Arla Foods to sell its Sonthofen cheese factory to Allgäuer Hof-Milch GmbH

GERMANY - European dairy co-operative Arla Foods plans to sell its cheese production site in Sonthofen, Germany to German-based dairy company Allgäuer Hof-Milch GmbH. According to Arla Foods, this step was necessary as the production and distribution of the speciality cheese produced in Sonthofen no longer corresponds with the strategic orientation of Arla’s businesses in…

Symrise achieves a 3.2% profitable growth fulfilling 2017 targets

GERMANY - Symrise AG sales were up by 3.2% to US$3.68 billion from US$3.56 billion in 2016, attributed to higher performance of the Flavor and Nutrition segments and strong demand in the EAME and Latin America regions. Symrise benefited from high organic sales which grew by 6.3%, affected by adjustment in portfolio that is, the…

DuPont Nutrition launches a new deep-freeze storage centre

GERMANY - DuPont Nutrition and Health has launched a new deep-freeze warehouse, a storage centre that brings together DuPont’s operations in Epernon, France and Niebull, Germany sites. The joint project aims at securing additional capacity in cultures used in developing high quality yogurt, fresh fermented and cheese products and will be run at a temperature…

GoodMills Innovation pledges to reduce 50% less salt for savory snacks

GERMANY - GoodMills Innovation, a company that combines consumer convenience and innovative marketing strategies to support a wholesome and tasty diet, has pledged to reduce 50% less salt for savory snacks. The company made the announcement during the Salt Awareness Week to reduce salt levels in pretzel décor, at the same time not compromising on…

Dr. Oetker to partner with Molkerei Gropper in a production joint venture

GERMANY - Dr. Oetker and Molkerei Gropper, the Bavarian dairy producer Molkerei Gropper plans to partner to form a 50-50 joint venture to bring together operations that will increase their production capacity. The venture which was expected to materialise on April 1, will showcase the companies’ interest in escalating sales in their respective markets with…

Arla appoints Markus Muhleisen as new head of German operations

GERMANY - Arla Foods has appointed Markus Muhleisen as new Managing Director and Group Vice-president in charge of Arla’s operations in Germany and Austria effective from March 1, 2018. Markus who succeeds Winfried Meier set to leave the company at the end of April 2018, will report to Peter Giortz-Carlsen, Executive Vice-President and Head of…

Bayer to sell its vegetable seeds business, transfer digital farming asset to satisfy EU

GERMANY - German chemical giant Bayer AG on Wednesday said it was preparing to sell more assets to win antitrust approval for its $60 billion-plus takeover of Monsanto Co., as getting the regulatory green light takes longer than expected. Chief Executive Werner Baumann said the company was preparing the sale of another bundle of assets…

Kroner Starke launches new clean label egg replacer, REGG-EX

GERMANY - Kroner Starke, a German global company that produces high functional natural products in organic and conventional quality, has unveiled a new clean label replacer, REGG-EX amidst egg supply chain pressures on the food industry in the European market. REGG-EX offers food processors with technical and natural product that allows them to simplify bakery…

Bayer collaborates with Solidaridad to increase smallholder productivity

GERMANY - Bayer, a pharmaceutical and life sciences company has announced its collaboration with Solidaridad specially to focus on small-scale farmers who have limited access to resources. According to the company, this partnership involves training and development and at the same time supporting farmers achieve socio-environmental certification standards. “Partnerships and collaboration are essential if we…