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March 13, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Danone tops Access to Nutrition Index
    A new Access to Nutrition Index puts Danone on top, followed by Unilever, Nestle, PepsiCo and Kraft, as companies that do the most to combat obesity and improve access to healthful food. "The Index encourages companies to adopt a deliberate approach to the development of nutritionally improved options for consumers," said Inge Kauer, executive director of the index, developed by the nonprofit Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. USA Today (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chobani plant coming to Idaho with help of $34.5M bond
    Chobani will open a yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, aided by infrastructure improvements at the site that will be financed via a $34.5 billion bond secured by the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency. The bond money, the largest ever received by an Idaho urban renewal agency, will pay for water, sewer and road improvements at the Greek yogurt factory site. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • "Safeway can own the wellness space," CEO says
    Safeway Chairman and CEO Steve Burd expects wellness to be the fastest-growing segment of the business. "I think in 10 years' time, we'll be thought of as more of a wellness company selling food," he said. The company is adding consultation and treatment rooms next to pharmacies, but Burd says he's not ready to release more details of the plan. Supermarket News (free registration) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Study: Sugary drinks are behind children's high calorie consumption
    Increased calorie intake among 2- to 11-year-olds in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010 was mainly attributed to sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For 12- to 18-year-olds, researchers noted that both food and sugary drinks were to blame for the higher intake of calories. HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Ad strategy targets milk's "swing voters"
    People who are on the fence about whether to consume milk at breakfast are the focus of a new ad campaign sponsored by the Milk Processor Education Program. MilkPEP will focus ads on milk's bone-building capabilities and on the need for protein at breakfast, something it did during a Super Bowl commercial. DairyFoods.com (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government 
  IDFA News 
  • Milk Procurement Workshop to cover trends, policy and pricing
    IDFA's Milk Procurement Workshop will provide an overview of dairy industry trends, policy and pricing basics with a focus on understanding milk price regulation, including how farm milk is priced both inside and outside the Federal Milk Marketing Order System. The workshop will be held March 20-21 in Rosemont, Ill. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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