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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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Danone unveils Auckland plant expansion 23 Feb 2018

Danone has completed an investment project at a plant in New Zealand designed to double the production capacity of a plant that blends and packs infant formula.

Fonterra deal "does not change A2/Synlait baby-milk JV" 21 Feb 2018

A2 Milk Co. today (21 February) moved to underline its infant-formula venture with supplier Synlait Milk would continue in the wake of the New Zealand dairy and baby-milk business' new, wide-ranging agreement with Fonterra.

Fonterra in wide-ranging deal with buoyant A2 Milk Co. 20 Feb 2018

Fonterra has struck a deal with A2 Milk Co. covering the manufacturing and distribution of its smaller, fast-growing New Zealand dairy peer's products.

New Zealand dairy fund Southern Pastures pursues Westland joint venture 2 Feb 2018

New Zealand's biggest dairy investment fund Southern Pastures is pursuing a joint venture with Westland Milk Products, one of the country's dairy cooperatives.

Charoen Pokphand green-lighted to sell duck products in New Zealand 30 Jan 2018

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) has gained a foothold in the New Zealand market with the launch of a duck meal range there.

Fonterra expresses concern over losses at Beingmate venture in China 22 Jan 2018

New Zealand's Fonterra has expressed disappointment at an earnings downgrade by its infant formula venture in China, with Beingmate Baby & Child Food Co. potentially expected to book a loss of as much as twice the amount previously announced.

Japan's Itoham takes full control of NZ's Anzco Foods 4 Jan 2018

Japan-based meat products supplier Itoham Yonekyu Holdings has acquired more shares in Anzco Foods and taken its stake in the New Zealand beef and lamb exporter to 100%.

New Zealand's Synlait Milk to enter fresh milk market 20 Dec 2017

Synlait Milk, the New Zealand business best known for co-packing infant formula, will enter the fresh milk market in early 2019 by partnering with retailer Foodstuffs South Island.

Kraft Heinz offers disposals for Cerebos deal OK 15 Dec 2017

Kraft Heinz has put forward a range of assets it is willing to offload to secure regulatory clearance in New Zealand for its planned acquisition of a clutch of local brands from Japanese giant Suntory.

New Zealand's A2 Milk names Jayne Hrdlicka as CEO 14 Dec 2017

A2 Milk Co has revealed Jayne Hrdlicka will take over the role of chief executive officer and managing director from Geoffrey Babidge, who will retire in 2018.

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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.