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February Milk Production up 4.3 Percent
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (975 reads)

USDA's February “Milk Production” report shows 50-state milk production at 16.28 billion lbs., up 4.3 percent (adjusted for Leap Day) from February 2011.

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Powdered Milk Processing Plant Plans are Underway in Nevada
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 (1514 reads)

Quail Hollow LLC, a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, has closed an agreement with the city of Fallon, Nevada, to buy 31.5 acres in the city's New River Business Park for a powdered milk processing plant.

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Mexico Becomes Billion Dollar Dairy Export Market for U.S.
Monday, March 19, 2012 (945 reads)

Mexico became the first billion-dollar dairy export market for the United State in 2011, the culmination of more than 15 years of broad-based market development efforts, according to U.S. Dairy Export Council.

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U.S.-Korea FTA Now in Force
Monday, March 19, 2012 (979 reads)

Nearly five years after its original signing, the long-debated US-Korea FTA entered into force on March 15, despite continued sparring in Seoul at both the public and political levels. The long-awaited announcement of the pact’s entry into force was praised by officials on both sides. Thanks to this historic agreement, Korean consumers will now have greater opportunities to access high-quality dairy products from the United States.

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Fonterra Revises 2012 Payout Forecast Due to “Uncertain” Global Markets
Monday, March 19, 2012 (857 reads)

Fonterra Chief Executive Theo Spierings said "global markets seem to be reacting to the ongoing economic difficulties in Greece, the potential for conflict in the Middle East and China's reduced growth forecasts." Fonterra announced a revised payout forecast for the 2011/12 season of NZ$6.75 -NZ$6.85, for a fully shared up farmer, 15 cents down on the previous forecast.

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Do You Know Your Protein Needs?
Thursday, March 15, 2012 (1132 reads)

Just 35% of Americans understand their protein needs, even though they know other essential health and fitness facts, according to a survey conducted by CLIF Bar and Company and Kelton Research. Nearly half of those surveyed stated that nutritious ingredients are an important factor in their selection of protein snacks.

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Kemps Acquires Cass-Clay Creamery
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (1234 reads)

Cass-Clay Creamery, founded in 1935 and based in Fargo, N.D., has been purchased by Kemps, based in St. Paul, Minn. "We are excited about building on the heritage of the Cass-Clay brand," said Jim Green, president and CEO of Kemps. "We look forward to providing fresh Cass-Clay milk from local farms for years to come."

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NIZO Develop Method to Determine Fat Oxidation in Specialty Powders
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (987 reads)

Researchers from NIZO have developed a method to determine the oxidation of fats in specialty ingredient powders.

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First Milk Gets Go-Ahead to Create Cheese Packing and Storage Center of Excellence
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (911 reads)

The Glasgow-based company has stated that its Maelor packing site near Wrexham, North Wales, would be redesigned and rebuilt – it is scheduled for completion next Autumn – while UK storage and distribution firm Grocontinental will also redevelop a cold store on the same premises to house all of First Milk’s maturing cheese.

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Amcor and Velcro Europe S.A. Bring Easy-to-Open and Re-seal Innovation to Dairy Packaging Market
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (1079 reads)

Amcor Flexibles and Velcro Europe have formed a strategic partnership to bring an innovative easy-to-open and re-seal system to the fresh and dairy flexible packaging market.

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