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New York - The Fastest Growing Producer of Yogurt in the U.S.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 (1010 reads)

New York state produced 368 million-lbs. of yogurt in 2010, nearly 40% more than the previous year; the state is the fastest-growing producer of yogurt in the U.S., according to data compiled by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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Batory Foods Acquires Ingredient Distributor Mac & Massey, LLC
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 (856 reads)

Batory Foods Inc., the leading, national distributor of food and fine ingredients, has acquired Atlanta, Georgia-based ingredient broker/distributor Mac & Massey, LLC, the $90 million holding company for Massey Fair, Mac Source and Mulligan Sales. With the completion of the transaction, Batory Foods now offers food and beverage manufacturers the largest portfolio of high quality food and fine ingredients in the United States.

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Ireland’s Food & Drink Exports Increase By 12% To Reach All-Time High
Thursday, January 12, 2012 (782 reads)

According to new figures released by Bord Bia, the value of Irish food and drink exports increased by 12%, or €1 billion, in 2011 to reach an all-time high of €8.85 billion. The strongest performing category was dairy with €2.6 billion.

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Pfizer Still Entertaining Offers for $1.87 Billion Nutrition Division
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (946 reads)

Nestlé, Danone and Heinz remain in the running to purchase the $1.87bn nutrition division of Pfizer. The drug giant's nutrition unit trades in vitamins and minerals and infant formula products, and it has also put its $3.56bn animal nutrition unit on the market. Pfizer said it expects the transactions to be completed between the middle of 2012 and mid-2013.

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USDA To Close 259 Offices in Cost-Saving Initiative
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (965 reads)

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Monday it intends to close 259 offices, facilities and laboratories across the United States, as part of an effort to save about $150m a year in the agency's $145bn budget

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Cornell Researchers Find Listeria-Stopping Compound
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (842 reads)

Research that may lead to a human drug to combat Listeria monocytogenes could also be adapted to fight the deadly bug in food processing plants, said the team leader behind the breakthrough.

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Indian Milk Widely Contaminated
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (893 reads)

More than two-thirds of Indian milk is adulterated with items ranging from salt to detergent and may be unsafe to drink, a government watchdog says. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India conducted a survey in 33 states and found that 68.4% of 1,791 milk samples were contaminated.

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Leprino Opportunities Attract California Dairymen to Colorado
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (1283 reads)

A.J. De Jager is expanding his California dairy in Colorado's Weld County because of the opportunity presented by the Leprino Foods cheese facility under construction.

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Campden BRI Identifies Food and Drink Industry Challenges
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (771 reads)

Vigilance in supply chain management, risk assessment, efficiency and sustainability are the key challenges facing the food and drinks industry over the next three to five years, according to a new report from Campden BRI.

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Conventional Milk Sales Losing Ground
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 (937 reads)

Milk sales are declining due in part to high retail prices and increased competition from milk alternatives, reported Supermarket News. In the 52 weeks ending Nov. 27, low fat milk unit sales slid by approximately 3.4% and whole milk declined by 3.7%, according to SymphonyIRI Group.

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