Marieke Penterman, center, owner of Holland's Family Cheese LLC in Thorp, Wis., reacts after winning first place in the U.S. Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Penterman's winning cheese was an aged Gouda.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm says it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of the automatic federal budget cuts taking effect. The reports being suspended this year include the agency's July tally of cattle, which is used by the beef industry, and milk production reports.
Shares of Dean Foods Co. advanced Friday after a Stifel analyst upgraded his rating on the dairy company, saying he believes the business is undervalued. After a meeting with the company's management, analyst Christopher Growe noted that Dean Foods is close to completing its transformation following the spinoff of most its WhiteWave organic milk business.
The backside of Colorado's dairy cows was the focus of a contentious debate Thursday in a state House committee, which ultimately postponed a vote on a bill that would prevent farmers from cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons. The bill before the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee would ban so-called docking except when performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society for professionals engaged in the science of food, food technology, and related areas in industry, academia, and government, announced that registration for the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo 2013 in Chicago July 13-16 at McCormick Place is now officially open.
A group of Yakima Valley dairies have agreed to reduce runoff pollution that's tainting the area's groundwater, officials announced Wednesday. The agreement between the dairies and the Environmental Protection Agency comes more than five months after the agency published a study that said the dairies were likely to be one of the sources of nitrate pollution in nearby private water wells.
Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden's Ikea for violating food quality standards. The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections.
The parent company of Superior Dairy hopes to add a Golden Guernsey Dairy plant. A company trustee says LEL Operating Co. has made a $5.5 million bid for the plant and put down a $500,000 deposit. The plant closed two months ago and its owner filed for bankruptcy.
Tobacco: It's what's for dinner. A team of Croatian chefs whipped up a pungent meal Thursday, infusing the flavor of the tobacco leaf synonymous with Cuba into baked stone bass filets, bread and butter, a rich demi-glace sauce, even ice cream.
Greek yogurt is taking over the dairy aisle, but will kids bite? The question is a critical one for General Mills, which is a dominant player in yogurt for kids, with about half the market. It's also important to Chobani, the leader in the Greek yogurt category, which is stepping up its courtship of kids — and their parents.
Company's sine pump technology produces powerful suction with low shear and no pulsation.
Serbian officials ordered some brands of milk taken off store shelves on Wednesday despite earlier claims that they were safe and not dangerously contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing toxin. The order came after widespread public outrage over allegations that health authorities have for weeks been hiding the results of lab tests which reportedly show that much of the milk sold in Serbia contains high levels of aflatoxins.
Scientists wondering why some children and not others survived one of China's worst food safety scandals have uncovered a suspect: germs that live in the gut. In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.
Milk producer Dean Foods on Wednesday posted a fourth-quarter profit of $37 million, reversing a loss from the year before. But its profit outlook fell short of Wall Street expectations, and shares slumped. Dean has had to deal with higher dairy costs stemming from last summer's drought in much of the U.S. that drove up feed prices for cows.
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Florists and chocolate-makers are working around the clock in the run-up to Valentine's Day. In Dallas, chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, who loves designer high heels, molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Her most well-known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.
In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, chocolate high heals made by master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza are lined up at her shop in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Florists and chocolate makers are working around the clock for the busy season - Valentine's Day. Pedraza's most well known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.
South Dakota is on the lookout for dairy cows. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state agriculture officials are traveling this week to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., with the goal of doubling the state's current herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.
A new study reports that those who eat a "southern diet" may be at increased risk of stroke. The study defined a southern diet as one containing foods such as, "fried foods, processed meats (lunchmeat, jerky), red meat, eggs, sweet drinks and whole milk."
The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced that registration is now open for the co-located PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show, taking place November 3-6, 2013 in Chicago's McCormick Place.
Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials are taking steps to make Greek yogurt more available for school lunches — a move that could mean more business for upstate producers and dairy farmers. Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative.
The Milk Processor Education Program, known as MilkPep and popular for its "Got Milk?" print ads, is featuring actor and professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a 30-second ad in the second quarter of the Super Bowl that is directed by Peter Berg.
German antitrust authorities have fined 11 chocolate makers €60 million ($81.3 million) for colluding to rig the price of confectionary. The Federal Cartel Office says the offences committed by companies including Kraft and Nestle occurred between 2004 and 2008.
The top five food trends for 2013 have been picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 38th Winter Fancy Food Show. The show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display including cheeses, snacks, olive oils, vinegars, chocolate, and natural and organic products.
Nearly 30 years ago, a handful of Vermonters realized they could do more with milk than just sell it. And with a little help from the state, they became pioneers in what quickly blossomed into the artisanal cheese movement. Now Vermont officials are exploring a new round of value added agriculture. Because why just raise livestock when instead you could be tapping into the burgeoning world of charcuterie?