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October 17, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
Tetra Therm Aseptic VTIS: Longer shelf life with less product losses
Extending shelf life without loss is possible. More than 40 dairy processors have done it in North America. A Tetra Therm Aseptic VTIS will give your dairy product the shelf life it needs, and a fresh taste, all while significantly reducing product loss. The secret behind it? More than 50 years of experience to perfect the best technology and a team of over 100 engineers in North America.
  The Market 
  • TCBY debuts new fall and holiday flavors
    Pumpkin spice, apple spice and eggnog are the new holiday flavors being offered by frozen yogurt chain TCBY, part of the company's "super fro-yo" offerings. The products contain probiotics and lower calories than other types of frozen yogurt. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kroger unveils expansion plan
    Kroger announced a growth plan that includes expanding the Kroger Marketplace format and selling apparel and other nongrocery items. "We are finding more and more opportunities to expand our stores and build new stores ... And there is tremendous opportunity to grow market share as we improve our customer experience while our competitors aren't," President and Chief Operating Officer Rodney McMullen said at Kroger's annual investor meeting, where the company said it will invest $200 million a year to expand in new and existing markets. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wendy's unveils 1 of 4 new designs in Detroit
    Wendy's unveiled a remodeled restaurant in Detroit this week, one of four new looks the chain is testing as part of a push to modernize its look. The streamlined design incorporates floor-to-ceiling greenhouse windows, metallic paneling and lounge seating around a fireplace, and the location now boasts free WiFi and a flat-panel TV. The Detroit News (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Expert: Many people don't get enough magnesium
    Food industry analyst Phil Lempert says many people, especially seniors, don't get enough magnesium, which is essential for health. "It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, keeps bones strong, as well as helping regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis," Lempert said in a statement. United Press International (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumers clamor for spruced-up pumpkin
    Pumpkin has typically been on the menu around Halloween and Thanksgiving, but fancier versions of the orange vegetable are becoming increasingly popular in lattes, muffins and other treats. Consumers see pumpkin as healthy produce, despite all the sugar, cinnamon and other spices it takes to make it so tasty, experts say. New York magazine (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Labeling webinar to feature food litigation expert
    Do you know the latest news on regulatory enforcement, litigation and consumer class-action lawsuits involving food labeling? You will when you participate in IDFA's webinar series on Dairy Product Labeling, Oct. 23-25. Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells US will discuss current regulatory enforcement and provide an update on consumer class-action litigation involving food marketing and advertising, including cases relevant to dairy products. Learn moreLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Order combination of labeling manuals for significant savings
    IDFA's labeling manuals for milk and milk products, cheese, and ice cream and frozen desserts have been fully revised and updated with new information on nutrient content claims, qualified health claims and structure/function claims. Order all three and or a combination of any two for significant savings. Learn moreLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  World Markets 
  • Fonterra: Dairy prices rise, aided by U.S. drought
    A smaller U.S. supply due to this year's drought has helped push up dairy prices, according to New Zealand's Fonterra Cooperative Group. Fonterra's index of prices rose 1.8%, the company said this week, after an earlier drop. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • What is the primary obstacle in improving your company's supply-chain processes?
Cost -- we can't spare the cash right now to invest in improvements
Feeling overwhelmed -- we're not sure where to start
Lack of knowledge -- we don't feel like we fully understand what we should be doing
Lack of need -- we're confident that our supply-chain processes are as good as they could be

In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."
--Eric Hoffer,
American social writer

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