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Watch For U.S. Dairy Exports To Mexico To Increase
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (946 reads)

U.S. suppliers shipped a total of $1.4 billion in dairy products to Mexico in 2013 and steady growth is expected in 2014, according to the U.S. Dairy Export Council. A growing middle class in Mexico has boosted the demand for dairy products and growth could be even greater if global prices decrease, USDEC said. Cheese, milk and dairy-based blends are particularly strong categories. The US share of Mexico’s cheese import market grew from 72% in 2012 to 77% in 2013, according to customs.

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Saputo to Close Four Plants in Canada, U.S. To Improve "Operational Efficiency"
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (877 reads)

Saputo will close four North American dairy manufacturing plants between May 2014 and December 2015 in an effort to improve the company's "operational efficiency" in the U.S. and Canada. Two Canadian facilities, a powdered milk processor and a condensed and evaporated milk producer, will be closed, along with two U.S. cheese plants in Wisconsin and Maryland. Saputo also plans to invest $31.5 million in some of its other facilities. 

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European Dairy Cooperatives Arla and EGM Walhorn Aim To Merge
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (829 reads)

Dairy cooperatives Eupener Genossenschaftsmolkerei Walhorn (EGM Walhorn) and Arla Foods amba have announced their intention to merge. The Boards of Directors have circulated a proposal to their members and the boards of representatives of both companies are expected to vote on the proposal in mid May.

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Westland Milk Products Invests $102 Million In Dairy Nutritionals
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (874 reads)

Westland Milk Products’ board has approved funding for a new nutritionals dryer to be built at the dairy cooperative’s site in Hokitika, New Zealand. “Westland has a strong history of producing high quality milk powders and butter,” Westland Chief Executive Rod Quin says, “but we have made a strategic decision to shift the balance of our production toward high-end nutritional products, such as infant formula. 

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Agropur Announces Merger with Dairytown Products
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (819 reads)

Canadian dairy companies Agropur Cooperative and Dairytown Products have agreed to merge, the companies have announced. The deal increases Agropur's critical mass and solidifies its presence in the region of Atlantic Canada, company President Serge Riendeau said. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks before Dairytown investors take a final vote. 

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CWT Assists with 21.5 Million Pounds of Cheese, Butter and Whole Milk Powder Export Sales
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (723 reads)

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 47 requests for export assistance to sell 7.037 million pounds (3,192 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheeses, 13.928 million pounds (6.318 metric tons) of 82% butter and 485,017 pounds (220 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the South Pacific.

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Demand for U.S. Dairy Products Remain Strong
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (900 reads)

The USDA’s forecast is that a demand from overseas will boost the dairy industry sales by 7 percent this year, to a record $43.1 billion. has reported that international demand remained strong in 2013 with U.S. exports achieving another record. Most dairy products had double digit increases in exports with cheese increasing almost 22 percent, nonfat dry and skim milk powders increasing 25 percent, and butter increasing 87 percent.

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Mead Johnson Buy Would Boost Danone's Place in Baby Food Market
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (1037 reads)

Danone could reinvest profits from the potential sale of its $5 billion medical nutrition division in a bid for Mead Johnson Nutrition, boosting Danone's position in the baby food market, experts say. "Mead Johnson represents one of the few remaining opportunities for Danone to challenge Nestle for global leadership of the infant nutrition category," Credit Suisse analyst Alex Molloy wrote. 

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Warrnambool Cheese & Butter to Restructure Board of Directors
Thursday, April 03, 2014 (770 reads)

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited (WCB) has advised that as a result of Saputo Inc.'s (Saputo) 87.92% shareholding in WCB, Saputo has requested a number of modifications to the company's constitution to, among other things, allow a restructure of the WCB Board.

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