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December 28, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • The Netherlands a hotspot for dairy development, companies say
    Innovators in the food industry are flocking to The Netherlands, where food business accounts for a large portion of the nation's gross domestic product and where dairy dominates the food industry, this article says. "The Netherlands is a center of ground-breaking fundamental research in the field of dairy production," said Jan-Albert Blaauw, spokesman for Yakult, which chose The Netherlands for its European headquarters. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Starbucks applies U.S. lessons in Europe
    As it did when tough times struck in the U.S. a few years ago, Starbucks will close some high-rent locations in Europe and open new cafes in more heavily populated areas, the company said. Despite a recent decline in European profits, expanding the brand on the continent is important as the U.S. market matures, and Starbucks is working to customize shops and menus to meet local tastes. The Wall Street Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wendy's and its franchisees agree on new value menus
    Wendy's has worked with its franchisees to settle on a fixed menu of six core items that will be on 99-cent menus across the country, along with a slightly pricier eight-item second-tier menu. The menus came after the chain resolved to balance big premium-priced menus with lower-priced options aimed at capturing more budget-conscious consumers without sacrificing franchisees' profits, said CEO Emil Brolick. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Study: Children who eat cheese consume fewer calories
    Kids who snack on cheese and vegetables feel full sooner and consumer fewer calories than those who eat potato chips, a new study from the Food and Brand Laboratory at Cornell University found. "The combination snack of vegetables and cheese can be an effective means for children to reduce caloric intake while snacking," the researchers wrote. (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPhone app targets food allergies
    A new iPhone application turns a smartphone into a lab to pinpoint foods that may cause allergic reactions. The iTube from Aydogan Ozcan takes a picture of the food and then uses a tiny test tube to analyze the chemical makeup of the food. The test takes about 20 minutes, but some are not convinced. "I definitely have concerns and skepticism and warnings for my patients who use any of these things. As far as I know, they are not accurate enough to rely on," said food allergist Scott Sicherer. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hidden retail trends for 2013
    MomPopolies and Glocalism are among two of next year's trends that retail marketers may miss, according to a report from Colloquy on under-the-radar trends reshaping consumer behavior. MomPopolies are local establishments that engage consumers as well or better than national brands, while Glocalism is the concept that distant happenings can affect local business. Progressive Grocer (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthfulness leads predictions of 2013 food-product trends
    Food manufacturers can expect rising commodity prices and an increased focus by lawmakers on salt, fat and sugar levels as obesity continues to climb in 2013, Leatherhead Food Research predicts. An overall trend toward health and wellness is expected to provide growth areas in natural foods, functional foods, low-fat and low-sugar food products, Fair Trade products and food products with health benefits specifically geared for seniors, Leatherhead predicts. (U.K.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • Michigan food safety group gets bigger role
    The International Food Protection Training Institute, part of Battle Creek, Mich.'s Global Food Protection Institute, is expanding its reach, training food inspectors who work across the globe. Their influence is expected to grow once regulations are published for the new Food Safety Modernization Act. USA Today (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Start the new year with latest edition of "Dairy Facts"
    "Dairy Facts 2012," published by IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine, provides a comprehensive overview of 2011 sales, consumption and production data for the dairy foods industry. Available in print or PDF format, this 112-page booklet offers an excellent summary of the overall health of the U.S. dairy industry and trends in fluid milk, cultured dairy, cheese, and ice cream and frozen desserts markets. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dairy Forum to offer sessions on supply, demand and social media
    Heading to Dairy Forum in Orlando next month? Be sure to attend one of the three dynamic concurrent sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29, which will focus on getting milk to where it's needed, getting American products to the people who want them and getting the truth out through noisy social networks. Dairy Forum will be held Jan. 27-30 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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