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February 22, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Acquisitions help boost Arla Foods revenue 15%
    Revenue rose 15% to about $11.3 billion at Arla Foods last year, boosted by mergers and acquisitions and growth in non-European markets, the food cooperative said. Arla Foods CEO Peder Tuborgh called 2012 "a landmark year." (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Ahold reportedly looks into acquiring Harris Teeter
    Royal Ahold has signaled interest in grocery chain Harris Teeter, which is considering a sale, sources say. Though no offer has been made, the Dutch company reportedly has contacted JPMorgan Chase, which is evaluating options for Harris Teeter. Ahold owns grocers including Stop & Shop Supermarket. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Nutrition 
  • Enriched fruit could benefit lactose intolerant consumers
    EnWave said its Radiant Energy Vacuum technology can be used to add an enzyme to dried fruit that breaks down lactose. Dried fruit created with the technology could be added to cereal, allowing people who are lactose intolerant to eat the cereal with regular milk. FoodNavigator (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clouds are parting for packaged-food execs
    Executives of packaged-food companies, meeting for a conference in Boca Raton, Fla., are optimistic about an improving economy and opportunities to trim their marketing budget. "Consumption is up 8% in the first half; advertising spending is actually down 18%," said Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison, who credited football-themed marketing of Chunky soup. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silk pledges to offset 50% of water use in 2013
    Soy milk and almond milk brand Silk has committed to offsetting half of its water use in 2013 by buying water restoration certificates. The WhiteWave brand, which aims to eventually offset all of its water use, is partnering with National Geographic Society, Bonneville Environmental Foundation and Participant Media for a multi-year conservation campaign called Change the Course. Environmental Leader (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA sweetener OK would boost school milk consumption, IDFA says
    The International Dairy Foods Association is urging the Food and Drug Administration to allow milk to be flavored with "any safe and suitable sweetener," including aspartame, a change that the trade group says would increase milk consumption in schools. IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation in 2009 filed a petition with the FDA which was published last week on the Federal Register website. (France) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • Industry pushes back on N.J. food-label bill
    A New Jersey bill that would require food labels to indicate whether ingredients are bioengineered would "hurt New Jersey household budgets" without delivering benefits, said Linda Doherty, president of the New Jersey Food Council. The FDA "maintains there is no difference in safety between bioengineered foods and those produced by conventional means," she said. Progressive Grocer (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Enter your company's ice cream in Innovative Flavor Contest
    IDFA's Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 13-14 in St. Petersburg, Fla., will feature the annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition, which is co-sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine. Attendees will select winners in three categories: Most Innovative Ice Cream Flavor, Most Innovative Prototype Ice Cream Flavor and Most Innovative Ice Cream Novelty. The deadline for entries is Feb. 27. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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