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.
Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

A look at the people, products and processors making the news this week. In this edition: Dairy Farmers of America, Unilever, Golden Glen Creamery, Karoun, Safeway Lucerne and more.

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Dairy companies find new ways to cut energy use, costs

In the 150th anniversary year of the first pasteurization test completed by Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard, it was both a thrill and an honor to hear the GHG (greenhouse gas) calculators developed by the Innovation Center for US Dairy described as the “must-have” equipment for dairy plants.

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The true meaning of artisanal dairy foods

Large processors have tried to co-opt the meaning of ‘artisan.’ What does that mean for the rest of us?
Artisan. It’s a beautiful word, one that conjures up green pastures, vineyards on Tuscan hills and weathered hands shaping cheese.
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Nutrition and sustainability—positioning dairy's noble cause

Since 1944, the U.S. dairy industry has been producing a gallon of milk with 90% less land, 65% less water, 76% less manure, and a 63% smaller carbon footprint. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is recognized nationwide for improving nutrition in schools, with an emphasis on the importance of physical fitness. Through their checkoff, dairy farmers have made a $250 million commitment over five years to this program alone. And this has shown tangible results.

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Ice cream for Father's Day

Ice cream retailers scoop some love for dad in this week's FSIs

Forget neck ties, golf shirts and power tools as Father's Day gifts. What Dad really needs is ice cream. That was the theme of dairy-related free-standing inserts for the week beginning June 10.

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Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

A recap of the people, products and processors making news in the dairy industry. This week : IDFA, DMI, Hood, DCI Cheese, Challenge, Hershey Creamery, Promised Land Dairy, Crave Brothers, Dallas Wuethrich and more.

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Retailer insights

What’s On the Minds of Retailers? Insights From FMI 2012

Grocery retailers are getting more technology savvy and leveraging their capabilities to mine extensive data about their shoppers. Everything from how many times a shopper visits to which items they purchase the most is captured and used to build and enhance their customer loyalty programs as well as increase shopper frequency and basket size. Many CPG companies are tapping into the availability of retailers’ highly sophisticated data. 

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Classroom politics

Will a better breakfast make better students?

Attention Arne Duncan: call Tom Vilsack at the USDA and see if he can cut through the red tape to change breakfast rules.

First, offer free breakfast to all American students.  Second, put breakfast right in every classroom in the country.  Third, give the kids something they like. They like flavored milk and juice. 

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Charitable works

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

Scooper Bowl XXX begins June 5 in Boston. Nine ice cream companies raise money for the Jimmy Fund.

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Weekly news round-up

Jim Carper's Dairy Case

A weekly review of the people, products and processors making the news. In this edition: Nestle, Rita's, Kraft, Chobani, and more (including a recipe for deep-fried ice cream).

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Image Galleries

Velvet Ice Cream Co., Utica, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream built its reputation on making premium products that adhere to the standard of identity for ice cream. Its lines consist of premium, all natural, churned (low-fat), no sugar added, novelties, sherbet (in cups and in push-up tubes) and a controlled ice cream brand for grocery store customers.


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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A look inside 100-year-old Velvet Ice Cream; Plus we look at four cheese processors with award-winning artisan and farmstead cheeses.

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Tharp & Young on Ice Cream: An Encyclopedic Guide to Ice Cream Science and Technology

An at once an all-inclusive guide to the meaning of hundreds of technical terms and ideas needed for ice cream manufacturing, as well as a practical introduction to the ingredients, freezing methods, flavoring, and packaging of ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurts, novelties and many other kinds of frozen desserts.

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