A cooperative, by definition, works together for a common goal. But for Seattle-based Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), this idea of prioritizing the greater good extends beyond its business category. The cooperative’s plans for long-term growth include supporting the dairy industry as a whole.
Some residents of Oregon's largest city have sought to "Keep Portland Weird," a motto based on safeguarding the city's reputation for farmers markets, artisanal craftworks and an eccentric literary/arts scene. But before it became the de facto capital for millennial hipsters, Portland had a long history of industrial production.
The U.S. retail ice cream segment certainly has seen easier times. According to "Ice Cream and Frozen Novelties - U.S.," a report published in May 2019 by global market research firm Mintel, the mature and diverse category is "finding growth elusive."
Norwich, N.Y.-based Chobani launched Chobani Greek yogurt with oatmeal. The wholesome, hearty product line pairs the nutrient density and probiotic benefits of the company's Greek yogurt with satisfying whole grains, offering 4 grams of fiber per cup, Chobani said.
Historically, raw milk was used for cheesemaking. Apart from the increased risk of foodborne illness, there also was more variation in cheese quality. Today, most milk for cheesemaking is pasteurized at a minimum of 161 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds to kill all pathogens.
The addition of dietary fiber to dairy products could help processors meet the needs of consumers seeking digestive and other health benefits — and could also enhance product-related sensory attributes
Back in November 2018, Innova Market Insights published its forecasted "Top 10 Trends for 2019." Among them was "a fresh look at fiber." That prediction was based, in part, on the fact that 44% of U.S. consumers said they were increasing their fiber consumption in a 2018 survey the global market research firm conducted.
Detecting foreign objects and other contaminants in dairy products is perhaps the most crucial part of the production process. Without the ability to effectively scan for adulterants, processors can compromise food safety and risk costly recalls, product waste and damage to their reputations.