After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited study last month that found several dairies and farms in the valley were the likely sources of nitrates contaminating private wells, public interest groups sent letters Thursday telling five big Yakima Valley farms that a lawsuit would be filed unless they stop contaminating groundwater with runoff from their operations.
Dean Foods Co.'s subsidiary WhiteWave plans to raise up to $368 million in its initial public offering. The company, which sells Silk Soymilk and International Delight Creamers, will offer 20 million shares for between $14 and $16 per share.
Company's functional milk ingredients for food applications are ideal for beverages, soups, sauces, dressings, cookies and crackers, confections, frozen foods, snacks and more.
Yogurt maker Danone says its sales grew solidly in the third quarter of the year, driven by its booming waters business and strong growth in Asia. The company behind Activia yogurt said Wednesday that revenue grew 9.4 percent in the July-to-September period to €5.3 billion ($6.9 billion).
Turkey Hill Dairy of Lancaster County, Pa. has announced a voluntary recall of about 1,200 cartons of Mint Chocolate Chip All Natural Ice Cream because it contains coconut that's not listed on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to coconut can have a serious allergic reaction.
The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What unique challenges face processors of beverages and other liquids? How can processors address these challenges?
Researchers in New Zealand claim they have a breakthrough for children allergic to Milk, and her name is Daisy. The scientists say a genetically engineered cow is creating milk free of the protein that causes allergies in many children.
Dean Foods Co. shares fell Thursday after a UBS analyst downgraded his rating on the company's shares, expressing concern about rising dairy prices. UBS analyst David Palmer lowered his earnings estimates for 2012 and 2013 and dropped his price target on the dairy company's shares, noting that costs are rising for both the producer and consumers.
Missouri and California ice cream makers are recalling their peanut butter ice cream products because the peanut butter in the products came from Sunland, Inc. Sunland recalled everything produced in its New Mexico plant after a peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's was linked to a salmonella outbreak.
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week against Forever Cheese, Inc., The Aniata Cheese Co., and Cookbook Los Angeles — the cheese importer, distributor and retailer whose Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese was identified as the source of a multi-state listeria outbreak in September.
Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.
Creating a sustainable cocoa sector that can meet the chocolate industry’s long-term demand for cocoa, the essential raw material for chocolate, while providing economic opportunities to cocoa farmers will require billions of dollars in agricultural investments across research, third-party certification and technology transfer to farmers, according to Mars, Incorporated, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers.
Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the Jalapeno variety of Kraft String Cheese with the Best When Used By date of 23 NOV 2012 as a precaution due to the possibility that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product. If the film sticks to the cheese and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.
Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese has recalled several varieties of cheese due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. A statement from the Austin, Ky., company on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website says the varieties are Kentucky Rose, Kentucky Bleu, Awe-Brie and Tomme de Nena.
The family that owns Wells Enterprises wants to grow the Iowa company into the nation's largest ice cream-maker by 2020 and scoop out a bigger share of the $10 billion market. CEO Mike Wells has already seen company sales improve 24 percent to $1.175 billion during his first five years leading the Le Mars, Iowa, company.
A food processing plant in Middle Tennessee is expanding and will hire 64 more workers. State officials announced Wednesday that AGRANA Fruit US will put about $10 million into construction at its plant in Centerville. Company president Bob Prendes said the demand for yogurt has seen explosive growth in recent years and the Centerville plant has played a key role in AGRANA Fruit US' success.
With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures. Authorities in other drought-stricken states say they've seen similar fence cuttings, along with thefts of livestock and other material.
In the September 2012 issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan’s article discusses the latest trends in the dairy case. Here are 10 interesting statistics regarding consumption of new and innovative dairy products in the U.S.
Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.
If Deans Food Co.'s sale of its Morningstar dairy business goes through, shareholders could benefit, one analyst said. That's if the deal is even possible. Another analyst thinks the milk company will have a difficult time finding a buyer.
Idaho's $2 billion milk industry failed to convince Congress this month to pass the new federal farm bill and its provisions to help dairies mitigate rising grain costs and volatile markets that have pushed them to three quarters of losses.
Dean Foods Co. said Wednesday that it is considering a possible sale of its Morningstar dairy business, which sent its shares soaring. The Dallas-based company has not identified a buyer, but said in a statement that the Morningstar would be an attractive acquisition, given its niche in a growing market and solid management team.
Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger August this year than they did last year. Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was 5 percent better than in August of last year.
The Canadian division of yogurt-maker Danone has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that challenged health claims made about two of its leading products. The suit, launched in October 2009, questioned the way Danone Inc. marketed its Activia yogurt products and DanActive probiotic drink products.
About 300 workers at Anderson Erickson Dairy in Des Moines went on strike after voting to reject the company's latest contract offer. Des Moines Register reports Mike Klootwyk, the vice president of Teamsters Union Local 120, said the contract would have required workers to accept a pay freeze and to pay significantly more for health care insurance.