Articles by Jim Carper

Free-standing inserts

Marketers promote cheese for breakfast, lunch and snacks in this week's free-standing inserts

Land O Lakes, Kraft and Bel Brands push cheese; Kozy Shack launches a contest

Marketers of cheese, yogurt and pudding press their brands in the free-standing inserts for the week beginning Aug. 19. Among the brands are Yoplait, Kraft, The Laughing Cow, Babybel, Activia and Kozy Shack.

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Dean, Nestle, Saputo retain top spots on the Dairy 100

We identify North America’s largest processors of milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods. Dallas-based Dean Foods Co. sits atop our 19th annual Dairy 100.
The dairy processing industry in 2011 was marked by changes in ownership and in the executive suite. Processors were busy introducing new products and expanding their production plants. But one thing did not change: Dallas-based Dean Foods Co. remains the top dairy processor (based on sales) in the 19th annual Dairy 100, Dairy Foods’ ranking of North America’s largest processors of milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods.
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Mars Ice Cream is Dairy Foods Plant of the year

Mars follows good manufacturing practices, practices sustainability processing, runs employee-safety programs and encourages collaboration among co-workers, suppliers and customers
For the first time ever, the readers of Dairy Foods selected the Plant Of The Year. We asked you to vote online for one of 13 nominees. All of the nominated dairy processors had been featured in the magazine between January 2011 and June 2012. We publicized the awards program through our own social media channels, and we encouraged each of the nominated processors to do the same.
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Can technology save fluid milk?

A new campaign to educate moms about the benefits of milk processed at ultra-high temperatures and packed in aseptic cartons aims to shift consumption away from sodas and sports drinks to nutritious milk.
Everyone knows the woes of milk consumption. It has been in a steady decline for years. Once a person exits the ‘tween years and enters the teens, milk is about as relevant as a subscription to Tiger Beat magazine. Heavy drinkers of the stuff are ages two through four; 90% of this age group consumes milk, compared to 61% for those ages 50 and older.
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Free-standing inserts

Main St. Cafe touts a 'new smooth' and Frigo has a new look in this week's free-standing inserts

Featured are Gehl Foods, Saputo, Daisy, Dannon and Ken's Foods.

Dairy food and beverage marketers promote cultured dairy products and cheese products in this week's free-standing inserts. They tout the protein, calcium and vitamin content of their foods. Featured are Gehl Foods, Saputo, Daisy, Dannon and more.

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Consumer marketing

Can UHT milk create ultra-high sales?

Shelf safe milk (aka shelf-stable) gets a push in Tetra Pak's Milk Unleashed campaign.

A new marketing campaign by Tetra Pak teaches shopper moms about the benefits of milk pasteurized at ultra-high temperatures. This shelf-stable, or shelf safe, milk in single-serve packages is a convenient grab-and-go solution for drinking the beverage away from home.

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Dairy processing news

Dairy processors turn to Facebook, Twitter to share the love this Ice Cream Month

This week in Jim Carper's Dairy Case: Ben & Jerry's, Mars Ice Cream, Dairy Queen and more.

July, designated as National Ice Cream Month is winding down, but ice cream processors are still are still busy promoting their treats through social media. Here's a look at the processors, products and people making dairy processing news headlines this week.

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Free-standing inserts

Dairy processors promote their refreshing nondairy brands in this week's free-standing inserts

Kroger's Turkey Hill promotes its iced tea and J&J Snack Foods features Italian ice, fruit bars and new Whole Fruit smoothies. Meanwhile, Kraft Foods takes its Fresh Take to the outdoor grill.

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Free-standing inserts

Dairy processors promote taste, texture in dairy foods in this week's free-standing inserts

Yoplait says its Greek yogurt has great taste, and granola adds crunch to creamy Yoplait light yogurt.

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Dairy marketing

Dairy processor Saputo gives its Frigo Cheeseheads brand a workout

Dairy-related free-standing insert activity was light this week. Dairy processor Saputo offers a trial membership at Curves, while General Mills promotes its Yoplait yogurt brand.

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Velvet Ice Cream Co., Utica, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream built its reputation on making premium products that adhere to the standard of identity for ice cream. Its lines consist of premium, all natural, churned (low-fat), no sugar added, novelties, sherbet (in cups and in push-up tubes) and a controlled ice cream brand for grocery store customers.


This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

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Harness Your Product Inspection Program to Save Money, Ensure Quality and Drive Efficiencies

Consolidation in the dairy industry is raising the bar on innovation and driving efficiencies to ensure competitiveness. One area often overlooked is the role that the right product inspection program can play in supporting the organization’s overall business goals and protecting brand reputation. Drawing on best practices in metal detection, X-ray inspection and checkweighing, this session will cover criteria to help determine the right technologies to employ for a given product and packaging type for high-value, perishable dairy products.

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A look inside 100-year-old Velvet Ice Cream; Plus we look at four cheese processors with award-winning artisan and farmstead cheeses.

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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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