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January 18, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Ben & Jerry’s seeks Fairtrade certification in U.S.
    Unilever ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's said its U.S. products will carry the international Fairtrade seal, though earning it will be challenging. "Our products have an immense variety of chunks and swirls, making it an extremely complex conversion," said Fairtrade project manager Kate Paine. "But we look forward to the challenge as we aggressively pursue the Fairtrade conversion by the end of 2013." Food Business Review (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yoplait launches Pro-Force line for tweens
    Yoplait has introduced Pro-Force, a line of Greek yogurt for children, in mixed-berry and strawberry varieties. "Tweens really don't think Greek yogurt tastes good, so we created a product that is colorful, creamy and flavorful while delivering the nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt," marketing manager Ashley Karr said. Drug Store News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Dunkin' maps a return to Southern California
    Dunkin' Donuts westward expansion will take it to Southern California, with plans to sign franchisees and open restaurants in at least six markets by 2015. It's the second time around for the chain, which operated about 15 California stores in the late 1990s but eventually closed them all, saying it lacked the infrastructure needed to grow. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McDonald's codes bags, cups with nutrition info
    McDonald's is rolling out redesigned bags and cups with QR codes that customers can scan to access nutritional information about the food and drinks inside. The company will debut the new packaging in the U.S. this week and release it in global markets in 18 languages throughout the year. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • NYC, L.A. show improvements in childhood obesity rates
    A study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found childhood obesity rates in New York City and Los Angeles are already declining, with earlier interventions giving New York City an edge in the obesity battle. "These findings suggest that ongoing education, support and approaches that target specific cultural and socioeconomic groups can have positive effects in reducing childhood obesity," said Samantha Heller, clinical nutrition coordinator at Griffin Hospital's Center for Cancer Care in Derby, Conn. HealthDay News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. may have reached dairy export milestone last year
    U.S dairy exports up to October were on pace to surpass $5 billion per year for the first time, according to a report by the U.S. Dairy Export Council. "Under tough market conditions, including unfavorable pricing for much of the year, historic global drought, the United States maintained a 19% share of the total export volume from the five major suppliers (New Zealand, European Union, United States, Australia and Argentina)," the report said. FoodNavigator (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milking more sustainability from jugs and crates
    Milk jugs have gotten as thin as they can get, but recycling rates can be improved. Plastic milk crates last for years and can be recycled, but the industry loses nearly 20 million crates a year, mostly because of theft, which hampers sustainability because replacements must be made. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Should schools be able to serve Greek yogurt as a protein?
    In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, lawmakers from New York and Idaho ask that Greek yogurt be classified as a protein so that it may be served to students at school. Currently, the food is not listed as a protein or yogurt by the Department of Agriculture. "A standard serving of Greek yogurt has more protein than an equivalent portion of beans, yet it is not included in the list of protein sources in current USDA nutrition materials, nor is it recognized as a type of yogurt on the dairy page," the lawmakers wrote. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • Benchmarks are key to meeting dairy-safety requirements
    Dairy companies must establish a benchmarking system that allows easy analysis of food-safety indicators and shows how they stack up against goals. Benchmarks would include identification of food-safety criteria, trend analysis and establishment of protocols if goals are not met. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Dairy Forum panel to look at dairying around the world
    Competing in the increasingly globalized dairy market requires a solid understanding of the factors driving trends in milk production and processing domestically and internationally. In the "Dairying Around the World" session at Dairy Forum 2013, Jan. 27-30, Torsten Hemme of the International Farm Comparison Network Dairy Research Center will discuss farm-level trends, and Benoît Rouyer of the Centre National Interprofessionnel de l'Économie Laitière will present research and insights on production and processing trends. There's still time to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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