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China and Russia likely to put 'considerable pressure' on H2 dairy sales: FrieslandCampina

Lagging Chinese demand and the impact of the Russian embargo are likely to put "considerable pressure" on FrieslandCampina's sales in the second half of 2015.

Fonterra boosts Chinese kids' milk presence with 'ultra-premium' Anchor launch

Fonterra has moved to strengthen its position in China's kids' milk market with the launch of a vitamin-enriched "ultra-premium" product.

Fonterra launches New Zealand yogurt pouch recycling scheme

Fonterra has partnered with recycling firm TerraCycle to launch New Zealand's first recycling programme for yogurt pouches.

'No further' takeover talks with Dean Foods and Freedom Foods: a2 Milk Company

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has had "no further communication" with Dean Foods and Freedom Foods since it rejected the takeover bid tabled by the pair.

Russia lifts 2013 botulism scare ban on imports from Fonterra plants

Russia has partially lifted restrictions on Fonterra dairy imports implemented in the midst of the 2013 whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare.

Global Dairy Trade commodity prices increase after five-month freefall

Prices on the Fonterra-owned Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction platform rose today for the first time since March.

Fonterra 2014/15 milk price calculation gets NZ Commerce Commission approval

Fonterra's farm gate milk price (FGMP) calculation for the 2014/15 season has been given the New Zealand Commerce Commission's stamp of approval.

Japanese low-purine trend inspires Meiji PA-3 yogurt development

Greater awareness about gout and low-purine diets has not only inspired innovation by Japan's major breweries, but the country's largest dairy, Meiji. 

13% in some countries compared to 43% in SE Asia

Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

News in brief

Efacec to expand in South East Asia with three partnerships

Efacec has signed three contracts with PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology TBK (PT Smart TBK) in Surabaya, Indonesia, Lian Hock Hardware (Lian Hock) and a print and supply chain partner, in Singapore to expand its presence in South East Asia.

Fonterra slashes milk price forecast to account for supply demand 'imbalance'

Fonterra has slashed its farm gate milk price (FGMP) forecast for the 2015/16 to account for the current "imbalance" in supply and demand.

‘Small format packs expected to grow more than 50% until 2020’

SIG Combibloc launches smallest carton for first time in Indonesia

SIG Combibloc has launched its smallest carton pack 80ml into Indonesia for the first time.

Fonterra fined NZ$192,000 for Eltham buttermilk dump stench

Fonterra has been fined NZ$192,000 (US$127,000, €115,000) by a court in New Zealand for its part in what has been dubbed the Eltham buttermilk stink. 

Mead Johnson Nutrition to pay $12m to settle SEC China bribery charges

Mead Johnson Nutrition has agreed to pay $12m (€10.9m) to settle a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into the "promotional practices" of its Chinese business.

Lack of dairy-based fat in human diet may lead to prediabetes, dolphin study suggests

Heptadecanoic acid, a saturated fat found in dairy products, may actually help stop prediabetes in its tracks, says a National Marine Mammal Foundation study.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

Danone to swap Dumex China infant formula unit for larger stake in Mengniu

Danone plans to use proceeds from the proposed sale of its Dumex China infant formula business to increase its stake in Mengniu.

China overtakes US to become ice cream market 'powerhouse': Mintel

China has overtaken the US to become the “powerhouse” of the global ice cream market, says Mintel.

a2 Milk Company rejects Dean Foods, Freedom Foods takeover bid

The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) has rejected a joint takeover bid by Australian firm Freedom Foods and US dairy giant Dean Foods.


Brand names can't trump supermarket cheese hegemony

Australians still enjoy their cheddar. Market research by Roy Morgan Research shows that almost 85% of Australian shoppers buy some kind of cheese at least once each month

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