Maryland's Kilby family has been farming for 100 years. To position itself for success into the next century, it built a dairy processing plant that bottles milk and churns ice cream under the name Kilby Cream.
Dairy marketers take note. Milk from cows fed a grass diet can create a distinguishable value-added niche in the dairy case. Organic Valley and Maple Hill Creamery, two dairy brands using the grass milk label, were in the news at the end of 2016.
But it is going to cost more. The USDA forecasts less milk in 2017 but a growing supply through the year 2024 along with steadily increasing prices. Its economic assumptions include moderate growth in GDP and inflation, and low unemployment.
The FDA currently recognizes seven fibers as having health benefits. The new definition is evolving. Keep watch for newly approved beneficial fibers so you can adjust formulas and labels accordingly.
January 5, 2017
Dairy foods aren’t naturally great sources of fiber, but many fiber ingredients are added to dairy foods. The new Nutrition Facts regulations have redefined fiber, increasing the Daily Value from 25 to 28 grams, and making the calculation of fiber content on the food label more complicated.
The Food and Drug Administra-tion’s time-clock for enforcing the most important FSMA regulation, the “Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)” started in mid-September 2016. As I write this in early December, it appears that FDA will be training its field investigators and regional milk specialists well past the end of 2016.
Water quality trading (WQT) was introduced in the 1960s, and it’s a great concept. Since its introduction, WQT has been tried approximately 60 times around the world, but mostly here in the United States.
Leading suppliers talk about what’s new in detection equipment and offer tips on choosing systems that will ensure all areas of detection are covered.
January 9, 2017
We spoke with some leading suppliers and experts about what’s new in detection and inspection systems for dairy processing. In this article we discuss this new technology, what dairy processors are looking for and what they should be aware of.