On a tour of Europe, Kroger’s dairy experts saw technologies and processing techniques not found in a typical American. Best practices at Mountain View Foods in Denver preserve milk’s freshness and help Kroger develop innovative dairy-based products.
The federal government says eat more seafood and less red meat. Dairy, for the most part, fares well in the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Still, the dairy industry has some concerns.
Karoun Dairies started out making cheeses for ethnic markets. Today, the cheesemaker is tapping into mainstream America’s taste for feta, queso fresco, labne and other specialty cheeses and cultured dairy foods.
Bel Brands USA is enjoying double-digit growth with its Mini Babybel brand. It opened a plant last year to meet demand for the little waxed-covered cheeses. President Frederic Nalis (right) talks about the success of the brand and the challenges yet to be overcome.
Ice cream companies live and die by their flavors. At Blue Bell Creameries, a product development team considers as many as 300 ideas every year before whittling them down to five to be launched in grocery and foodservice channels.
On the marketing side, the dairy industry is defending the nutrition of its products, and having a little fun in doing so. On the operations side, dairies are investing in automation and storage capacity.
Slowly but surely, the Texas creamery has been expanding throughout the United States. Today it sells into groceries and foodservice accounts in 23 states. A reputation for flavors and a focus on customer service helps the company grow.