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February 11, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Chobani launches "flip" yogurt container
    Chobani has introduced a two-part container that invites consumers mix flavorings into their yogurt. The product features flavors such as key lime yogurt mixed with graham crackers and white chocolate or a vanilla yogurt mixed with cornflakes, nuts and oats. "Chobani Flip was designed to give consumers an amplified yogurt experience," said director of marketing Niel Sandfort. Packaging World online (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Market 
  • Target's arrival to drive Starbucks growth in Canada
    Starbucks Canada will open more than 150 new cafes this year, many of them inside some of the 124 Target stores set to start debuting next month. The brand says it's winning over more Canadian coffee drinkers with its blonde roast, billed as "Starbucks coffee for Canadians who didn't think they like Starbucks coffee." Financial Post (Canada) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Plant-based diet might not be best for Earth
    An analysis of greenhouse-gas emissions generated by the diet of 2,000 French adults found that a plant-based diet is not necessarily better for the planet because more food is consumed. "When you eat healthy, you have to eat a lot of food that has a low content of energy," senior author Nicole Darmon said. "You have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables." Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers expected to stick with classic Valentine's Day gifts
    Valentine's Day sales are expected to rise 3.2% over 2012, according to IBISWorld, with consumers spending $134.08 on average, up from $133.99 last year. "Although overall spending will increase slightly, consumers are still watching their wallets, and spending on expensive items will suffer as a consequence," said analyst Lauren Setar. "Due to these trends, Valentine's Day purchases are expected to trend toward conventional gifts, giving candy and flowers an edge this year." Progressive Grocer (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Growth continues for probiotic and prebiotic yogurt
    Global sales of yogurt with probiotic or prebiotic cultures are expected to increase $1.7 billion this year, up 4% compared with 2012, even though the EU has not approved the health claim. Chobani Greek yogurt is leading U.S. growth; Yakult is the top brand in Asia-Pacific; and Danone Group's Activia is most popular in Latin America. NutraIngredients (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Best Practices 
  • Nestle launches Ecodex for environmental analysis
    Nestle teamed with information technology company Selerant to develop Ecodex, which analyzes the environmental impact of the company's product lines. "The tool uses information specific to the food and beverage industry to provide rapid and accurate data that allows our product development teams to assess sustainability performance across multiple product lines," said Anne Roulin, head of sustainability for research and development. FoodNavigator (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. ice cream trucks must navigate local laws
    Some South Florida cities have banned ice creams trucks or passed strict regulations on where and how they can operate. The regulations have led ice cream trucks to steer clear of some cities, but have had less of an impact in areas where enforcement is lax, vendors say. "Most cops are not going to pull over an ice cream truck," says Joe Orandello, who owns a fleet of ice cream trucks. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (2/8) 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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  World Markets 
  • First Milk to require larger investments from farmers
    U.K. dairy cooperative First Milk plans to increase the amount members need to invest as it looks to ramp up investment in products such as whey protein and other "value-added" items. Such items will provide members higher margins than would commodity products such as butter or milk, First Milk says. (France) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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