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.
Get 'er done

IDFA's Connie Tipton shares her 2014 'to do' list for dairy processors

The president of the International Dairy Foods Association has five items on her agenda.
By Connie Tipton
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 Priority numero uno: phase out government-set milk prices. Let the free market work. Second: elect a business-friendly Congress. Third: Innovate with new products and packaging. 

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Slimming down

How to create a more sustainable gallon jug for milk

3 ways to a slimmer jug are: light-weighting through container design; adding calcium carbonate as a filler to replace virgin HDPE; and light-weighting plus optimizing for calcium carbonate filler.
By Gail Barnes
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An integrated design approach appears to be the next frontier for the fluid milk market, where the minimum input is used to get the maximum use of materials at the end. This can only come about by the value chain working together, namely raw materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers, e.g. of blow molding equipment, distribution equipment manufacturers, e.g. of crate packing equipment, processors/brand owners and retailers.

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Purcha$ing Plan$

PMMI's survey takes a fresh look at the state of the dairy industry

Operational efficiency is central to dairy producers and processors today.
By Julie Ackerman
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Dairy manufacturers must work closely with the suppliers of processing and packaging technologies to find and implement operations and production lines changes that will foster growth. In fact, 80% of study participants confirmed they are evaluating their needs for new equipment, and 91% cited increasing production volume and operational efficiency as key goals. 

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Old yes. Inactive no.

Powering dairy sales with protein: Healthy aging

Some consumers look at health and wellness more holistically, which may include managing their weight or enhancing their exercise and sports performance.
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We’ve seen baby boomers redefine aging and retirement. Their “golden years” are a time for fulfillment, rather than decline, and most understand that protein is a part of the equation, but they don’t understand that milk, cheese and yogurt are sources of protein. People have strong motivations to maintain independence as they age.

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Dairy protein

Powering dairy sales with protein: Sports performance

36% of exercisers say they look for products that contain protein, and nearly 33% of these active consumers would pay more for a product with added protein.
By Geri Berdak and Jeff Zachwieja , PhD
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We see a growing opportunity for dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, as well as dairy ingredients, to highlight the sports performance benefits that dairy’s protein content and overall nutrient package offers.

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Feed me

Can we feed 9.6 billion people by 2050?

Food scarcity, agricultural issues and the environment are only part of the problem.
By Michael Zacka
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Hunger is the most pressing issue we face, especially considering those numbers: one out of every eight people in the world today suffers from chronic undernourishment caused by food scarcity.

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Running on empty

Water: the most critical asset in your production strategy

It’s the new oil, and both need to be in the business mix
By Michael Zacka
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Like crude oil, water prices have surged in the last 12 years, doubling or tripling in many parts of the U.S. Think of what that does to living expenses and business costs. And like crude oil, which is still threatened despite the current production boom here in the U.S., water is getting scarcer by the minute.

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Safer foods

Innovations in dairy sanitation also enhance efficiency

New machinery is being designed with fewer crevices to prevent debris and streamline the cleaning process.
By Julie Ackerman
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Packaging and processing machine designs share many of the same features — from applications for fluid milk, margarine, cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt and more. New machinery is being designed with fewer crevices to prevent debris and streamline the cleaning process. Mechanical components are also being manufactured with ease-of-use in mind to better assist engineers to complete tasks quicker, while still adhering to food safety standards.  

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Better living through dairy

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 By supporting dairy farmers and creating a pool of milk for processors, we improve the condition of animals, provide jobs and develop nutritious dairy foods and beverages. 

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Milk is protein

Powering dairy growth with protein: weight management

By engaging with consumers about how dairy foods and beverages are natural sources of high-quality protein, the industry can leverage current consumer attitudes and health trends for a sizable business opportunity.
By Geri Berdak and Jeff Zachwieja , PhD
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As part of a health-conscious diet, many consumers perceive protein to be center stage as they strive to manage their weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For the dairy industry, the connection of protein to consumers’ needs for weight management can’t be ignored. When combined with its other essential nutrients, delicious taste and convenience, the natural protein found in milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy-based products lends itself to food options that can help consumers increase their protein intake throughout the day.

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Image Galleries

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. 


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!

9/23/14 2:00 pm EDT

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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