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Greek yogurt processor Chobani Inc., New Berlin, N.Y., said today that its Twin Falls, Idaho, facility has reached optimal production capability. It termed it "a significant milestone achieved in less than a year."
Nestlé has pledged that it will buy only commercial horizontal ice cream chest freezers that use natural refrigerants.
WhiteWave, Saputo and Lifewaythis month reported their quarterly sales for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2013.
Chobani Inc. today said Andreas Sokollek will oversee all new product launches, production planning and materials management initiatives. He was named Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations.
Dean Foods Co., Dallas, re-aligned the executive team around three key operational areas – Commercial, Operations and Logistics. The team will be led by current incumbents.
Yoplait yogurt products contributed to a first-quarter sales increase at Minneapolis-based General Mills. Net sales rose 8% to $4.37 billion in the quarter ended Aug. 25, with new businesses contributing 5 percentage points of the growth, according to the company.
Darigold Inc., Seattle, disputed the assertion made by the Teamsters today that it walked out of federal mediation talks late Monday night. Darigold General Counsel and Senior Vice President Steven Rowe told Dairy Foods that some members of the dairy cooperative's team did leave the meeting but continued to participate by telephone after they arrived home. Rowe said the bargaining session lasted from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“The top five companies remain unchanged in their position on the list, yet there are now two Chinese companies in the rank of the largest 15 companies, whereas there were none in the top 20 until 2008,” said Rabobank analyst Tim Hunt. “In contrast, the lack of a U.S.-based global consolidator means that the rankings of U.S. companies has declined.”
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has acquired Dairy Maid Dairy. Located in Frederick, Md., Dairy Maid is a family-owned processor of milk, juice and fruit drinks. Dairy Maid has been owned and operated by the Vona family since 1946.
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) will sell 3.296 million pounds of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese and 493,284 pounds of butter to customers in Asia and Europe.