Articles by Jim Carper

FDA's changes to food labels, portion sizes could cause issues for dairy processors

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The FDA suggests changes to food labels and portion sizes. The IDFA points out the ramifications to dairy processors and to consumers: chiefly confusion and high costs.


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Dairy industry pushes back on FDA proposals

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While IDFA asks FDA to back off on its no added sugars declaration, NMPF says it is “basically supportive” of the idea. But both groups oppose changing the serving size of ice cream.


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Joseph Gallo Farms' sustainable practices, customer service help define 'quality'

Speed of production, high standards for customer service and sustainability practices have made this California cheesemaker efficient and profitable.
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Joseph Gallo Farms is using speed, eco-friendly practices and quality to compete with the giant cheesemakers and the small artisan operations on the West Coast.


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Joseph Gallo Farms is California’s ‘green’ cheesemaker

At Joseph Gallo Farms, nothing goes to waste. Whey becomes a revenue stream. Process water is recycled for irrigation and manure is converted to gas to power generators.
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Joseph Gallo Farms might just be the very model of a modern major cheesemaker. It’s all about use and re-use. Nothing goes to waste at this central California cheesemaking and dairy farming business. What little waste there is is re-purposed into salable ingredients, energy or gray water.


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Making the most of lab testing equipment for dairies

Waiting for test results can slow down dairy processing. Faster testing methods cut wait time from minutes to seconds. In-line analyzers deliver information in real time.
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Speed, accuracy and consistency are three metrics that managers of dairy processing plants should be measuring. An on-site dairy laboratory can play an important role in achieving high values in each of those metrics.


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Dean Foods’ business strategies turn a profit

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I was buried in annual reports this month while we were compiling our Dairy 100 list. What I realized is that there are no secrets. It’s how you execute business basics that determines your level of success.


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Dairy processors enroll in Ohio State University

The university aims to expand and enhance its dairy program. It formed a partnership with Quality Chekd to train and educate dairy professionals in food safety and equipment operation.
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Dairy processing isn’t getting any easier. The business changes every day. Owners of dairy plants deal with new regulations, new equipment, new products and new hires.


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Processors from Europe, Canada, USA hold top spots on Dairy 100

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Nestlé (based in Switzerland), Saputo (Canada) and Dean Foods (Dallas) are the three largest dairy processors in North America, according to the 21st annual Dairy 100.


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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.
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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.
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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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