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Jim Carper's Dairy Case

May 18, 2012

Scooper Bowl XXX begins June 5 in Boston. Nine ice cream companies raise money for the Jimmy Fund.

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Gifford's famous ice cream is made in Maine

The Maine ice cream processor focuses on flavors, distribution, customer service and employee relations. Those factors add up to a successful and growing business.
May 15, 2012
The history of America is full of famous brothers. Comedy has its Marx brothers and baseball its Alou brothers. The Wright brothers reportedly had something to do with manned flight. In the world of ice cream, there are the Gifford brothers of Skowhegan, Maine.
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Gifford's makes ice cream with family recipes, vintage equipment

Gifford’s makes the world’s best chocolate ice cream using old-fashioned recipes and equipment at its little plant in Skowhegan.
May 15, 2012

The Gifford’s Ice Cream processing plant is tucked into a hillside on Hathaway Street in Skowhegan, Maine. This unassuming little band box of a building gives no hint that inside, production workers are creating super premium ice cream that is sold in company-owned and independently owned scoop shops and by retailers from Maine to Maryland.

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Dairy is in the diet of poor Americans

Those on food aid buy milk and yogurt, according to a new study by the USDA. Their food choices are not much different than any American’s.
May 14, 2012
Poor households spend most of their food stamp money (nearly 75%) on vegetables, fruits, grain products, meat, and meat alternatives, according to a study released in April. Lower-cost red meats (7.8%) and milk and yogurt (7.6%) account for the largest shares of food consumed at home. That’s the finding of a report titled “Building a Healthy America: A Profile of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” and published by the Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis, in the United States Department of Agriculture.
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Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

May 11, 2012

A weekly review of the people, products and processors making the news. In this edition: Nestle, Rita's, Kraft, Chobani, and more (including a recipe for deep-fried ice cream).

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America’s hunger games

America, our land of amber waves of grain and ample milk production, produces plenty of food. We’re obese. And yet we’re hungry.
May 10, 2012
Milk production has increased 15% in the 10 years from 2002 to 2011. And 2012 is off to a good start, with production in the first quarter up 5.2% compared to the same period a year ago. Total cheese production (excluding cottage cheeses) rose 3.6% in 2010 to 10.4 billion pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Italian varieties (at 4.42 billion pounds) rose 5.8%, and American-type cheese increased 1.7%, accounting for 41% of total cheese production. Clearly, America’s dairy processors are productive.
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Free-standing inserts

Nestle makes a big statement in this week's FSIs

April 30, 2012

Nestle promoted its food and beverage brands in a multipage event headline "Good Food, Good Life" in the free-standing inserts for the week beginning April 29. Other dairy brands in the FSIs this week are Land O Lakes and Daisy.

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Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

April 27, 2012


A look at the people, products and processors making headlines this week. In this edition: Nestle, MilkPEP, Pinkberry, Wendy's, T.F.I. Friday's and more.

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Free-standing inserts

Naan and its dairy ingredients star in this week's FSI

April 26, 2012

There were few dairy companies and dairy mentions in the free-standing inserts for the week beginning April 22. But Stonefire Naan touts its use of buttermilk and ghee.

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Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

April 20, 2012
A look at the people, products and processors making news this week. In this edition: Fonterra, California Dairies Inc., Westby Cooperative Creamery, Fage, HP Hood and more.

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