Issues Monitoring

Keeping you on top of dairy news and consumer trends

August 2017

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 (Syracuse.com) – 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


This report is intended to keep dairy and agriculture industry stakeholders and partners informed of relevant dairy news and trending consumer topics being monitored on a state, regional and national level. For questions about articles in the report, contact Eric Fors at efors@sedairy.org.