Arla plans to expand its business in sub-Saharan Africa to more than $318 million by 2017 with sales of powdered and UHT milk. The dairy cooperative plans to implement human rights due diligence procedures and other initiatives there to ensure its growth in the market does not have a negative effect on local farmers, according to Finn Hansen, who heads Arla's International Business Group.
Mergers with U.K.'s Milk Link and Germany's Milch-Union Hocheifel have improved Arla Foods' bottom line, allowing the the dairy giant to record doubled profits in the year's first half. Integrating operations of the new companies with Arla has gone faster than expected, says Frederik Lotz, Arla's chief financial officer.
The growing perception that yogurt is a round-the-clock food is boosting yogurt sales, NPD Group research indicates. Once considered a breakfast item, yogurt is now being eaten as a meal-replacer, a snack and dessert, researchers found.
The key to "unlocking dairy's potential" is for industry players to focus on emerging consumer trends, says Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association. That means developing products that meet consumer demands for high-protein, low-sugar foods that are conveniently packaged and which are environmentally friendly, she said this week, during the annual IDFA meeting in Orlando.
The European Dairy Association says paying European dairy farmers to produce less milk is a "step backwards." The supply reduction payments are part of the proposed supply management measures being considered by the European Parliament Agriculture Committee. Europe's dairy market "will not achieve optimal development" under the measures, says Joop Kleibeuker, EDA secretary general.