Thirty-five years ago when I began my career in the dairy foods industry, it was a unique time. The dawn of the 1980s brimmed with promise and hope for the United States. Ronald Reagan had been elected the 40th president, and it was a time of big, new and exciting ideas.
It was not long ago that domestic demand afforded dairy producers a premium for their milk compared to their international counterparts. Similarly, domestic end users of dairy products such as cheese and butter can no longer look to the likes of Europe and New Zealand for cheap fat and protein alternatives.
Owners and presidents of dairy processing firms have the highest job satisfaction, according to our exclusive survey. Employees are happiest with their immediate co-workers, but when it comes to the brass, not so much.
It’s easy to find creativity in dairy processing. Look at the people involved in formulating, processing, packaging and marketing of dairy foods and beverages. Their innovations meet consumers’ calls for convenience and new flavors.
The world was turned upside last month for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s winter south of the Equator where Brazil hosted the summer Olympics. That gave me a different perspective on current events.
Schuman Cheese, Fairfield, N.J., said it will label its Parmesan cheese products with a seal to verify product quality and manufacturing integrity. The move follows widely covered news reports of adulteration and fraud by some companies.