Shamrock Farms to Build in Va.

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Phoenix-based Shamrock Farms is building a manufacturing facility in Augusta County, Va. The 130,000-square-foot plant is expected to open in late 2014, employing up to 60 people. The new plant will provide Shamrock with dual manufacturing capabilities, allowing the company to respond to increasing demand for its dairy products. It will feature the latest in extended shelf life (ESL) technology, …

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Farm Foundation to Hold Forum

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The challenges and opportunities of U.S. dairy policy will be the focus of the Farm Foundation® Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The Forum will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington D.C. Providing insights on potential policy developments will be: Mary Keough Ledman, Keough Ledman and Associates Mitch Davis, …

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Register for NMC

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Registration is now open for the 52nd National Mastitis Council (NMC) Annual Meeting. The meeting, which will draw about 400 people from around the world, will be held January 27-29, 2013 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, Calif. The complete agenda and list of short courses can be found online . Professionals with a vested interest in high quality …

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Dairy Foods Editors Pick Top 10 New Dairy Products

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FreshTake from Kraft, Yosicle frozen yogurt novelties from Unilever and Saute Express flavored butter from Land O’Lakes are among the 10 best new dairy products of 2012, according to Dairy Foods. Vote for your favorites now! Editors Sarah Kennedy and Jim Carper reviewed all the new products published in Dairy Foods magazine and on dairyfoods.com in 2012. From the hundreds …

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Morningstar to be Sold to Saputo

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Dean Foods Co. has reached an agreement with Saputo Inc. on the sale of Dean’s Morningstar Foods division. The sale is for $1.45 billion on a debt-free basis. Morningstar Foods is a manufacturer of dairy and non-dairy extended shelf-life (ESL) and cultured products, including creams and creamers, ice cream mixes, whipping cream, aerosol whipped toppings, iced coffee, half and half, …

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Revitalizing the REAL® Seal with New Website

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As part of its efforts to revitalize one of the most recognized product symbols in the food industry, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) announced that the REAL® Seal is undergoing a makeover. The first step in that process was taken Tuesday, with the launch of a revamped website: www.realseal.com. The previous website existed primarily as a resource for dairy …

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Morningstar May Be Sold

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Dean Foods Co. is considering the sale of its Morningstar unit that produces milk products for retailers and restaurants. Dean hasn’t identified a buyer yet for the segment, which makes and sells ice cream mixes, coffee creamers and whipped toppings, Jamaison Schuler, a spokesman for the Dallas-based company, said in an e-mail today. Dean has struggled recently to boost profits …

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BPI Sues ABC News

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Beef Products, Inc. (BPI), a South Dakota-based meat processor has sued ABC News for defamation for news reports on a meat product that critics have dubbed “pink slime” and which the meat industry calls “lean, finely textured beef.” The $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit from Beef Products accuses the network of disseminating 200 “false and misleading and defamatory statements” about its …

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Schreiber Foods Closes Neb. Plant

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Schreiber Foods has announced the closure of their Ravenna, Neb. plant, effective February 2013. Close to 80 employees will lose their jobs, some as early as October. “It’s going to hurt the community. The people who came here maybe they stopped and shopped here,” said Ravenna Mayor Peg Dethlefs. “The ones that are living here are they going to find …

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