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December 10, 2012News for professionals in the dairy foods industry

  Industry News 
  • DSM buys Cargill cultures and enzymes unit
    DSM Food Specialties has completed its purchase of the Cargill cultures and enzymes business, which has manufacturing plants in Wisconsin and France. The acquisition gives DSM "critical mass" in the dairy enzymes and cultures market, said Hans-Christian Ambjerg, DSM Food Specialties president. (France) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA: Cheese plants working overtime
    Cheese inventories have grown in the short run as production of milk and protein have risen during the holiday season, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To handle the extra volume, cheese factories are operating for longer hours, the USDA reports. (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  The Market 
  • Moms look to social media, Internet coupons before buying food
    Mothers are indexing higher than the general shopping population in using the Internet prior to food buying, according to a Packaged Facts report. They are twice as likely to use social media for planning a shopping trip, 43% more likely to seek out online coupons and 38% more likely to scan food store websites. The report also found that mothers tend to be value-oriented when it comes to buying store brands, and they are more interested in organic items than locally produced food. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Health & Nutrition 
  • Obese teens have higher risk of diabetes in adulthood
    Men and women who became obese as children or teens had a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with those who became obese in adulthood, a study in Diabetes Care found. The results underscore the importance of addressing obesity at a young age to reduce the risk of diabetes onset, researchers said. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dessert chefs discover vegetables
    Ambitious restaurants are now serving desserts that contain vegetables, including creme brulee with sweet corn at Tilth in Seattle and candy cap mushroom ice cream at San Francisco's Americano Restaurant & Bar. Nutrition professor Mary Ann Johnson said the body is better able to absorb the vegetables' vitamins when they are combined with a bit of fat. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Packaged Facts sees Hispanic food and drink growth
    The U.S. market for Hispanic food and drinks could increase 31% to $10.7 billion by 2017, according to Packaged Facts, as food-makers ramp up innovation and marketing. "Mainstream consumers are becoming more adventurous with less well-known Hispanic flavors and textures, thanks to the influence of Hispanics and the popularity of foodie culture," notes the report. FoodNavigator (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • No sales boost from country-of-origin labels
    A law requiring country-of-origin labels for U.S. beef, pork and poultry has not led to increased demand, according to researchers, who also found just 23% of consumers were aware of the labels. "It doesn't make a difference. Our members have told us this," said FMI regulatory counsel Erik Lieberman. "Consumers are looking for quality and value. And this law was never a food safety or food quality law. It was designed to put imported products at a disadvantage, and that's what it's done." Supermarket News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IDFA News 
  • Sweetener Colloquium early-bird discount ends today
    Today is the last day to take advantage of early-bird registration discounts for the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 10-13, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. The early-bird period will end Dec. 10. Additional discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company and for members of the media, university professors and government officials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SmartWay Transport Webinar rescheduled for Dec. 20
    IDFA, in collaboration with the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, recently joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership Affiliate Program offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide members with information on the latest fuel-saving strategies and technologies. IDFA invites members to join representatives from EPA, IDFA and the Innovation Center for a free SmartWay Transport Webinar, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
American physician, writer and poet

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