Mexico becomes the latest country to join the International Dairy Federation

BELGIUM – Mexico, the 16th largest producer of milk in the world, has joined the International Dairy Federation(IDF), bolstering the federation’s members and expanding its global reach and influence.  Based in Brussels, Belgium,  IDF is a recognised international authority in the development of science-based standards for the dairy sector.  The body plays an important role in ensuring the right policies, standards, practices and regulations are in place to ensure the world’s dairy products are safe and sustainable.  In a statement, IDF said that as a member of the federation, Mexico will benefit from being part of a dynamic…

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Mother Dairy to open 700 new locations in New Delhi by 2023, Cocoberry eyes 25 new yogurt outlets by end of the year

INDIA – Mother Dairy, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), has announced plans to establish over 700 exclusive consumer touchpoints in the national capital by 2022-23 fiscal year.  According to the Indian dairy brand, the new touchpoints will mainly be in the form of kiosks and franchise shops and are part of its strategy to expand presence and boost sales.  Mother Dairy currently has 1,800 consumer touchpoints which offer the entire range of Mother Dairy products including products from Safal and Dhara under one roof.  “The company is working towards increasing this count to over 2,500 by FY22-23, further…

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Canadian dairy coop Agropur to boost US production capacty with US$168m investment in new facility

USA – Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur is expanding its US operations with the building a new facility in Little Chute, Wisconsin, as it looks to boost its production of cheese and dairy ingredients.  The cooperative is investing US$168 million into the project which is located just north of Agropur’s existing Little Chute facility.  “Having a new state-of-the-art facility in Little Chute will help us solidify our leadership position in the dairy industry,” said Doug Simon, president, US operations, Agropur.  “Beyond speed and efficiency, the new processes and equipment will provide greater…

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Dairy.com expands into India with the acquisition of supply chain solutions supplier Mr.Milkman

INDIA – America’s leading dairy technology, services, and intelligence provider, Dairy.com, has acquired Mr.Milkman to strengthen its integrated supply chain solution offerings for dairies worldwide.  Already used by over 60+ Indian dairy brands, Mr.Milkman enables dairy food product companies to efficiently manage multiple aspects of dairy distribution, supply chain, customer subscriptions and delivery requests.  “Our entire company is proud to be joining the talented Dairy.com team to accelerate the development of our last-mile delivery solution to meet the rising customer needs,”  said Mr.Milkman Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder Samarth Setia.    “We also look forward to…

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Lactalis expands dairy portfolio with acquisition of Leerdammer and Shostka brands

EUROPE – French dairy business Lactalis has completed the acquisition of European dairy brands Royal Bel Leerdammer NL, Bel Italia, Bel Deutschland, Leerdammer and all related rights from multinational cheese marketer Bel Group.   Lactalis said that the transaction, which involves Bel Shostka Ukraine, fits perfectly with its strategic priorities, which focus on top-quality product development.  Leerdammer, one of Europe’s most iconic cheese brands, will now become part of Lactalis which aims to continue developing the brand and boost its international business.   “By acquiring Leerdammer and Shostka, we have now completed our offering with a range of food brands that consumers know…

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Synlait appoints industry veteran Grant Watson as CEO to steer company towards profitability

NEW ZEALAND – New Zealand milk processor Synlait has appointed dairy industry veteran Grant Watson as its new CEO as it seeks to steer itself back to profitability.   Watson will be joining the business in January 2022, succeeding John Penno, who will then be appointed as chairman when Graeme Milne retires next year.  He will be joined by Robert Stowell, who has been appointed chief financial officer after acting in the role for the last five months.  Watson has worked in the dairy industry since 2010, including in his most recent role as Miraka’s CEO. Prior to that, he held several…

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Unilever’s TaiCang facility named world’s most advanced ice cream factory

CHINA – Unilever’s food manufacturing facility in the Chinese county of Taicang has been added to the list of the world’s most advanced factories by the World Economic Forum.  Since 2018, the World Economic Forum has been recognising companies that incorporate Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies into their manufacturing and supply chain operations.  These sites adopt and deploy 4IR technology – such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things – to maximise efficiency and competitiveness, and drive sustainable and responsible business growth, while upskilling the workforce and protecting the environment.   They also provide a…

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Fonterra posts US$422m profit after tax, to review Chile, Australian operations inline with strategy to prioritize New Zealand milk

NEW ZEALAND – Farmer owned multinantional dairy cooperative Fonterra has recorded a NZ$599m (US$422m) reported profit after tax  for the 2021 financial year, as it moves into a new phase of growing the value of its business.  According to the cooperative, the 2021 financial year benefited significantly from the divestments of DFE Pharma and foodspring.   Normalized profit after tax grew from NZ$190m (US$134m) to NZ$588m (US$415m), driven by improved earnings and lower interest expense.  Fonterra reported a well-balanced sales performance across the regions where it operates with the Greater…

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Malaysia bets on new dairy project to reduce reliance on milk imports, create jobs

MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s Johor State Government and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) have signed a collaboration agreement to develop a new project aimed at raising the country’s dairy production capacity.    Dubbed the JemaluangDairy Valley (JDV) project, the new project is part of the overall strategy in turning the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) into the ‘Dairy Valley’ of Malaysia.   The JDV project will be built on 275 hectares of land in Mersing, Joho, and will be modeled on the Muadzam Shah Cattle Research and Innovation Centre…

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Unionplus inaugrates new dairy production plant, BelGioioso to acquire Italian cheese producer Polly-O

ITALY – Italian dairy company Unionplus Srl, a part of the Podini Group SpA in Bolzano, has inaugurated  its new production plant in Nogarole Rocca in the province of Verona.   According to company CEO Stefano Podini, the new facility will play an important role in the Podini Group’s project to expand, complete, and give continuity to the offer of raw materials of functional products to the Italian food industry.   He further noted that the new project represents his company’s courage and tenacity in business amid the enormous economic and political headwinds that have rocked the world during the pandemic period.…

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