Here's what happened in recent weeks in the dairy processing industry
Sargento Foods Inc. Plymouth, Wis ., promoted Phil Delpierre to Vice President of Research and Development. He joined Sargento in 2005 as Director of Research and Development. In 2014, he was named Senior Director of Research and Development in 2014.
Sargento also added Dave Fuhrmann to its Board of Directors. Fuhrmann is the former President and CEO of Foremost Farms USA, the cooperative and dairy processor based in Baraboo, Wis.
Amanda Ford receives fellowship grant from Dannon
The Dannon Co., White Plains, N.Y., awarded its 2014-2015 Dannon Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant to Amanda Ford, a PhD candidate at the University of Florida. With the $25,000 grant, Ford will investigate the effects of protein fermentation on the human microbiota and on different measures of digestive health both with and without probiotic consumption.
Unilever says 'no' to artificial growth hormones; 'yes' to certified vanilla beans
Unilever’s Breyers business unit said in February it will begin to buy milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones in 2015. In a statement, the company said it is the largest packaged U.S. ice cream brand to do so. Other Unilever brands (including Fruttare, Good Humor, Klondike, Magnum and Popsicle) will follow suit, making Unilever the largest ice cream manufacturer in the world to make this commitment, according to a company statement.
The Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based company also said Breyers has launched an initiative with the Rainforest Alliance to purchase Rainforest Alliance Certified vanilla beans from Madagascar.
Apply for scholarship from the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
Dairy Management Inc. is accepting applications for college scholarships. The 19 scholarships, worth up to $1,500 each, are awarded by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board will be awarded. Download an entry form at dairy.org. Deadline is April 17.
Atalanta Corp., a food importer specializing in cheese, charcuterie, grocery and seafood products, is celebrating its 70th year as a third-generation family-operated business this year.