Articles by Jim Carper
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
Fluid milk processors develop specialized milk for niche markets. By adding vitamins, flavors, fiber and extra calcium, milk brands appeal to various health needs of consumers.
November 12, 2012
How do processors create value in a commodity item like milk? They add flavors and functional ingredients, make it more portable and seek new channels of distribution.Read More
A matter of taste
Ethnic flavors, spices, portion control and bitter/sour tastes are on the menu.
November 2, 2012
The public relations industry goes into overdrive this year, with press releases about baking, roasting and recipe ideas. Two such releases crossed my desk this week. Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, Colo., dusted off its crystal ball and made forecasts for 2013. McCormick & Co., Spear, Md., dusted off its cookbooks with recipe ideas for the holidays.
The frozen dairy dessert is made with vitamins, minerals, fiber and organic milk.
October 16, 2012
Straus Family Creamery, the organic dairy processor in Petaluma, Calif., has developed a dairy-based frozen dessert likened to "an energy bar for the ice cream category." NuScoop is a nutrient-laden food marketed as a healthy snack.
Unless you make raw-milk products, you need a pasteurizer and a heat exchanger. A panel of experts answers your questions about pasteurizing milk and nondairy beverages.
October 13, 2012
Heat exchangers are key components in a dairy processing plant that can directly affect food product quality, a supplier tells Dairy Foods. Other suppliers tell us that pasteurizers are not all alike. To learn more about processing milk and the equipment that is used, we convened a “virtual roundtable” of equipment manufacturers. What follows are edited remarks received via e-mail.Read More
Dairy brands use contests and health claims in this week's free-standing inserts.
October 12, 2012
Kozy Shack seeks recipes using its pudding or flan in a contest and Yoplait kicks off its 'save lids to save lives' campaign in this week's free-standing inserts.
Safety first, then efficiency. That’s how Safeway makes packaged ice cream and frozen novelties at its plant in Bellevue, Wash. Lean manufacturing principles guide the business.
October 10, 2012
Safeway Inc. takes the mystery out of making ice cream. At its Bellevue, Wash., ice cream plant, silos, pasteurizers, stainless steel tubing, flavor vats, fillers and other equipment are all labeled as to their contents or function. There is even a label above a hand-crank pencil sharpener. That was put there either for the benefit of a younger generation raised on hand-held devices (instead of pencil and paper) or else it was an expression of an engineer’s sense of humor.Read More