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.
Free-standing inserts

Butter, cheese and ice cream star in this week's free-standing inserts

Land O Lakes introduces Saute Express, a new butter product.

Land O Lakes introduces a new seasoned butter and olive oil ingredient. The headlines for its new Sauté Express products is "One Step, No Prep."


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Red State, Blue State, Dairy State

Despite partisan differences in America, the job of raising children rises above

Thoughts to ponder on election day.

But whether it’s two-parent or single parent homes, we often forget how hard the job of childrearing is, which is why I applaud Ann Romney and Michelle Obama for raising this issue on the national stage. Parenting holds incredibly tough challenges due to vastly changing lifestyles, conflicting priorities and constant scheduling demands. Forget the fountain of youth. The big secret parents are searching for is how to squeeze more time out of each day for their most important concern–namely raising their children.  


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A matter of taste

Predictably, food predictions are right on schedule

Ethnic flavors, spices, portion control and bitter/sour tastes are on the menu.

The public relations industry goes into overdrive this year, with press releases about baking, roasting and recipe ideas. Two such releases crossed my desk this week. Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, Colo., dusted off its crystal ball and made forecasts for 2013. McCormick & Co., Spear, Md., dusted off its cookbooks with recipe ideas for the holidays.


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Free-standing inserts

Kozy Shack seeks a million-dollar pudding recipe; Yoplait expands its pink ribbon campaign

Dairy brands use contests and health claims in this week's free-standing inserts.

Kozy Shack seeks recipes using its pudding or flan in a contest and Yoplait kicks off its 'save lids to save lives' campaign in this week's free-standing inserts.


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A better way to analyze milk routes

We looked at the manifest detail for each route and took into account truck input costs. Now we haul milk more efficiently and pay haulers more equitably.
Trucks hauling milk from Associated Milk Producers Inc. member farms to manufacturing plants will log 44,000 miles in 24 hours — or the distance to travel roundtrip from Anchorage, Alaska, to Key West, Fla. — four times.
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Free-standing inserts

Frigo says 'cheese wisely' in this weeks FSIs

Frigo, Carnation, Knorr and other brands show recipe ideas using dairy foods and beverages.

Saputo's Frigo CheeseHeads string cheese brand builds a promotion around the election season. Other dairy marketers offer their foods as recipe ingredients.


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Free-standing inserts

ConAgra promotes new yogurt, new cream pies in this week's FSIs

ConAgra, Sargento and others feature cream pies, Greek frozen yogurt, string cheese and more in free-standing inserts.

Consumer packaged goods giant ConAgra continues to innovate with dairy foods and beverages. In the free-standing inserts for the week beginning Sept. 23, the CPG's Marie Callender's and Healthy Choice brands promoted new products.


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Another point of view

Aseptic packaging won't save fluid milk

The author offers an opposing point of view to the merits of fluid milk in aseptic packages.

The worst thing that could ever happen to fluid milk is to use aseptic packaging because the dairy industry would lose those great big electronic display cases that now adorn over 10,000 Class A grocery stores in the United States.


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Free-standing inserts

Kraft gets krazy with silly spellingz in its FSI for Jell-O puddings

Pudding made with milk, flavored cheese and protein-enriched yogurt star in the free-standing inserts this week.

Kraft takes two free-standing inserts (for Jell-O pudding and FreshTake cheese-breadcrumbs-spices kits), while Dannon promotes a new Activia yogurt and Land O Lakes introduces a four-cheese Italian blend.


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Dairy research

The National Dairy Foods Research Centers program celebrates 25 years of research, education and innovation

The resources offered by the program have played a valuable role for industry by bringing product innovation, technical experts and relevant research to the attention of dairy companies.

Quality and performance improvements in dairy ingredients as well as the discovery of new uses and product applications often started with the work at the Dairy Research Centers. 


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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.

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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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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