Dairy brands are keeping up with changing consumer habits. Makers of cheeses and yogurts develop snacks. Milk adopts new flavors and portable formats. Ice cream makers face the toughest times as consumers find other foods to eat for dessert.
Milk processors are finding success with limited-time flavors like mint chocolate chip and birthday cake. A national campaign focusing on protein hopes to keep milk front-and-center on the breakfast table.
A regional dairy with national backing – that’s Mayfield Dairy Farms, a unit of dairy powerhouse Dean Foods Co. Mayfield extends its reach with ice cream retailers, while its fluid milk products satisfy consumers and foodservice customers.
Conveyor systems and robotic palletizers, not people, are moving heavy packages around dairy plants. Robots grab cases and build pallets of dairy products destined for the load-out dock or the warehouse.