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November 19, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Prairie Farms teams with hot-chocolate dispensing venture
    Iowa's Prairie Farms Dairy has partnered with an operation called Gourmet Dispensing that sells on-site hot chocolate at stadium events. The compact, countertop system provides real chocolate milk, a switch from the standard hot water and powdered cocoa systems. (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Tim Hortons unwraps holiday food, drinks
    Tim Hortons locations have begun serving holiday-themed hot beverages and baked goods, including a Peppermint Mocha Latte that is new this year. Also available for a limited time are Candy Cane Hot Chocolate, Ginger Bread and Candy Cane Chocolate doughnuts, Ginger Molasses cookies, and doughnuts with fondant and sprinkles in holiday colors. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • CDC data show sharp increase in U.S. diabetes rates
    The number of diabetes cases increased by 50% or more in 42 U.S. states, and by 100% or more in 18 states, between 1995 and 2010, a study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated. Southern and Appalachian states showed the highest increases. Ann Albright of the CDC said rates will keep rising "until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity." Reuters (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Top product trends: "natural" labels, mix-in ingredients
    Customers continue to flock toward dairy products labeled "natural," as well as to those with fewer, simpler ingredients, dairy marketing experts say. Also big are formulations that retain fat but reduce a product's calories. Another key trend: Ingredient add-ons that customers can mix in themselves, such as crunchy ingredients that can be added to yogurt. (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA: Northeast, mid-Atlantic milk demand high
    Demand for milk in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S. continued to be strong last week, according to a Nov. 12-16 report from the USDA. The high demand limits supplies for manufacturing in the region, while milk production in the Southeast is growing. Prices for cheese have been volatile, while butter prices dipped at week's end, the report said. (11/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Holiday flavors move in new directions
    Restaurants and food-makers are introducing unusual limited-time items for the holidays, including Pringles chips in a White Chocolate Peppermint flavor and Jones Soda in Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Sugar Plum and Pear Tree varieties. A Gingerbread Cookie Sundae is available at Burger King, and a Gingerbread Shake, with or without Jim Beam, is sold at Red Robin restaurants. USA Today (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Five regional food safety workshops scheduled for 2013
    Save the date for one of these 2013 Dairy Plant Food Safety Workshop for Large Enterprises sessions: February 12-13 in Rosemont, Ill.; March 26-27 in Minneapolis, Minn.; June 4-5 in Baraboo, Wis., and Aug. 6-7; and Nov. 5-6 in conjunction with the International Dairy Show in Chicago. Registration is open for the February, March and June workshops. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Joint info session on traceability for dairy, deli and bakery
    The dairy, deli and bakery industries are working collaboratively to address product traceability challenges by leveraging GS1 Standards. IDFA invites members to a one-hour session on Nov. 28 to learn about the traceability guidance being developed by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, IDFA and GS1 U.S. The session is free, but registration is required. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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