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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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.


Packaging Film

June 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company showcases special packaging film that replaces heavy cans, bottles, jars, trays and select flexible packaging. The product is stackable, flexible and reclosable.

Ben & Jerry's Joins Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight With New Flavor

June 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's iconic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's renamed its fudge brownie ice cream to Food Fight! Fudge Brownie for the month of July to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.

Infographic: Cutting the Salt

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Are manufactured foods too salty? Food processors and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try and prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella

June 17, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new molecular detection assay helps food processors and other parties detect Salmonella. The assay is certified for egg, meat, dairy, powdered dairy products, cocoa-based products, spices and herbs, concentrates and instant coffees.

China Activates Damage Control After Milk Scandal

June 13, 2014 11:20 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's plans to build up large producers of infant formula call for creating 10 producers by next year. China's dairies have been struggling since a 2008 scandal over tainted formula that killed several babies and prompted parents to switch to imported brands.

Yogurt Pouch Packaging

June 13, 2014 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces special packaging films for a new yogurt pouch. The new pouch is designed for on-the-go enjoyment. The resalable cap provides portion control to help reduce food waste and provide consumers with a portable packaging solution.

New Sensor Detects Listeria in 3-4 Hours

June 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

University of Southampton scientists are trialing a new device designed to sample and detect foodborne bacteria. The sensor is capable of detecting Listeria monocytogens on food industry surfaces, thereby preventing contaminated food from entering the market. 

Easy-Open Packaging

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The easy-open bag is designed for small portion deli items, including cheeses and smoked and processed meats. The bag features a tab that opens packages in one quick motion once pulled.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Cheese Society Refutes FDA Law on Wood Aging Shelves

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Cheese Society | News | Comments

The American Cheese Society is strongly against the FDA's ruling of discontinuing wooden boards in the cheese making process due to unsanitary surfaces. The ACS says no foodborne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.

FDA: Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging Are Unsanitary

June 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says the use of wooden boards in the the aging process of cheese is unsanitary, despite the integral part wooden boards have played in a cheesemakers operations. Will this be the end of artisan cheeses as we know it?

Majority of US Households Have Someone With Diet Restrictions

June 10, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Six in ten American adults say they restrict at least one nutritional component from their diet. Sugar and sodium/salt top the list of ingredients American households have at least one person restricting or monitoring, followed by carbohydrates and dairy.

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