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Lightning Kills More Than 60 Dairy Cows in Chile

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Ranchers in southern Chile say that a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Storms erupted on Sunday, spawning the lightning strikes in south-central Chile.

Schreiber Foods Plans New Facility to Meet Yogurt Demand

April 7, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Schreiber Foods will begin construction of a distribution center this month in Richland Center, Wis., to meet the growing demand for yogurt. The dairy giant has spent more than $100 million in the last five years on its two Richland Center yogurt plants.

Consumer Trends: What Your Taste Buds Say About You

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Chances are, most of us have defined someone's character as plain or "vanilla." After all, these descriptions perfectly emphasize just how unexciting a person is. But, according to a study commissioned by Danio, it seems we've been mistaken all along.


Organic Valley Sales Soar on Dairy, Produce Demand

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Organic Valley saw sales of butter, cheese and vegetables grow, boosting profits 8.5 percent last year. The company attributed the jump to growing consumer demand. The world's largest farmer-owned cooperative boasts 1,844 members.

Americans Adore Ranch Dressing

April 4, 2014 1:20 pm | by The NPD Group | News | Comments

Ranch is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to foodservice outlets, according to new data from The NPD Group. Sales of the dressing are leading growth in the otherwise flat category. Dijon, Asian peanut, and several vinaigrette flavors are also popular.

Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

UV Disinfection Systems

April 4, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

PureLine PQ range of UV disinfection systems is designed specifically to provide validated and chemical-free treatment of process water used in the food and beverage industry.

XRF Spectrometer for Milk Powder Analysis

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Epsilon 1 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) benchtop spectrometer is designed for the analysis of milk powder.


Behind the Scenes at Mars' New Candy Factory

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

La. Lawmakers Give Wine Ice Cream Sales the Cold Shoulder

March 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers, who were confounded by how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay sold by Mercer's Dairy of New York.


Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Drive Dairy Market

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to the report published by MarketsandMarkets, the dairy ingredients market was valued at $42.2 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow. In 2013, Europe led the global market with the largest share, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific in terms of market value.

Butter Tales and Saturated-Fat Stories

March 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.

FDA Warns Consumers of Dark Chocolate Recall

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The FDA is warning consumers that it has found milk protein in some 3-ounce bars of Simply Lite brand 50% Cacao Low Carb Sugar Free Dark Chocolate. Milk is not declared as an ingredient on the label. Simply Natural Foods has agreed to recall these products.

Maryland Committee Delays Plan to Allow Raw Milk Sales

March 25, 2014 12:11 pm | by NICK TABOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to legalize raw milk sales in Maryland has been pushed back another year. The bill's chief sponsor hopes a report from Johns Hopkins University will give it the necessary push in 2015. Del. James Hubbard withdrew his bill on Monday.

Swiss Emmentaler Named 2014 World Championship Cheese

March 25, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

An international panel of judges has named a Swiss Emmentaler as the 2014 World Championship Cheese. Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger from Kaserei Sinnesberger in Gams, Switzerland, took top honors out of 2,615 entries for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler.

BeBevCo Launches Cheech and Chong Relaxation Ice Cream

March 24, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo) announced that its subsidiary, Relaxation Solutions, Inc., has secured a licensing agreement to brand its new line of Relaxation Ice Cream using Cheech and Chong. The ice cream treats are infused with hemp and supplements.

Calif. Company Recalls Frozen Treats for Listeria

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. of Fresno, Calif., voluntarily recalled all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, and bolis due to a possible health risk from listeria. A routine inspection revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.

Photos of the Day: Touring 'Big Food' in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

Visitors Can Tour ‘Big Food’ in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:45 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

The Strict Control of Tennessee Whiskey

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.

ACLU, PETA Join Suit Against Idaho over 'Ag Gag' Law

March 18, 2014 9:42 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations on Monday sued Idaho over a new "ag gag" law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho are among the plaintiffs.

Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Terlotherm Delta range scraped surface heat exchanger features new sizes, upgraded certified USDA hygienic design and increased heat transfer surface area.

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