India food regulator FSSAI asks e-commerce companies to end classification of plant-based products as dairy

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed e-commerce platforms to delist plant-based products as dairy milk products in line with a government regulation that non-milk products cannot be classified and sold as ‘dairy’ products.  “The general standard for milk and milk products under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations clearly lays down guidelines for use of dairy in the nomenclature of products,” FSSAI noted.   “These regulations state that use of any dairy term for a product which is not milk or a composite milk product is prohibited and any such action is in…

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Lactalis sells leading US feta cheese brand Athenos to Emmi Roth

USA – Lactalis Group, the world’s largest dairy company, is selling its US feta cheese manufacturer Athenos to Emmi Roth USA, a business unit of the Emmi Roth Group.  Athenos has an extensive presence in the US retail and foodservice sectors and generated approximately US$90 million in sales in 2020.  Lactalis Group acquired the Athenos business as well as several other cheese brands this past September from the Kraft Heinz Co. in a US$3.2 billion transaction.   Antitrust regulators in the United States raised concerns about some aspects of the…

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Bakhresa Group takes aim at a bigger piece of Africa

Not so many businesses can boast of having brands that are household names, resonating with consumers of all ages and different social walks of life. Deemed as one of Africa’s success stories, Bakhresa Group, a diversified industrial conglomerate headquartered in Tanzania, is one such company

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Merger talks between Zimbabwe’s largest dairy processors Dairibord, Dendairy collapse

ZIMBABWE – A multi-million-dollar historic merger between Zimbabwe’s largest and second largest milk processor by market share, Dairibord Holdings Limited and Dendairy, has been kicked to the curb. The planned transaction, according to NewsDay was first announced in July 2020 with DHL seeking to leverage on Dendairy’s strategic investments into production of dairy products and its access to the regional market. According to reports, in 2018, Dendairy started a project to expand operations at its Kwekwe plant, which would have seen the firm adding three new packaging lines to increase…

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Saputo bolsters presence in US with acquisition of two North Carolina food businesses for US$118m

US – Saputo, a leading Canadian dairy company, has strengthened its business in the United States with a US$118m acquisition of Carolina Aseptic and Carolina Dairy facilities.  Carolina Aseptic develops, manufactures, packages and distributes aseptic shelf-stable food products and beverages out of a purpose-built facility in Troy, North Carolina, in the US. Nearby, Carolina Dairy manufactures, packages and distributes refrigerated yogurt in spouted pouches in Biscoe, North Carolina.  According to the Montreal-based firm, the two facilities will join Saputo’s US dairy division bringing with them at least 230 employees.  The acquisition will better position Saputo for capturing…

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DSM to acquire dairy-based savory flavorings supplier First Choice Ingredients for US$453m

USA – Royal DSM is acquiring US based supplier of dairy-based savory flavorings, First Choice Ingredients, to expand its presence in the food and beverage sector.  According to a statement from DSM, the acquisition of First Choice is being made for an enterprise value of US$453 million.   “This acquisition is an attractive next step for DSM as we continue to build our health, nutrition, and biosciences capabilities,” commented Geraldine Matchett and Dimitri de Vreeze, co-CEOs of Royal DSM.  First Choice Ingredients has three manufacturing facilities in the US which are run by…

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Arla Foods faces new pressure to fully transition to plant-based dairy by 2025

UK – Danish multinational dairy giant Arla is under new pressure to abandon animal dairy for plant-based alternatives as part of wider, well-orchestrated efforts by animal activists to rid the world of unsustainable agriculture.  To express their displeasure over the company’s continued dairy operations, a number of activists blockaded Arla’s key milk factory in England demanding Arla to fully plant-based by 2025.  Around 50 activists from Animal Rebellion, a sister group to Extinction Rebellion, stood in protest blocking the gates to the Arla’s distribution center near Aylesbury, UK, erecting bamboo structures and concrete…

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Milky Mist to expand dairy processing capacity to meet “ever-growing” demand

INDIA – Milky Mist Dairy Food, one of India’s leading manufacturers of dairy products, has announced plans to expand its state-of-the-art unit 2 processing facility at Chittode in India’s state of Tamilnadu.  In a LinkedIn post, Milky Mist Dairy Founder and Managing Director Sathish Kumar revealed that the new unit with a built-up area of 400,000 square feet will be built on 15 acres of land adjacent to the company’s existing factory.  Milky Mist’s expansion is timely as India’s organized dairy sector is projected to post a 5-6% growth in sectoral revenue generation in 2021-22, mainly driven…

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Arla Foods records impressive H1 results, raises full year guidance despite higher input costs

DENMARK – Danish multinational dairy cooperative Arla has recorded a rise in half-year revenues driven mainly by continued high branded sales volume growth across all dairy categories, particularly in the retail sector.  Total Arla Group revenue increased slightly by 1.2 percent to €5.441 billion (US$6.4 billion), compared to €5.377 billion (US$6.3 billion) in the first half of 2020.  The Arla brand grew 6.9 percent delivering revenue of €1,626 million (US$1.9 million) driven by sub-brands such as LactoFREE and in the “fill ‘n fuel” category.   According to Arla, brand performance is currently being…

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