There’s a trend that’s catching on with select ingredient markets: specifying product origin. For some time, the vanilla industry has made a practice of indicating if beans used to make extract came from Madagascar, Tahiti, or some other tropical climate.
Inulin and oligofructose have moved into the mainstream of functional ingredients and now consumer education must intensify. That was the message of the opening presentations of the 5th Orafti Research Conference held at Harvard Medical School, Boston, in late September.
Milk can be efficiently processed into a variety of dairy foods with a little help from acid-producing bacteria and/or food-grade acidulants. Indeed, milk, an almost neutral fluid with a pH in the range of 6.4 to 6.8, can become hard cheese when it drops about one pH point; a soft, fresh cheese when it drops another; and yogurt when it drops a bit more.
Meal replacements have always been great for a meal on the go or to help with weight management. In a world of super-sized meals, they provide a convenient way to control portions, offering a healthy snack or a complete meal in the range of 100 to 350 calories.
In News and Trends this month you will find a story about four substantial dairy companies from different parts of the world coming together as the Global Dairy Platform. In cooperation with the International Dairy Federation, the new alliance was formed to promote dairy globally, and to form a defense against milk’s critics.
Quest International is launching a new range of berry fruit flavors in Europe and the Middle East. Targeted at the dairy market-and with primary applications in yogurt and dairy drinks sectors-the Berrysense range draws on a wide package of technology.
A new X-ray inspection line is being launched by Loma Systems Inc. The Loma X4 system offers sensing technology, user-friendly interface and reduced cost. X4 line offers high-speed USB connectivity and a Windows XP operating system with an intuitive graphical touch screen display.
With a strengthening economy, many North American dairy processors and other food manufacturers are poised to take advantage of new market growth, allocating funds to expand operations and in many cases build new plants to meet growing demand.
There will be a homecoming of sorts in San Antonio at the end of March. Dairy and ice cream’s logistics, distribution, and fleet management professionals will gather for the 37th installment of the Dairy Distribution and Fleet Management Conference.