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Rabobank: Dairy Giants Need More M&A to Compete

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

According to a new report released by Rabobank, global dairy giants, like Nestle and Danone, have been through challenging conditions in the past year and a half. In order to grow sales, dairy companies need to acquire or tie up with more companies.

Study: Mold in Chobani Outbreak Poses Serious Threat

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

In August and September 2013, more than 200 consumers of contaminated Chobani Greek Yogurt became ill with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the contaminant and identified it as the mold Mucor circinelloides.

Cornell Study: Alternating Pesticides Shoos Dairy Flies

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Flies on dairy farms can spread disease and an array of pathogens that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses each year. According to a Cornell University study, the best way to ensure flies don't become resistant to insectisides is to only use them when needed.

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Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

Consumer Trends: Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors to Increase Happiness

July 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Baskin-Robbins | News | Comments

Who knew that certain ice cream flavors could improve one's mood while releasing tension? According to a Baskin-Robbins survey, just the thought of ice cream puts 71 percent of people in a happy mood even if they are preoccupied or stressed. 

VIDEO: 'Cereal and Milk' Performance by The Roots

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by KelloggsUS | Videos | Comments

Grammy Award-winning group The Roots performs the Kellogg's "Cereal and Milk" song at the Kellogg's Recharge Bar in New York City. The group used milk and cereal inspired instruments while performing, including bowls, spoons and milk jugs. 

Relay Foods Plans $735K Va. Expansion

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The online grocer Relay Foods has plans for a $735,000 expansion of its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has committed to buying at least $350,000 worth of meats, produce and dairy products from Virginia producers over the next three years.

Photo: 3K-Pound Ice Cream Scoop Sets Guinness World Record

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Kemps | News | Comments

For its 100th anniversary, Kemps Dairy set a Guinness World Record for producing the "World's Largest Ice Cream Scoop," when it carved 733 containers worth of strawberry ice cream (equal to the length of a football field of the frozen dessert) into a gigantic scoop. 

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Forming Machine

July 1, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

This company offers an all hydraulic, microprocessor controller, multi-outlet forming machine that is easy to maneuver plant wide. Processors can portion beef, pork, poultry, fish, veal, lamb, cheese and even vegetables. 

Tenn. Agrees to Protect Dairy Industry from Hoof, Mouth Disease

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the disease has not been seen in the U.S. since 1929, hoof and mouth disease occurs every year in other countries and could spread through international trade. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an agreement to protect the dairy industry from an outbreak.

Nestle Recalls 10K Cartons of Mislabeled Ice Cream

June 30, 2014 8:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With the hot summer months ahead, ice cream lovers should be wary of their product choices. Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of one of its most popular ice cream brands because the packages are mislabeled. The ice cream was distributed to at least 11 states.

Ukraine to Sign EU Trade Deal That Could Revive Economy

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Ukraine will sign a trade agreement with the European Union, a 1,200-page document crammed with rules on everything from turkeys to tulips, cheese to machinery. The deal is accompanied by a 10-year plan for the country to adopt EU product regulations.

Yoplait Light to Remove Aspartame From Yogurt

June 26, 2014 8:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

General Mills Inc., the maker of Yoplait Light, is hoping a sweetener change can help bring back some of its customers. The company plans to remove aspartame from its reduced-calorie yogurt in favor of another more popular artificial sweetener.

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Dietz & Watson to Build Philly Center After Massive Fire

June 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food products manufacturer Dietz & Watson, supplier of deli meats and cheeses to supermarkets and delis, will expand its Philadelphia operation and add 158 jobs following a massive fire last year that devastated a company warehouse in southern New Jersey. 

Study: Artisan Cheese Maker Startup Costs Exceed $250K

June 24, 2014 8:20 am | by David Robinson, Oregon State University | News | Comments

In an Oregon State University study, researchers developed a tool for predicting artisan cheese startup and operating costs based on a number of factors, including types of milk and cheese. Experts say aspiring cheesemakers should expect to pay at least $250,000.

US Dairy Industry Strengthens Food Sustainability

June 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy | News | Comments

The Innovation Center for U.S Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, published the 2013 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Report. The report outlines how the progress of the industry has helped strengthen dairy's role in a sustainable food system.

Photo: Frozen Yogurt Pearls Win 'Best New Concept' Award

June 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Stonyfield Farm | News | Comments

Stonyfield, one of the world's leading organic yogurt makers, in collaboration with Cambridge-based WikiFoods, Inc., received the "Best New Concept" award at the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Awards for its new product, Frozen Yogurt Pearls. 

EU's 'Havarti' Cheese Name Regulation Sparks Controversy

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Consortium for Common Food Names | News | Comments

The Consortium for Common Food Names is calling on the European Union to make the right decision on a controversial geographical indication proposal that would grant Denmark exclusive use of the name 'havarti' in the EU. A trans-Atlantic food name battle continues.

Schreiber Foods to Open $85M Headquarters in Green Bay

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Press-Gazette Media ,Green Bay ,Wisconsin | News | Comments

Cheese manufacturer Schreiber Foods, founded in 1945 in Green Bay, is set to open its new headquarters in the same Wisconsin city, bringing in as many as 700 employees. The company makes cream cheese, processed cheese and other dairy products.

Italian Police Seize 2.5K Wheels of Bad Parmesan Cheese

June 20, 2014 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Italian police have seized 2,400 wheels of contaminated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, known around the world as the famous Parmesan, and arrested four people in the latest safety problem afflicting some of Italy's most prized foods. 

Kraft Foods Recalls 260 Cases of Velveeta

June 20, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheese lovers, beware! Kraft Foods, known for their iconic Oscar Meyer and Velveeta brands, has recalled 260 cases of Velveeta original pasteurized recipe cheese products from Walmart stores in as many as 12 states, mostly in the Midwest.

Affordable Beef Through Dairy Breeding Programs

June 19, 2014 12:27 pm | by ABS Global | News | Comments

With beef in short supply and prices going through the roof, the beef industry is starting to get a little help … from the dairy industry, according to Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America. 

Consumer Trends: Aging Customers Seek Functional Dairy Products

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Consumers aged 55 and above make up over a fifth of dairy consumption in the US, and this number is set to increase. According to Canadean, manufacturers should develop functional dairy products to meet the needs of the aging population.

VIDEO: Robotically Milked Cows

June 18, 2014 8:20 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Farm automation, already popular in Europe, is starting to catch on in the U.S. The old-fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break by letting a fleet of robots do the dirty work.

Maine High Court Rejects Unlicensed Raw Milk Sales

June 18, 2014 8:15 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dan Brown, a Blue Hill farmer who wanted the right to sell raw milk without being forced to spend thousands of dollars for upgrades to win a state license, lost his appeal to Maine's highest court. Brown was issued a civil summons in 2011 for selling without a license.

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