If it weren’t for chocolate milk, there might be some people — perhaps dear reader, even you — who wouldn’t drink much milk at all. Indeed, chocolate milk is a perennially bright star in the dairy firmament, and with fall’s ushering in of the new school year, its glow is bound to grow brighter.
Milk processors are finding success with limited-time flavors like mint chocolate chip and birthday cake. A national campaign focusing on protein hopes to keep milk front-and-center on the breakfast table.
For nearly 85 years, the Iowa-based dairy has put an emphasis on the consumer. She is the one who shops, buys, serves and repurchases the company’s milk and dairy foods again and again. CEO Miriam Erickson Brown insists that every consumer has a great experience with her products every time.
Makers of breakfast cereals are natural allies of milk processors. Athletic organizations help to promote chocolate milk. And milk processors, using industry-funded research, are developing high-protein, valued-added beverages.
An analysis of the global dairy industry by Rabobank, New York, forecasts an easing of global milk pricing through June. Rabobank’s Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group said that the exportable dairy supply rose strongly in the last three months of 2013, and is expected to continue into 2014 as producers respond to improved margins through high milk prices and falling feed costs.