Kenyan dairy production increases by 25% to reduce milk powder imports

KENYA – The Kenyan dairy sector has reported a 25% increase in milk production according to the Kenya Dairy Report. Latest industry report by the Kenya Dairy Board covering between January and March indicated the volume of milk has gone up from 47.9 million kilogrammes in January to 60.2 million kilogrammes last month. According to Business…

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…

Dairy firm to introduce Journalists Award to promote sector

TANZANIA - ASAS Dairies Ltd, a private dairy processing firm in Tanzania is contemplating on introducing Journalist Award to enhance growth in the sector by promoting existing opportunities as well as attract investments. According to Daily News, the award would motivate journalists to write more about prospective opportunities in the sector, in the long-run boost…

Amul Dairy MD resigns, board refutes corruption allegation

INDIA- The managing-director of Anand-based Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited, popularly called Amul Dairy, has resigned and his resignation was accepted in a board meeting yesterday, the milk cooperative's chairman Ramsinh Parmar said. While K Rathnam's resignation comes amidst allegations of a Rs 450-crore corruption in allocation of tenders and recruitment at the…

Stakeholders urge institutions to develop courses for qualified dairy technologists

TANZANIA - Stakeholders in the dairy sector have called on learning institutions to develop courses to ensure sufficient training that will provide the sector with professionally qualified dairy technologists. Tanzania, despite the tremendous growth in the dairy sector, has to rely on dairy technologists sourced from the neighbourhood, including Kenya since it does not offer…

Deficit in food production raises imports by 58% in January

KENYA - Kenya has imported food items worth US$207.119m, a 58.33% increase from US$130.812m witnessed in January 2017, as a result of food deficit attributed to prolonged drought conditions experienced last year, according to a data by the Kenya national Bureau of Statistics. Following poor rainfall and insufficient food production, prices of basic commodities shot…

New Zealand dairy coop Fonterra CEO resigns as company reports loss

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra has announced that its Chief Executive Theo Spierings will be leaving his role and the company later in 2018, and that they had embarked on a process in search of a new CEO. As part of the succession process, the company has said the decision to resign…

Fonterra profits slumps, blames downturn on a US$294m China write-down

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, posted s loss of US$252m after poor performance of Beingmate, the Chinese baby food in which it has a stake,  which led to massive write downs of upto US$294 million for the half year ending January 31. However, the dairy reported that overall sales revenue was…

Muller partners with German retailer in a three-year milk supply deal

UK - Muller, the multinational producer of dairy products has entered into a three-year deal with the German global discount supermarket and grocery store Lidl, in which the brand will supply milk to most of Lidl’s UK stores. The deal, expected to be effective 1 June 2018 will see Muller supply almost 90% of Lidl’s…

Fonterra posts net loss of $348m on back of Beingmate impairment

NEW ZEALAND - Fonterra is reporting an after-tax loss of $348 million in the first half to January 31, down 36 per cent. However, board chairman John Wilson said the loss included a one-off Danone settlement and a write-down of the value of its Beingmate investment and its normalised profit is $248 million. "While our…