Articles by Sharon Gerdes

Dairy Detective: Preparing For Crisis

The time to prepare for a crisis is before it happens. The lessons of the last few years have been vivid – melamine in milk powder, salmonella in peanut butter, E. Coli in spinach and millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.
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Dairy Detective: Yogurt Powder

Media sources, from The New York Times to, frequently tout yogurt as a superfood.
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Dairy Detective: Mini-Drinks

What opportunities exist for formulating new products in the mini-drink category?They say good things come in small packages. Dr. Minro Shirota introduced the first probiotic mini-drink, Yakult, in Tokyo in
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Whey Proteins and Slow Churning

When Dreyer’s introduced slow-churn technology in 2005, it was heralded as the first major technological innovation in ice cream since the hand-cranked churn and pasteurization.

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Dairy Detective: What's Driving the Growth of Fermented Dairy Beverages?

Global sales of fermented dairy beverages have skyrocketed.
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Dairy Detective: The Dairy/Probiotics Relationship

How can dairy processors deliver more health benefits through probiotics in dairy products?
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Dairy Detective: How do I optimize the flavor of dairy and dairy-based products?

Your new product has hit the shelves. The packaging is bold and innovative. The claims are convincing and based on solid science. The flavor has been-well, it has been masked. The customer buys it once, but will he or she purchase it a second time if the flavor is less than optimal?
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Dairy Detective: What's new in cheese for the children's market?

Moms want "nutritious" and kids want "fun." And cheese is the answer on both scores. Innovative food companies are stretching the limits to produce cheese in new shapes, colors and flavors that appeal to children. At the same time, a new federal regulation has expanded the options for fortifying cheese with added vitamin D, while new technologies improve the efficiency of vitamin incorporation.
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Dairy Detective: Add Whey to Yogurts and Smoothies

It's been nearly 100 years since Elie Metchnikoff first described yogurt as a health food. Since then, manufacturers have added everything from phytosterols to flax to yogurt, hoping to make a good thing even better. They've trimmed the fat and cut the sugar. They've made it drinkable and squeezable.
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Anderson Erickson Dairy, Des Moines, Iowa

 From this one plant, AE Dairy manufactures a full range of Grade A dairy beverages and foods, including white and flavored milk, ice cream mix (packaged for retail sale and for commercial use), 50 flavors of Greek and conventional low-fat and nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, whipping cream, cottage cheese, juices, sour cream and dips.  


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President's Address --2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

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Our annual supplier spotlights issue; A look inside Anderson Erickson Dairy; plus our detection systems Q&A

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Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

An at once an all-inclusive guide to the meaning of hundreds of technical terms and ideas needed for ice cream manufacturing, as well as a practical introduction to the ingredients, freezing methods, flavoring, and packaging of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts, novelties and many other kinds of frozen desserts.

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