEO as incumbent Giovanni Ferrero moved to the role of chairman to focus on strategy. In Latin America, Brazil saw one of its major meat customers, China, ease restrictions on its exports, put in place after the corruption allegations that have rocked the country’s meat sector emerged.

Danone to sell Stonyfield in WhiteWave deal with US regulators

Danone is to sell US organic dairy unit Stonyfield as part of a deal with local regulators on the French giant’s planned acquisition of US food and beverage group WhiteWave Foods.

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Ferrero names Lapo Civiletti CEO as Giovanni Ferrero focuses on strategy

Italian chocolate giant Ferrero has said that its current chief executive and member of the founding Ferrero family, Giovanni Ferrero, will move to the strategy-focused role of chairman and Lapo Civiletti will replace him as CEO.

Granarolo acquires stake in Brazil’s Allfood

Italian agro-food group Granarolo has acquired a 60% stake in Brazilian food processor and distributor Allfood.

Samworth Brothers chief Alex Knight steps down

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UK issues 20% sugar cut guidelines for food industry

Public Health England (PHE) today (30 March) set out guidelines for food manufacturers operating in the country to reduce sugar by 20% in the top nine categories of products providing sugar to children’s diets by 2020.

Donald Trump eyes cuts to USDA, FDA cash this fiscal year

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China eases ban on Brazil meat exports

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Britannia Industries, Chipita announce deal on joint venture

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Under-scrutiny Huishan Dairy admits missed payments

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CapVest strikes deal to buy UK pork firm Karro Food Group

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