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Inside AE Dairy: Explore how Grade A dairy products are made

Anderson Erickson Dairy’s goal is to have 98% of production meet the end-of-code date. The Iowa dairy places the bar high, but that is part of the company’s self-proclaimed “ridiculously high standards” to assure that consumers have a great brand experience.


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Big flavors from small batches: A look inside Velvet Ice Cream's plant

Over the last 100 years, Velvet Ice Cream, a self-styled ‘small batch’ producer, built a reputation for making premium products by using only the best flavorings, nuts, fruits, ribbons and inclusions.


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Joseph Gallo Farms' sustainable practices, customer service help define 'quality'

Speed of production, high standards for customer service and sustainability practices have made this California cheesemaker efficient and profitable.

Joseph Gallo Farms is using speed, eco-friendly practices and quality to compete with the giant cheesemakers and the small artisan operations on the West Coast.


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Joseph Gallo Farms is California's 'green' cheesemaker

At Joseph Gallo Farms, nothing goes to waste. Whey becomes a revenue stream. Process water is recycled for irrigation and manure is converted to gas to power generators.

Joseph Gallo Farms might just be the very model of a modern major cheesemaker. It’s all about use and re-use. Nothing goes to waste at this central California cheesemaking and dairy farming business. What little waste there is is re-purposed into salable ingredients, energy or gray water.


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Writing standards for robotic equipment

Robotic automation equipment is common in the auto industry, but the wet conditions in dairy plants have created a need for equipment standards to comply with strict food safety and hygiene rules. Here is what we have done so far.

Traditional applications for robot-based automation in food processing have been basic pick-and-place packing operations. On the processing side, dairy plants contain many applications that are repetitive or labor-intensive. These are perfect candidates for robot-based automation.


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Plant of the Year: Smith Brothers Farms discuss plant changes, upgrades

The fluid milk processor from Kent, Wash., was one of 12 dairy processors nominated for the Dairy Foods’ Plant of the Year. Visitors to dairyfoods.com in the month of June made their selections, casting more than 2,900 votes. Smith Brothers Farms, a 90-year-old independent processor and home delivery company, received the most votes.


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PepsiCo’s million-dollar bet on yogurt

A joint venture with European yogurt giant Theo Mueller Group leads to first-year sales of $100 million in the United States.

A European yogurt maker saw potential in the United States and a U.S. food and beverage company wanted to be in the dairy business. When Theo Müller hitched itself to PepsiCo’s distribution juggernaut, the Muller Quaker Dairy brand became an overnight sensation.


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This artisan premium ice cream maker uses old-fashioned production techniques

While it has invested in modern processing equipment, it uses some old-fashioned production techniques, like hand ladling.

When an ice cream processor tells me, “We do things a little differently than most,” I think to myself, “That’s what they all say.” True, most dairies do create unique recipes and flavors, but it still comes down to processing, filling and packaging, and how many variations on those themes can there be?


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EPA’s next big measurement program

 EPA’s next big measurement program uses energy performance indicators in a program created by Duke University. Soon you will be able to compare your plant to the overall dairy industry’s performance. EPA will recognize the top 25% of participating dairy plants with its Energy Star Certification. 


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Investments in UHT processing equipment helps Agropur grow

Investments in ultra-high temperature processing equipment help Agropur USA gain business in the burgeoning market for extended-shelf-life products.

 The future is bright for the aseptic packaging of dairy and processed foods in North America. That’s the conclusion of a 2012 study by the research firm Markets and Markets.  


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Anderson Erickson Dairy, Des Moines, Iowa

 From this one plant, AE Dairy manufactures a full range of Grade A dairy beverages and foods, including white and flavored milk, ice cream mix (packaged for retail sale and for commercial use), 50 flavors of Greek and conventional low-fat and nonfat yogurt, buttermilk, whipping cream, cottage cheese, juices, sour cream and dips.  

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President's Address --2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

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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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