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Bidding War for Australian Dairy Processor Worries Saputo Investors

December 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

For almost 60 years, Saputo has quietly built its business from a family of cheesemakers into the top ten of the world's largest dairy empires. But the company's reputation is being put to the test in a very public battle for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter — Australia's oldest dairy.

Construction Nearly Finished on Bel Brands Cheese Plant

December 2, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

Construction is finishing up on a new cheese plant in Brookings, S.D. The Bel Brands USA plant director tells the Brookings Register the plant is on track to start production in July and the operation is moving into the hiring and equipment testing phases.

Thanksgiving Food Prices Jump in La., Turkey Cost Takes the Cake

November 27, 2013 12:30 pm | News | Comments

Thanksgiving dinner costs in Louisiana are up about 9 percent — from $44.35 for a dinner for 10 last year, to $48.50 this year, the LSU AgCenter says. The biggest chunk of that is in the turkey. However, holiday specials are likely to cut that cost.


Raw Milk Sales Legalized in S.D. as Producers Protest Regulations

November 27, 2013 9:00 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk sold in South Dakota will take effect Dec. 11, the state's agriculture secretary said Tuesday. Raw milk producers argue the milk already safe and the new rules impose too many restrictions.

Food Safety Update: Dairy Processing

November 27, 2013 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey on dairy processing.

Food Expert Details Weight Management Foods and Ingredients

November 26, 2013 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Satiety, lean protein, low carb and fat burning are four buzzwords commonly associated with weight management. Linda Milo Ohr writes about 12 foods and ingredients, like proteins and antioxidants, that are tipping the scales towards better health.

Restaurant Fare Gets Dramatic with NYC's 'Sleep No More'

November 26, 2013 10:54 am | by MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer | News | Comments

A new restaurant opening this week in New York has more than just good food on the menu. The British theater company Punchdrunk unveils a chic eatery as part of its genre-bending show "Sleep No More," promising patrons savory pies and something else.

Alternative Thanksgiving Dinners Greet Guests with Dietary Restrictions

November 26, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

Across the country this Thursday, tables will be set to accommodate everyone from vegans and vegetarians to those trying to eat like cavemen. The complicated feasts reflect the growing ranks of Americans paying closer attention to the food they eat.


Magnetic Flow Meter

November 26, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Siemens Sitrans FM MAG 1100F magnetic flow meter has received the FDA's Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) certification, which is necessary in the U.S. to sell into the milk and dairy market.

The Science Behind a Delicious Thanksgiving and the Ensuing Food Coma

November 25, 2013 1:09 pm | News | Comments

A food scientist and International Food Technology spokesperson deconstructs the turkey-day menu by giving the low-down on why all the flavors and textures go together so well and if tryptophan is the real culprit behind our post-meal food coma.

Q&A: Traceability in the Dairy, Deli and Bakery Supply Chain

November 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, International Dairy Foods Association and GS1 US recently released a new traceability guideline. Food Manufacturing spoke with Michael Bromme of Trace One about the new guideline and how it can improve traceability throughout the dairy, deli and bakery supply chain.

E. Coli Outbreak in Tenn. Linked to Raw Milk Producer

November 22, 2013 9:33 am | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee health officials said that a strain of E. coli that sickened nine children has been matched to animal waste collected at a dairy farm that sells raw milk. Five of the nine children were hospitalized and three developed a severe kidney problem.

Daily Sound Bite: Raw Milk Producer Claims Free Speech in Advertising Ban

November 20, 2013 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Interstate raw milk sales are illegal, but an Oregon raw milk producer is claiming free speech rights are being hampered amid a ban on in-state advertising. Oregon farmers who sell milk on the farm directly to consumers are prohibited from advertising.


Raw Milk Producer Sues Oregon over Advertising Ban

November 20, 2013 11:45 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon milk producer filed a lawsuit Tuesday to overturn the state's ban on advertising raw, unpasteurized milk for sale at the farm. The suit says the ban violates free speech rights. Federal law prohibits the sale of raw milk from state to state.

New 'Old-Fashioned' Ice Cream

November 18, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Smitten Ice Cream shop, located in San Francisco, Calif., is using a super-cold liquid nitrogen "Brrr" machine to create made-to-order ice cream. Nothing is frozen until the customer orders it, and everything is made from scratch in the shop.

Milk-Powder Analyzer

November 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DairyGuard™ milk powder analyzer is a near infrared (NIR) spectrometer developed for food suppliers and manufacturers.

Consumer Trends: Greek Yogurt Beyond the Dairy Case

November 15, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows the potential for Greek yogurt to expand beyond the dairy case and become the next super trend in consumer packaged goods. Results identified close to a dozen product ideas that could extend Greek yogurt across new categories in food and other markets.

Barry Callebaut Opens Plant in Japan

November 14, 2013 12:12 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The opening of a Swiss-owned chocolate factory northwest of Tokyo is a small but sweet milestone in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's crusade to lure foreign investment to Japan after decades of keeping local industries protected from outside competition.

Wis. Committee Passes Raw Milk Bill

November 12, 2013 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Wisconsin dairy farmers could sell raw milk directly to customers on their farms under a bill that's passed a Senate committee. The latest version of the raw milk bill passed on a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with all Republicans in support and both Democrats against.

Dean Foods 3Q Profit Jumps

November 12, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

Dean Foods' third-quarter net income jumped, bolstered by a large gain from selling stock of its former subsidiary WhiteWave. Its adjusted earnings missed Wall Street's view, but revenue topped analysts' expectations. The company lowered its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

New Campaign Puts Chocolate Milk on Olympic Stage

November 12, 2013 9:51 am | News | Comments

The got chocolate milk? campaign salutes winter sports athletes and will feature them in the new BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK campaign, which debuts in early November. The campaign features USA Hockey star Zach Parise plus Women's Ski Jumping USA athletes.

Nebraska Cheese Plant Closes

November 11, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

The cheese plant at Ravenna in central Nebraska has closed as expected, costing the city more than 170 jobs. Friday was the last day of production at the Leprino Foods plant. Plant officials had blamed a diminishing dairy supply for the plant's closure.

WhiteWave Shares Jump on 3Q Results

November 11, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

WhiteWave Foods Co.'s shares jumped Friday after the maker of Horizon Organic milk and Silk soy products reported a better-than-expected third quarter. The company earned 19 cents per share for the period on an adjusted basis with revenue of $638.5 million.

Daily Sound Bite: Phase-Out of Trans Fats May Be Enacted Swiftly

November 7, 2013 12:33 pm | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a ban Thursday on unhealthy trans fats and a mandatory phase-out of the ingredient. The director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest expects the process to happen quickly.

WhiteWave Foods' 3Q Earnings Fall, Profits Exceed Expectations

November 7, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

WhiteWave Foods' third-quarter net income fell 8 percent, dragged down by increased expenses. Its adjusted profit and revenue beat Wall Street's expectations.The company behind Horizon Organic milk and Silk beverages was spun off by Dean Foods last year.

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