The Grafton Village Cheese Co., Grafton, Vt., plans to build a new 28,000-square-foot cheese production plant at the site of a historic farm.

The Grafton Village Cheese Co., Grafton, Vt., plans to build a new 28,000-square-foot cheese production plant at the site of a historic farm. The new plant will provide double the capacity for Grafton's award-winning specialty cheese.

Bravo! Foods International Corp. has begun product shipments to Mexico and Puerto Rico. In mid-July Bravo! shipped nine truckloads, or 35,640 cases of its flavored milk to Laredo, Texas for export to Wal-Mart's 72 Sam's Clubs locations in Mexico. Bravo! is also utilizing a local Coca-Cola distributor in Puerto Rico to get the product to market, having recently shipped 3,200 cases to the Island.

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) was recently recognized by IDFA for maintaining a safe working environment in its trucking operations.

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is among several cancer survivors recognized and honored by Tampico Beverages at its El Sueño de Esperanza (Dream of Hope) Gala this month. The event is part of a Hollywood black tie fundraiser for PADRES Contra El C

Fairmount Food Group, has acquired Swissrose International, the specialty cheese unit of ConAgra Foods. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dean Foods recently purchased Jilbert's Dairy, Marquette, Mich. Jilbert's is a family-run milk processor and ice cream maker that processes about 1 million pounds of milk weekly and ships it to every county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Saputo Inc. says its first-quarter profit fell 1.7 % on lower cheese-block prices and the high Canadian dollar's impact on income from its U.S. division. Net income dropped to $53.3 million for the three months ended June 30, from $54.2 million a year ago.

Dairy processors who bottle orange juice may already know it, but the price of "liquid sunshine" is about to go up. Commodity prices for delivery in September recently reached their highest level since July 1990. The price spike is blamed on the weak crops in 2004 and 2005 when Florida groves were ravaged by three hurricanes.