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January 7, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Strong sales help fuel Blue Bell expansion
    Blue Bell Ice Cream is planning to expand its plant in Brentham, Texas, by 25% after benefiting from increased sales over the past few years, Blue Bell's Paul Prazak says. A tax "phase-in" will help Blue Bell complete the project by saving the company $442,000 over eight years, according to a city official. The $14 million project will add about 100,000 square feet to the plant. Houston Chronicle (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Market 
  • Weis begins new round of prize freezes
    Weis Markets is holding prices for 90 days on more than 2,000 name-brand and private-label products in its 10th price-freeze promotion. "With price inflation on food expected to continue in 2013, we hope to help mitigate the impact on our customers with our Price Freeze program, allowing our customers to enjoy long-term value on everyday items," said Kurt Schertle, sales and merchandising executive vice president. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Nutrition 
  • Technomic sees shift in healthy eating
    In a consumer trend report by Technomic, 64% of consumers said eating healthfully is important, compared to 57% in 2010, and ideas about healthful eating are changing. "We're seeing more consumers gravitate toward health-halo claims -- such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range," said Technomic vice president Darren Tristano. Convenience Store News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Traditional grocers pinched by hourglass landscape
    The grocery marketplace now resembles an hourglass, with growth at the high-end top and the value-focused bottom, leaving traditional grocers like Safeway and SUPERVALU in the pinched middle. To combat this change, grocers must offer new experiences and formats, and many are responding with eat-in cafes, drive-through pharmacies and other amenities. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: U.S. consumers eat more snacks than meals
    Snacks now account for 52% of all eating occasions for U.S. consumers, according to The Hartman Group, with Americans eating an average of 2.35 snacks per day and 4% eating five or more daily snacks. Some 57% of respondents said it's important that snacks be healthy, despite the fact that chips and soda were the two most popular snack foods. MediaPost Communications (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • FDA moves forward with food safety proposals
    Food-makers would have to submit safety plans and farmers would have to assure the cleanliness of workers' hands and irrigation water under new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The rules, which many farmers and food companies already follow, are aimed at preventing illness and death from food contamination. The Town Talk (Alexandria, La.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Beyond the cliff: U.S. Chamber economist to speak at Dairy Forum
    Congress may have avoided the "fiscal cliff", but what is the true economic outlook for 2013? Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will open the first general session at Dairy Forum, Jan. 27, with a discussion of where the economy is headed and what businesses can expect in 2013. For a preview, watch his recent interview with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Find a Food Safety Workshop near you in 2013
    The Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop is intended to help dairy processing facilities meet the stringent food safety regulations established by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The 2013 dates are Feb. 12-13, Rosemont, Ill.; March 26-27, Minneapolis; June 4-5, Baraboo, Wis.; Aug. 6-7, Denver; and Nov. 5-6, International Dairy Show, Chicago. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him."
--Francis Bacon,
British author and statesman


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