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"All of the major dairy companies are aware of us" - A2 Milk Co. chairman David Hearn on the company's rise 24 Feb 2017

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.


Fonterra's full-year results – 10 things to learn 25 Sep 2015

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reversed its first-half profit drop to report a massive jump in full-year earnings yesterday (24 September). The result was achieved despite lower sales from the co-operative, with a focus on efficiency and product mix as well as the benefit of lapping weak prior-year comparables. Here are just-food's ten key takeaways from Fonterra's fiscal 2014/15 numbers.


In the spotlight: Why ABF's George Weston is making bread better-for-you 1 May 2015

Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company looks to be weighing up options to increase sales in the highly pressured bakery sector. Is its move into the better-for-you category in New Zealand one that will pay off? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Comment: New Zealand drought could hit dairy sector 16 Jan 2015

The possibility New Zealand could be facing another year of drought conditions is a serious concern for the country's massive dairy industry - and one which has global implications.


In the spotlight: Fonterra's strategy to weather enduring dairy volatility 26 Sep 2014

After reporting a slump in Fonterra's annual profits this week, CEO Theo Spierings was at pains to tell the market the global dairy market will remain erratic. However, the head of the world's largest dairy exporter also outlined how the group plans to ride out changes in supply of and demand for milk.

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New Zealand's Keytone Dairy begins second plant construction 17 Aug 2018

New Zealand-based Keytone Dairy Corp. said work has begun on its second manufacturing facility, which is due to come on-stream during the first half of next year.


Fonterra names Miles Hurrell interim CEO 14 Aug 2018

Fonterra has named long-standing executive Miles Hurrell its new interim CEO as the dairy giant looks to "take stock" after seeing its chief executive and chairman both stand down this year.


Fonterra issues note of caution on earnings 10 Aug 2018

Fonterra today (10 August) warned its annual earnings per share could be "at or slightly below" its forecast level amid the higher milk prices facing the dairy cooperative.


Fonterra requests trading halt amid possible earnings downgrade 9 Aug 2018

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra suspended trading of its shares today (9 August) pending the possibility of an earnings downgrade as the company prepares its annual results.


Westland Milk Products' business review could include sale or merger 31 Jul 2018

Westland Milk Products is undertaking a strategic review that could include a merger or divestment for New Zealand's second-largest dairy cooperative.


New Zealand's Manuka Health 'targeted by Chinese suitors' 30 Jul 2018

New Zealand's Manuka Health is reportedly on the radar of Chinese firms for a possible buyout.


Fonterra chairman John Wilson to step down for health reasons; John Monaghan selected as successor 27 Jul 2018

Fonterra chairman John Wilson has stood down from the post due to health reasons and will retire from the New Zealand dairy cooperative in November.


New Zealand dairy Keytone unveils Bernard Kavanagh as chairman after stock exchange bow 19 Jul 2018

New Zealand dairy group Keytone Dairy Corp. has revealed former Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory (WCB) corporate development general manager Bernard Kavanagh is its new chairman.


Nestle in New Zealand confectionery asset sale 12 Jul 2018

Nestlé plans to sell some of its confectionery brands in New Zealand to RJ's and Darrell Lea confectionery owner Quadrant Private Equity as the Swiss food giant's local arm focuses on its chocolate, baking and medicated lozenge assets.


Fonterra to double butter output at Edgecumbe to meet Chinese demand for 'muddy buns' 10 Jul 2018

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra plans to double production of butter at its plant in Edgecumbe to meet rising demand in China for what are known locally as 'muddy buns'.

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Progress at Synlait but challenges remain 28 Aug 2014

New Zealand dairy group Synlait Milk revealed today (28 August) it has hit the "major milestone" of receiving regulatory clearance to begin exporting finished product from its new NZ$28.5m dry blending and consumer packaging plant.


Seafood sector warned on global warming 1 Jul 2014

The New Zealand seafood industry received a stark warning this weekend: a "massive shellfish extinction event" could be on the cards.


Manuka welfare scandal another blow for NZ dairy 22 Jan 2014

The reputation of the New Zealand dairy industry has taken another blow, with Chilean authorities reportedly launching an investigation into alleged animal cruelty by Manuka Dairy.