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Dubai site 'reflects growth' in Middle East, Africa: Fonterra

Fonterra has opened a warehouse in Dubai to support increasing demand for its dairy ingredients in the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS region. 

Fonterra’s Australia boss backs penalty time review for dairy workers

The managing director of Fonterra’s Australian operation has warned that Australian food processors and manufacturers cannot be competitive with the rest of the world until it reviews the penalty rates for dairy workers.

Mead Johnson awaiting conclusion of SEC China 'expenditures' probe

Mead Johnson Nutrition is still waiting for the outcome of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe that could see it penalized on home soil for alleged promotional payments made by employees in China. 

Operations set to begin at NZ$120m Fonterra UHT milk plant

Fonterra's NZ$120m ($99m, €73m) Waitoa UHT plant is on track to produce its first batches of Asia-destined Anchor brand long-life milk and cream in March – just over a year since plans for the facility were first revealed.

NZ to improve dairy traceability after Fonterra scare

In the wake of last year’s Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) incident, the New Zealand government has established a working group designed to improve traceability in the country’s dairy sector.

Danone struggling to claw back China share after last year’s issues

In spite of its increasing investments in China, European dairy major Danone is still yet to see signs of any recovery in baby formula growth and market share in China.

Danone to double stake in Chinese dairy Mengniu

Danone is set to increase its interest in Chinese dairy manufacturer Mengniu to almost 10% in its latest bid to capitalize on the "high growth potential" of the country's chilled dairy products market.

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Australians’ love of ice cream is cooling

Despite having a broader choice of flavours and healthier, reduced fat product options available, Australians are now less tempted by tubs of ice cream. 

India’s milk prices hiked again, though much of it is adulterated

As milk prices go up by a further Rs2 per litre, India’s Supreme Court has gone on record to acknowledge milk adulteration as “serious”, and has demanded that individual states sentence those convicted of it to a maximum of life in jail.

NZX granted US dairy derivatives trading approval

The New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) has taken "another vital step" towards becoming a global player in the dairy industry by securing status as an authorised dairy trader in the US.

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Nutricia India bribed doctors to prescribe infant formula, whistleblower claims

Danone Group subsidiary Nutricia India approved illegal payments to doctors across the country to promote and prescribe its baby nutrition products, a whistleblower has claimed.

Saputo secures majority stake in Aussie dairy Warrnambool

Canadian dairy giant Saputo has secured a majority stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB) after a hard-fought, three-way battle to acquire the Australian dairy processor.

Fonterra raises 'dim sum' funds for China expansion

New Zealand dairy major Fonterra has raised RMB1.25bn (US$210m) through a five-year offshore “dim sum” bond issue to to repay debt and expand its operations in China. 

Bega’s share shed paves the way for Saputo takeover of Warrnambool

The announcement today by Australia’s Bega Cheese to sell its stock in Warrnambool leaves the way clear for Lion to follow suit, while Canadian dairy company Saputo should now be free to take over the New South Wales cheese and butter business.

Bega Cheese sells Warrnambool stake to takeover rival Saputo

Canadian dairy giant Saputo looks a step closer to gaining control of Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB), after one-time takeover rival Bega Cheese agreed to sell its stake in the Australian dairy processor.

Vinamilk gets government go-ahead for Cambodian dairy deal

The Vietnamese government has given Vinamilk the go-ahead by to pursue its latest international investment – the purchase of a majority stake in Cambodian dairy processor, Angkor Dairy Products.

Probiotics may benefit energy metabolism in obese people: Human data

Daily supplements of probiotics combined with an herbal preparation may improve obesity-related parameters, according to a new study from South Korea.

Fonterra recalls Anchor fresh cream over E.coli fears

Fonterra Brands NZ is recalling thousands of bottles of fresh cream in New Zealand after tests revealed that the products may be contaminated with E.coli.

Adoption of western style products in ready-to-drink market

Oystar sees surge for iced coffee drinks in Japan

Oystar, which supplies packaging machinery to companies including Danone, Nestlé and Müller, has seen a surge in iced coffee drinks in Japan.

Danone to sue Fonterra over WPC botulism recalls

Danone has terminated its existing supply contract with Fonterra and plans to sue the dairy exporter over the whey protein concentrate (WPC) Clostridium botulinum contamination scare that led to product recalls across Asia, Australasia and the Middle East.

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