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January 14, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Smith Dairy has a long family tradition
    Nate Schmid recently became the president of Smith Dairy Products, becoming the first member of the family's fourth generation to be in charge of the company. Based in Ohio, the company processes about 150,000 gallons of milk a day and more than four million gallons of ice cream a year. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Arla Foods targets Asia, Africa and Mideast
    In a move to capture growth in emerging markets and escape the sluggish economy of Europe, Arla Foods will focus on Africa, the Middle East, China and Russia over the next five years, the company has said. The dairy giant also will work to increase efficiency in its northern European activities, the company said. (France) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • How Papa John's founder runs his pie empire
    Papa John's founder and CEO John Schnatter sparked a national backlash when media outlets quoted his remarks about the effects of health care changes on the price of a pizza. Schnatter explains that he wasn't trying to divide the country further with the talk, in which he also stressed that he was happy U.S. workers would have access to health insurance. In this profile, friends, associates and the CEO himself offer insights into what makes Schnatter tick. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food companies are not expected to trim marketing
    With food prices expected to rise 3% to 5% this year, marketing budgets are expected to stay fairly stable, said analyst Erin Lash of Morningstar. "I haven't heard any companies discuss cutting marketing budgets at this time," she said. "From our perspective, investing behind product innovation and marketing support are essential to ensuring that brands stand out from other national players as well as private-label offerings." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New year brings cost cuts, "fewer, bigger" launches
    In 2013, consumer packaged goods companies including Unilever and Procter & Gamble are vowing to release fewer new products, but with more innovation in each launch. Companies are also cutting costs through reorganization, prompting analyst Ali Dibadj of Sanford C. Bernstein to wonder if companies will invest in advertising and innovation or take savings to the bottom line. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pastry chefs milk the possibilities
    Milk is a key ingredient in desserts from some of the nation's most ambitious pastry chefs, who often change its texture while highlighting its wholesome, nostalgic appeal. Philip Speer of Uchiko in Austin and Uchi in Houston has created a fried-milk dessert with a corn-flake coating, and Nicole Krasinski offers a mix of milk, cream, roasted peanuts, vanilla and dark Muscovado sugar at State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. The Wall Street Journal (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Expert on Asia to reveal keys to market access at Dairy Forum
    Joe Studwell, journalist and author of bestselling books on Asia, will debunk popular myths about doing business in China and review Asian business practices at Dairy Forum on Jan. 29. Studwell has received high praise from leading business publications for his book "Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia." Have you registered yet for Dairy Forum?  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  World Markets 
  • Saudi billionaire builds fortune with desert dairies
    Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer, the largest shareholder of the Persian Gulf food giant Almarai, has amassed a fortune by owning herds of dairy cows in the Saudi Arabian desert. Almarai's hundreds of herds produce 235 million gallons of milk last year, an output achieved by feeding the cows alfalfa shipped from South America. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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