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Milk Powder Exporters Face Credibility Issue
Thursday, November 15, 2012 (891 reads)


Even though the government lifted all restrictions on exports of milk products last month, milk powder exports are hit by credibility issues. Indian skimmed milk powder (SMP) exporters face credibility issues in the export markets after seeing two bans in the past few years. Between February 2007 and now, exports were banned twice for a total period of 22 months. A 14-month ban was lifted in June this year. In February 2007, exports were banned for eight months. Companies are giving huge discounts to lure back buyers as they face pressure on domestic prices.



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Total US Dairy Exports Up 5% in Spite of Third Quarter Decreases
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (1086 reads)


Total US dairy export numbers are up 5% from a year ago through the end of September 2012. These numbers were mainly achieved by higher export volumes during the first half of the year as the third quarter of 2012 has seen a decline in the export of skim milk powder and cheese.



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Rovey Named New USDEC Chairman
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (912 reads)


Arizona dairyman Paul Rovey was elected chairman of the checkoff-funded U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) at the association’s membership meeting in October. Rovey had been serving as interim chairman, filling the seat made vacant by previous chairman Les Hardesty’s retirement from the industry. Kenton Holle was elected to serve as USDEC’s vice chairman, while Tom Gallagher was re-elected USDEC’s secretary/treasurer.



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Little Change Expected in 2013 U.S. Milk Production
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (1230 reads)


In its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, USDA has projected the 2012 U.S. milk output at 199.7 billion pounds, compared to 196.2 billion pounds in 2011. It also forecasted 2013 milk production at 199.7 billion pounds. They raised their estimate for nonfat dry milk for both years, while the whey price forecast was left unchanged for 2012 but raised for 2013.



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Scientists Develop Source Test for New Zealand Milk Powder
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (814 reads)


Researchers from GNS Science and Otago University believe they have found a method to identify the geographical source of milk powder products – a potential answer to the problem of counterfeit ‘Made in New Zealand’ milk products.



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EFSA Announces Decision on “Weight Loss Peptides” Claim for Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (788 reads)


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that a cause and effect relationship cannot be established between the consumption of Prolibra® and “helps to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle” in the context of energy restriction for weight loss. The scope of the application was proposed to fall under a health claim based on newly developed scientific evidence and including a request for the protection of proprietary data.



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CWT Assists with 7.5 Million Pounds of Export Sales
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (714 reads)


Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance to sell 2.090 million pounds (948 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 5.463 million pounds (2,478 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.



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World Dairy Report Shows Growth
Thursday, November 08, 2012 (925 reads)


A report summary, promoted at the 2012 World Dairy Summit, outlines 2011 as being a positive year for global dairying. “Last year was a golden dairy year,” said Adriaan Krijger, editor of the World Dairy Situation 2012 report. The report showed that global milk production jumped by 2.5 percent to 749 million tons in 2011 on the back of higher milk prices.



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AMPI To Close Minnesota Manufacturing Facility
Thursday, November 08, 2012 (1196 reads)


Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) has recently announced it will be closing its manufacturing facility in Dawson, Minnesota, by the end of the year. The closing is the result of a recently announced sale of AMPI’s aseptic or shelf-stable dairy products line to Bay Valley Foods.



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New Protein Quality Assessment Discussed at World Dairy Summit
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 (816 reads)


A new method for determining the quality of dietary proteins, called Digestible Indispensable Amino Acids Score (DIAAS), which was proposed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO, Rome) was discussed at the Protein Quality Symposium Conference at the IDF World Dairy Summit.



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