French agricultural cooperative Agrial to acquire German dairy group Rotkappchen

GERMANY – The French agricultural cooperative and food-processor Agrial has agreed to acquire German dairy company Rotkappchen Peter Julich Group for an undisclosed sum. According to Agrial, the acquisition represents further fulfilment of the strategy of Eurial, the Dairy division of Agrial, focused on developing strong brands and important territorial entrenchment in Europe. The transaction…

Krones acquires Germany’s PET equipment manufacturer MHT Holding

GERMANY - German packaging and bottling machine manufacturer, Krones has acquired MHT Holding, a PET equipment manufacturer for an undisclosed amount. According to the company, the deal strengthens its PET capabilities through portfolio expansion and closes a gap in its PET value chain. It also represents an upstream extension of the Krones portfolio into tooling…

Germany set to become a net grain importer on drought related losses

GERMANY - Germany is expected to increase imports of soybeans, soybean meal and become a net importer on production losses related to drought, ‘a weather incident of national extent’, said a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN). As a result of drought and hot weather, Germany’s Agriculture Ministry in…

Six German states ordered to recall 73,000 eggs over contamination scandals

GERMANY – The Agriculture Ministry of Lower Saxony has ordered the recall of 73,000 eggs from six German states as they were due to be sold in the market while found to be contaminated with fipronil. Fipronil is used to treat lice and ticks in chickens and some tests show that it can harm kidneys,…

Arla Foods to sell its Sonthofen cheese factory to Allgäuer Hof-Milch GmbH

GERMANY - European dairy co-operative Arla Foods plans to sell its cheese production site in Sonthofen, Germany to German-based dairy company Allgäuer Hof-Milch GmbH. According to Arla Foods, this step was necessary as the production and distribution of the speciality cheese produced in Sonthofen no longer corresponds with the strategic orientation of Arla’s businesses in…

Symrise achieves a 3.2% profitable growth fulfilling 2017 targets

GERMANY - Symrise AG sales were up by 3.2% to US$3.68 billion from US$3.56 billion in 2016, attributed to higher performance of the Flavor and Nutrition segments and strong demand in the EAME and Latin America regions. Symrise benefited from high organic sales which grew by 6.3%, affected by adjustment in portfolio that is, the…

DuPont Nutrition launches a new deep-freeze storage centre

GERMANY - DuPont Nutrition and Health has launched a new deep-freeze warehouse, a storage centre that brings together DuPont’s operations in Epernon, France and Niebull, Germany sites. The joint project aims at securing additional capacity in cultures used in developing high quality yogurt, fresh fermented and cheese products and will be run at a temperature…

GoodMills Innovation pledges to reduce 50% less salt for savory snacks

GERMANY - GoodMills Innovation, a company that combines consumer convenience and innovative marketing strategies to support a wholesome and tasty diet, has pledged to reduce 50% less salt for savory snacks. The company made the announcement during the Salt Awareness Week to reduce salt levels in pretzel décor, at the same time not compromising on…

Dr. Oetker to partner with Molkerei Gropper in a production joint venture

GERMANY - Dr. Oetker and Molkerei Gropper, the Bavarian dairy producer Molkerei Gropper plans to partner to form a 50-50 joint venture to bring together operations that will increase their production capacity. The venture which was expected to materialise on April 1, will showcase the companies’ interest in escalating sales in their respective markets with…

Arla appoints Markus Muhleisen as new head of German operations

GERMANY - Arla Foods has appointed Markus Muhleisen as new Managing Director and Group Vice-president in charge of Arla’s operations in Germany and Austria effective from March 1, 2018. Markus who succeeds Winfried Meier set to leave the company at the end of April 2018, will report to Peter Giortz-Carlsen, Executive Vice-President and Head of…