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Emmi buys 60% stake in goat’s cheese maker Bettinehoeve

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Emmi is to acquire a 60% stake in Dutch dairy producer Bettinehoeve, the largest producer of fresh and ripened goat’s cheese in the Benelux region.

The Swiss company called goat’s milk products one of “the most attractive niches in the international dairy industry” and added that the deal would allow it to strengthen its presence in “this attractive growth area”.

Emmi entered the international market for goat’s milk products in summer 2010 with its acquisition of US goat’s cheese producer Cypress Grove Chevre. It has gradually expanded its activities in the segment in recent years – such as in 2013 through the acquisition of a 70% stake in Dutch dairy AVH, which specialises in the export of goat’s and sheep’s milk products; and most recently in December with the purchase of US-based Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery.

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