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The Epic Seed is now available in 700 stores across the country

The Epic Seed entrepreneur unlocks new opportunity in the dairy case with Greek yogurt + chia

The Greek yogurt aisle was already pretty crowded by the time Jesse Rudolph started pitching his wares to the market around 18 months ago. But chia - the superfood of the moment - proved to be his secret weapon. 

Agropur to double US presence with Davisco Foods acquisition

Canadian dairy Agropur has agreed to acquire the processing assets of Minnesota cheese and whey ingredients manufacturer Davisco Foods International - a deal that will double its US operational presence.

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to market without compromising on texture and taste.

Abbott making 'progress' repairing Fonterra botulism scare damage

Abbott Laboratories' CEO believes the company has “recovered about as well" as it could have in the year since the Fonterra WPC botulism scare that led it to recall infant formula in China, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.

DFA to pay $50m to settle Northeast US milk price lawsuit

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and its marketing arm Dairy Marketing Services (DMS) have agreed to pay a total of US$50m (€37m) to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged a conspiracy to drive down raw milk prices in the Northeast United States.

Trader Joe's 'purposefully railroaded business relationships', alleges lawsuit

Trader Joe’s move to cut out the middlemen in dairy supply chain left key vendor & broker ‘high and dry’, says lawsuit

Trader Joe’s move to ditch a broker and a vendor it had been working with for years and deal directly with key suppliers of ice cream and other dairy products left the pair “high & dry”, says a lawsuit accusing the retailer of “systematically eliminating companies from the marketplace”.

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

FDA satisfied with protocols in Chobani’s Greek yogurt plant post moldy yogurt incident

An FDA inspection of Chobani’s yogurt production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, conducted after it recalled some products last fall, found “minor” deficiencies in good manufacturing practices (GMPs), but nothing to warrant issuing a ‘483’ letter, the agency has confirmed.

Top 20 Dairy Manufacturers - the Ups and Downs of 2013

European dairies Nestlé, Danone and Lactalis made up the podium in the latest Rabobank Dairy Top 20. Can you guess how the likes of Fonterra, Saputo, Yili and Mengniu lined up?

Chobani blasts “irresponsible” study on moldy yogurt; authors stand by their paper

Dr Alejandro Mazzotta - the microbiologist heading up food safety at Chobani - says he is disappointed by the publication of a “highly irresponsible” paper in the peer-reviewed journal mBio alleging that the fungal contaminant found in some of its yogurts last fall was a potentially dangerous food borne pathogen.  

Sports nutrition products for women are a huge area of growth: Marketing guru

Women, protein blends, and the ‘anti-wasting’ market are all areas of significant opportunity in sports nutrition, says Jeff Hilton, co-founder and CMO of BrandHive.

Starbucks tests new ‘Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice Smoothie inspired by Dannon’ in San Jose & St Louis

Starbucks-owned brand Evolution Fresh is test marketing a new range of co-branded smoothies made with cold pressed, high pressure processed juice and Dannon Greek yogurt in 200 Starbucks stores in San Jose and St Louis.

DISPATCHES FROM ZENITH GLOBAL DAIRY CONGRESS

Don't get emotional, enter strategic alliances: Dairy Farmers of America

Strategic alliances have enabled Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) to overcome the “emotion” that comes with attempting to enter emerging markets such as China.

Macho yogurt, nuts & eco-eating: why there’s still growth in protein

Growing consumer interest in positive nutrition, demographic shifts, new eating patterns, recent scientific findings, and the recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans all point to a bright future for protein-rich foods and beverages, according to the latest “Culinary Trend Tracking Series” report from Packaged Facts titled “Proteins—Classics, Alternative and Exotic Sources”. 

Dannon launches first new brand since Oikos with Dannon Creamery indulgent dessert range

Dannon is looking to drive incremental growth to the dairy category with the launch of a new indulgent dessert brand called Dannon Creamery that targets a day-part US yogurt marketers have traditionally struggled to corner: the evening.

Trendspotting from Innova Market Insights

Protein, sugar and hybrid products: Innova teases IFT agenda

Can anything top protein? What’s a “silver consumer” and why should we care? Would salty caramel work in a soft drink? Innova Market Insights teased a very full agenda of trendwatching presentations at next week’s Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2014 Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans. 

Arla: 1m tons of acid whey waste could be cut

Greek yogurt manufacturers in the US could cut acid whey output by a collective 1m tons a year, by using this by-product to make additional dairy foods, claims Arla Foods Ingredients (AFI). 

‘Dairy junk foods’ under fire in report highlighting dramatic shift in dairy consumption patterns

US dairy consumption patterns “have shifted away from plain fluid milk to highly processed forms of dairy that are little more than vessels for salt, sugar, and fat”, while cash from the dairy checkoff scheme is being used to promote ‘junk foods’ such as Dominos pizza and McDonald’s McCafé frappé chocolate chip shakes, according to a new report.

News in brief

6% of US food & beverage launches made protein claims in year to March 31, says Innova

Nearly 3% of global food and beverage launches and 6% of US food/bev launches were marketed on a ‘high-protein’ or ‘source-of-protein’ positioning in the year ending March 31, 2014, according to data from Innova Market Insights.

Noosa co-founder: Greek yogurt isn’t the only game in town

While Chobani, Dannon and Yoplait have been battling for supremacy in the US yogurt market (and at halftime at the Super Bowl), another equally ambitious player has recently emerged from the leftfield and served as a reminder that Greek isn’t the only game in town.

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