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Chr.Hansen acquires Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler

Through the acquisition of the assets of Austrian-based ingredient supplier Österreichische Laberzeugung Hundsbichler GmbH, Chr. Hansen will further expand its enzyme production and presence into the traditional segments of specialty cheeses. Hundsbichler products are widely recognized for high quality, and this acquisition will enable Chr. Hansen to offer cheesemakers a second-to-none product portfolio in the animal rennet space.

Hundsbichler, founded in 1947 and headquartered in Langkampfen, Austria, is among the leading suppliers of animal rennet to the cheese industry. Key products include the BioRen® brand ranging from mainstream products to more specialized items used for production of typical, traditional cheeses.

Chr. Hansen sees a strong fit between its dairy business and Hundsbichler, which is expected to provide attractive opportunities for synergies within sales, including cross-selling, supply chain improvements and innovation. These synergies are expected to be achieved in the coming two years. The assets of Hundsbichler was acquired for an undisclosed amount and comprises customers, products, trademarks and production equipment. The acquisition will not impact the financial guidance of Chr. Hansen and will only have a minor impact on sales and earnings in 2018/19.

Another successful year for Chr. Hansen: 9 percent organic growth in 2017/18

Chr. Hansen achieved strong results in 2017/18, and growth is set to continue in 2018/19. CEO Mauricio Graber says: “2017/18 was another good year for Chr. Hansen, and we finished strongly in Q4 driven by Food Cultures & Enzymes and Health & Nutrition. We achieved all the overall financial targets that we set at the beginning of the year, in spite of currency headwinds impacting both revenues and earnings, with organic growth reaching 9%, EBIT margin before special items increasing to 29.2%, and free cash flow before special items and acquisitions increasing by 4% to EUR 196 million. For the full year, Food Cultures & Enzymes delivered strong growth organic of 12%, performing well above the long-term ambition of growing 7-8% per year, while Health & Nutrition and Natural Colors delivered moderate growth and grew by 8% and 5%, respectively.

Arla stänger Boxholm

Arla Foods, med mjölkbönder i sju länder, inledde under 2018 ett förändrings- och effektiviseringsprogram för att sänka kostnaderna när man producerar mejeriprodukter. Totalt ska besparingarna uppgå till fyra miljarder kronor fram till år 2020 i hela kooperativet. Målet med att sänka kostnaderna i produktionen är att kunna betala ett högre pris för mjölken till föreningens ägare, mjölkbönderna.

Under denna process har Arla identifierat att man kan spara ungefär 14 miljoner kronor per år om produktionen av ost från Boxholm flyttas till Östersund. Med bakgrund av detta har Arla tagit inriktningsbeslutet att lägga ner all verksamhet i Boxholm, både mejeriet och butiksverksamheten. Förhandlingar inleds i och med detta besked med de fackliga företrädarna, både på nationell och på lokal nivå och medarbetarna har informerats.

EDA Annual Convention 14th – 17th November 2018 Dublin

European Dairy Association, ASSIFONTE and Dairy Industry Ireland invite to the EDA Annual Convention 14th – 17th November 2018 Dublin.

The title of ‘A Green Future for European Dairy’ has been chosen as the theme of this year’s convention – perfectly fitting in with Ireland’s long-standing and unique grass based dairy system, where sustainable farming, mild climate and luscious landscape lie at the core.

This convention will bring together Europe’s most influential thought leaders in the areas of Dairy and Agriculture from across industry and government. Speakers at this convention will include EU Agriculture Commissioner Mr Phil Hogan who will give the key note speech at this year’s European Dairy Platform.

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EU’s Commission adopts trans fat ban proposal

With trans fatty acids posing a public health risk to consumers, the Commission adopted a proposal which would limit the content of trans fat, other than naturally occurring trans fat, in all foods to 2 grams per 100 gram fat.

The measure will override national initiatives which had been adopted or were in the make by various other EU Member States. The date of application of the ban is not yet known. It is currently notified as a technical barrier to trade allowing other countries to comment on the anticipated rules. The proposal however – provisionally – instigates that foods not complying with the new rules may be marketed until 1 April 2021.

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Mejerieksporten holdt skansen

Danske mejerier eksporterede for 10,27 mia. danske kr. i årets første seks måneder Det er stort set det samme som sidste år til trods for lavere markedspriser, skriver mejeri.dk.

Tre fjerdedele af al dansk mælk eksporteres, og da forbruget herhjemme ikke stiger, skal den ekstra mælk også bruges til eksport.

Kigger man på de enkelte produktgrupper, er det især ’smør og smørolie’, der springer i øjnene med en stigning på 30 pct. i eksportværdi og 26 pct. i mængde. Dette skyldes bl.a. en øget reeksport, dvs. importeret smør som efterfølgende er blevet sendt ud af landet igen.

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Elopak launches aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons with Natural Brown Board

The new Natural Brown Board Pure-Pak® cartons are carbon neutral and introduced only one year after Elopak launched the first fresh gable top carton made from Natural Brown Board. Since its 2017 launch, the fresh carton is successful on shelf across Europe for market-leading multinational and medium sized dairies.

The aseptic Pure-Pak® cartons have one less layer and thereby retain the natural brown colour of the wood fibres which gives a visible fibre structure. This also results in reduced carbon footprint and reduced weight, providing a naturally different, sustainable and authentic package that meets demands from growing trends in ethical, ecological and organic products.

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