FrieslandCampina has acquired all remaining shares in Friesland Huishan Dairy (FHD), a joint venture it set up in 2014 with Huishan to sell infant formula in China.
As a result, FHD is now a 100% owned subsidiary of FrieslandCampina. Besides infant formula, FHD produces tea creamers and coffee creamers on behalf of other FrieslandCampina companies. The FHD plant is located near Shenyang in Liaoning Province.
Upon announcement of the joint venture in 2015, the companies said that the collaboration would benefit from each of their production, sales and marketing capabilities.
In the past year, FrieslandCampina has undergone a number of structural adjustments. Last June it announced it would build a 70,000-square-metre distribution centre in the Netherlands, consolidating its activities across four current warehouses in the country. Meanwhile, its Gütersloh plant in Germany is due to close in the second quarter of 2018.
In August, the Dutch dairy cooperative offloaded its fruit juice producer Riedel to Dutch-based firm Standard Investment.
There have been two new additions to the company’s executive board this year, with the appointment of Hein Schumacher as CEO and Jaska de Bakker as CFO.
Danone has appointed three deputy CEOs to “better connect categories and regions” and drive the delivery of its ‘Renew Danone’ strategy. The new appointees are Veronique Penchienati-Bosetta, Shane Grant and Juergen Esser. They will report to Danone CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique.
PepsiCo Portugal has announced that it will invest €7.5 million to construct a new biodigester, which will turn organic waste into biogas. As well as helping its Carregado facility to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon emissions, the biodigester will also contribute to reducing gas consumption, allowing the installation to use the biogas produced during the anaerobic digestion process.
Kerry is sponsoring The Kerry Upcycled Food Foundation Fellowship in a new partnership with the Upcycled Food Foundation (UFF), the non-profit subsidiary of the Upcycled Food Association (UFA). The research fellowship is the second initiated by the UFF and will work toward advancing the understanding of the market, consumer perception and technical opportunities of upcycled food.