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Tillamook: a look inside the plant

There are no secrets to making award-winning cheeses. Just buy the freshest milk and hire the best cheesemakers. Tillamook invites tourists to see the process from an observation deck inside the processing plant.

It is bad enough to have one co-worker looking over your shoulder while you are trying to do your job. Imagine total strangers watching you work. That’s the situation in Tillamook, Ore., where, over the course of a year, 1 million tourists stop at the Tillamook County Creamery Association factory, climb the steps to a second-story observation deck, and watch the cheesemaking process unfold below them.

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Tillamook: The little co-op that can

The little co-op that can Tillamook County Creamery Association is growing beyond its roots in the Pacific Northwest. Meet the dairy cooperative making award-winning premium cheeses that are among the top-selling brands.
Cheesemaking is all about balance and achieving consistency in the finished product. When the cheesemaker is also a dairy cooperative, there are additional and often competing concerns to balance. The farmer members of the co-op want a fair price for their milk, but the processing side doesn’t want to overpay, lest the finished product is too expensive for the market.
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Where are U.S. ambitions in a global dairy business?

The global dairy business isn’t standing still, and neither should America’s dairy processing industry.
We’re in the right place at the right time. The global dairy industry is a growth sector — that much is crystal clear. At the “Future of Food” summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this summer (an event co-hosted by the dairy producer-funded Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy), speaker after speaker talked about the challenges of feeding the planet’s growing population.
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Bottoms up

Ice cream meets happy hour with Lee's Cream Liqueur

As the only alcohol-infused ice cream parlor in Arizona, Lee’s Cream Liqueur is making a name for itself. The owner and creator of the 823-square-foot parlor is Lee Turner, a systems engineer by day and a dairy processor by night. The self-proclaimed ice cream enthusiast describes her treats as a cross between ice cream and gelato. The shop is located in Old Town Scottsdale in what Turner calls the “restaurant district.”
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Dairy Processors

Carvel rebrands as classic cool

Atlanta-based Carvel, the United States’ first retail ice cream franchise, went back to its roots by bringing back its classic look — with a modern twist. It updated its stores and logo, and introduced new technologies.
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Cultures and stabilizers in cultured dairy foods

When cultured dairy foods are manufactured correctly, they function properly as foods. They also deliver specific benefits, such as improving digestion.
In today’s world, where health and wellness takes center stage, the subject of functional cultured dairy foods typically are about consumption of the probiotic bacteria and their associated health benefits, such as improved immune function, improved digestive function and reduction of symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
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Pudding stars in the frozen dessert category

Processors of cheesecakes, sweet goods and whipped toppings saw a drop in both sales and units. Frozen pudding is the exception.
The overall frozen dessert category took a hit in sales over the last year. But the frozen pudding and mousse segment saw an increase in both sales and unit sales. With the health and wellness trend continuing among Americans, it’s likely that many are looking to better-for-you options to curb their sweet tooth.
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The health benefits of milk and dairy products are out of this world

As the Mars rover Curiosity explores the terrain and seeks signs of water on the Red Planet, another explorer on another planet finds a wonderful, life-sustaining fluid.
To much fanfare and well-deserved media attention, NASA landed its Curiosity rover on Gale Crater on Mars on the evening of Aug. 5. The engineers at mission control celebrated their expertise at deploying, landing and operating the explorer remotely from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
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Yogurt a-go-go

PepsiCo, Theo Müller get the party started on a new yogurt plant in New York state

PepsiCo marks the start of a state-of-the-art yogurt facility today that is expected to create more than 180 jobs in upstate New York.

To mark the construction of t a 350,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility, New York governor Cuomo and the top executives from Thomas Müller  Group and PepsiCo  signied a ceremonial steel beam in front of state and local government and community dignitaries, representatives of local and national dairy organizations, and members of local community organizations and groups.

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Milk Processors Get Creative in Their Marketing

Other dairy processors are recognized for their marketing efforts to make milk the beverage of choice for breakfast, at Halloween parties and at sporting events.
Anthony Escobar, business manager of Super Store Industries, Lathrop, Calif., is the grand prize winner in MilkPEP’s annual awards program. Escobar demonstrated strong and effective efforts to increase awareness and grow milk sales using MilkPEP programs and resources. His entries showcased multi-faceted programs supported by well-rounded marketing efforts that creatively customized MilkPEP tools to reinforce Super Store Industries’ brand.
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Dairy products and probiotics make the perfect match

Dairy is a perfect vehicle for the delivery of probiotics into the American diet. Celebrate the synergy.
Innovations in probiotic dairy products are on the rise. This is a reflection of the increasing demand for probiotics due to consumers’ interest in health and wellbeing. Dairy was the third most commonly named “functional food” in the 2011 Functional Foods Survey conducted by the International Food Information Council.
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Formulating natural colors in dairy foods

Consumer awareness of natural colorings in dairy foods is important. But coloring milk and dairy foods is a tricky proposition. Never fear. We look at red, yellow, blue and green color options for milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Starbucks probably thought it was doing the right thing by coloring its Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino with carmine. After all, even if consumers didn’t realize it when they ordered the popular dairy-berry beverage from their friendly neighborhood barista, the coffee giant had them in mind in opting for this natural colorant over a synthetic like, say, FD&C Red #40.

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Cultures and stabilizers in cultured dairy foods

When cultured dairy foods are manufactured correctly, they function properly as foods. They also deliver specific benefits, such as improving digestion.
In today’s world, where health and wellness takes center stage, the subject of functional cultured dairy foods typically are about consumption of the probiotic bacteria and their associated health benefits, such as improved immune function, improved digestive function and reduction of symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.
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Conveyors and palletizers: The silent superstars of manufacturing

Conveyors and palletizers don’t complain or get injured. These reliable pieces of equipment help move fresh dairy foods to the warehouse or truck quickly and efficiently.
When a consumer opens up a cup of yogurt, she might not realize how well-traveled that food is. That cup, and thousands like it, has moved quite a bit, not counting the miles between the distribution center and the supermarket.
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Understanding the Value of Packaging

Looking at your package from the perspective of your customer, the consumer and the competition can help you understand its true value.
Packaging value is the “Holy Grail” for packaging leaders across the value chain. The packaging world is still trying to break the code and we are getting closer. We have identified a number of components and tests that we can use to help us understand if the new packaging on a product refresh or a new product is worth the money.
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Planning ahead for a crisis is crucial to business

Play a little defense by writing an effective business continuity plan. This game plan can help you cope when your world falls apart.
The “normal” business climate no longer exists. Whether you are a senior manager, a shift supervisor or just starting your career, it is important to recognize that the unexpected is the norm.
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Dairy processors pack up for Chicago

Pack Expo, with 1,800 suppliers, is an ideal opportunity for dairy processors to find out the latest in packaging trends and technology. The show begins Oct. 28 in Chicago.
At Pack Expo 2012 dairy processors can find out the latest trends and technology in the processing and packaging industry with this comprehensive event.
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4 mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwiches you have to make in April, National Grilled Cheese Month

In recognition of National Grilled Cheese Month (April), Arla Dofino asked two food bloggers to re-imagine this comfort-food classic.

Heidi Larsen of FoodieCrush.com and Maria Lichty of TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com created four grilled cheese sandwich recipes that call for creamy Havarti, dill Havarti, smoked Gouda and Eureka! Organic Breads products.

Arla Foods, a cooperative owned by European dairy farmers, is the fifth largest dairy company in the world. The Arla Dofino brand of cheese includes Havarti, Gouda, Edam and Fontina, which are made by the Hollandtown Dairy in Kaukauna, Wis.

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