Odwalla Inc. is recalling Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster beverage

Odwalla Inc. is recalling Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monster beverage in 12-oz and 32-oz bottles, with "enjoy by" dates prior to and including 23 MAY 2012, because of reports from consumers allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts experiencing severe allergic reactions after consuming this beverage. The product is made with milk protein concentrate and soy protein. 

My view: beware of using “monster” in your product name. You never know when it will come back to bite you.

Baristas Coffee Co. a beverage and branded products company, said New York City-based Calip Dairies will help it launch its newly developed branded ice cream line, which will initially include 4 pint-sized flavors. Calip distributes frozen food products to over 6,000 locations in the New York City metropolitan area, including Nestle, Hagan Daz, Skinny Cow, Ciao Bella and Edy's. 

My view: Sounds like the Big Apple is becoming the Big Ice Cream Cone.

Product of the Year USA, and TNS seek the year's most innovative products for its awards program. The products will be voted on by 50,000 consumers in a national survey conducted by TNS. More information at www.productoftheyearusa.com)

My view: Fifty thousand consumers can’t be wrong. Go for it, dairy processors.

Lifeway Foods reported 2011 total consolidated gross sales increased 21% to approximately $77.1 million. The company makes Kefir, ProBugs Organic Kefir for kids, BioKefir and Frozen Kefir. Total consolidated net sales increased 20% to $70.4 million. Net sales are recorded as gross sales less promotional activities such as slotting fees paid, couponing, spoilage and promotional allowances as well as early payment terms given to customers.
Also, Organic Valley reported 2011 sales increased 15.3% to $715 million, a record. 

My view: Strong sales of dairy products are good for you and good for the economy. Eat up!

The European-style butter brand Plugra launched the Plugra Gourmet Club in partnership with Saveur magazine

The European-style butter brand Plugra launched the Plugra Gourmet Club in partnership with Saveur magazine. Membership benefits include a guide on starting a dinner club, chef-created recipes and demonstration videos from the featured chefs in their restaurants. The dairy brand calls it “a single source where food enthusiasts can join together, gain knowledge and celebrate their passion for food.” Plugra Butter is marketed by Global Dairy Products Group, a division of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. More information on the Plugra Gourmet Club at www.plugra.com/gourmetclub and www.facebook.com/plugrabutter

My view: This elevates the dairy food above commodity status. And I’m not just buttering you up, Plugra. Bravo!