Land O’Lakes rebrands International Development unit to Venture37

USA – American agricultural cooperative, Land O’Lakes Inc has rebranded its agricultural development arm Land O’Lakes International Development to Land O’Lakes Venture37 to further bolster its global presence. Land O’lakes Venture 37 builds on the achievements of Land O’Lakes International Development in nearly 80 countries since 1981 by growing local businesses, linking farmers to markets and empowering communities to thrive. “Farmers are working with approximately 37% of the earth’s land to grow the crops and raise the livestock that nourish our growing global population,” explained John Ellenberger, executive director of…

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Land O’Lakes and Agrifirm form dairy nutrition joint venture in China

CHINA – American agricultural cooperative, Land O’Lakes and Netherlands based Royal Agrifirm Group (Agrifirm) have announced a China joint venture focused on dairy nutrition. The new animal feed joint venture will be operated as a new company, Agrilakes benefiting from existing market knowledge, insights, technologies and research capability from both Land O’Lakes and Agrifirm. The new joint venture will initially be based in Agrifirm’s existing manufacturing plant in Tianjin, with plans to build a new dairy premix and specialty plant on the adjacent property. It looks to provide world-class service…

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Land O’Lakes and Mars partner to accelerate on-farm dairy sustainability

USA – Land O’Lakes and Mars Wrigley have joined forces to accelerate on-farm dairy sustainability by calling for solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the farm. The companies have unveiled the ‘Empower Possibilities’ scheme that would allow entrepreneurs and companies provide ideas, products and services to help farmers reduce their carbon footprint. Call for solution submissions will end June 24, 2019 and the selected solution will be piloted on Land O’Lakes member dairy farm with up to US$200,000 in support from Mars Wrigley. Participants will have an opportunity…

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Land O’Lakes appoints Pete Kappelman Senior Vice President, Member and Government Relations

USA – Land O’Lakes has appointed Pete Kappelman Senior Vice President, Member and Government Relations effective immediately. His responsibilities in the new role include leveraging Land O’Lakes resources to help the cooperative’s members grow profitably and to strengthen partnerships on technology, talent, branding and financial services. He will have direct responsibility for the Member Relations and Government Relations functions and matrixed responsibility for the Business Development Services and Strategic Asset Management teams. he will work across the enterprise to offer Land O’Lakes members value-added products and services including ACT, FLM…

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Bidco Land O’Lakes launches new ‘Kienyeji’ poultry diet in Kenya

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, a feed-focused joint venture between the American agricultural cooperative Land O’Lakes and Bidco Africa has launched new ‘Kienyeji’ four phase diet for the indigenous chicken. The Kienyeji Feed is expected to improve the rearing of the local poultry raised on either free range or in confinement. According to Bidco Land O’Lakes, the new product will provide the Kienyeji farmer with appropriate and quality feeds for both the Kienyeji poultry and improved breeds. Farmers will be able to provide their chicken with different nutritional requirements required…

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Land O’Lakes receives funding for new agric and food safety projects in Africa, Asia

USA – Land O’Lakes Development International, an affiliate company of US based member-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes has received funding from US non-profits to support new agricultural capacity building and food safety programs in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East. The funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will focus on five new programs critical for major agricultural development efforts in Georgia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Rwanda and Malawi. Lebanon Investment in Quality (LINQ) Program will leverage technical support from Land O’Lakes, Inc. quality assurance…

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Beth Ford named first female president and chief executive at Land O’Lakes

USA – The American, member-owned agricultural cooperative Land O’Lakes has appointed Beth Ford as new president and chief executive officer effective 1 August 2018. Beth Ford becomes the first female chief executive in the company’s history after previously serving as chief operating officer in charge of its three largest businesses since 2017. She succeeds Chris Policinski who announced his retirement in June after leading the firm since 2005. Ford joined Land O’Lakes in 2011 as executive vice-president of supply chain and operations, then became head of the company’s Dairy Foods…

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Consumers take to consuming more natural fat, butter makers hit jackpot

WORLD – Consumers aren’t just eating more butter, they are willing to pay more for it, a boon that’s giving outsize gains to makers of premium brands. Global retail butter sales will expand 2.9 percent to $19.4 billion in 2018, outpacing the 1.9 percent growth in sales volumes, according to Euromonitor International. The trend is fanning the expansion of international brands benefiting from a consumer shift to more natural fats, according to Raphael Moreau, a senior research analyst with the research firm in London. Demand for butter, cream and other commodities…

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Bidco Land O’Lakes breaks ground on US$10m animal feed plant

KENYA – Bidco Land O’Lakes, the joint venture business between Bidco Africa and American company Land O’Lakes, has commenced the construction of a KSh 1 billion (US$10 million) animal feed plant in Nakuru, Kenya. The new plant ‘will boost production capacity, give us ability to produce new, high quality and innovative animal feeds products’, said the company on its Twitter feed in early February. The new plant will be ready by early 2019. The new investment could provide the company with capacity to meet rising local demand in Kenya where…

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