Following a rigorous research and development process which involved access to more than 13,000 strains, Müller discovered that the combination of two specific yogurt strains, (selected and combined specific strains from two species: Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus) created a less sour tasting yogurt which means less sugar is required to be added to create a better taste.
The business is proposing to invest £60m to upgrade capabilities and operational efficiencies at its processing facilities at Severnside and Foston with further enhancements to dairies at Droitwich, Manchester and Bridgwater. The project will create up to 180 new jobs.
The investment is part of a total of more than £100m which will be spent by Müller in the UK across its Müller Milk & Ingredients and Müller Yogurt & Desserts businesses in the next 18 months to improve operational, innovation and marketing capabilities.
Tesco has confirmed it is shifting a significant volume of milk supply from Arla to Muller.
Making the announcement three days after Farmers For Action (FFA) said the retailer was planning to shift 200 million litres from Arla to Muller, Tesco confirmed the move. Releasing a statement late on Friday, it did not disclose the exact litreage which would move across.
However, if the 200m litre figure suggested by FFA remains correct, it means Muller will have 700m litres of the 1bn litre Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) pool, with Arla having the remaining volume.
UK – Müller has confirmed that it completed the acquisition of Dairy Crest’s dairy business on December 26th, 2015.
The company will now bring Müller Wiseman Dairies and Dairy Crest’s dairy operations together to create a new organisation called Müller Milk & Ingredients, which aims to be the biggest and best of its kind in the UK.
Muller UK & Ireland’s takeover of Dairy Crest’s dairies division could go through by the end of the year, after the German-owned firms offered concessions.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said there are “reasonable grounds” for thinking the proposals could avoid the six-month investigation announced two weeks ago. The £80m deal was pushed into a “phase two” probe due to concerns that less competition in some parts of the UK could push up milk prices for retailers and shoppers.
Muller has offered to process a certain amount of milk for a third party dairy processor in the South West and Wales. This other firm would be able to compete for supplying major supermarkets in those areas.