Here's what you might have missed recently on dairyfoods.com:
- In Rabobank's newest report ranking the 20 largest companies in the global dairy industry, two Chinese players (Yili and Mengniu) moved up on the list, while Kraft Foods and other U.S.-based firms slipped down.
- Dairy Foods has selected Agri-Mark Inc., a dairy cooperative based in Lawrence, Mass., the 2013 Exporter of the Year. The magazine will present the Tom Camerlo Exporter of the Year award to the company at the annual meeting of the U.S. Dairy Export Council in Chicago in October. USDEC sponsors the award, which is named for the former chairman of the organization.
- The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Rosemont, Ill., is accepting nominations for the third year of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The deadline is Nov. 15, 2013. These awards recognize outstanding dairy processors, dairy farms, businesses and collaborative partnerships for management practices that are good for the community, good for the planet, and good for business.
- Tulare, Calif.-based Top O' The Morn Farms introduced reduced-fat Root Beer milk. It is sold in one quart glass bottles for a suggested retail price of $3.19, plus a $2.00 bottle deposit on the glass bottle.
- "Dairy Plants USA" is the name of a new database created by Dairy Foods. You can link to it from our home page, dairyfoods.com/dairyplantsusa. This is a major new online initiative from Dairy Foods. The Dairy Plants USA database contains more than 2,200 plants producing Grade A products, including milk, cream, egg nog, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, liquid and condensed whey, and lactose. It includes plants manufacturing cheese and ice cream products. And it includes processors of sheep's and goat's milk.
- Five dairy processors, accounting for more than 20% of U.S. milk production, have committed to a voluntary set of best practices for traceability. They are Darigold, Glanbia Foods, Hilmar Cheese Co., Leprino Foods and Michigan Milk Producers Association.