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November 17, 2008

FRANCE: Danone targeted as milk price row continues

Action by French milk producers against the latest price-cut proposals from French dairy processors continued today (17 November) with demonstrators targeting a Danone dairy plant in the south-west of France.

Action by French milk producers against the latest price-cut proposals from French dairy processors continued today (17 November) with demonstrators targeting a Danone dairy plant in the south-west of France.


While media reports claimed a blockade was in place this morning, Danone told just-food that activity at the Villecomtal-sur-Arros plant was continuing with “milk supplies going in and finished goods coming out”.


Farmers’ and milk producers’ unions have warned that action could take place elsewhere in the Midi-Pyrenées region on Monday and Tuesday with protests in other regions of France also on the cards as the week progresses.


Meanwhile, a spokesperson for trade federation the FNPL told just-food that negotiations at a national level between the dairy companies and dairy farmers are likely to resume this week.


Three previous rounds of talks ended in stalemate with the FNPL – representing the farmers – staunchly opposing plans to cut dairy prices.

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