FrieslandCampina CEO Schumacher named new Global Dairy Platform Chair, Anheuser-Busch shuffles leadership team

USA – Global Dairy Platform (GDP), a not-for-profit industry association representing the international dairy sector, has announced the appointment of Hein Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Royal FrieslandCampina, as Chair of its Board of Directors. GDP membership, which includes more than 95 leading corporations, companies, associations, scientific bodies and other partners, has operations in more than 150 countries and collectively produces approximately 1/3 of all the world’s milk. Schumacher succeeds Rick Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Farmers of America, who completed a four-year term as GDP Chair.…

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Coca-Cola, FrieslandCampina introduce new solutions to cut their packaging carbon footprint

EUROPE – European bottler of carbonated soft drinks Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) and Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina have introduced new solutions aimed at cutting down their respective packaging carbon footprints.   CCEP is trialing a new drink dispensing technology in Spain that allows consumers in out-of-home venues such as restaurants, cafes, offices, and stadiums that offer Coca-Cola brands to serve themselves and refill drinks directly from the tap.  “The self-pour, self-pay technology offers consumers a convenient packaging-free delivery method for their drinks, while also cutting down queues, reducing the need for unnecessary contact, and freeing up serving staff…

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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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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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FrieslandCampina sells Russian dairy business to German dairy giant Ehrmann

RUSSIA – Leading Dutch dairy specialist FrieslandCampina has sold its Russian subsidiary Campina LLC to German dairy giant Ehrmann SE as part of its previously announced strategy to review its position in various markets. The strategic transaction is expected to allow FrieslandCampina to focus on consumer markets elsewhere while at the same time accelerating Ehrmann’s position in Russia. After completion of the transaction, Ehrmann will be the full owner of Campina and will manage the dairy production in Stupino, located in the Moscow region. Ehrmann is expected to further develop…

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Friesland Campina Ingredients launches new product to aid in production of softer protein bars

NETHERLANDS– FrieslandCampina Ingredients (FCI), a subsidiary of Dutch multinational dairy cooperative Royal  FrieslandCampina N.V. has unveiled a new portfolio designed to processors make softer protein bars. According to FCI, the protein bar market in Europe is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 17 percent as from  2015 to 2024 buoyed by rising popularity of the products among consumers. The company however notes that palatability continues to be a major issue for many formulators. This company notes is going to have an impact on the bottomline of companies that don’t…

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FrieslandCampina enters fast growing Africa cheese market, forms JV with Egyptian Domty

EGYPT – The Dutch dairy co-operative, FrieslandCampina has partnered with the Arabian Food Industries Company, popularly known as Domty to establish a joint venture that will focus on the export of cheese. Both cheese majors are combining their efforts in a new company that will export and sell affordable cheese propositions to markets in Africa and the Middle East from Egypt. Talks of the agreement began in 2020, with the two parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2020. Under the agreement, FrieslandCampina will hold a 51 per…

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FrieslandCampina to start using 100% rPET bottles to meet ambitious sustainability goals

NETHERLANDS – FrieslandCampina has announced that it will be making PET bottles from 100% recycled material from February this year in line with its ambitious goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. The dairy cooperative claims that a wholesale move to recycled PET (rPET) for the bottles will prevent the production of nearly 1.9 million kilos of new plastic. As PET bottles can only be recycled if the consumer has removed the label, FrieslandCampina has also developed a new ‘zipper’ that makes it easier to separate labels from the bottle. Patrick…

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Campina brand to be produced entirely using green energy supplied by FrieslandCampina’s dairy farmers

NETHERLANDS – The Dutch dairy co-operative, FrieslandCampina has announced that all its Campina brand products will be produced using green energy generated by its farmers as of 1 January 2021. The farmers generate sustainable energy by means of solar panels, windmills or manure mono-fermentation. The move according to the company is a fine step in making the entire chain from glass to grass more sustainable and is in line with its goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. By the end of 2019, 94% of its worldwide electricity usage was ‘green’.…

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Dutch food company Royal A-ware acquires milk powder towers from FrieslandCampina

BELGIUM –Dutch dairy company Royal A-ware has agreed to buy FrieslandCampina’s milk powder towers in Aalter, Belgium in an effort to expand its dairy portifolio. With roots stretching back to 1890, Royal A-ware is a traditional family-owned food company that offers a range of products in the cream, cheese and fresh dairy categories. As a result of the acquisition, Royal A-ware intends to take over the milk powder production of the Aalter plant – which reportedly has a capacity of approximately 45,000 tons – from FrieslandCampina. In a statement, Royal…

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