Articles by Jim Carper

Technology meets hunger

Weird news: how to make your computer or smart phone give milk

A donation to the Great American Milk Drive from your computer or phone will be converted into coupons for fresh milk that are redeemable at grocers.
July 2, 2014

Did you know your computer can fill a hungry child’s empty glass with fresh milk? No, you don’t have to connect a USB cable from a cow to your laptop. Instead, all you need to do is make a donation to the Great American Milk Drive.


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Feeling its oats

PepsiCo’s million-dollar bet on yogurt

A joint venture with European yogurt giant Theo Mueller Group leads to first-year sales of $100 million in the United States.
June 24, 2014

A European yogurt maker saw potential in the United States and a U.S. food and beverage company wanted to be in the dairy business. When Theo Müller hitched itself to PepsiCo’s distribution juggernaut, the Muller Quaker Dairy brand became an overnight sensation.


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Eat! You're skin and bones

Dairy Made Easy. I'm not just saying that. That's the name of the book.

The authors take you on a culinary tour of the world. And they do so with charming asides on each recipe.
June 17, 2014

"Dairy Made Easy" has 60 meatless recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek show how to make pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads and side dishes.


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Opinion

National Dairy Month is a time to reflect on the successes of the dairy industry

Milk is a marvel. It’s an inexpensive source of high-quality protein and an extremely versatile ingredient.
June 11, 2014

It’s nutritious, inexpensive, readily available and versatile. National Dairy Month is the time to reinforce to consumers the vitality of milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy foods.


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Neither this nor that

The "no" choir sings a song of more transparency in labeling

Absence claims drive the food industry nuts. Marketers would rather talk about what's in the food, not what's left out.
June 6, 2014

Consumers want to know what’s in the milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream you make. If there is an ingredient or process they don’t like, they’ll let you know. Loudly.


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Exclusive beverage survey of flavors and formats

A Dairy Foods survey finds that beverage processors are moving into single-serve formats, offering natural and organic options, and formulating with nontraditional flavors.
May 10, 2014

Beverage consumers want low-fat, low-sugar and high-protein products made with natural ingredients, according to a new survey of dairy processors. And dairies plan to increase their production of beverages in single-serve formats (16 ounces or less). Beverage makers are using a wide variety of flavors, branching out from the traditional chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.


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This artisan premium ice cream maker uses old-fashioned production techniques

While it has invested in modern processing equipment, it uses some old-fashioned production techniques, like hand ladling.
May 6, 2014

When an ice cream processor tells me, “We do things a little differently than most,” I think to myself, “That’s what they all say.” True, most dairies do create unique recipes and flavors, but it still comes down to processing, filling and packaging, and how many variations on those themes can there be?


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Wisconsin’s Turbo program helps to transfer dairy technology from academia to the private sector

A new program from the University of Wisconsin is designed to help established dairy processors and start-up businesses anywhere in the United States take to market new ideas for dairy foods and beverages.
May 4, 2014

Are you ready for cotton candy-flavored processed cheese? If that’s not your taste, how about green apple, banana or chocolate flavors?


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Investments in UHT processing equipment helps Agropur grow

Investments in ultra-high temperature processing equipment help Agropur USA gain business in the burgeoning market for extended-shelf-life products.
April 7, 2014

 The future is bright for the aseptic packaging of dairy and processed foods in North America. That’s the conclusion of a 2012 study by the research firm Markets and Markets.  


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Gazing into the dairy industry's crystal ball

The FDA’s new label changes, two conferences in a week and a trip through a milk plant have me thinking about the future of the dairy industry.
April 5, 2014

In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out for comment its suggestions to redo the Nutrition Facts label on food packages.


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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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Build a Better Cheese

On Demand Professor John A. Lucey of the University of Wisconsin, Madison will cover defects in cheese, improving yield with processing techniques to get the most from the ingredients you've paid for, the regulatory scene, and the future.

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