Articles by Jim Carper

Blow molders for any size dairy

  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.

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.

 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

 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

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

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Ice cream forecast: bakery aisle inspires new flavors

Processors combine tropical fruit flavors in ice cream and fruit bars. They look to the bakery aisle for inspiration and develop “dessert within a dessert” creations like red velvet cake and S’mores ice cream.

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Dairy industry trend: milk touts its protein advantage

The dairy industry is promoting milk’s role in building muscle. But that alone won’t increase consumption. Packaging, flavors and channels of distribution have to pull their weight, too.

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10 reasons to read Dairy Foods' October issue cover to cover

You’ll find market trends, business success strategies, ideas for new foods and beverages, food safety programs and ideas for tapping the export market.

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Umpqua Dairy: Inside the best dairy in America

 Quality Chekd honored Umpqua Dairy Products Co.’s plant in Oregon with the sought-after Production Excellence Award. A veteran production crew and attention to detail yield high- quality Grade A products, ice cream and frozen yogurt. 

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Umpqua Dairy knows how to sell milk

Oregon’s Umpqua Dairy promotes the quality and freshness of its locally sourced milk. The third-generation family business, which also makes cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream and other dairy products, is expanding beyond the Pacific Northwest.

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Image Galleries

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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President's Address --2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

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2014 December

Dannon is our Processor of the Year, plus much more!

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Santa's treats

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Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

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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