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Membrane technology event celebrated its 25th anniversary with record attendance

Dairy Foods and Filtration & Membrane World LLC have been partners for eight years.
June 27, 2013

The 25th annual Practical Membrane Technology Short Course was held earlier this month. The course focused on the basics of membrane technology and process design as well as new membrane technologies, materials and applications. In addition, participants took guided facility tours of Ecolab, GEA and GE Power & Water. 


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Plant of the Year

13 best practices from the Plant of the Year nominees

These dairy processors have ideas about food safety, sustainability, customer service and more.
June 9, 2013

Dairy Foods editors toured all 13 dairy processing plants that have been nominated for the 2013 Plant of the Year. We found best practices in each of them.


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Sustainability

Unilever Ice Cream, Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese honored in dairy sustainability awards program

Unilever has reduced electricity use by 13%, natural gas use by 16% and water consumption by more than 1.1 million gallons per year.
April 24, 2013

The Unilever Ice Cream plant in Henderson, Nev., was recognized for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability and Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese, Gooding, Idaho, was honored for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Efficiency.


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Construction

Darigold completes construction of plant dryer in Lynden, Wash.

Darigold exports two thirds of its milk powder production and three-quarters of its whey products.
April 20, 2013

Seattle-based Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, announced the completion of its new milk powder dryer at its Lynden, Wash., processing plant. A fire destroyed the dryer in February 2012.


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Filling New England's dairy needs: Inside Oakhurst's plant

Oakhurst Dairy of Maine processes quality dairy and nondairy beverages and cultured products for its retail, commercial and private-label customers. It also operates a successful sustainability program that reduces energy, water and waste.
April 16, 2013
Ask anyone what they know about Maine and you’ll probably hear “lobster, lighthouses and L.L. Bean.” Milk? Probably not, because Maine isn’t a top dairy state. There are just four milk plants (and eight bulk tank units) in Maine, according to the most recent Interstate Milk Shippers List.
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Tharp & Young On Ice Cream

Formulating low-calorie ice cream

There is more than one route to reducing calories in frozen desserts. The choice of dairy ingredients, sweeteners and processing techniques all play a role.
April 13, 2013
For years, processors have reduced the fat and total sugars in a wide variety of frozen dessert formats with varying degrees of technical, nutritional, sensory and economic success.
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Dairy industry hiring trends in 2013: there will be jobs

The competition for jobs is fierce. Here’s why you couldn’t seal the deal last year on that ‘Holy Grail’ candidate.
January 16, 2013
The dairy manufacturing industry is expanding. That’s a fact. Yes, there are companies struggling, but by and large, many of your dairy company competitors are experiencing growth.
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Construction

Wisconsin cheesemaker builds storage addition to aid its retail sales efforts

Burnett Dairy Cooperative built a 25,000-square-foot cold and dry storage addition to help it serve its growing retail customer base.
December 24, 2012

As Burnett’s foodservice and retail market continued to expand, the need for increased storage capacity had become ever more urgent. Over time the company’s existing dry storage gradually became outdated and too small for the company’s needs. The objective with the new storage space was twofold: expand volume and support growth in retail sales and service along with the existing foodservice line. 


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ERP software

Tips for choosing the correct Enterprise Resource Planning software

When choosing a new ERP system, look for a solution with built-in features specifically for highly regulated industries, such as dairy.
November 29, 2012

As regulations grow increasingly complex, it is ever more important for dairy manufacturers to choose the correct Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage their processes. There is no room for human error when the cost of one mistake could lead to a food recall, illness and in extreme cases death.


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Food safety

Signs, labels and tags protect dairy products in the plant

Matching the proper labeling supply to the application takes an understanding of the hundreds of chemicals used at chemical washdown sites.
November 28, 2012

Washdown areas in the dairy industry are among the most difficult areas to maintain OSHA compliance for food handling because bacteria can be found in almost any food handling scenario.  The food industry relies on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria. Signs and labels communicate safe plant procedures for these requirements. Because of the harsh environment, standard signs have a tendency to bleed or simply peel right off. The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation have introduced guidelines to ensure dairy products are protected and signs, labels and tags play an important role communicating these guidelines. 


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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

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