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March 4, 2013News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  The Market 
  • Pizza concept wins high-profile investors
    Fledgling fast-casual concept Blaze Pizza has attracted $3 million in new funding from celebrity investors including Maria Shriver, "Alien vs. Predator" producer John Davis and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. "There continues to be strength in the fast-casual segment," said strategist Todd Hooper. "You're getting good food in a nice environment, but you don't have to tip." San Francisco Chronicle (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Intermittent-fasting diet gains popularity in U.K.
    A diet that calls for participants to eat and drink whatever they want for five days during a week and to fast for the other two days has become popular in the U.K. Co-author Dr. Michael Mosley tested the diet and says he lost 20 pounds. However, the U.K.'s National Health Service says there are "significant gaps" in the evidence supporting intermittent fasting. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Voluntary case-label guidelines published
    Food-industry manufacturers and retailers collaborated to publish guidelines for case-labeling in the U.S. and Canada, with the goal of improving efficiency and traceability. "Consistent with our mission, GS1 US and GS1 Canada helped bring the food industry together to find a standards-based solution to an industry challenge by considering common business practices and various supply chain processes," said Mary Wilson, vice president of Standards Management for GS1 US. Packaging World magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mondelez plans packaging innovations as part of global growth
    Tom Clark, associate principle engineer for Mondelez International, said the company will rely on packaging innovations to help it grow in developing markets around the world. He spoke in favor of a methodical approach that "can improve speed to market, while migrating risk and still capture more value." PlasticsToday.com (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government 
  • Healthy-food bill moves forward in Iowa legislature
    An Iowa Senate subcommittee has voted in favor of a bill to require foodservice vendors in state buildings, public universities and community colleges to cook healthier meals and post menus that display nutrition facts, such as calories, fat and sodium. The measure also would require the state to contract with food vendors that follow American Heart Association and USDA dietary guidelines and to give preference to those purchasing from local growers. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)/The Associated Press (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Milk Procurement Workshop to cover trends, policy and pricing
    IDFA's Milk Procurement Workshop will provide an overview of dairy 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
  • 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 more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret."
--Henri Frédéric Amiel,
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