Issues Monitoring

Keeping you on top of dairy news and consumer trends

October 2017

10/23/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Blulog expands its NFC cold chain monitor range

Blulog cold chain technology has launched a new version of its NFC (Near Field Communication) real-time monitoring system. Full Story

10/20/2017 (The Cattle Site) – Iran’s Dairy Exports to Hit $1B

In an interview with Financial Tribune, Deputy Agriculture Minister Hassan Rokni estimated that Iran’s dairy exports will hit a record high of $1 billion by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2018). Full Story

10/20/2017 (Lancaster Farming) – Farmers Give Insights on How to Engage Customers

About 50 people attended a classroom session by Monika Roth, agriculture issue leader with Cornell Extension Tompkins County, on “Getting Started in Agritourism.” Full Story

10/19/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – EDA wants to stop ‘traffic light’ labeling

The European Dairy Association (EDA) says it supports consumers’ rights to be fully informed on the nutritional properties of foods, but the proposed traffic light labeling system by the Evolved Nutrition Labelling Initiative (ENL) is not adequate for providing information on the global nutritional properties of milk and dairy products. Full Story

10/19/2017 (Bakery and Snacks) – The end is nigh for date codes on labels as they reach the end of their ‘shelf-life’

Mimica is developing an award-winning food expiry label called Mimica Touch (formerly Bump Mark) that claims to disrupt the food packaging industry and challenge the impact of food waste. Full Story

10/18/2017 (WHAS) – JCPS schools not serving milk

(Louisville, Ky.) If you have a student in a JCPS school, you may want to pack something extra in your student’s lunch bags. According to a notice by JCPS sent out to families on Tuesday, schools may not be able to serve milk to students for the entirety of the week. Full Story

10/17/2017 (The Daily Meal) – Sorry, Paleo Dieters: Stonehenge Humans Ate Cheese

Scientists discovered bones of ancient humans at the nearby settlement of Durrington Walls — and found that their diet was heavy on butter and cheese. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – BV Dairy signs contract to bottle 4 million cultured milk drinks a year

BV Dairy, a UK manufacturer of specialist dairy products has made a historic move into contract packaging after signing a long-term deal to produce bottled kefir cultured milk drinks. Full Story

10/17/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – NZMP sees consumer trends driving Asian demand for protein

With the Asia protein ingredients market forecast to grow by 11.5% from 2016 to 2021, NZMP – Fonterra’s dairy ingredients business – is intent on capitalizing on its strong ties to the region. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Cheese lifts US dairy exports driven by emerging markets

US cheese exports have risen 30% over the last six months compared to the same period last year, with cheese shipments to Mexico, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East/North Africa increasing by double- to triple-digits in volume sales, according to USDEC. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Michigan Live) – Move to treat wastewater on site makes Continental Dairy more ‘sustainable’

With a turn of a valve at the Continental Dairy Facilities LLC plant in Coopersville last week, hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater were diverted from the Coopersville Wastewater Treatment facility to a new pre-treatment system owned and operated by Continental Dairy. Full Story

10/16/2017 (Food Dive) – As large retailers process milk, dairy companies worry

Large retailers — including Kroger and Albertsons — are investing in milk processing and bottling facilities to help make sure they have a steady supply of the commodity. Kroger is now processing all the fresh milk its stores sell. Full Story

10/13/2017 (Fox Business) – Retailers Are Bottling Their Own Milk, Raising Pressure on Dairy Companies

Big food retailers are becoming large players in the milk processing and bottling business, a development that threatens to squeeze a longstanding network of farmer-owned cooperatives and dairy processors. Full Story

10/13/2017 (MSN News) – Consumers Like a2 Milk, Dairy Industry Not So Sure

The makers of a2 milk claim it’s easier on the stomach than regular milk. It contains only A2 proteins. Regular milk has both A1 and A2 proteins. Full Story

10/12/2017 (NMPF) – NMPF Pokes FDA for Taking Action Against Granola Made with “Love,” But Not “Milks” Made from Plants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent enforcement action against a Massachusetts granola maker for listing “love” as an ingredient in its product is a clear indication that the agency has time and resources to enforce regulations against the use of the term “milk” on the labels of plant-derived dairy imitators, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said today. Full Story

10/12/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Goodness! Beverages doing things differently as it expands in India

Goodness! is a ready-to-drink dairy beverage brand with its parent company, DropKaffe Food & Beverages Pvt. Ltd., based in Bengaluru. Full Story

10/11/2017 (Food Navigator) – Whey protein industry must overcome a ‘lack of awareness’ among EU consumers

Although many consumers are interested in nutrition that supports an active lifestyle, there is still a nutritional knowledge gap and untapped potential in the EU whey protein market, according to the European Whey Processors Association (EWPA). Full Story

10/11/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Arla launches branded organic milk in the Middle East

Arla Organic Milk is now available in retailers across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Full Story

10/10/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – Cool stuff we saw at World Dairy Expo 2017

It’s become a tradition for the Progressive Dairyman team to scope out new products, ideas and innovations to share with readers following World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Full Story

10/10/2017 (AG Daily) – Dairy detector invention wins $1M 43North competition

A Canadian start-up has won the $1 million 43North grand prize for their invention that allows farmers to check milk quality and detect illness. Full Story

10/10/2017 (Capital Press) – Dairy cow delivers pizzas to shocked customers

The annual event is a way for the state’s dairy industry to help bring the farm to consumers in a fun and unforgettable way, according to Dairy West officials. Full Story

10/9/2017 (Progressive Dairyman) – U.S. leaders eye dairy export goal as August posts gains

With increasing U.S. milk production outpacing growth in domestic consumption, the global market will become more important as an outlet for U.S. sales. Full Story

10/9/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Canadian dairy startup wins $1m in international tech competition

SomaDetect, a Canadian artificial intelligence company that allows dairy farmers to monitor milk quality and cow health in real time, has received $1m to establish an incubator development space in Buffalo, New York. Full Story

10/9/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – What’s trending in the Israeli dairy industry?

The Israeli dairy industry prides itself on being cutting edge, which means that the industry itself is always evolving. For those both within and without Israel, it can be a lot to keep track of. Full Story

10/6/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Ben & Jerry’s signs ‘Milk with Dignity Program’ to improve dairy farm worker conditions

Ben & Jerry’s has agreed to implement the Milk with Dignity (MD) Program, a multi-year plan created by Migrant Justice in 2014, which aims to improve working conditions of dairy farm workers who supply the milk for the ice cream manufacturer. Full Story

10/6/2017 (WisconsinWatch) – How to keep the milk flowing in America’s Dairyland

Farmers, experts say reliance on immigrant workers, many of them in the U.S. illegally, will continue unless dairies — and Congress — make significant changes. Full Story

10/5/2017 (Bloomberg) – Americans Eating More Butter Made Dallas Wuethrich a Billionaire

The U.S. Department of Agriculture projected that 2017 consumption will rise 10 percent from a year earlier, hitting 940,000 metric tons, the highest in half a century. The nation will devour more than 2 billion pounds of butter this year. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Fox Business) – The Single Biggest Change at McDonald’s in the Last 2 Years

In 2006, legendary McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) CEO Jim Skinner teased the possibility of making breakfast available to customers well past morning hours. Skinner explained in an interview that the company needed to make a few operational improvements in the kitchen before all-day breakfast could become a reality. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Michigan Farm News) – Proposed changes to fluid milk pricing – why farmers need to care

The beverage milk industry is a risky business. Buying and selling milk going into fluid milk beverages is confusing because of Federal Milk Marketing Order end-product pricing formulas, along with the inability for processors to directly forward contract milk intended for fluid use and a lack of a commercially traded futures contract for beverage milk. Full Story

10/4/2017 (Born2Invest) – What you need to know about the dairy industry on a global scale

Dairy farmers are no longer competing with just neighbors or fellow countrymen, but with the global community. Full Story

10/3/2017 (AG Daily) – Dannon’s non-GMO shift is a bad financial move and even worse PR

A little over a year ago, Dannon yogurt announced they would be transitioning to non-GMO sourced feed for the dairy cows that provide the milk for Dannon yogurt. This is a problem for many reasons. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Food Safety Network) – Dairy pulls raw milk from stores; one retailer stops carrying it

An organic raw milk dairy quietly pulled its unpasteurized milk from Washington state retailers Friday, one day after refusing a request from state officials who wanted the milk recalled because lab tests had confirmed Salmonella contamination. Full Story

10/3/2017 (Business Wire) – Redefining Hot Cocoa: Darigold Releases New Heat N’ Serve Hot Cocoa

No more messy powder and packets. Made from a blend of rich Darigold whole milk, cream and premium cocoa, Darigold’s new hot cocoa makes for an indulgent seasonal beverage. Full Story

10/2/2017 (BuzzFeed) – Is McDonald’s A Healthy Place For Kids To Eat Now?

A new report released by McDonald’s shows more kids are ordering milk, juice, and water alongside their burger and fries. Here’s what health experts have to say about the revamped Happy Meal. Full Story

10/2/2017 (Washington Post) – How good has U.S. cheese become? Good enough to worry the Italians.

In a pavilion sponsored by the famed and powerful Parmigiano-Reggiano consortium, there was a comparative tasting, served to a mostly Italian audience. But on the plate was something previously unimaginable in Italy: Three American cheeses were served alongside a hunk of aged Parm. Full Story

10/1/2017 (Bustle) – Where To Buy Arctic Buzz Ice Cream, The Vodka-Infused Treat That Is Perfect For Welcoming Fall

Whether your heart has just been broken or it’s just been a long week at work, alcohol and ice cream are the perfect pairing for any occasion. Full Story

September 2017

9/29/2017 (Farm Journal) – NMPF Urges Action Against Cashew Milk

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) urged federal and state food regulators to take enforcement action against imitation dairy product “Blue Magic Cashew Milk” for continuing to ignore federal standards of identity for dairy products. Full Story

9/29/2017 (Yakima Herald) – Salmonella found in raw milk from Granger’s Pride and Joy dairy; no illnesses reported

The Washington Department of Agriculture is advising consumers not to drink raw milk from Pride and Joy Dairy in Granger after a sample of the milk tested positive for salmonella. Full Story

9/29/2017 (PR Newswire) – U.S. Dairy Industry Cautions Japan to Respect Current Trade Relationships

Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged today. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Fox 17) – Take an inside look at the non-GMO process at Country Dairy farms

Country Dairy uses only home-grown non-GMO corn and alfalfa to feed their cows. Full Story

9/28/2017 (Stowe Today) – Move over, pumpkin spice, maple lattes are coming

Cool, crisp mornings turn cravings from cold iced coffee to something a little warmer. Instead of the typical pumpkin spice latte that seems to sweep the nation each season, turn to something with a Vermont twist: maple lattes. Full Story

9/27/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Dutch cheese shop streams live to boost sales

Cheese shop Kaan’s Kaashandel and bank ABN AMRO have launched the world’s first live stream store in the Dutch city of Alkmaar. Full Story

9/26/2017 (The Verge) – Yogurt pods are just powdered milk and bacteria without a container

The Yomee is a new gadget on Kickstarter designed to make you yogurt. It’s essentially an automated milk heating and cooling system that also happens to rely on pods. Full Story

9/26/2017 (Food Safety News) – More raw milk sold by vending machine at the farm gate in NZ

Australia and New Zealand share a lot when it comes to food safety, but they’ve long differed on raw milk sales. Raw milk for human consumption is not a legal option in Australia, while New Zealand permits farm sales of raw milk. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Epicurious) – European Dairy Company Arla Plans to Release Pink Sparkling Milk

One European dairy company has developed a surefire recipe to up its milk’s cool factor: Take a glass of woefully uncool white milk, dye it pink, add carbonation, and voila! Pink, sparkly, cool milk. Full Story

9/25/2017 (Daily Democrat News) – Report: Global Milk Powder Market 2017

Supported by comprehensive primary as well as secondary research, the report Global Milk Powder Industry 2017 presents profitable market insights.  Full Story

9/25/2017 (The Cattle Site) – Yili Becomes Olympic Partner to Milk Rewards

Inner Mongolia’s Yili Group has teamed up with Beijing 2022 to become the official supplier of dairy products for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Full Story

9/22/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Milking the Latin American dairy market

At $60bn, the Latin American market accounts for less than 15% of global dairy sales.[1] However, that is likely to change soon. Full Story

9/22/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Award for Novozymes’ Saphera shows importance of Latin America market

Danish headquartered company Novozymes is doing well in the Latin American market, confirmed recently as the company’s dairy product, Saphera, took first place as most innovative functional ingredient at the “Fi Innovation Awards 2017” – the biggest award for the Brazilian food industry. Full Story

9/22/2017 (Floornature) – Parmigiano Reggiano Museum: the process of making Parmesan cheese

The Parmigiano Reggiano Museum is an important showcase of the history and production of one of Italy’s best-known food products. Displaying the implements and technologies that make genuine Parmesan cheese truly unique. Full Story

9/21/2017 (Washington Post) – Get ready for pea milk. It doesn’t taste like peas and it’s not even green

The biggest brand in pea milk thus far has been Ripple, a company that obtained $44 million from Google and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, according to Bloomberg. Full Story

9/20/2017 (KMIR) – Dairy Ingredients Industry 2017 Key Growth Drivers, Challenges, Demand and Upcoming Trends

Increased demand for protein foods especially milk-derived is having a positive impact on the Dairy Ingredients Market. Advancements in dairy processing technologies, availability of various dairy products and changing consumption patterns also have triggered a positive growth in the market. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Cornell Daily Sun) – Lecturer Reveals Unexpected History of Milk Production in China

When one thinks of traditional Chinese cuisine, dairy is often not the first food group that comes to mind. But in fact, China is the second-largest consumer and third-largest producer of dairy in the world. Full Story

9/20/2017 (Herald Keeper) – Non-Dairy Cheese Market to Develop Rapidly at CAGR of about 7.70% by 2023

The significant factor increasing the growth of non-dairy cheese market is the increasing incidence of lactose intolerance across the globe. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Farm Journal) – August Milk Production Up 2%–Again

The biggest gainer, in terms of percentage increase, was Utah, up 10.2%, with cow numbers up 6,000 (6.7%). Texas also reported strong milk gains, with milk up 9.2% and cow numbers up 30,000 head, or 6.2%. California, however, continued its backward slide, reporting milk production down 0.7% in August compared to a year ago, and cow numbers down 13,000 head. Full Story

9/19/2017 (Food Navigator) – Ripple Foods seeks to disrupt plant-based yogurt category: ‘Let’s not mince words… some of these products are terrible’

There’s a reason plant-based products have only captured 1.5 percent of the $7.7 billion yogurt market. Full Story

9/18/2017 (Farm Journal) – ‘Great Grain Train’ Aids Florida Dairies

“The Great Grain Train,” or “The Midnight Train from Georgia,” as it’s has been dubbed by local dairy farmers, rolled into Okeechobee, Fla. last Thursday, just a day or two before the dairies there would have run out of feed. Full Story

9/18/2017 (Brownfield) – Milk futures, cash dairy, mostly lower

Class III milk futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange were mostly lower on spread trade, demand uncertainties, and follow through selling. September was up $.04 at $16.27, October was down $.05 at $15.72, November was $.03 lower at $15.62, and December was down $.05 at $15.56. Full Story

9/18/2017 (Food Navigator) – New produce coalition stands against potential anti-dumping revisions in NAFTA

A new coalition of US and Canadian produce companies hopes to protect the North American Free Trade Agreement from potentially “traumatic” revisions based on “protectionism and a very narrow view of trade,” according to one co-founder. Full Story

9/15/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Florida Dairies Dealing with Aftermath of Irma, Some Dump Milk

Hurricane Irma is long gone now but dairy producers in Florida are still dealing with the aftermath from the storm nearly a week afterwards. Full Story

9/15/2017 (TC Palm) – Micro dairy Jupiter Creamery finding success on small scale

In addition to beef cattle, Florida is a leader in dairy production, with most of the dairy cows, called Holsteins, living in Okeechobee and Lafayette counties. Full Story

9/14/2017 (Food Navigator) – Organic sales projected to rise as more millennials have children and seek clean options for kids

New research published by the Organic Trade Association connecting parenting to increased organic purchases suggests sales of organic could see a significant boost in the coming years as more millennials, many of whom already favor organic, have children. Full Story

9/12/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – DFA Partners with Third Sun Solar

Dairy Farmers of American (DFA) announced today that it was partnering with Third Sun Solar to bring solar panel technology to more DFA-member farmers. Full Story

9/12/2017 (Food Navigator) – Fairlife ultra-filtered milk sales surged 79% in 2016; Core Power and Yup! to be brought under fairlife brand umbrella

Dollar sales of Coca-Cola-backed high-protein milk fairlife grew 79% in 2016, as consumers continued to trade up in the fluid milk category. Full Story

9/12/2017 (KSN News) – Oldest Kansas State Fair vendor still a favorite: ‘Who doesn’t love ice cream?’

On Tuesday, KSN got the inside scoop of the Dairy Bar, the oldest and longest running vendor at the fair. Full Story

9/11/2017 (IndeOnline) – A better milk? Local cows key to Origin Milk Co.

A Cleveland-based Origin Milk is relying on Guernsey cows from dairy farms in Holmes County to produce milk being sold in Northeast Ohio grocery stores, including local Fishers Foods and Acme stores. The milk contains only A2 proteins, which is different from most milk found sold in stores. Full Story

9/11/2017 (Marketplace) – As customers buy more organic food, a call for more industry oversight

A couple of years ago, Steve Reuter decided to go organic at his dairy in Minnesota. He was aware of the trends — some organic dairies were fetching twice as much for their milk as conventional producers. And organic food sales were booming. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Food and Wine) – Kelis Finally Reveals Her Milkshake Recipe, and It’s Better Than Yours

Even though her breakout success is inextricably tied up with milkshakes, Kelis has never expressed much interest in the frothy dessert beverage. In fact, in 2016, the “Milkshake” singer and Cordon Bleu-trained chef said she’d never even made one before. That changes now. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Food Navigator) – Could traditional supermarkets disappear in 20 years?

As the immediate shock of the Amazon Whole Foods deal wears off, and spooked retailers are reassured that just 1% of US food and beverage retail sales are generated online,* they would be wise to remember that not all growth curves are linear, says Hartman Group, which says steady food eCommerce growth in the next 10 years could be followed by 10 years of truly explosive growth. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Feedstuffs) – Keeping cows cool with less water, energy

Innovative cooling technologies tested on dairy cows at the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis) are addressing the long-standing challenge of keeping dairy cows cool in heat-stressed areas like California and other regions. Full Story

9/7/2017 (Courier-Journal) – Petition: It’s time to replace milk with bourbon as Kentucky’s state drink

It’s been 12 years since Kentucky legislators approved the commonwealth’s first official state drink, and few have questioned their decision since. Full Story

9/6/2017 (Brownfield) – Dairy economist concerned about NAFTA impact on milk price

A University of Wisconsin dairy economist says milk prices are improving as expected, but changes in NAFTA might end that trend. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Wisconsin State Farmer) – Growing the next best crop for agriculture – youth

In a county where farms are scarce and dairy farms even more rare, Tom and Joan Oberhaus love their small family farm on Highway 18 in the Town of Delafield in Waukesha County. The crops they grow feed their 150 animals and provide pumpkins for local families and school children. Full Story

9/5/2017 (Digital Journal) – Ben & Jerry’s Selects Where Food Comes From as Exclusive Verification Provider to ‘Caring Dairy Standards’

Under the Caring Dairy Standards program, dairy farmers that supply Ben & Jerry’s with milk and cream must comply with three core areas of focus: Cow Care, which involves animal care, well-being and herd management; Planet Stewardship, which covers a variety of sustainable farming techniques; and Farmer livelihoods, which ensures safe dignified conditions for all involved on the farm. Full Story

9/2/2017 (Business Insider) – Slack is making its way out of the office — and into the kitchen and onto the farm

As Slack and other cloud-based office productivity tools become more commonplace, they’re making their way well beyond the land of cubicles and into more hands-on places of business like farms and restaurants. Full Story

9/1/2017 (Walls & Ceilings) – Arizona’s New State-of-the-Art Dairy

We all buy milk, but rarely think much about the process of sourcing it. However, for Chris and Craig Zinke, two dairy men in Arizona, this is on top of their minds. Full Story

9/1/2017 (KTTN News) – Growing taste for butter drives farm-gate milk prices upward

As consumers relearn to butter their toast, they help dairy prices at the farm gate. Full Story

August 2017

8/30/2017 (Food Navigator) – If FDA permits terms such as almond milk, its standards of identity are ‘meaningless,’ says NMPF

If the FDA were to give a formal seal of approval to terms such as ‘almondmilk’ and ‘vegan cheese,’ it would render federal standards of identity “totally meaningless,” argues the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in comments responding to a citizen’s petition filed by the Good Food Institute (GFI). Full Story

8/28/2017 (AG Web) – Danone Sends 5,000 Cows to Siberia in Quest for Cheaper Milk

President Vladimir Putin’s ban on European Union cheese imports has driven up milk prices in Russia by so much that French yogurt maker Danone is transporting almost 5,000 cows to a farm in Siberia to ensure it has an affordable supply. Full Story

8/25/2017 (Food Safety News) – Taking a chance with raw milk? Don’t bet your kid

Officials at both the state and district level seemed surprised that anyone would want to know about the E. coli outbreak, which sickened at least dozen children and two adults. They all drank unpasteurized, raw milk from Golden Valley Guernseys dairy before becoming ill. Full Story

8/24/2017 (Food Safety News) – New York dairy recalls cheese after positive test for Listeria

A food safety alert posted by the New York State Department of Agriculture warns consumers not to eat “Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack,” “Horseradish Monterey Jack” or “Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack” cheeses, produced by Ripley Dairy LLC, doing business as Hillcrest Dairy in Moravia, N.Y. Full Story

8/23/2017 (Fox 40 TV) – Modesto Dairy Makes Name for Itself by Bottling Unique Flavors

Some of the flavors include blue cotton candy, root beer and mocha. Full Story

8/22/2017 (Dairy Herd Management) – Proposed Dairy-Revenue Insurance Would Protect Against Milk Price Drops

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has posted a primer on why its proposed Dairy-Revenue Protection insurance is needed and how it would work. Full Story

8/22/2017 (The Atlantic) – The Fight for America’s Disappearing Ancient Dairy Cows

Farmers can’t afford to save the country’s dwindling heritage breeds. But can the dairy industry afford to lose them? Full Story

8/22/2017 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Milkfat is driving milk check revenue

With newfound consumer interest in higher fat dairy foods, butter has shifted to contributing north of 50 percent to the all-milk price. Full Story

8/22/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Fonterra opens Australia plant as demand soars for pizza cheese toppings in China

Fonterra Co-operative Group has expanded its operations in Australia, opening a plant in Victoria, to meet demand for cheese pizza toppings in China. Full Story

8/21/2017 (NY Times) – The Case for a Breakfast Feast

Many of us grab coffee and a quick bite in the morning and eat more as the day goes on, with a medium-size lunch and the largest meal of the day in the evening. But a growing body of research on weight and health suggests we may be doing it all backward. Full Story

8/21/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Mochi is the fastest-growing ice cream novelty item in the U.S.

Mochi ice cream is quickly catching up to North American frozen treat staples like ice cream sandwiches and Klondike bars, according to category newcomer My/Mo, with market research firm IRI pegging the brand as the fastest growing frozen novelty item in terms of unit sales of the top 50 suppliers. Full Story

8/18/2017 (Dairy Reporter) – Valio opens $199m snack plant with plans to expand into reduced sugar recipes

Valio has opened a five-story, 265,000m² snack plant in Riihimäki, Southern Finland, investing $199m. Full Story

8/18/2017 (RDNewsNow – Alberta) – American dairy divided: Some want Canada’s supply management left alone in NAFTA

The American dairy industry is split on the question of Canada’s supply-management system as national negotiators get set to hold their first session on agriculture Saturday in North American free trade talks. Full Story

8/16/2017 (Huff Post) – Organic and Conventional Crops —Brought to You by Modern Agriculture

As a pioneer of genetically modified crop technology, I often get questions about what I really think about organic farming…or if I personally buy organic produce. My thoughts and answers might surprise you – number one, that being “pro-GMO” does not make me “anti-organic.” Full Story

8/15/2017 (The Columbian) – Yacolt dairy recalls raw milk for possible E. coli

The Yacolt dairy announced the recall on Tuesday, after routine sampling by the state Department of Agriculture found E. coli in the raw cream processed from whole raw milk, according to a news release issued by Spanish Sonrise Dairy. Full Story

8/15/2017 (Bloomberg) – U.S. Milk Producers Fire Back at Canadian Minister’s Speech

The National Milk Producers Federation criticized Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s recent comments about protecting Canada’s tightly managed dairy sector, a signal that Canada plans to take a hard approach in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations. Full Story

8/15/2017 (Food Navigator) FDA allows use of ultrafiltered milk in cheese to ease fallout from new Canadian pricing scheme

FDA’s decision late last week to allow manufacturers in some cases to use ultrafiltered milk and ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make cheese could help ease the negative impact on US dairy farmers of less expensive UF milk from Canada that currently is flooding the market. Full Story

8/14/2017 (Food Safety News) Texas investigates brucellosis, warns against K-Bar raw milk

Texas officials say all raw milk and other unpasteurized products from K-Bar Dairy should not be consumed and should immediately be discarded because the dairy has been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Brucella bacteria that has hospitalized at least one person. Full Story

8/14/2017 (Pacific Standard) – Fear on the Farm

As ICE raids become more prevalent, Vermont’s dairy farmers and their employees face a very uncertain future. Full Story

8/11/2017 (Quartz) Starbucks is bottling and selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes in grocery stores

For some, the drink represents a trumpeting herald of autumnal bliss. For others, it’s the chief icon of America’s cultural “basicness.” Regardless of disposition, Starbucks is now bottling its Pumpkin Spice Latte to be sold over the counter in grocery stores across the US. Full Story

8/11/2017 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) – FDA eases restrictions on ultra-filtered milk for cheese-making

The FDA says ultra-filtered cow’s milk can be used to make all types of natural cheeses, a move applauded by Wisconsin cheese makers. Full Story

8/11/2017 (Conn. Law Tribune) Milk producer sues dairy-free milk-maker for infringement

The maker of the bottled milk, TruMoo, is suing the maker of milk substitute NuMoo, saying the dairy-free beverage’s name is a trademark infringement likely to confuse customers. Full Story

8/11/2017 (National Law Review) – FDA to enforce “Ultrafiltered Milk” labeling

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance to industry indicating that FDA will exercise enforcement discretion regarding the use and labeling of fluid ultrafiltered milk and fluid ultrafiltered nonfat milk to make certain cheeses and related cheese products. Full Story

8/11/2017 (Futures) – Liquid milk market in India catalysed by developments in the dairy Industry

The liquid milk market in India has experienced a significant demand in recent years. Some of the factors which have contributed in influencing the demand for liquid milk are urbanisation, increasing population, health benefits of milk, evolution of the dairy industry, etc. Full Story

8/11/2017 (Straight Times) – Dairy queen wants to reign supreme

Vinamilk is Vietnam’s largest dairy company and its chief executive Mai Kieu Lien has been key to its growth from a small, state-run firm to one of the most profitable brands in the country. Full Story

8/10/2017 (WBUR) – How Midwest Dairy Farmers Are Using Robots To Feed And Milk Cows

Dairy farming in the Midwest is moving into the future as more farmers incorporate automated milking technology into their operations. The new systems are changing the way families who have farmed for generations live their daily lives. Full Story

8/10/2017 (USA Today) – Fast-food restaurants pledged to offer healthier options for kids. How have they done?

In 2013, amid warnings of a national child obesity epidemic and calls to improve children’s food options, some of America’s most popular fast-food restaurants began promising healthier drinks and sides for kids. Full Story

8/7/2017 (Food Safety News) – Seventeen months later — State hopes to complete outbreak report

Even though the state has standing warnings about the risk of infections from bacteria in raw milk, Virginia officials did not alert the general public to an E. coli outbreak in March 2016 that sickened at least 14 people — a dozen of them children. Full Story

8/4/2017 (Dairy Foods) – Chobani’s summer release includes new Greek yogurt Flip, Drink flavors

The new flavors include breakfast-inspired varieties like raisin brown sugar yogurt with bran flakes and walnuts. Full Story

8/3/2017 (People) – Halo Top Just Released 7 Crazy New Flavors of Low-Calorie Ice Cream

The low-calorie ice cream brand just announced the release of seven new flavors: Pancakes & Waffles, Cinnamon Roll, Mochi Green Tea, Rainbow Swirl, Candy Bar, Chocolate Covered Banana and Caramel Macchiato. Full Story

8/2/2017 (Food & Wine) – Soda Consumption Is at a 31-Year Low

Manufacturers of the sugary beverages aren’t necessarily troubled by the downturn. Full Story

8/1/2017 (New York Times) – Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer

Documents released Tuesday in a lawsuit against Monsanto raised new questions about the company’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup. Full Story

July 2017

7/31/2017 (Prepared Foods) – Fairlife expands its portfolio of beverages rich in protein and calcium with less sugar, and never any lactose

Fairlife, LLC disrupts the dairy category once again with the introduction of fairlife® SuperKids™ ultra-filtered milk and fairlife® SuperKids™ Chocolate ultra-filtered milk. Full Story

7/31/2017 (AgriLand) – About 6,600 New Zealand dairy cows heading to farms in China

Around 6,600 dairy cows from New Zealand are currently en route to China aboard the world’s largest livestock carrier, the Ocean Drover. Full Story

7/31/2017 (New York Post) – Dairy and plant groups battle over milk

NMPF responded to an FDA petition from the Good Food Institute, which wants soy-based beverages to be labeled as “soy milk.” Full Story

7/31/2017 (Elite Daily) – Starbucks’ New Coffee Is Garnished With Gourmet Beef Jerky

For those looking to find a new usual, behold: Starbucks’ Pepper Nitro with a Jerky Twist, the latest offering to hit stores and give that “summer in a cup” mantra a run for its money. Full Story

7/27/2017 (Dairy Reporter) Ben & Jerry’s says product is safe after traces of glyphosate found in ice cream

Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s has said that its ice cream products are safe to consume after independent lab testing by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that certain ice cream samples tested positive for glyphosate. Full Story

7/27/2017 (Food Bussiness News) – Meal in a Bottle

Once considered a supplementary product for consumers with medical needs, drinkable meals are now becoming part of the mainstream market, with companies offering the nutritional profiles of an entire meal or snack in ready-to-drink formats. Currently, most products are shelf-stable until opened, and many have shelf lives of more than a year. Full story

7/26/2017 (The Nation) – Over 60 New York dairy workers have been killed on the job just since 2006

The bucolic green hills of the classic dairy farm seem to be a hallmark of rural New York’s social landscape. But behind the barn door, something has gone rotten. Full Story

7/26/2017 (Vox) – Debunking ‘What the Health,’ the buzzy new documentary that wants you to be vegan

There’s a sensational new documentary out on Netflix that seems to have a lot of people talking about going vegan. But Andersen’s film fails on several accounts, and cranks the food fear sirens to irresponsibly high levels. Full Story

7/25/2017 (New York Times) – Traces of Controversial Herbicide Are Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

The Organic Consumers Association announced it found traces of glyphosate in 10 of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, although at levels far below the ceiling set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Full Story 

7/24/2017 (Shape) – What is ‘supercharged’ milk – and should you be drinking it?

If you’ve browsed the dairy aisle recently, you may have noticed some fancy new milk products. Here’s what you need to know. Full Story

7/21/2017 (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) – Dairy Dilemma: Embrace technology, boost production but face an oversupplied market

Across New York and in some other parts of the country, dairy farmers are facing lean times as they operate under economic pressure with multiple causes: An overabundance of milk, flagging demand for the product, dramatically lower prices, higher operating costs and two straight years of unfavorable weather. Full Story

7/20/2017 (Agri-Pulse) – Budget writers OK farm bill fixes for dairy, cotton

Senate appropriators have agreed to provide new farm bill funding to cotton and dairy producers, potentially addressing a major challenge facing lawmakers as they consider writing a new farm bill. Full Story

7/19/2017 (Brownfield AgNews) – DMI says milk fat demand rising thanks to checkoff research

A dairy industry group says increased demand for milk fat is boosting milk prices. Dairy Management Inc.’s CEO says farmer-funded nutrition research through the dairy checkoff program has shown the benefits of milk fat, and now the government and consumers are changing their views about dairy products. Full Story

7/19/2017 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) – Sitters hard to find as farmers seek vacation time

Cow care on dairy farms means families often take separate mini-vacations or don’t go at all. Full Story

7/18/2017 ( – A dairy farm produces as much waste as a big city? No way, Cornell profs say

Two Cornell professors challenged an environmental lawsuit that overestimated the amount of waste produced by dairy farms compared to humans. Full Story