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Dairy co-op AMPI reports $1.8 billion in sales in 2013

Cheese sales increased 7% while butter sales rose 3%.
March 25, 2014
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced Monday that the dairy marketing cooperative recorded sales of $1.8 billion and earnings of $7.5 million in 2013. American-style cheese production totaled 400 million pounds in 2013. 

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Corporate earnings

Higher dairy inputs sting General Mills Q3 results; Yoplait Greek boosts sales through 9 months

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 totaled $4.38 billion, down 1% from year-ago levels.
March 19, 2014

For the nine months of the company’s fiscal year, net sales have increased 2% to $13.63 billion. Yoplait Greek yogurt was cited as one of the retail products contributing to year-to-date net sales growth. Others include Fiber One protein bars, Nature Valley oatmeal squares and Totino's frozen pizza and snacks. 


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Annual report

2013 sales rise 7% for Mexico's Grupo Lala

The company cites a higher value-added product mix, new products and brands, volume growth and price increases.
February 27, 2014

Mexico's Grupo Lala said sales increased 7% to $3.2 billion. The dairy processor attributed the growth mainly to a higher value-added product mix, to non-organic growth as a result of new products and brands in the portfolio, to volume growth and to the company´s price increase strategy.


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Investor news

Sales of dairy ingredients, butter set record at Land O'Lakes

Dairy sales also rose at Nestle, Arla and Kraft.
February 26, 2014

Land O'Lakes Inc., Arden Hills, Minn., said that its Dairy Foods business segment in 2013 generated record pretax earnings of $75 million on sales of $4.5 billion, up 8% from 2012. The results were driven by improved margins on milk powders and butter in Global Dairy Ingredients along with records in sales volume and earnings in the Retail Foods and Foodservice businesses.


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Acquisitions

Dairy Farmers of America acquires Oakhurst Dairy of Maine

Three generations of the Bennett family have run the independent dairy since the 1920s.
January 31, 2014

Dairy Farmers of America has acquired Oakhurst Dairy, a family owned dairy processor in Portland, Maine. 


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International trade

U.S. firms suffering GI distress as Brits restrict use of 'Greek yogurt'

A UK court rules in favor of Fage to the detriment of Chobani.
January 30, 2014

The Washington, D.C.-based Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), is denouncing a court ruling in the United Kingdom that declared only yogurt made in Greece could be labeled as "Greek yogurt." 


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Acquisitions

Saputo buys Scotsburn Co-operative of Nova Scotia

The Scotsburn Fluid Milk Business operates two fluid milk processing facilities located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.
January 18, 2014

Saputo Inc.has entered into an agreement to acquire the fluid milk activities of Scotsburn Co-Operative Services Limited based in Atlantic Canada. 


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Whipped cream and other delights

Dairy products star on new Friendly's menu

New ice cream desserts, plus Greek-style yogurt parfaits, cheese galore and whipped cream.
January 13, 2014

Friendly's Ice Cream, Willbraham, Mass., also announced new breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, many of which contain dairy foods. 


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Plant expansion

Hilmar Cheese says expansion of Texas plant will be completed this year

The expansion includes additional capabilities on an existing 40-pound natural American-style cheese production line, and improvements to a variety of processes to better serve domestic and international customers.
January 7, 2014

Hilmar Cheese Co., said the expansion at its cheese and whey processing facility in Dalhart, Texas, is nearing completion. 


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GMO-no?

Whole Foods says no more Chobani

Is it because of the use of GMOs or some other reason? The reasons are cloudy.
December 20, 2013

Responding to grocer Whole Foods decision to drop Chobani, the founder of the top-selling Greek yogurt brand downplayed the news, saying in a statement that "though we have very limited distribution within Whole Foods, they have been an important partner of ours over the years."


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