CLOVIS, N.M.-Tom Gathright had never worked for a food company before Southwest Cheese hired him away from the paper and pulp industry. Gathright is the environmental mgr. at the massive new cheese plant that recently sprouted up from the irrigated earth in the middle of the nation’s fastest growing milkshed.
The application of the descriptor “sugar-free” to ice cream would require the presence of <0.5 g per serving of sugars, i.e., the sum of all mono- and disaccharides. To produce such a product, it would be necessary to remove not only the conventional added sweeteners, as in no-sugar-added (NSA) products, but the lactose contributed by conventional dairy ingredients as well.
Have you ever noticed how Taco Bell has only about 15 fillings or toppings and a half dozen or so carriers, but somehow manages to mix and match these ingredients to offer a new menu item to customers on a regular basis?
As happens every January, the media spends a great deal of time discussing diet and nutrition. Excitingly for omega-3 ingredient suppliers, the January 2nd edition of USA Today stated, “there’s no doubt what one of 2007’s hottest food additives will be: omega-3.”
For dairy processors focused on organic and natural milk, 2006 might have been even more tumultuous than it was for the rest of the milk business. A simmering dispute over pasture access boiled over, Wal-Mart phoned in a big order, and conventional dairy processors began to introduce “naturally produced” milk, setting up a middle category of milk made without the use of rBST, but also without adherence to the USDA organic standards.
After years of trial and tribulation, the U.S. dairy industry may have finally turned the tide on declining milk sales. Numbers available at press time indicate that overall volume of milk sales for 2006 will likely add up to about 1% growth over 2005.
Rose Mattus, who along with her husband Reuben created Haagen-Dazs ice cream, died in November just five days after her 90th birthday. Rose Mattus was the controller of Haagen-Dazs Inc., which later became part of Nestle.
Safeway Inc. said last month that it plans to open about 25 new stores and remodel about 275 others next year. The company has already remodeled about 43% of its 1,767 stores to the “Lifestyle” format, which includes bakeries, a produce section reminiscent of an outdoor market and large flower shop areas.