Vinamilk acquires US dairy company in $10 million investment

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A shelf of fresh milk products in a Ho Chi Minh City supermarket. Photo: Diep Duc Minh A shelf of fresh milk products in a Ho Chi Minh City supermarket. Photo: Diep Duc Minh

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Vinamilk, Vietnam's biggest dairy company, has taken over California-based Driftwood Dairy Holding Corporation after buying the company's remaining stake of 30 percent for US$3 million, according to a press release on Monday.
The acquisition came more than two years after the giant bought a stake of 70 percent in the US company for $7 million.
Last year Vinamilk also raised its stake in New Zealand's dairy firm Miraka Limited to 22.8 percent from 19.3 percent.
The state-controlled company, which exports baby formula, soymilk and UHT milk products to 42 countries, currently runs a wholly-owned subsidiary in Poland and a factory in Cambodia with local partner Angkor Dairy Products.
The most recognizable brand in Vietnam with a brand value of $1.13 billion, Vinamilk is now one of the country's biggest magnets for foreign investors, after being allowed to remove a 49 percent cap for foreign ownership.
The approval was announced last week, as the government plans to sell its 45 percent stake in the $7.85-billion company .
Vinamilk reported revenue of VND40.22 trillion ($1.8 billion) last year, up 14 percent from 2014, and net profit of VND7.77 trillion ($348 million), up 28 percent. It expects a 11 percent rise in revenue and 6 percent in profit this year.

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