Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya's decision to self-fund the growth of the company instead of selling a majority stake has allowed the company to continue to evolve freely, he said. "Chobani has always been free. And in that freedom, it will do the right thing," he said.
American women including California's Laura Chenel and Washington's Sally Jackson began creating their own artisanal cheeses in the 1970s, starting a revolution that continues today. Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Company and Allison Hooper of Vermont Creamery are among the other leaders in the artisanal cheese movement, which now supply retailers around the country.
Wu Kong in New York City's Chinatown has begun selling ice cream burgers made with an ice cream "patty" inside of a "bun" reminiscent of a crepe. The made-to-order ice cream burgers can be topped with items such as M&M's and Fruity Pebbles.
Florida-based Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza will expand into the Midwest this year, with eateries planned to open in four Chicago suburbs. The chain launched in 2000 and has grown to about 60 East Coast restaurants.
Dunkin' Donuts plans to rev up its portfolio with the launch of Dunkin' Energy Punch Powered by Monster Energy. The iced drink, which will roll out regionally next week followed by a wider launch later this year, blends a can of Monster Energy with Dunkin's fruit Coolatta flavors.
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The United States shipment of dairy products to China rose 73% in the past eight months, amid growing consumer demand for more natural, high-protein snacks. The dairy exports to China lead the growth in processed food exports from the US, according to Freedonia Focus Reports.
Coca-Cola is debuting the Coke Vending Pass, a touchless system compatible with 50,000 Coke-branded vending machines that allows consumers to use their phones to pay for beverages and collect loyalty points. Those who have the virtual pass stored on their phones will be prompted to buy a Coke product when they walk within three feet of a participating vending machine, said Coca-Cola's Scott Ryan.
An increasing number of produce manufacturers are using new packaging formats to share ingredient and food safety information with consumers, which some brands are conveying via labeling platforms such as SmartLabel. "We anticipate a lot of brands will look to this and other smart packaging technology to satisfy new requirements for GMO labeling and nutrition facts panel changes," said Angela Fernandez of data firm GS1 US regarding SmartLabel's potential.
In addition to their year-round support of IDFA and the dairy industry, many IDFA Gold Business Partners and Business Partners are set to exhibit at the inaugural ProFood Tech trade show April 4-6 in Chicago. Their exhibits will showcase many innovations bringing success to companies across the food and beverage industry. See exhibitors.
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