Welcome to the dairy case, a round-up of what’s new in products, companies and marketing.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel ice cream, developed by SensoryEffects, was selected as the most innovative prototype flavor, and Perry's Ice Cream's Sour Buddie Bars were named the most innovative novelty, at the annual Ice Cream Technology Conference of the International Dairy Foods Association held earlier this month. Perry's Red Velvet also was selected as the most innovative ice cream flavor. The contest is sponsored by Dairy Foods.
Dunkin' Brands Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins reported this week that 2010 sales of ice cream products rose 12.8% to $84.9 million from $75.2 million in 2009. The cost of ice cream products rose 24.7% to $59.1 million. Same-store sales for BR fell 5.2%.
Kemps partners again with Minnesota Twin baseball all star Joe Mauer and his wife Teresa to find the ultimate Mauer "fan'ily." The winning family will meet and chat with Joe and Teresa over a bowl of ice cream at their Kemps commercial shoot on April 11. Families enter on Kemps' Facebook page and submit a photo with a caption to explain why their family is the biggest fan'ily. Entries are accepted until April 3.
Stonyfield Farm has partnered with the United States Tennis Association to bring tennis to school children, the general public and folks with widely differing abilities. The USTA is allocating $100,000 in USTA funds to these efforts. Lids on Stonyfield 6-ounce cups direct shoppers online where they can vote for one of three programs. Winner receives $60,000; the other two programs $20,000 each. No purchase is necessary to participate. Voting ends April 30. See http://tinyurl.com/4rdqlu3
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is placing emphasis on healthy lifestyles and family mealtime for June Dairy Month 2011 with the theme "Building Healthy Families." A two-page free-standing insert and the National Park Family Adventure Sweepstakes highlight this year’s promotion. The FSI drops on June 5.
The Dairy Calendar
April 26-27. Safe Pasteurization: Concepts & Theory. Guelph Food Technology Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. www.gftc.ca/courses-and-training/course-details.aspx?course=RDP05
May 11-13. SIAL Canada 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. http://tinyurl.com/4ro5djo
May 18-20. SIAL China 2011 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center. http://tinyurl.com/4ro5djo
Sept. 19-21. 2011 International Dairy Show, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta. www.dairyshow.com
Oct. 18-21. Cibus Tec, the International Exhibition on the Food Processing and Packaging in Parma, Italy. www.cibustec.it.Return to the Dairy Foods Blog home page.