China’s dairy market to reach US$54.9b with steady high value retail sales growth

CHINA - China’s dairy market will grow at a 6.6% CAGR in value to reach US$54.91billion in 2022 led by yogurt and cheese markets which are experiencing steady high value retail sales growth, according to a new research from Mintel. The report indicates that yoghurt maintains an annual retail sales growth of over 20% since…

New York raw milk cheese company ordered to stop manufacture and sales

NEW YORK - A New York raw milk cheese company whose products were linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern…

Quebec dairy processor to receive US$3m in funding from Canadian government

CANADA - The Canadian government has unveiled plans to invest up to US$3 million in Fromagerie Bergeron Inc., a Quebec-based dairy processor as part of the Canadian Government’s Dairy Processing Investment Fund. The fund is part of the government’s plan in support of the dairy processors’ investments to improve productivity and competitiveness based on Canada-European…

EU approves European Dairy Association guidance for ‘cheese as raw material’

EUROPE - The European Union has approved European Dairy Association (EDA) guidance for “cheese as raw material” towards the high safety and quality of cheese in the processing industry. It also approved the organization for the processed cheese sector, Assifonte’s “Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Processed Cheese”- a major for food safety, consumer protection and…

Fonterra acquires stake in Lithuania’s biggest dairy

LITHUANIA - Fonterra Co-operative Group has acquired a 10% shareholding AB Rokiskio Suris, deepening a long-standing commercial agreement with Lithuania’s biggest dairy producer, In the deal, Fonterra has invested US$8.2 million in Rokiskio to secure a supply line of high-value whey ingredients while opening up product options across Europe and the Middle East. According to…

Fonterra acquires stake in US whey concentrate maker

USA – New Zealand dairy co-operative group Fonterra has announced that it is buying a stake in US-based whey protein concentrate and lactose manufacturer Columbia River Technologies, for an undisclosed sum. USA dairy co-operative and dairy producer Threemile Canyon Farms as equal shareholders in Columbia River Technologies, which was originally founded in 2013 as a…

Arla Foods exits Brazilian dairy company, sells stake Grupo Lala

BRAZIL - Arla Foods has divested its 8% share in the company to Grupo LaLa, following a change in ownership of the Brazilian largest dairy company Vigor S.A. Arla’s investment in Vigor, started in 1986 when Arla entered a 50/50 joint venture partnership with Vigor under the name Dan Vigor, which consisted of local cheese…

Saputo acquires goat cheese producer to expand market

USA – US cheese producer Saputo Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Betin, Inc., doing business as Montchevre, in a bid to expand its presence in the cheese market. Montchevre manufactures, markets and distributes goat cheese in the United States, mainly under the Montchevre brand. It produces its products…

Dairy Industry in Uganda

INDUSTRY FOCUS: DAIRY INDUSTRY IN UGANDA This article appeared in the July 2014 issue of Food Business Africa magazine. The dairy processing industry in Uganda is one of the most promising on the continent. Nearly non-existent a few years ago due to political turmoil, the sector has over the year’s taken advantage of good weather…