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Fonterra to buy milk processing assets of New Zealand Dairies

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Fonterra said it has an agreement to buy the milk processing assets of the New Zealand Dairies Ltd group in South Canterbury. The Russian-owned dairy factory was placed into receivership on 17 May 2012. 


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Farmers and Processors

Cheers! Dannon, McCarty Farms toast their processor-producer marriage

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The Dannon Co. and McCarty Family Farms announced Wednesday, June 13, the initial accomplishments from the first stage of their new collaboration. The farmer is selling its milk exclusively to Dannon, which is processing it into yogurt at Dannon's Fort Worth, Texas, plant.


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Nestle invests in condensed milk plant in Spain

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Nestlé is investing in new manufacturing lines at its condensed milk products factory in Pontecesures, Spain, increasing production by 50%. The company’s announcement follows two major financial commitments it has made to develop its manufacturing operations in Europe this year. Earlier this month Nestlé said it would invest CHF 300 million in a new Nespresso factory in Switzerland. In February it revealed plans to invest CHF 265 million in a new Nescafé Dolce Gusto factory in Germany.


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Awards

Quality Chekd honors Hiland-Roberts Ice Cream Co. with top award

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Hiland-Roberts Ice Cream Co., Potomac Farms Dairy Enterprises took the top Quality Chekd honors in dairy excellence, plant performance and marketing, respectively, at the 2012 QCS Leadership Conference.


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Gifford's famous ice cream is made in Maine

The Maine ice cream processor focuses on flavors, distribution, customer service and employee relations. Those factors add up to a successful and growing business.
By Jim Carper
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The history of America is full of famous brothers. Comedy has its Marx brothers and baseball its Alou brothers. The Wright brothers reportedly had something to do with manned flight. In the world of ice cream, there are the Gifford brothers of Skowhegan, Maine.
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Research shows how to reduce sodium in cheese

Public health concerns over hypertension have cheesemakers looking to reduce sodium. Research has found that a little dairy in a DASH diet reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
By Nigel Kirtley
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Pressure from public health authorities to reduce sodium in the food supply continues to grow. There are many sides to the debate. Though dairy foods in total contribute only 11% of the sodium in the U.S. diet, the dairy industry has recognized the need to address these concerns and has been taking action. Being proactive helps the industry identify solutions that make sense for the food supply, the dairy business and consumers’ health and taste preferences.
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Gifford's makes ice cream with family recipes, vintage equipment

Gifford’s makes the world’s best chocolate ice cream using old-fashioned recipes and equipment at its little plant in Skowhegan.
By Jim Carper
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The Gifford’s Ice Cream processing plant is tucked into a hillside on Hathaway Street in Skowhegan, Maine. This unassuming little band box of a building gives no hint that inside, production workers are creating super premium ice cream that is sold in company-owned and independently owned scoop shops and by retailers from Maine to Maryland.


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Formulating ice cream with prebiotics, probiotics

Processors can introduce these healthy bacteria into frozen desserts by using syrups, sauces and inclusions.
By Bruce Tharp and Steve Young
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In our February column we discussed the importance of digestive health as the basis of all good nutrition and the role ice cream products could play in terms of providing probiotic (consumption of “live and active beneficial” bacteria) and/or probiotic friendly (that is, prebiotic) mix ingredients. We reviewed delivery of probiotics via active culturing and/or cold inoculation.
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Formulating the next generation of cultured dairy foods

Adding micronutrients to cultured dairy products is one way to address health and wellness. Will processors respond with innovative new products?
By Phillip S. Tong
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Consumers recognize that cultured dairy products (including yogurt, cottage cheese and fermented milk beverages) are healthy and good-for-you choices. Health professionals consider cultured dairy foods to be nutrient-dense foods, meaning they have a high nutrient-to-energy ratio.

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Meet Bill Weigel, the owner of Weigel's convenience stores

By Jim Carper
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As Bill Weigel navigates his Toyota Avalon down Tennessee State Highway 131 through Powell, Tenn., he points out landmarks from his boyhood. There is the house where his grandmother lived. Over there is the orchard where he went for an apple to mask the tobacco on his breath from smoking (at age 9) his homemade corncob pipe. And that’s where he boarded the bus and rode to the big city (Knoxville) all by himself before he was even 10 years old.
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 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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