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Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Trends in France, Spain and Germany

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

RnRMarketResearch.com reports on consumer trends and drivers of behavior in the dairy market in France, Spain and Germany. According to the reports, health, convenience and a desire to indulge are key factors driving dairy consumption in these countries.

Idaho Dairy Group Seeks to Join Farm Video Lawsuit

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho Dairymen's Association is asking a federal judge to allow it to join Idaho Gov. C.L. "...

Vt. Program Helps Satisfy New Americans’ Craving for Goat Meat

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont Goat Collaborative is a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat...

Brewers Say Proposed FDA Rule on Spent Grain Would Spike Costs

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Northwest beer brewers say a proposed rule from the FDA would make it prohibitively expensive...

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

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Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

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 costs for food and clothing. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry.

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 because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

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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 Fage's secret recipe for Greek yogurt. In a matter of years, Chobani has unseated Fage as the No. 1 brand of Greek yogurt in the United States.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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