Kenya’s ice cream, chocolate maker Glacier Products enters yoghurt market, launches new products

KENYA – Glacier Products Ltd, one of Eastern Africa’s leading ice cream and chocolate confectionery manufacturers, has expanded its portfolio with launch of a new line of yoghurt products and biscuit snack in Kenya. Expanding its market share in East Africa’s leading economy, the owner of the famous Dairyland brand is enticing consumers with its new yoghurt containing real fruits. The yoghurt is available in strawberry, vanilla, mango, blueberry, and orange flavors and unique blends of kiwi apple, peach mango, pineapple coconuts etc. coming in uniquely shaped 150ml and 550ml…

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FrieslandCampina half-year profits drop 42.6% battered by Thai court ruling and an underperforming infant nutrition business

NETHERLANDS – Dutch dairy cooperative Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. has reported 42.6% drop in half-year profits, attributing the huge decline to a €57m ($67.2m) provision for a court ruling in Thailand and an underperforming infant nutrition market.   Provision for the court ruling was arguably the biggest driver of the profit drop as the company’s underlying operating profit, excluding provision for the court ruling in Thailand and currency translation effects, decreased by 8.6% to €202m ($238.3m).  While the company’s profits recorded a double-digit drop, the company’s revenue only dropped 1.8% to reach €5.5bn ($6.49bn).  Probing results in detail revealed a…

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Malawian dairy farmers to benefit from launch of first milk powder processing firm in the country

MALAWI – Mach Milk Company, a Malawian dairy processing company is set to soon commence operations in the country’s second largest city, Blantyre. The newly established factory which is currently under construction, expects to produce 144, 000 kilogrammes of milk powder annually. The investment will offer direct market access to the over 5,000 dairy local farmers in the region and create employment opportunities for 200 people. It will also provide Malawians a rare opportunity to contribute towards the development of their country through buying and consuming locally produced products. “I…

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Coca-Cola Israel expands into cultured milk production as US unit updates taste of coke zero

ISRAEL – Coca-Cola Israel, formally known as The Central Bottling Company (CBC), is diversifying into cultured milk production with a new strategic partnership with Israeli food-tech company BioMilk.  Under the new partnership, CBC will invest up to US$2 million in the development of BioMilk’s cultured milk products. BioMilk, on the other hand, will transfer its products to Tara Dairy, which is owned by CBC, for a “pilot commercial production”.   Transferring production capabilities to Tara Dairy will enable BioMilk to step up technological developments and accelerate its reach towards the fridges and shelves of consumers.  With the new partnerships,…

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Parle Agro shakes up India’s dairy market with launch of flavoured milk items under ‘Smoodh’ brand

INDIA – Parle Agro, a homegrown beverages firm, has made a foray into India’s dairy segment with the launch of flavored milk products under the ‘Smoodh’ brand.  The flavored milk products are packaged in 85ml packs are available in two choices, chocolate milk, and toffee caramel. Retailing at a recommended price of Rs10, the new product aiming to target consumers across all age groups, the company said in a statement.  Parle Agro says the diversification is backed by in-depth research on the potential of flavored milk in India.  Research published by FNB news revealed that flavored milk products which accounted for 43 percent…

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FrieslandCampina launches hydrogen-powered milk truck in journey towards CO2-neutral future

NETHERLANDS – Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is putting its first 50 tonnes hydrogen-powered milk truck into use as part of efforts to improve the sustainability profile of milk transport.  According to a statement from the company, the trucks will be used in the Netherland’s Groningen region where infrastructure supports their use as the company explores possibilities of introducing them to other parts of the country.  This is not the first time FrieslandCampina is revolutionizing milk transport in pursuit of an emission-free supply chain.  Over five years ago, the Dutch dairy company started using…

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Welcome Dairy Holdings expands dairy portfolio with acquisition of spray drying service provider North Star processing

US – Welcome Dairy Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm New Heritage Capital, has acquired North Star Processing, to enable it to expand its offering to customers.   North Star is a leading provider of spray drying services for the food ingredient industry, with an impressive track record of growth spanning over 20 years.  Spray drying is the most common and easy drying process used for drying any liquid or semi-solid feed as compared to other industrial drying processes.  It is also the most viable method to produce heat-sensitive products such…

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Lactalis India hopeful of sales recovery post-pandemic, targets revenues of US$602m in FY21-22

INDIA – Lactalis India, a subsidiary of French firm Groupe Lactalis, is eyeing a turnover of Rs 4,500 crore (about US$602.7 million) in the 2021/22 financial year, betting heightened sales of the recently launched Lactel brand. Speaking to the press, Lactalis India managing director Rahul Kumar noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had impacted the dairy business in India leading to depressed sales.  As a result, the Lactalis India MD noted that for the FY2020/21, the dairy company expected revenues to be close to Rs 3,500 crore (US$468.78 million).  “For 2021-22, we…

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California Dairies launches sustainability initiative as Carma Chocolate’s sustainability profile hits 100%

US – California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) a leading farmer-owned dairy cooperative in California has formally launched an initiative aimed at measuring, validating, and further improving sustainable business practices.  Under the initiative, CDI has assembled a team of experts in the field of sustainability to quantify the current baseline status of CDI’s supply chain in key areas of sustainability, as well as layout a roadmap of goals and targets going forward.  The dairy cooperative notes that priority areas including environmental stewardship, employee welfare, and animal husbandry will be considered by the experts when developing its new sustainability goals and…

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Kenya to develop US$5.5m embryo transfer facility to improve local cow breeds, heighten milk production

KENYA – The government of Kenya is seeking to establish a KSH 600 million (US$5.5m) embryo transfer facility in Eldoret, as part of its plan to transform the dairy sector. The project, spearheaded by the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre (KAGRIC), will enable farmers get superior breeds with a potential to produce over 70 litres per day. This will not only meet the local demand of the product, but also enable Kenya to venture into the export market, reports Business Daily. “Most farmers have large herd but produce little milk…

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