Dutch global dairy giant Royal FrieslandCampina plans to invest €100 million in the China market this year, its CEO Hein Schumacher said in Beijing.
The investment will be used to expand the production and sales channels of Friso, the company’s high-end infant and toddler formula brand, and further expand its sales in smaller Chinese cities, as it projected that about 50 per cent of the future growth in China will come from third to sixth-tier cities, according to the company.
The closing of the site in German Gütersloh is a consequence of overcapacities in the highly fragmented German market and of years of loss-making production of private label desserts that make up the major part of the Gütersloh volumes. This category will be discontinued, while other product lines will be transferred to the plants in Cologne, Heilbronn and Maasdam in the Netherlands. Gütersloh processes German milk. The planned closure of production in Gütersloh is scheduled for March 2019. 231 employees will be affected by it.
The revenue of Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. increased by 10.7 percent to 6.1 billion euros over the first half-year 2017. Profit increased by 1.3 percent to 162 million euros. Revenue increased due to an increase in sales prices and the acquisition of Engro Foods in Pakistan. The pro forma milk price for member dairy farmers increased by 26.9 percent to 38.37 euros per 100 kilos of milk.
FrieslandCampina and Facebook announce the signing of their letter of intent for a partnership, expanding their collaboration in exploring close, personal and relevant connections with families and farmers around the world through mobile.
Roelof Joosten, CEO FrieslandCampina and Gary Briggs, CMO of Facebook, signed the agreement expanding the collaboration over the next years. This marks an important milestone for FrieslandCampina in deploying the further potential of mobile platforms in connecting and interacting with consumers around the world on nutrition information, dairy products and the world of Dutch dairy farmers. For Facebook, this collaboration underlines the value and business impact for international nutrition multi- brand companies, like FrieslandCampina, of understanding relevant, personal and engaging connections on a global scale.
Researchers from the Laboratory of Food Process Engineering at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, in collaboration with FrieslandCampina, are researching and developing methods for 3D printing protein-rich foods using sodium caseinate, a high-quality protein found in mammalian milk.
3D food printing is a particularly interesting and important area within the 3D printing industry as a whole. It is interesting because the technology behind 3D food printing allows for unique flavor combinations and enhanced food presentations that were previously impossible to achieve in even the most advanced culinary institutions. At the same time, the science of 3D food printing could be an important key in addressing pressing issues such as sustainability, food waste, and malnutrition across the world.
Wageningen’s research into 3D printing protein-rich foods falls into the second category. The research, part of a collaboration between Wageningen University and FrieslandCampina, the world’s largest dairy cooperative, aims to develop FDM 3D printed protein-rich foods that are both tasty and nutritious, delivering essential, high-quality protein nutrients while eliminating food waste.
FrieslandCampina in Lochem and Veghel will cut costs leading to loss of 40 permanent jobs.
The major part of the savings will be achieved by making better use of the capacity of the production lines and by reducing the use of material and energy. The employees of the various departments are closely involved in the proposals for improvement with respect to operational management and the set-up of the organisation. As a consequence of the adjusted methods of working, tasks and responsibilities of employees may change and the number of jobs at various levels in the organisation can be decreased. A total of about 40 permanent jobs (FTEs) will be lost in both FrieslandCampina locations in the next three years. In addition, the number of temporary workers and people with employment contracts for a definite time will be structurally lowered by about 48 FTEs.
FrieslandCampina will restructure the production in the operating companies FrieslandCampina Cheese, FrieslandCampina Butter and Ecomel (organic dairy). As a result of this restructuring, about 140 jobs will be made redundant in the next two years. At the same time a total of about 30 million euro will be invested in the expansion of production plants.