What are the hottest dairy trends – and companies - to watch in 2015?

By Elaine Watson

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What are the hottest dairy trends & companies to watch in 2015?

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What are the hottest new trends in dairy? Grass-fed everything? A whole milk renaissance? High-protein kefir? Quark? And what’s next after Greek yogurt?  

To find out, we have put together a panel of some of the best and brightest new players in the dairy market to talk about what they’re doing differently, what trends they think have staying power, and where they see the growth opportunities in the next 3-5 years.

Date​: Weds July 29, 2015

Time​: 11.30am EST

Duration​: 60 minutes

In the first 45 minutes of the live, free-to-attend,​ online 60-minute Dairy Innovation Forum​, ​we’ll address the following agenda points.

1 - How difficult is it to launch a new dairy brand?

2 - What are the hottest new trends in dairy?

3 - What’s natural? And does it matter?

4 - What keeps you awake at night?

The remaining 15 minutes will be devoted to Q&A where you can put your questions to our expert panel of dairy entrepreneurs:


JESSE MERRILL: Co-founder & president, good culture  

LA-based-based good culture organic cottage cheese is on a mission to inject excitement into a category that has become stale, says co-founder Jesse Merrill. “Grandma’s cottage cheese/pineapple combo just wasn’t cutting it.” good culture's 5.3oz snack pots are made from organic grass-fed milk.

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SMÁRI ÁSMUNDSSON: Founder and CEO, Smári Organics

Yogurt buyers are looking for new options as the Greek yogurt market has matured, and Scandinavian products and designs are hip right now, says Smári Ásmundsson, founder & CEO of SMÁRI Organic Icelandic Yogurt. Each 6oz pot of his ‘super-concentrated’ strained yogurt contains 17-20g of protein.

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Jim Smith, Director of marketing, The a2 Milk Company

Digestive issues after drinking milk are often attributed to milk protein allergy or intolerance to lactose.  But what if these have been ruled out and you are still experiencing discomfort? One company targeting these consumers is The a2 Milk Company, which believes A1 beta casein protein in milk may be to blame.

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DREW HARRINGTON: Co-founder and Co-CEO, Yasso  

Yasso was the world’s first frozen Greek yogurt bar on the market when it made its debut in spring 2011, and its rise since then has been nothing short of meteoric. “Put a pot of Greek yogurt in your freezer, and it freezes like a rock”, says Harrington. “So we spent a lot of time trying to get the texture right but coming up with something that was still healthy.”


WINSTON LEE: Founder and CEO, Tarte Foods

Santa Monica-based Tarte Asian Yogurt was inspired by a French-Vietnamese style of yogurt sold by street vendors and coffee shops in Southeast Asia that is made by caramelizing milk and sugar before culturing, says founder & CEO Winston Lee: “The Greek yogurt market grew rapidly but it has matured now, so retailers want to know what’s next.”

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REGISTER HERE ​for the FREE event, which is sponsored by Glanbia Nutritionals​, Treetop​, ​and Ingredion​. 

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