In Germany the Bavarian Milk Industry (BMI) and the France headquartered private dairy Lactalis have signed an agreement on the sale of BMI’s fresh produce business with the product groups fresh milk, yoghurt, quark, cream, ayran and others, as well as the production site in Würzburg (Bavaria) to Lactalis. The contract includes the takeover of some regional brands. This division generates annual sales of around 200 million euro. Through this takeover, Lactalis wants a close and long-term partnership with the southern German milk producers to develop the market for regional products in the food retail sector, national food service and ethnic trade. Lactalis is the world’s biggest dairy. The German dairy cooperative BMI is one of the biggest German dairies with around 1200 member farms, processes 900 million kilograms of milk and over two billion kilograms of whey at seven production sites in Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt.