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.
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Milk processors, milk drinkers take action in September, designated as Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, which is an ideal time for communities to unite in the fight against hunger and continue to make a difference by participating in this program.

Thousands of families in need have benefited from milk donations to The Great American Milk Drive, the nationwide program to deliver gallons of milk to hungry families who need it. September is Hunger Action Month. 


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U.S. dairy market is a follower in 2014

Do not expect the de-coupling of the U.S. and international prices to continue forever. One day we will realize that U.S. prices are too high to remain competitive on the world stage. When that happens, expect more downward price corrections.


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Problem solving

A Bill Gates venture finds a safer, more affordable way to collect, store, and transport milk in Kenya

Mazzi is a durable food-grade plastic container designed with a wide mouth that better enables farmers to milk using both hands.

Bill Gates put a spotlight on a significant challenge for smallholder dairy farmers, we invented the technology solution now being delivered by our partners, but it is a sustainable market that will make Mazzi a success in the long term. 


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Dairy dearest

As global demand for dairy products soars, domestic innovation is key

U.S. producers should treat export markets with caution and use the profit boost as fuel for innovation here at home.

June 1 was World Milk Day and in the United States, the entire month is Dairy Month. Demand for milk is great. But, as the author writes, U.S. producers should treat export markets with caution and use the profit boost as fuel for innovation here at home.  


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Exporting

What do China’s latest dairy market regulations mean to exporters of dairy ingredients?

We think the new regulations favor foreign dairy importers but only until public confidence in local dairy producers grows.

New regulations in China seem to further alter the playing field for milk powder brands in favor of major foreign companies, which together made up 54% of the Chinese market in terms of sales revenue in 2013. 


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Teach schoolchildren lifelong recycling habits

Milk and juice cartons can account for a large percentage of the cafeteria waste that is produced on a daily basis. The average U.S. school uses almost 75,000 cartons every year.


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Innovation keeps dairy brands on top

Why do some brands grow retail sales? Because they offer new products and new ideas, like using protein and developing on-the-go packaging.

The consumer packaged goods industry delivered anemic growth in 2013, inching up 1.8%. The edibles category basically mimicked the trajectory of the whole industry (+1.7%), while nonedibles grew just over a percentage point and general merchandise was flat.


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Road games

Mitigate the risks in transport with fleet management technology

Fleet management technology also addresses back-office concerns related to theft, efficiency, operational costs and safety.

Blind spots exist in the transport of dairy foods and pose opportunities for loss of control. However, investing in fleet management technology not only helps mitigate safety and security concerns during transport, but also enables business-critical objectives to maintain competitive while managing costs without sacrificing productivity. 


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Good food

Thank Bulgaria for yogurt, a creamy and healthy low-sugar, high-protein food

Yogurt has a storied history dating back 4000 years, when ancient inhabitants of Bulgaria carried fermented sheep's milk in bags around their waists.

A mildly sour-tasting yogurt is Bulgaria’s heritage, and is still considered the best of all dairy products currently available. Bulgarians consume ~400,000 tons per year. Nothing tastes quite like it.


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Food manufacturers see success with lower calorie dairy products

In response to a challenge, food manufacturers have developed lower-calorie dairy products that consumers just love.  Because of these reduced-calorie foods and beverages, companies have reported improved financial performance.


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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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Harness Your Product Inspection Program to Save Money, Ensure Quality and Drive Efficiencies

Consolidation in the dairy industry is raising the bar on innovation and driving efficiencies to ensure competitiveness. One area often overlooked is the role that the right product inspection program can play in supporting the organization’s overall business goals and protecting brand reputation. Drawing on best practices in metal detection, X-ray inspection and checkweighing, this session will cover criteria to help determine the right technologies to employ for a given product and packaging type for high-value, perishable dairy products.

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