Consumers looking for foods with a clean label and ‘pure’ attributes often choose organic products. California’s Humboldt Creamery, located in prime dairy country, is serving those consumers with fluid products, ice cream and powders.
April 11, 2016
Humboldt County, California, is a great place to operate an organic dairy farm. The mild temperatures and ample annual rainfall allow cows to be in pasture 200 days or more a year. The county is roughly bounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the east and Pacific Ocean on the west. Warmed by the ocean currents, Eureka (the county seat) enjoys average temperatures ranging from 41 F (in December and January) to 64 F (in August and September).
In March, the Swiss-based multinational food giant Nestlé said it will invest over 25 million euros ($28.1 million) to expand its research and development center in Askeaton, Ireland. The enhanced facility will be located at Nestlé`s existing plant in the city, which produces a range of premium powdered milk-based products for infants, young children and mothers for export to world markets.
Crystal Creamery of Modesto, Calif., is the No. 1 milk brand in Sacramento. It aims to make its Humboldt brand a national player in organic ice cream. For CEO Frank Otis, managing two brands can be ‘tricky.’
Modesto-based Foster Farms Dairy, founded in 1941, knows a thing or two about names and brands. In 2007, it acquired Crystal Creamery of Sacramento, which traces its roots to 1901. Two years later, Foster acquired Fortuna-based Humboldt Creamery, which dates to the 1920s.
Public Health England in March released its new Eatwell guide, similar to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and My Plate (the old food pyramid). England’s top dairy association was quick with a critique, calling the recommendations “baffling and disappointing.”
A dairy industry group has released a report identifying 10 food and nutrition issues likely to impact the dairy industry in the next one to three years. Among the trends are consumer awareness of the need to consume protein and a preference for plant-based diets.