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Chobani Expands Distribution to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

April 16, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Chobani has begun exporting its Greek yogurt to markets in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Singapore, Malaysia and Panama. With great success in the U.S., the company is looking to capitalize on its global potential.

U.S. Consumer Prices Inch Higher

April 15, 2014 11:50 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher...

Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states...

Chobani Founder Accused of Stealing Fage's Greek Yogurt Recipe

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The ex-wife of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya claims that her former husband stole competitor...

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Metal Conveyor Belt

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DURAFLEX® EDGE open metal conveyor belting is designed for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers.

Combating Milk Microbes That Survive Pasteurization

April 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

South Dakota State University dairy science professor Sanjeev Anand has begun developing ways to combat heat-resistant microorganisms, a major challenge for the world’s dairy industry. His work is supported by the Dairy Research Institute and the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center.

Photo of the Day: Frozen Food Industry to Air First Nat'l TV Ads in PR Push

April 11, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

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Frozen Food Industry Plans Massive PR Campaign as Sales Slip

April 11, 2014 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

IDFA Supports Bill to Establish Voluntary GMO Labeling Standard

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association supports the introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, which would establish a federal standard for voluntary labeling of products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

Lightning Kills More Than 60 Dairy Cows in Chile

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Ranchers in southern Chile say that a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Storms erupted on Sunday, spawning the lightning strikes in south-central Chile.

Schreiber Foods Plans New Facility to Meet Yogurt Demand

April 7, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Schreiber Foods will begin construction of a distribution center this month in Richland Center, Wis., to meet the growing demand for yogurt. The dairy giant has spent more than $100 million in the last five years on its two Richland Center yogurt plants.

Consumer Trends: What Your Taste Buds Say About You

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Chances are, most of us have defined someone's character as plain or "vanilla." After all, these descriptions perfectly emphasize just how unexciting a person is. But, according to a study commissioned by Danio, it seems we've been mistaken all along.

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Organic Valley Sales Soar on Dairy, Produce Demand

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Organic Valley saw sales of butter, cheese and vegetables grow, boosting profits 8.5 percent last year. The company attributed the jump to growing consumer demand. The world's largest farmer-owned cooperative boasts 1,844 members.

Americans Adore Ranch Dressing

April 4, 2014 1:20 pm | by The NPD Group | News | Comments

Ranch is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to foodservice outlets, according to new data from The NPD Group. Sales of the dressing are leading growth in the otherwise flat category. Dijon, Asian peanut, and several vinaigrette flavors are also popular.

Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

UV Disinfection Systems

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

PureLine PQ range of UV disinfection systems is designed specifically to provide validated and chemical-free treatment of process water used in the food and beverage industry.

XRF Spectrometer for Milk Powder Analysis

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Epsilon 1 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) benchtop spectrometer is designed for the analysis of milk powder.

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Behind the Scenes at Mars' New Candy Factory

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

La. Lawmakers Give Wine Ice Cream Sales the Cold Shoulder

March 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers, who were confounded by how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay sold by Mercer's Dairy of New York.

Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Drive Dairy Market

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to the report published by MarketsandMarkets, the dairy ingredients market was valued at $42.2 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow. In 2013, Europe led the global market with the largest share, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific in terms of market value.

Butter Tales and Saturated-Fat Stories

March 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.

FDA Warns Consumers of Dark Chocolate Recall

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The FDA is warning consumers that it has found milk protein in some 3-ounce bars of Simply Lite brand 50% Cacao Low Carb Sugar Free Dark Chocolate. Milk is not declared as an ingredient on the label. Simply Natural Foods has agreed to recall these products.

Maryland Committee Delays Plan to Allow Raw Milk Sales

March 25, 2014 12:11 pm | by NICK TABOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to legalize raw milk sales in Maryland has been pushed back another year. The bill's chief sponsor hopes a report from Johns Hopkins University will give it the necessary push in 2015. Del. James Hubbard withdrew his bill on Monday.

Swiss Emmentaler Named 2014 World Championship Cheese

March 25, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

An international panel of judges has named a Swiss Emmentaler as the 2014 World Championship Cheese. Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger from Kaserei Sinnesberger in Gams, Switzerland, took top honors out of 2,615 entries for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler.

BeBevCo Launches Cheech and Chong Relaxation Ice Cream

March 24, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo) announced that its subsidiary, Relaxation Solutions, Inc., has secured a licensing agreement to brand its new line of Relaxation Ice Cream using Cheech and Chong. The ice cream treats are infused with hemp and supplements.

Calif. Company Recalls Frozen Treats for Listeria

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. of Fresno, Calif., voluntarily recalled all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, and bolis due to a possible health risk from listeria. A routine inspection revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.

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