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February 15, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
 
  • Rhino Foods innovates in ice cream, employee relations
    Rhino Foods may be best known for developing cookie dough for Ben & Jerry's, but the Burlington, Vt., company also makes its own brand of ice cream sandwiches and cheesecakes. The company is also very open about its management practices. It offers emergency loans to employees and hires them out to other companies to avoid layoffs. DairyFoods.com (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Market 
  • Whole Foods expects lower profits with cost-conscious market shift
    Whole Foods' efforts to keep prices lower and offer more discounts to help the chain shed its reputation for high prices will take a bite out of profit margins in the near-term, the company said this week. "We know that one of the keys to broadening our appeal and growing our sales over the longer term is to improve our relative value positioning," said co-Chief Executive Walter Robb. The Wall Street Journal (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Nutrition 
  • Demand grows for healthy children's snacks
    Healthy snacks for children from companies including Annie's Homegrown, GoGo squeeZ and Stonyfield Farm are selling well, as kids snack more often and parents become interested in making sure snacks are nutritious. "It's clear that there is a major opportunity for retailers already producing low sugar/fat/calorie items to branch off into a healthy kids offering," writes Matt Devine, chief marketing officer of Decas Cranberry Products. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health officials push FDA for sugar limits
    Public health officials from several U.S. cities including Boston and Los Angeles joined the Center for Science in the Public Interest in urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of caloric sweeteners allowed in soft drinks and put voluntary limits on sugar in cereals and packaged snacks. "We felt it was very important for us to make a statement that the FDA should be making policy about what the appropriate level of sugar consumption is," said Lora Lacey-Haun, co-chair of the Kansas City Health Commission. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • More shoppers are buying groceries online
    In a survey by CouponCabin.com, 15% of shoppers said they sometimes buy groceries online, while 19% said they don't but eventually will. "The combination of high food prices, busy families and easy Internet accessibility has led to an increased interest in online grocery shopping," Senior Savings Adviser Jackie Warrick said. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • Opinion: Nanoparticles in food must be studied
    Nanoparticles, which are increasingly present in food, must be subjected to greater study before becoming widespread, As You Sow CEO Andy Behar writes. Behar argues that nanoparticles could subject consumers to side effects and must face deeper scientific inquiry. "There are not nearly enough studies that can adequately demonstrate the safety of nanoparticles in food additives or packaging," Behar writes. CNN (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Ice Cream Tech to feature Chocolate Academy, Mystery Basket
    IDFA is adding new hands-on sessions -- including the Chocolate Academy and a Mystery Basket Challenge – to the Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 12-13 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The academy’s featured speaker is Master Chef Laurent Besin. Challenge teams will use mystery basket contents and ingredients from an Inspiration Buffet to develop a prototype ice cream product. Have you registered yet? Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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