Dairy

Danone to sell 14 percent stake in Yakult amid portfolio diversification

14 Feb 2018 --- French multinational food products corporation Danone plans to offload part of its 21.29 percent stake in Japan’s Yakult as part of its capital allocation strategy, at the same time as bolstering its collaboration in probiotics by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese company.

UK: Arla Foods acquires Yeo Valley Dairies

08 Feb 2018 --- Arla Foods Limited will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited. The transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property license with Yeo Valley. Completion of the transaction will take place following merger approval by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Emmi inches up sales after strong recovery in second half of 2017

07 Feb 2018 --- Swiss milk processor and dairy products company Emmi improved group sales by 3.2 percent to CHF 3.36 billion (US$3.5 billion) in 2017, which is a slight rise in annual sales on an organic basis following a recovery in the second half of 2017.

China: Increased milk consumption means “going green”

07 Feb 2018 --- Global milk consumption is projected to increase dramatically over the next few years, with the world's major exporters in the EU, New Zealand and the US struggling to meet the demand sustainably. China is expected to need more than three times as much milk by 2050 as it produced in 2010. Without changes to its current supply lines, the demand will lift global greenhouse gas emissions from dairy herds by 35 percent, expand dairy land by 32 percent and increase nitrogen pollution from dairy production by 48 percent.

Plant milk boom: US$65m investment in pea milk startup and plant packaging makes its debut

05 Feb 2018 --- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has invested US$65 million in Ripple Foods Inc., a startup beverage company that creates milk-like beverages from yellow peas. The investment is Ripple's largest to date and brings the two-year-old company's total funding to US$110 million.

Lactalis: Salmonella-tainted milk could date back as far as 2005

02 Feb 2018 --- Multinational dairy cooperative, Lactalis could have been producing salmonella-tainted baby milk since 2005. Chief Executive, Emmanuel Besnier, was quoted making the statement earlier in the week to French newspaper Les Echos, adding that the crisis was “likely to cost the company hundreds of millions of euros.” 

Winter sports (Part 2): Whey proteins and wellness play crucial role in active lifestyles

01 Feb 2018 --- For a long time, the sports nutrition category was a niche sector, catering mainly for bodybuilders and elite athletes – the “core users" of sports nutrition products. These individuals, who still exist today, are typically high-volume users, frequent purchasers and are knowledgeable, discerning consumers. Winter sports, in general, have much to do with increased consumption of protein as a whole and whey proteins and health and wellness play an active role in this concept.

Arla Foods invests US$655m in long-term dairy growth

31 Jan 2018 --- Arla Foods has announced plans to invest €527 million (US$655 million) this year, as the company continues to deliver on its 2020 growth ambition. The decision to increase the investments of the company was approved during a meeting in London earlier this week by Arla Foods’ board of directors.

Arla: Brabrand Dairy site will be closed next year

26 Jan 2018 --- Dairy giant Arla, has announced that it will close the Brabrand site, in Aarhus, Denmark, in mid-2019 and move the production to other sites, due to lack of expansion options. Arla Foods' Board of Directors has decided to close Brabrand Dairy, which produces fermented milk products such as yogurt, skyr and crème fraîche, and relocate production to other sites in Denmark, Holland, and Germany.

Fonterra Australia increases milk capacity with US$133m investment

25 Jan 2018 --- In a bid to grow milk volumes to keep pace with increasing dairy demand, Fonterra Australia is investing AU$165 million (US$133 million) at key sites in Victoria and Tasmania. The expansion will seriously ramp up output from its Australian operations and supports Fonterra’s aim to “stay ahead of the demand curve”.

Low carbon future: Irish dairy eyes climate change challenge as global opportunity

25 Jan 2018 --- Every liter of milk produced in Ireland is currently the most carbon efficient liter of milk in Europe – a distinct competitive advantage for Irish dairy farmers. This must be further underpinned in the years ahead to ensure continuing, sustainable and long-term success, a major new report on the Irish dairy farming sector has recommended.

Lactalis to acquire Icelandic style yogurt company Siggi's

05 Jan 2018 --- Lactalis has agreed to acquire the US-based maker of Icelandic style skyr yogurts with “simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar” for an undisclosed price. Siggi’s is the fastest growing yogurt in conventional grocery and is a top 5 selling yogurt brand in many mainstream grocery chains including Stop & Shop, Meijer and Publix and recently became the #1 selling yogurt brand overall in Whole Foods.

Valio to pay bonus for responsible dairy production

03 Jan 2018 --- From the start of this year, Finnish dairy Valio has promised to pay one cent extra per liter to entrepreneurs who have proven themselves committed to responsible dairy production. Valio has implemented the most extensive renewal of quality and production practices in the company’s history. The aim of this development work is to promote animal well-being and a better quality of life for the animals.

Arla expands dairy footprint in Indonesia

02 Jan 2018 --- Arla Foods is set to strengthen its business in Southeast Asia by establishing a joint venture with PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk (ICBP), one of the leading fast-moving consumer goods companies and dairy players in Indonesia. Southeast Asia is a strategic growth region in Arla Foods’ strategy, Good Growth 2020, and the company is now taking another step towards building its business in the region. The newly signed joint venture agreement with ICBP is set to expand Arla Foods’ presence in the Indonesian market.

DMK Group and Arla Foods sign mozzarella contract manufacturing agreement

21 Dec 2017 --- Arla Foods and German dairy company DMK Group have signed a third-party manufacturing contract that will see DMK produce 35,000 tons of mozzarella cheese for Arla per year at its Nordhackstedt site in northern Germany.

Valio launches non-dairy product range made from Finnish oats

19 Dec 2017 --- Valio has introduced a new range of plant-based products: the spoonable Valio Oddlygood gurts and the Valio Oddlygood oat drink – both made from Finnish oats at Valio’s Riihimäki and Turenki plants, in Finland. The new gurts and the oat drink will be available in stores in Finland in February 2018 and in Sweden in spring 2018.

Lactalis baby milk in worldwide recall after salmonella contamination

12 Dec 2017 --- French dairy group Lactalis has recalled its formula milk and baby food following the discovery of salmonella cases in babies and after 26 children under the age of six fell in France earlier this month. The affected Lactalis products have been recalled in France and for export to markets including Europe, Africa, South America and China. The recall covers hundreds of baby milk powder products marketed globally under the Milumel, Picot and Celia brands.

Dairy UK joins call for more Brexit clarity

11 Dec 2017 --- Dairy UK has welcomed the progress being made between the UK government and the European Union on Brexit negotiations, however, the organization also wants to see much more clarity on the future relationship with the EU and how to stabilize the dairy industry.

Ingredia showcases new “Via Lacta” milk range as demand for sustainably sourced ingredients increases

06 Dec 2017 --- Ingredia were showcasing their new “Via Lacta” milk range at this year's Food ingredients Europe (FiE), held in Frankfurt, last week. The logo symbolizes the milk with a drop of milk, the environment with a tree and man with a smile. As a dairy cooperative, Ingredia is made up of farmers and are very involved in the processes associated with every stage of milk production. In order to meet current consumption trends shifting towards healthier products with sustainable development, Ingredia’s “Via Lacta” range of ingredients, comes from its own responsible milk collection. 

Plant-based milks: (Part 2) Dairy-free and vegan claims drive NPD

30 Nov 2017 --- Developments in plant-based foods are seeing increased demand from those who do not want to commit to a full vegan or even vegetarian lifestyle but would rather pick and choose to suit their lifestyle, social life or health conditions. Lu Ann Williams, Director of Innovation at Innova Market Insights told FoodIngredientsFirst: “The category has been further boosted by the growing availability and promotion of plant-based options to traditional dairy lines, particularly beverages, but also cultured products such as yogurt, frozen desserts and ice cream, creamers and cheese.”