Arla Foods has agreed to acquire Denmark's family owned Tholstrup Cheese. The purchase will help Arla expand its food export business as it faces more competition. The agreement needs regulatory approval.
Open only at peak hours and offering no-frills efficiency like having customers bag their own groceries, Aldi is thriving amid lagging sales elsewhere in the grocery business. Private label products, bare displays and no advertising add up to significant savings for Aldi customers. The company plans to add six stores to its 36 in Michigan this year.
Food manufacturers, quickservice restaurants and haute chefs alike are adding more kick to their foods. For example, Cold Stone Creamery has a wasabi-ginger ice cream. According to Mintel International, nearly 1,500 products marketed as "spicy" were introduced to the market in the past two years.
Some small organic dairy farmers fear overproduction could force them out of business, and are at odds with industrial-scale organic operations, which produce more milk per cow on grain diets with less labor. For the time being, the growing popularity of organic milk is keeping both sides busy.