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Cheese Cultures

January 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Delvo®Cheese CC-300 and Delvo®Cheese CC-200 have been developed to allow medium and large scale cheese producers to create dairy products with great texture and mouthfeel, while maximizing profits through optimized processes.

Kraft: Velveeta Supplies Are Running Low

January 8, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company didn't give any reasons for the shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the "nature of manufacturing."

Sartori Celebrates 75 Years of Cheese Making

January 7, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Sartori Cheese, based in Plymouth, Wis., is celebrating 75 years of hand-crafted cheese making this year. Founded in 1939 by Italian immigrant Paolo Sartori, the company is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and operation.


Antitrust Suit Reinstated Against Dean Foods

January 6, 2014 9:43 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that claims Dean Foods conspired with another milk processor and a dairy cooperative to reduce competition in the milk industry. The suit says Dean Food, National Dairy Holdings and Dairy Farmers of America controlled 77 percent of processed milk bottling capacity in the Southeast In 2007.

Calif. Company Recalls Cashew Cheese

January 2, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A California company is voluntarily recalling all flavors of its cashew cheese because it might be contaminated by salmonella. The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento said the affected cheese includes all those with expiration dates until April 19, 2014.

NJ Dairy to Pay $324K over Discrimination Claims

January 2, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

A dairy company that sells to stores and schools in the Northeast and to federal agencies has agreed to pay over $324,000 to settle claims it discriminated against more than 200 female, black and Asian job applicants for warehouse jobs, the U.S. Labor Department said.

Cal-Maine Foods' 2Q Earnings Climb 83 Percent on Egg Demand

December 30, 2013 9:43 am | News | Comments

Jackson, Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal second-quarter net income jumped 83 percent on higher demand for its eggs. In the second quarter, dozens of eggs sold rose 6 percent to 252.8 million from 238.1 million last year.

Ag Producers Explain Their Practices to Wary Consumers

December 30, 2013 9:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture practices recently and much of it is critical. Now, the industry is trying to push farmers and businesses to fight back, connecting with those consumers through social media and outreach.


McDonald's Shuts Down Employee Site that Discouraged Eating Fast Food

December 27, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company. It has been criticized for offering advice that was out of touch with its workers' pay.

Today's Dietitian Reports 2014 Nutrition Trends Forecast

December 27, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Whether right on or nutritionally wrong, dietitians identified 14 diet, nutrition and food trends that will make headlines, influence food-purchasing decisions and shape Americans' waistlines in 2014. Anti-wheat sentiment, ancient grains and kale are in.

Cheese Recall Issued Over Salmonella Concerns

December 27, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say a recall has been issued for cheeses being sold in Georgia and Florida. Officials said Thursday that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Inspectors are checking stores and warehouses. 

Chinese Demand to Sustain High Dairy Prices in 2014

December 26, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

Rabobank has issued a new report on the global dairy industry, forecasting continued high prices in 2014 due to Chinese demand. Rabobank says that international dairy commodity prices strengthened from already high levels in the three months to mid-December.

Epicurean Hotel Boasts Gourmet Luxury for Foodies

December 20, 2013 10:18 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Epicurean Hotel, a $35 million, 137-room hotel, opened Tuesday. The entire concept revolves around food: there's an 80-seat restaurant, patisserie, culinary theater, wine store, rooftop bar and cooking classes in a theater reminiscent of Food Network.


FDA Postpones Food Safety Rules to Make 'Significant Changes'

December 20, 2013 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected. The FDA says it wants to make sure the rules are practical for farmers.

Morgan Stanley Forecasts an Uptick in Casual, Quick-Service Dining

December 19, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

A Morgan Stanley analyst says growth has solidly resumed among casual restaurants, ending an extended period of contraction. The report says consumer preference is shifting toward casual and quick-service chains as they adjust to modest spending habits.

Whole Foods to Stop Stocking Chobani Yogurt

December 19, 2013 10:22 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Whole Foods has lost its taste for Chobani. The natural and organic grocery chain said Wednesday that it will be phasing Chobani Greek Yogurt out of its stores in early 2014 to make room for other products. Chobani is now available in most supermarkets.

Photo of the Day: The Year in Food

December 19, 2013 8:00 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | Product Releases | Comments

It was a year of culinary comebacks. Wonder bread, Twinkies and a host of other Hostess Brands goodies were relaunched by new owners after disappearing in 2012 when the company went out of business. One thing that won't be coming back? Artificial trans fats.

Organic Milk Is Healthier

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Organic milk is a lot more expensive than the traditional variety, but it may be worth it, researchers say. A new study found that organic milk contains a better balance of fatty acids like Omega-3s that help keep our hearts in good shape.

Cup Packaging Line for Dairy Products

December 17, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Oystar Erca M-F 14 Cup Packaging Line is designed for the form, fill and seal of food products including yogurts and puddings.

Automated Data Collection and Sensors

December 17, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Xsense® automated data collection and analytics system now has expanded capabilities. The system can now provide data collection and analysis for fresh produce, as well as meat and poultry, fish and seafood, dairy, ice cream, chocolate, and snacks.

Consumer Trends: Yogurt Is the Latest Food Celebrity

December 16, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Yogurt is a food celebrity and has conquered increasing real estate at retail. The dairy item is now a double-digit growth category for many foodservice operations, including universities, hospitals, recreation, and eating and drinking establishments.

Protein Boosters for Dairy Products

December 16, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Nutrilac® Hi-Pro Improvers are a range of functional milk proteins that boost protein levels in dairy products to as high as 10% without negatively impacting taste and texture.

Lawmakers Have Mixed Feelings About Farm Bill

December 13, 2013 12:36 pm | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House of Representatives has left for its holiday break without a new farm bill in place — and that's frustrating and annoying for lawmakers. But Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp both say they'd rather have no farm bill passed than another short-term extension.

House Passes Farm Bill Extension

December 13, 2013 10:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bill. Both the Senate and the House have passed farm bills this year, but they differ on how much to cut the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.

Sartori Plans $14M Expansion and Renovation

December 12, 2013 10:07 am | News | Comments

The Sartori cheese company plans to spend $14 million to expand and renovate its plants in the Wisconsin cities of Antigo and Plymouth. The fourth generation family-owned company says the project includes updating equipment at its Antigo plant.

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