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December 31, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Chobani to debut new products in 2013
    Chobani, a maker of Greek yogurt, will serve up its products in new formats next year. Chobani Flips will come with a separate compartment for mix-ins to create flavors including Vanilla Golden Crunch and Key Lime Crumble, and Chobani Champions Tubes will present kid-friendly flavors in a squeezable tube. DairyFoods.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Tully's draws 7 bidders including Starbucks
    Starbucks was one of seven entities that submitted bids last week for the assets of bankrupt Seattle-based Tully's Coffee, although the coffee giant's offer would reportedly be for only half the chain's 47 stores. The bidders will go public with their offers at a bankruptcy auction on Thursday. The Seattle Times (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Scientist use unsaturated fats to create healthier ice cream
    Studies conducted at the University of Guelph in Ontario suggest that ice cream-makers can use unsaturated fat to make creamy, slow-melting ice cream that is more healthy than traditional ice cream, Cesar Vega writes. The researchers found that blends of saturated and unsaturated fat can be effective at building the droplet structure needed to produce ice cream. ScientificAmerican.com (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The science behind lactose intolerance
    Nobody knows for certain why some humans remained lactose intolerant while others evolved with a genetic mutation that allows them to digest dairy products, says evolutionary geneticist Mark Thomas. His theory centers on the idea that farmers who migrated from the Fertile Crescent to Northern Europe turned to milk for nourishment during famines, and those healthy enough to handle it eventually developed the mutation. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends 
  • Grocery stores look to cater to male customers
    Supermarkets are increasingly focusing on products that are gender-neutral or that appeal to men as research shows that men are doing more grocery shopping for their households than ever. Marketers theorize this is due in part to the recession and the number of men laid off and in part to the growing popularity among men of cooking at home. "We're seeing a lot of men who are stay-at-home dads, working from home or looking for a job," said ConAgra Foods industry analyst Phil Lempert. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Transparency and sustainability lead 2013 food trends
    Next year's food trends will include a push to reduce food waste, greater transparency in food labeling, a focus on meatless proteins and the increased use of mobile devices to interact with food, according to SupermarketGuru.com's Phil Lempert. Tech startups will also play a growing role in developing applications and other products that help consumers make healthier food choices and obtain food information, he says. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government 
  • Congress may consider extending farm bill
    The leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees have agreed on a measure that would prevent a huge spike in milk prices next month. The bill, which would extend the 2008 farm bill for another year, is one of three possible measures, none of which have been scheduled for a House vote yet. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Start the New Year with latest edition of "Dairy Facts"
    "Dairy Facts 2012," published by IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine, provides a comprehensive overview of 2011 sales, consumption and production data for the dairy foods industry. Available in print or PDF format, this 112-page booklet offers an excellent summary of the overall health of the U.S. dairy industry and trends in fluid milk, cultured dairy, cheese, and ice cream and frozen desserts markets. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dairy Forum to offer sessions on supply, demand and social media
    Heading to Dairy Forum in Orlando next month? Be sure to attend one of the three dynamic concurrent sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29. They will deal with getting milk to where it's needed, getting American products to the people who want them and getting the truth out through noisy social networks. Dairy Forum will be held Jan. 27-30 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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