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October 12, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • Land O'Lakes debuts flavored saute starter
    Land O'Lakes has introduced a dairy-based flavored Saute Express Saute Starter in four flavors, for use in cooking chicken, seafood and pork. "Saute Express Saute Starter is the first of many dairy-based products we plan to launch as part of our long-term cooking platform strategy," said Peggy Ellingson, vice president of innovation at Land O'Lakes. (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FAGE announces plans to move headquarters out of Greece
    FAGE announced it will move its headquarters to Luxembourg from Greece. The company completed an internal restructure earlier this month. Some speculate that the move is in response to Greece’s financial crisis and possible exit from the eurozone. FAGE’s Greek operations will remain under control of its subsidiary in the country. FoodNavigator (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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 
  • Activists urge chains to part ways with Idaho dairy
    Wendy's has demanded that its cheese supplier cut ties with Idaho's Bettencourt Dairies, and Burger King is investigating its supplier's relationship with the facility, while Kraft declined to sever ties with a cheese supplier that buys milk from the dairy. The dairy was the subject of a video released Wednesday that showed apparent animal abuse. Chicago Sun-Times (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yogurtland announces contest for year's worth of free yogurt
    Yogurtland is giving its customers the chance to win free yogurt for a year with its My Masterpiece contest. Contest participants are invited to take pictures of their yogurt creations and submit them online. Customers can vote for their favorite creations, and a panel of judges will choose winners out of the 100 creations that received the most votes. The first-place winner will receive a $500 gift certificate for a year of free yogurt. (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health & Nutrition 
  • More Americans drink diet beverages, CDC data show
    More people have consumed diet drinks in 2012 than in 2000, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said, but overall, only 20% of people choose diet beverages on any given day. Data show that sugar intake from regular soda dropped from 150 calories per day in 2000 to 91 calories in 2008. USA TODAY (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For market-savvy beverage packagers, small is big
    A 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report found that single- and two-person households now make up 65% of the country's households -- and these smaller units want their products, including beverages, in smaller packages. "Grab-and-go is the biggest trend for beverage manufacturers right now because these products are consumed away from home. But there's also a growing demand for smaller packs that hold several servings, rather than giant, family-sized containers," said Dairy Foods editor-in-chief Jim Carper. Packaging Digest (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snoop Dogg sings praises of Hot Pockets
    Snoop Dogg has created an online video that celebrates Hot Pockets in a parody of his hit song, "Drop It Like It's Hot." The video shows the rapper and other characters, including the brand's “Herbie Hot Pocket," dancing as Snoop Dogg heats the Hot Pocket in a microwave, with lyrics including: "Got some cheesy drizzle/drippin' on my chizzle." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Halloween spending expected to set record
    Halloween spending is expected to increase 10.7% this year compared to 2011, reaching a record $8 billion, finds IBISWorld. "Halloween spending fully recovered in 2011 when it surpassed its 2008 peak of $6.1 billion," said Olivia Tang, analyst for the research firm. "This year, as Americans continue to relieve their pent-up demand that lingered from the recession, IBISWorld expects almost every category to benefit." Progressive Grocer (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety 
  • Outbreaks raise questions about third-party food safety auditors
    The job of performing food-safety inspections has shifted in the past two decades from the government to third-party auditors, raising concerns about the foodborne illnesses that kill 3,000 Americans annually and send 128,000 to the hospital. The for-profit companies that contract with producers make public their ratings but not their reports, and in some cases, they have financial ties to the operations they are inspecting. Last year, the Colorado cantaloupe farm whose produce was linked to 33 listeria deaths was awarded a top safety rating. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/11) 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 
  • Cyprus farmers fight over new halloumi cheese edict
    Cyprus' government has formed a division between the island's cattle farmers and those who produce sheep and goat milk with a new edict that states authentic halloumi cheese must be made with at least 51% sheep and goat milk, despite the fact that many cheese makers use mostly cow's milk. The edict is designed to protect the recipe of the cheese -- which has become the island's prized export -- from copycat producers and to keep demand booming. The Wall Street Journal (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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