Articles by Jim Carper

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.

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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Agropur USA invests in ESL products

The U.S. division of the Canadian cooperative is a major contract manufacturer of ultra-high temperature pasteurized dairy and nondairy beverages. The Minnesota-based dairy is growing its own brand, too.

The dairy industry thrives on tradition. Independent dairies have built long-term relationships with consumers that are passed from generation to generation. Family-owned regional dairies rely on these loyalties.


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Hubba, hubba

The Devil or Angel approach to advertising milk – sex or wholesomeness

MilkPEP shaves its milk mustache, fairlife goes sexy and Umpqua stays wholesome.

A milk processor channels pin-up models in its ad campaign for a high-protein milk. Meanwhile, the national marketing group MilkPEP has stopped asking “got milk?” in favor of a new campaign that touts the beverage’s protein content.


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A look inside California's Central Valley Cheese

 California’s Central Valley Cheese keeps busy by making a wide range of cheeses and cultured dairy products that appeal to Mediterranean, Hispanic, Indian and South Asian consumers. 


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Now I've heard everything

Tales from the Flavor Front: jelly bean milk, tangerine-carrot fruit bars and mojito energy shots

Dairy processors are finding inspiration in desserts from the South, and an energy-shot marketer looks to bartenders for ideas.

Sea salt/caramel continues to be a popular combination in foods, especially dairy. Other classic combos are raspberry/dark chocolate, mango/peach, and strawberry/granola. Dairy Foods looks at flavors used by processors in their new lines.
 


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Be prepared for when a crisis hits your company

Headlines from the holidays should cause dairy companies to re-examine their systems and procedures when it comes to distribution, customer loyalty and crisis management. Are you ready for a UPS-magnitude delivery snafu or a Target-like security breach?


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Kemps makes ice cream around the clock in Rochester, Minn.

 Kemps makes ice cream and other frozen desserts around the clock in its facility in Rochester, Minn. The frozen products category is a strategic pillar in Kemps’ plan to grow beyond its stronghold in the Upper Midwest. 


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Minnesota's Kemps celebrates 100 years of innovation with milk and dairy foods

‘It’s the cows’ is the slogan the Minnesota-based dairy processor uses to tell consumers why Kemps’ dairy foods taste so good. It is the company’s business strategy and its innovative new products that make Kemps a favorite with grocery, co-pack and foodservice customers.


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Acquisitions

Dairy Farmers of America acquires Oakhurst Dairy of Maine

Three generations of the Bennett family have run the independent dairy since the 1920s.

Dairy Farmers of America has acquired Oakhurst Dairy, a family owned dairy processor in Portland, Maine. 


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

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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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.

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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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