Articles by Karen Giles-Smith MS, RD

The dairy industry’s role in prebiotics education

Consumer awareness and purchases of probiotic-containing products have skyrocketed. Has this paved the way for promoting and marketing prebiotics in dairy foods?

A common sentiment among food industry experts is that consumers aren’t yet ready to hear about prebiotics. I respectfully disagree. As a nutrition therapist, I’ve noticed an increased interest in probiotics among my clients, which is the perfect opportunity to explain that certain fibers, called prebiotics, are needed for probiotics to survive and thrive.


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Live long and prosper with probiotics

Prebiotic and probiotic ingredients have the potential to improve quality and length of life.

Someday, science may show that particular prebiotic, probiotic, and synbiotic ingredients help prevent certain age-related disorders and lengthen lives. Although the anti-aging effects of pre- and probiotics are plausible, supporting science is scant and inconclusive to date. However, scientists have developed several hypotheses about how aging may alter the intestinal microbiome and how certain pre- and probiotics may help prevent or reverse these changes.


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How to formulate for a cleaner label

Consumers desire dairy products that sport a “clean” label — but clean means different things to different people. How can the dairy industry cope with this ambiguous consumer demand?

When science is oversimplified, the resulting messages are often misconstrued and misleading. So it is with food. Consumers have bought into the misguided message that foods are unfit for human consumption if they contain more than five ingredients, ingredients they can’t pronounce or ingredients their grandparents wouldn’t recognize.


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Formulating for millennials and baby boomers

But they look at food through different lenses. Millennials are all about knowing the origin of foods and eating all-natural foods. Boomers want to prevent illness and seek foods that keep them healthy and active into retirement.

In terms of influence in the market, baby boomers and millennials are running the show. To which generation should the dairy industry cater? The best answer may be: both. Here’s why.


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Bel Brands, Brookings, S.D.

The 170,000-square-foot facility on 48 acres in Brookings has the capacity of producing more than 22 million pounds of cheese annually. That is approximately 1.5 million Mini Babybel portions every day. It makes Original (a Gouda type cheese), Light and Mozzarella.

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In this webinar, you will be introduced to advanced in-line blending, dosing and mixing technologies that offer high flexible productions, reduced product losses, shorter batch times, uniform products, and reduced ingredient costs. As a result, Food Manufacturers can optimize their productions and increase their profitability.

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