Dairy Foods Blog

Dairy Foods Blog
Stay current with news and opinions about the dairy processing industry. The weekly free-standing insert report tracks dairy promotional activities. Executive editor Marina Mayer reports on processors' marketing campaigns. Editor in chief Jim Carper recaps the people, products and companies making news each week. Guest bloggers share their opinions.
Technology meets hunger

Weird news: how to make your computer or smart phone give milk

A donation to the Great American Milk Drive from your computer or phone will be converted into coupons for fresh milk that are redeemable at grocers.
By Jim Carper
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Did you know your computer can fill a hungry child’s empty glass with fresh milk? No, you don’t have to connect a USB cable from a cow to your laptop. Instead, all you need to do is make a donation to the Great American Milk Drive.


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Eat! You're skin and bones

Dairy Made Easy. I'm not just saying that. That's the name of the book.

The authors take you on a culinary tour of the world. And they do so with charming asides on each recipe.
By Jim Carper
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"Dairy Made Easy" has 60 meatless recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Authors Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek show how to make pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads and side dishes.


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Now I've heard everything

Tales from the Flavor Front: jelly bean milk, tangerine-carrot fruit bars and mojito energy shots

Dairy processors are finding inspiration in desserts from the South, and an energy-shot marketer looks to bartenders for ideas.
By Jim Carper
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Sea salt/caramel continues to be a popular combination in foods, especially dairy. Other classic combos are raspberry/dark chocolate, mango/peach, and strawberry/granola. Dairy Foods looks at flavors used by processors in their new lines.
 


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Magic bus

Dazzle them with science

Coming soon to your office parking lot: a bus loaded with concepts for new foods and beverages.
By Jim Carper
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After holding its annual Innovation Roadshow in a hotel ballroom, David Michael decided to take the event on the road.


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Got more milk?

8 things to do with a cup of milk

It's not just for drinkin'. Here are 7 other ways to use up a half-gallon of milk just like that.
By Jim Carper

Milk. It's not just for breakfast anymore. Here are 8 ways to go through a half-gallon in 12 hours.


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International name calling

Dairy slips through the looking glass

In the truly bizarre world of international trade regulations and negotiations, U.S. dairy processors could be forbidden to describe their products as "American cheese."
By Jim Carper
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Never mind that most of the world freely uses and understands the word Parmesan as it applies to cheese. To the EU, however, Parm means only Parmigiano-Reggiano. And feta is a cheese made only in Greece. The EU is trying to force its approach to food names on every country in the world. It already has gummed up the South Korean market for non-EU makers of Asiago, feta, fontina and gorgonzola.


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Cheerio, Cheerios

Penn State students pack a lot of dairy into their 'Mooofins'

The novel dairy-based, quiche-like muffin targets adult consumers who want to start the day with a high-protein breakfast item
By Jim Carper
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High atop Dairy Management Inc. headquarters, DMI staff rolled carts through the conference room and delivered food samples created by the students. It was like being in a dim sum restaurant, except there were no egg rolls, dumplings or noodle dishes. Instead, the judges tasted dairy-based treats with fanciful names like Mooofins, Easy Qurd and Whey-Go.


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Cheers!

Fresh milk flows on Sunday from a new dairy plant in Washington state

Smith Brothers Farms bottles milk n every size, from half-pints to 300-gallon totes.
By Jim Carper
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Smith Brothers Farms has positioned itself for growth from new products and from co-packing opportunities. Raw milk capacity increased 55% to 70,000 gallons and pasteurized milk capacity soared 300% to 60,000 gallons. 


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Tales from a trade show

There is the cheese and then there is the story of the cheese

Don't discount the value of a good back story when selling a product.
By Jim Carper
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Why buy Swiss cheese when you could buy Swiss cheese made in small batches from milk given by cows who spend their summers at high altitudes in the Bavarian Alps of Germany? 


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Online engagement

Outshine fruit bars from Dreyer's/Edy's take a shine to social media

There's deeper engagement on the Experience Project website than what you'd see on Facebook and Twitter.
By Jim Carper
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In Jim Carper's Dairy Case: Dreyer's (a unit of Nestle USA) changed the name of its Fruit Bars to Outshine. The company turned to a social media site to ask users how they "shine brighter." 


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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

BehindtheScenes

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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Milk/Flavored Milk and Non-Dairy Beverages: Opportunities in the Beverage Segment

This free webinar will cover methods and ingredients available to increase protein levels, processing issues related to high-protein beverages, future ingredients and opportunities for protein fortification, adding value to milk and beverages, niche markets for high-protein milk and beverages and case studies of Core Power and Fairlife.

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