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NY Farming Economy Grows 22 percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

Jack Nicklaus to Have His Own Ice Cream

February 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the 18-time major champion to create...

Goat Farmers, Producers Try to Secure Enough Milk as Demand Rises

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by KOURTNEY LIEPELT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans' growing taste for more unusual fare has contributed to a steady increase in demand...

Helping Stock Food Banks With Milk

February 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Milk is one of the food bank items most in demand by Americans living in food-insecure...

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Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

VIDEO: West-Coasters Try Wisconsin's Favorite Foods For First Time

February 19, 2015 12:25 pm | by Movoto Originals | Videos | Comments

Six Californians were asked to set down their granola bars, back away from the avocado, and taste some of the most notable foods from America's Dairyland. Wisconsin's cuisine packed a few surprises for these West-coasters.

Ice Cream...With Skin?

February 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Inventor David Edwards is trying to change the way we take in nutrition. His best known creation is wikicells, an edible skin meant to replace traditional food packaging. Edwards' biggest problem isn't creating these alternatives, but selling the public on them.

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Study: Many Dark Chocolates Contain Milk Despite it Not Being Listed on Label

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on the dark chocolate this Valentine's Day. Although dark chocolate generally isn't made with milk, a new FDA study shows that there are traces of milk in some candies.

VIDEO: Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes

February 10, 2015 3:30 pm | by SciShow | Videos | Comments

"Why does Swiss cheese have holes" is probably the most-asked question on the Internet. As it turns out, the answer is actually pretty simple. SciShow breaks it down, hole by hole, for us. But the real question here is: "What is Swiss cheese called in Switzerland?"

Dean Foods Profits in 4Q, Misses Street Forecasts

February 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the three months ending on Dec. 31, Dean Foods Co. earned $5.3 million, or 6 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $37.7 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.    

Cover Story Extra: 'Suite' Success for Berner Food & Beverage

February 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage — an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods — stays on top of nearly every aspect of its operation through its use of Aptean's Process Manufacturing Suite.

Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' to Artificial Hormones

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Breyers, the largest ice cream brand in the Unilver portfolio, will begin selling its rBST-free products as soon as March.

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Photo of the Day: Get Your Froyo On!

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

To some, today is just another day; Friday, February 6. But to many others, today is celebrated as one of the nation's top food holidays —  National Frozen Yogurt Day. While the dessert seems simple enough, the production process proves opposite.

A Powerful Solution to Production Downtime

February 6, 2015 9:40 am | by ABB | News | Comments

Auckland, New Zealand-based Fonterra is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, reaching over 100 countries. Globally, the company produces over 22 billion liters of milk each year, of which 750,000 liters are handled at their Takanini facility located just outside of Auckland. 

US Dairy Industry Concerned on Geographical Indications and Common Food Name Issues

February 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Consortium for Common Food Names | News | Comments

The U.S. Dairy Export Council briefed U.S. and EU negotiators on deep-set concerns with the EU's current approach to protections for geographical indications (GIs). The presentation was made during the stakeholder briefings in conjunction with this week's U.S.-EU talks on the TTIP.

Vermont Committee to Get Update on Settlement With NE Dairy Farmers

February 4, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont lawmakers will be getting an update from the attorney general's office on the status of a proposed $50 million settlement that the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay thousands of Northeast farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

New Rule Allows Idaho Dairies to Dump Waste Without Losing Permits

February 4, 2015 8:25 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies that are part of Idaho's $2.4 billion dairy industry are no longer at risk of losing their operating permits if caught illegally dumping waste into streams and waterways. The rules come after lawmakers passed the Dairy Environmental Control Act in 2014.

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VIDEO: Should Americans Be Drinking More Milk?

February 3, 2015 11:45 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Milk sales in the U.S. have dropped to a 30-year low, a trend the dairy industry describes as devastating. Industry executives say it's because their products and packaging are old fashioned and in need of innovation, but some families also have health concerns. 

Vermont's Dairy Industry Milking in the Money, Study Says

February 3, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new study says Vermont's dairy industry brings in big money. The assessment, which was funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, looks at the value that the state's top agriculture product brings to its people. Find out what some of the top findings are here.

Milk Does a Body Good? A Look at the Science

February 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign last week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? Here then is a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits.

Dean Foods Closing Century-Old Wisconsin Plant

January 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan, Wis. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere.    

Medford's Darigold Plant to Close at End of February

January 29, 2015 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing, putting 29 people out of work. Darigold says it would cost too much money to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations. The plant is slated to close in February.

Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy' Groups

January 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly. 

Listeria Recall: How a Web of Oversight Couldn't Prevent an Outbreak

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by MOLLY ROSBACH, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

Since the most recent recall, retailers have pulled Queseria Bendita products. While the cheese shop owners maintain that investigators have not found listeria in their cheese, but only in the Third Street facility — implying their products are safe — experts say the evidence is clear.

Yogurt Founder Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz — who formed Three Happy Cows in 2010 — to five years in prison this month on a federal charge of arson and also ordered him to pay $1.5 million in restitution.       

VIDEO: This Australian Yogurt is Taking Over Shelves in America

January 23, 2015 9:10 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Move over, Chobani — there's a new Greek yogurt in town. Female entrepreneur Koel Thomae's Australian spin on Greek yogurt has won over American consumers' stomaches. The company had over 70 million in sales last year alone.       

Organic vs. Conventional Milk: What's Really in Your Cup?

January 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While most consumers believe that a $6 gallon of organic milk is healthier than the $4 conventionally-produced kind, New Zealand researchers argue that the "differences" aren't so different after all.               

Dairy Processors Commend Obama on TPA, US Trade Agreements

January 22, 2015 8:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the International Dairy Foods Association issued a statement on the U.S. trade agreements. The IDFA represents 550 dairy foods companies and their suppliers.     

Dairy Industry Braces for Milk Bust Following 2014 Boom

January 20, 2015 7:30 am | by DANA FERGUSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Already disheartened by the current glut, which is due to global factors and overproduction, dairy farmers say they worry that futures markets predict dwindling prices in 2015. Over in the dairy aisle, though, shoppers are milking savings by the gallon.

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