Articles by Jim Carper
HP Hood fills 600 bottles a minute on its new aseptic line in its Sacramento, Calif., plant. The company processes dairy and nondairy beverages in aseptic and extended shelf life packages.
January 18, 2013
Mike Hardy is showing me an aseptic filler. “There are only two speeds to this — 0 and 600 bottles a minute,” he says. I watch a blur of bottles enter one end of the machine from an overhead conveyor, whirl from carousel to carousel and exit the other end. In a matter of seconds, the bottles have been sterilized, filled and capped.
While many processors specialize, HP Hood does it all: milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt, other cultured foods and nondairy beverages.
January 15, 2013
Hood is New England’s beloved dairy brand with roots that reach back to 1846 when Harvey Perley Hood founded the company in Derry, N.H. Today, HP Hood LLC, based in Lynnfield, Mass., near Boston, processes branded lines of milk, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products that rank among the best-sellers in the Northeast.Read More
January 15, 2013
Don’t make 10 New Year’s resolutions. Just make one: Listen.Read More
Greek yogurt is an ingredient in a Post cereal; Daisy teams its low-fat cottage cheese with Dole fruit.
January 8, 2013
Daisy and Dole jointly promote low-fat cottage cheese and tropical fruit in an FSI headlined "Together, the possibilities are endless!" Post Foods launches a new Honey Bunches of Oats cereal made with real Greek yogurt.
Hamdi Ulukaya has led Chobani to the top of the yogurt category, and for that reason, Dairy Foods names Chobani the 2012 Processor of the Year. But the company’s influence is felt throughout the dairy industry.
December 19, 2012
In his hit song “American Saturday Night,” country singer Brad Paisley celebrates immigrants’ contributions to American culture, including pizza with Canadian bacon, beer from the Netherlands, Brazilian leather, German cars and the Beatles, not to mention “a French kiss, Italian ice and margaritas in the moonlight.”Read More
Dairy processors should look at more than the equipment itself. Suppliers can provide guidance on package design, testing, marketing and continuous improvement.
December 15, 2012
A U.S. dairy processor that had been blow-molding containers for drinkable yogurts decided to source them from a custom molder. But the drinks proved to be so popular, that the supply chain was stressed. The processor returned to in-house blow-molding of the 7-ounce and 32-ounce containers.Read More
Sit by the Yule log with a fresh glass of eggnog as I rhyme and cheer the events of the year.
December 10, 2012
December is here. It’s a month of good cheer. It means we have survived another long year.
Good old high-fat, high-calorie butter is starring on restaurant menus and at home. Foodies appreciate butter’s qualities in baking and in adding taste to home cooking.
November 16, 2012
Nobody puts butter in a corner. Not anymore. Long shunted to the dietary sidelines because of its saturated-fat content and high caloric value, butter is undergoing a renaissance. You can thank fine-dining (see related article) and a renewed interest in cooking at home for that.Read More
Ice cream is marketed to consumers as a “fun” food, but the industry sees little to enjoy. Sales of ice cream, novelties, and sherbets have declined. Frozen yogurt, on the other hand, is the category star.
November 15, 2012
Ice cream is a price-driven food with little brand loyalty. Sure, consumers say they have their favorite flavors and brands, but when that moment of truth arrives and it’s time to grab a carton from the freezer, price beats brand. The best-selling national brand is “private label.” And the sad truth of it is, Americans are buying less ice cream.Read More
Dairy processors are cleaning up on sales of natural cheese. Or, they need to mop up the steady trickle of losses in the fluid milk category.
November 12, 2012
How’s the dairy foods business? Which one? If you sell natural cheese or Greek yogurt, then the answer is: Great. If you bottle milk or package ice cream, then the answer might be: Things could be better.Read More