A new cheese plant and a facility expansion at an aseptic food and dairy plant were announced by Hilmar Cheese Co. and Steuben Foods last month, and a group of co-ops says it is considering building a brand new milk plant in Kansas.
For the 6,294 food- and beverage-related companies that exhibited at the world's largest food fair-ANUGA-in Cologne, Germany, from October 8 to 12, the fair was an opportunity to establish contacts and conduct business with companies from every corner of the world.
Dairy industry representatives increasingly view the next round of WTO talks as critical for the U.S. dairy industry, as it seeks to open global markets to more dairy products. U.S. negotiators attending this month's Doha Round in Hong Kong are pushing for lower tariffs and fewer subsidies, but in the past have run into stiff opposition, especially in Europe.
Leprino Foods hopes to expand its facility here by 90,000 sq ft, but it has told local officials it might instead look to build a new facility out west if it doesn't get tax incentives for the expansion.
Congress recently approved the agricultural appropriations bill, and within it is a provision that will help restore a portion of the original USDA National Organic Program's rules, that was altered by a federal court decision.