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December 14, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Danone announces cost-cutting goals
    Danone said it will trim 200 million euros from its European budget over two years. "To address a lasting downturn in the European economy and consumer trends that have led to a significant decline in its sales in the region, Danone is preparing a cost reduction and adaption plan to win back its competitive edge," the company said. (France) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Market 
  • Burger King, franchisee strike Mexico expansion deal
    Burger King has formed a joint venture with franchisee Alsea, S.A.B. de C.V., aimed at ramping up expansion in Mexico in the coming years. Alsea, which operates 1,227 restaurants in four Latin American countries, has been a Burger King franchisee for more than a decade; it also operates restaurants under several other brands including Domino's, Starbucks and California Pizza Kitchen. The Miami Herald (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Grocery dietitians have corporate and consumer roles, RD says
    Grocery stores in Oklahoma are following the national trend of hiring registered dietitians to help shoppers make healthy food choices. RD Sharon Palmer says dietitians can hold cooking demonstrations and show people how to read food labels, deal with food allergies and eat more fruits and vegetables. They also can help grocers handle health-and-wellness issues with the media and promote wellness programs, she says. Miami News-Record (Okla.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obesity eclipses hunger as global health crisis
    The global obesity epidemic showed an 82% increase in the past 20 years, while Middle Eastern countries had a 100% growth in obesity rates, a report in The Lancet indicated. Researchers also found obesity is now considered a bigger health problem than hunger, while diabetes, heart disease and stroke are top contributors to years spent being sick or injured. CNN (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milking machines replace workers at N.Y. farms
    Dairy farms in New York are increasingly investing in milking machines as they struggle with a shortage of workers, this article says. Milk demand is high in the state due in part to the presence of multiple Greek-yogurt processors. USA Today (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • FDA begins allergen research
    The FDA has begun a study to determine safe thresholds of allergens. The research will help the agency respond to concerns about allergen contamination and petitions for allergen-label exceptions. Supermarket News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Demand for Dairy Forum exceeds room block; second hotel added
    Here's one more indication that IDFA's Dairy Forum 2013, Jan. 27-30, is going to be a blockbuster event: the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes is sold out! IDFA has added a second block of rooms at the Springhill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld, which is 2.8 miles away. The Springhill Suites room rate is $139 per night and includes transportation to and from the JW Orlando Grande Lakes. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert on Asia to reveal keys to market access at Dairy Forum
    Joe Studwell, journalist and expert on China and the Asian marketplace, 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." Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  World Markets 
  • Fonterra to provide milk for New Zealand school kids
    Fonterra Milk for Schools program will provide a free serving of milk to all 350,000 primary school children in New Zealand next year. "We want Kiwis to grow up drinking milk because it’s good for them and we are proud that this program will give every primary school kid the chance to enjoy this nutritious product," said CEO Theo Spierings. (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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