Alpina Foods LLC, Miami, is the recently established U.S. subsidiary of Alpina, a leading dairy-producing company in South America with global headquarters in Colombia. For almost a decade, the company has been importing an array of Hispanic-style dairy products into the United States. In 2012, Alpina will begin manufacturing yogurt from its newly built plant in Batavia, N.Y. This opens doors for innovations that will help grow its consumer base beyond the U.S. Hispanic population.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Bel Brands USA, a subsidiary of Fromageries Bel, a family-owned cheesemaker headquartered in Paris, extends its world-renowned Boursin Gournay cheese brand to flavored premium spreadable cheeses. Garlic & Herbs (the flavor of the original Boursin cheese) was the first to debut about a year ago.
For a child in the 1980s, string cheese was the ultimate must-have lunch snack. The simple act of peeling strings away from a cylindrical-shaped “stick” was both exciting and innovative and transformed the way consumers eat cheese.
Ethnic dairy foods are emerging into the mainstream. Processors exhibiting at the German tradeshow Anuga Oct. 8-12 sampled their new products, including those with appeal to consumers from southwest Asia and central Europe.