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Making ice cream the safe way

Safety first, then efficiency. That’s how Safeway makes packaged ice cream and frozen novelties at its plant in Bellevue, Wash. Lean manufacturing principles guide the business.
Safeway Inc. takes the mystery out of making ice cream. At its Bellevue, Wash., ice cream plant, silos, pasteurizers, stainless steel tubing, flavor vats, fillers and other equipment are all labeled as to their contents or function. There is even a label above a hand-crank pencil sharpener. That was put there either for the benefit of a younger generation raised on hand-held devices (instead of pencil and paper) or else it was an expression of an engineer’s sense of humor.
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How Safeway is building its own brands

The supermarket chain embraces the concept that it is building brands, not just selling private-label foods and beverages.
Innovative marketing plus effective in-store merchandising and support of its private labels demonstrate that Safeway Inc. has made the leap from thinking about private label as merely a low-price alternative to have on its shelves to treating its private labels as CPG companies treat their brands. The result — private-label sales growth at Safeway is outpacing branded sales growth by a three-to-one margin.
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Ready-to-drink coffee sales are super caffeinated

Sales of refrigerated ready-to-drink coffee units rise 155%. Tea doesn’t fare badly, either. Sales of canned and bottled tea, a billion-dollar industry, rise nearly 5%.
Based on the latest findings, it’s possible that consumers are passing up their local coffee and tea shops for the nearest grocery store because ready-to-drink coffee and tea sales are increasing. Data provided by SymphonyIRI Group, Chicago, show that sales in the shelf-stable tea/coffee ready-to-drink category rose 3.2% to $1.6 billion in the 52 weeks ended July 8, 2012, with the unit sales also showing an increase of 5.1% to 747.7 million.
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Sustainability: 10 Big and little green ideas

Dairy processors are reducing their use of water, energy, transportation and packaging. Here are 10 examples from the United States and abroad.
Dairy processors use a lot of water. Fresh water and wastewater can be a huge expense and a significant component of the utilities budget. The H2Oversight Service from U.S. Energy Services, Plymouth, Minn., offers rate tariff optimization, metering equipment confirmation, facility change monitoring, bypass opportunities and identification of operational savings.
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Learn how to be an energy star by cutting costs

Free online resources from the EPA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy simplify process of reducing energy, cutting costs.
Consumers want the foods they eat to be nutritious, affordable and good-tasting. Increasingly, consumers care about the environmental impact of their food, and want to know that the products they buy were produced in an environmentally responsible way.
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Bel Brands' cheese ring true with consumers

Dairy Foods visits one cheesemaker’s green farmstead, explores another in the niche goat cheese market, and talks with a multinational, multiple-brand company seeing significant growth in the United States.
Chicago-based Bel Brands USA, makers of The Laughing Cow, Mini Babybel and Boursin cheese (among others) has become a rising star in the snacking and portable cheese category, having doubled its revenues in the last four years. Its Laughing Cow masterbrand (The Laughing Cow and Mini Babybel) is now America’s number one branded snacking cheese.
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Kraft fights hunger with Five Guys

Kraft Foods partnered with Five Guys restaurants and hunger-relief agency Feeding America in a two-week-long nationwide program in September, designated Hunger Action Month. Kraft’s American Cheese brand donated a meal to Feeding America for every customer who visits Five Guys and checks in at KraftCheese.com/checkin using a mobile device. The cheesemaker is expected to donate 100,000 meals.
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Sargento, Stremick’s win Gold Penguins

In recognition of the best merchandising efforts supporting the June Dairy Month/Ice Age: Continental Drift collaboration, NFRA awarded 24 Gold Penguin and 31 Silver Penguin awards. Gold-winning dairy processors are Sargento Foods, Plymouth, Wis., (for the Manufacturer Branded category) and Stremick’s Heritage Foods, Santa Ana, Calif., (Manufacturer Private Brand). Silver-award winners include HP Hood LLC, Hamburg, N.Y., and Kemps, LLC, Cedarburg, Wis., (Manufacturer Branded).
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Center for Dairy Research wins grant

The Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research (CDR) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received one of seven $1 million i6 Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support an effort to commercialize research ideas that will positively impact economic development.
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Sales of milk shift to club, dollar stores

Sales of milk continue to decline, and traditional grocery stores are losing market share. Consumers increasingly are buying milk at club stores and dollar stores, according to an analysis by Prime Consulting Group, Bannockburn, Ill., for Milk Processor Education Program, or MilkPEP, Washington, D.C.
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High-quality milk proteins are perfect solution for consumers' protein need

The body doesn’t store protein, so we need to consume it every day. High-quality milk proteins are the perfect solution to help consumers get the protein they need at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
People need protein for survival as well as optimal health — that’s nothing new. However, recent research unveils that protein requirements may be higher than previously estimated. Also, preliminary research suggests that there is a maximum amount of dietary protein that the body can utilize at one time, leading some scientists to recommend consuming moderate amounts of protein at each meal.
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Make a better-tasting, low-fat Cheddar

Rather than calling them low-fat Cheddars, describe them as high in protein, much like Greek yogurt makers compare themselves to traditional yogurt.
During the past few years, pressure to manufacture good tasting low-fat and reduced-fat options for the foodservice and ingredient industries has grown. New limits and regulations have led to even greater pressure on the dairy industry to produce and manufacture such products. While we face some challenges, the dairy industry has already developed several solutions.
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Chocolate and cocoa pair well with dairy products

Chocolate and cocoa are long-time associates of dairy. These days, everything from frozen yogurt to blended coffee beverages is angling for a chocolaty profile. A panel of experts explains how to formulate with the ingredients.
We Americans have notoriously restless palates. This is especially so in today’s food-forward world, as chefs vie for celebrity status and the more adventuresome among us approach dining as an extreme sport. It’s now commonplace to find even familiar flavor favorites forced into some pretty unusual pairings, as the current practice with chocolate demonstrates.
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Add value to milk with fortified ingredients

The most popular ingredients used to fortify milk-based beverages are probiotics/prebiotics, plant sterols and calcium.
Start with something healthy, and then make it better. That’s the basic recipe for creating a value-added milk-based beverage. Traditionally, the three largest and most active claims about dairy beverages regarded digestive/gut health, heart/cardiovascular health and bone health. But, in recent years, the market has seen many novel dairy beverages that tout energy, immune health, weight control, satiety, anti-aging, skin health, beauty, eye health, joint health, mental acuity and concentration.
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RMT Robotics announced new layer picking system

RMT Robotics announced its new layer picking system using its patent-pending robotic layer picking tool. Using a combination of vacuum and clamping technology, the new tooling has the capability to pick corrugate or boxboard cases, shrink wrap products, bottles, tubs and open trays.
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Suppliers upgrade the equipment in pasteurizing systems

It sounds like an Olympics motto, but today’s equipment is faster, runs longer and achieves higher temperatures. Makers of pasteurizers and heat exchangers talk about equipment upgrades.
Designers of processing equipment recognize some of the economic realities of today. Energy is expensive, so equipment is more efficient. Real estate is expensive, so equipment takes up less space. Labor is expensive, so equipment runs more efficiently and reliably.
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A-B-C Packaging introduced a palletizer with all-stainless steel construction

A-B-C Packaging introduced a palletizer with all-stainless steel sanitary construction for dairy plant installations. This palletizer runs dairy-style plastic trays and crates, plus regular slotted cheese and half slotted cheese cases for flexibility. It is designed for reliable and powerful load transfer with a mechanical row pusher bar with a dual chain drive. A counterweighted elevator table ensures stable container transfer and eliminates stress on the drive motor for longer motor life. Low-level construction provides the freedom of floor-level operation, and a clean, open profile ensures easy access. The color touchscreen operator panel shows real-time operating data. 800-237-5975; www.abcpackaging.com
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Why are so few dairies participating in NCIMS HACCP?

Only 11 dairies in seven states are listed on the Interstate Milk Shippers list as participating in the National Conference of Interstate Milk Shippers’ hazard analysis and critical control points program.
Dairy operations, for the past several years, have been encouraged to adopt HACCP by their customers who believed that HACCP is an important part of total quality management.
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The heart (and heat) of dairy processing

Unless you make raw-milk products, you need a pasteurizer and a heat exchanger. A panel of experts answers your questions about pasteurizing milk and nondairy beverages.
Heat exchangers are key components in a dairy processing plant that can directly affect food product quality, a supplier tells Dairy Foods. Other suppliers tell us that pasteurizers are not all alike. To learn more about processing milk and the equipment that is used, we convened a “virtual roundtable” of equipment manufacturers. What follows are edited remarks received via e-mail.
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Edlong adds three cheese flavors

Edlong Dairy Flavors, Elk Grove Village, Ill., added three new cheese flavors to its line of concentrated dairy flavors and high-intensity dairy ingredients. They are a nondairy natural Parmesan-type liquid, a nondairy Romano cheese powder and a natural Cheddar-type powder.
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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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