Articles by Jim Carper

Using X-ray, metal detectors and other detection systems in dairy processing plants

January 14, 2014

Detection systems scan for foreign objects in dairy foods and beverages. Suppliers of X-ray detectors, metal detectors and checkweighing equipment talk about making the most of these important systems.

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Smith Brothers Farms moves into a new milk processing plant

January 9, 2014

 A milk processor moved from a 90-year-old operation into a newer facility in Kent, Wash. Smith Brothers Farms made the most of the space, designing process areas for efficiency, safety and future growth. 

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Dairy processor Smith Brothers Farms delivers milk to Seattle homes

January 6, 2014

 Smith Brothers Farms, a family-owned home delivery business in Washington state, had a long list of structural issues to resolve. With those out of the way, the dairy processor can totally focus on milk processing and delighting its customers. 

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10 New Year's resolutions for dairy processors

January 4, 2014

In my building, 10 steps take me to my office on the second floor. The 10 steps below just might take your company to a new level of success this year.

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The taste of dairy

From fernet to burnt calamansi, these are the food and beverage flavors to watch for in 2014

Here's something I did not know: Fernet is an aromatic spirit or bitter containing myrrh, chamomile, cardamom, aloe and saffron.
December 20, 2013

Ginger Plum. No, she wasn't an old girlfriend from my hippie days. Rather it's a key flavor trend for 2014, defined as "a juicy, sweet and tart plum with a touch of spice from ginger that delivers multiple sensory experiences." Come to think of it, that does describe my old flame pretty darn well. 

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Blow molders for any size dairy

December 17, 2013

  50 years ago a lightweight, handled plastic milk jug made its debut. Today, equipment makers continue to innovate in blow molding.

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Dairy on wry

Holiday greetings to dairy processing companies and dairy industry executives

In the boardroom we saw the changing of the guard. With iambs and feet, I’ll play the role of the bard.
December 14, 2013

No visions of sugar plums dance in my head. For me, it’s milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream instead. 

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Best in the business

2013 Processor of the Year: HP Hood invests for success

The backbone of Hood’s growth strategy is to invest in the manufacturing of long-shelf-life products.
December 12, 2013

 HP Hood is guided by a four-point strategy of manufacturing branded, private label, licensed and co-packed dairy foods and beverages. It does more than roll out new products; it develops new categories of dairy foods and beverages. 

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The state of the dairy industry is good, but it could be better

November 17, 2013

 Hollywood inspired our annual review of dairy foods and beverages. For the most part, we offer an enthusiastic thumbs-up and throw no rotten tomatoes.

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Butter trends: processors innovate with new flavors/convenient packaging

November 14, 2013

 Processors create line extensions with new flavors and more convenient packaging. 

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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 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. 


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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