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Lessons Learned: Do the Spring 2015 Ice Cream Recalls Identify Potential Operational Weakness in All Dairy Plants?
Friday, June 26, 2015 (1571 reads)

The Spring of 2015 will be remembered in the dairy industry in some ways like September 11th, 2001 is remembered by many in the USA.  Our innocence and confidence were both assaulted by the Blue Bell and shortly thereafter, the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream recalls.  At the late April’s National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS), the recall subject was the first topic of discussion, whether it was in a group of industry, state dairy regulators, FDA headquarters or Regional Milk Specialists or a mixed group of some or all these parts of the US dairy industry. It was clear that both state and FDA regulators intended to increase their sampling of ice cream products for the near future.  


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Hilmar Cheese Expands Production Facility in Texas
Friday, June 26, 2015 (856 reads)

Hilmar Cheese Co. has announced that it is increasing production at its plant in Dalhart, Texas. It processes cheese into 40- and 640-pound blocks and will add 500-pound barrel production. “We are expanding to meet our customers’ growing demand for our products,” said Hilmar Cheese Chief Operating Officer David Ahlem. “Both global and domestic cheese consumption continues to increase.”

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Acid Whey is a Big Dipper Thanks To New Protein Solution
Friday, June 26, 2015 (914 reads)

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a protein solution that enables manufacturers to make delicious high-protein low-fat dips using the acid whey they have left over after making Greek yogurt.

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Australia Produces Less Whole Milk Powder
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (774 reads)

Manufacturers in Australia have concentrated on producing cheese and skim milk powder (SMP) this season. Skim milk powder (SMP) has increased by 15.3%. Cheese production is up 11.7%. Whole milk powder (WMP) production has reduced by a quarter this season. Data from July 2014 to April 2015 shows 81,784 tons of WMP was manufactured. This compares with 108,739 tons during the same time period the previous season.

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May Milk Production Up 1.4%
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (768 reads)

The United States Department of Agriculture reported this week that May milk production rose 1.4%. Milk per cow in the 23 major dairy states averaged 1,990 lb., the highest since the 23-state series was begun in 2003. California continued to slide, however, reporting milk production down 2.9% in May. This is the sixth consecutive month 

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Milk Surplus Forcing Canada's Dairy Industry To Dump Supply
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (867 reads)

Canadian dairy farmers are grappling with a glut of milk, forcing them to turn growing volumes into low-cost pig feed and sometimes dump it on farms or in sewage systems. The head of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) acknowledged in a recent letter to farmers that it has been forced to get rid of quantities of unwanted liquid skim milk.

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More Milk Than Market – Rabobank Latest Dairy Outlook
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (798 reads)

A recovery in global dairy prices is still on the horizon, however burgeoning stocks have pushed out any sustained upturn in the market until the first-half of 2016, according to Rabobank’s latest Dairy Quarterly report.

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GDT Buyers Still Trading In Low Demand Environment
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (787 reads)

GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) has released its second quarter report. It offers analysis of dairy ingredient products over the three month period from April-June 2015. The GDT quarterly said the whole milk powder (WMP) average price decreased by 12.8%  and skimmed milk powder (SMP) decreased by 19.7% from Q1 to Q2 2015. Over the same period, butter and butter milk powder (BMP) experienced the largest decrease in average price of 22% and 26% respectively. 

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Darigold’s Plant Expansion is Well Underway in Sunnyside, Washington
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (797 reads)

Darigold will increase its production to 8.5 million-lbs. of milk daily by spring 2016 when the company completes a $90 million expansion in Sunnyside, WA. The upgrades include a dryer to allow the plant to produce skim milk powder and nutritional applications like baby formula.


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CWT Assists with 4.4 Million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 (630 reads)

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 20 requests for export assistance to sell 3.261 million pounds (1,479 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese and 1.157 million pounds (525 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia and the Middle East. 

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