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CANADA'S AGROPUR TO ACQUIRE DAVISCO FOODS INT'L, WILL DOUBLE ITS DAIRY PROCESSING
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

Canada's largest dairy cooperative, Agropur is buying Davisco Foods International based in Minnesota. The deal will double Agropur's U.S. processing operations and increase its global milk intake by 50 percent. Target close date is August 1st, 2014.

Headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota, the family-owned Davisco has 900 employees and processes 3.8 billion pounds of milk a year.

The acquisition includes Davisco cheese factories in Le Sueur, Lake Norden, South Dakota and Jerome, Idaho. The ingredients plant at Nicollet, Minnesota, sales offices in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Shanghai, Singapore and Geneva Switzerland along with distribution centers in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Tianjin, China.

With headquarters in Quebec, Agropur Cooperative currently has sales of $3.8 billion annually handling more than 7.4 billion pounds of milk from 3,554 dairy producers in 32 plants across Canada and the U.S.

The company has cheese plants in Hull, Iowa; Preston, Minnesota and La Crosse, Little Chute, Luxemburg and Weyauwega, Wisconsin.

Earlier this month Agropur:

*Reached an agreement to acquire the dairy and food distribution assets of Northumberland Dairy Cooperative of New Brunswick. That co-op has annual sales of $67 million.

*Purchased four Canadian dairy plants in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia from Sobey's with over $400 million in annual revenues.


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