Stay current with news and opinions about the dairy processing industry. The weekly free-standing insert report tracks dairy promotional activities. Editor in chief Jim Carper recaps the people, products and companies making news each week. Guest bloggers share their opinions.
Milk processors and dairy farmers are coming together with Feeding America to launch the Great American Milk Drive – the first-ever nationwide program that will encourage consumers to donate milk to hungry families.
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.
Research shows people can detect as little as a 10% difference in the amount of salt in cheese. By reducing the variability of sodium, manufacturers can not only lower the average amount of sodium but also increase customer satisfaction.
Ginger Plum. No, she wasn't an old girlfriend from my hippie days. Rather it's a key flavor trend for 2014, defined as "a juicy, sweet and tart plum with a touch of spice from ginger that delivers multiple sensory experiences." Come to think of it, that does describe my old flame pretty darn well.
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.
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.