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Governor of Washington Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency with more snow on the way. Pic: ©GettyImages/Kayla Teske

1,600 dairy cows are dead after Washington blizzard

By Beth Newhart

The Dairy Farmers of Washington (DFW) has reported that more than 1,600 cows perished during an unusually heavy snowstorm in the Yakima Valley region of Washington State. The significant loss further burdens an already-struggling industry.

Small or marginal holdings make achieving efficiencies through economies of scale more difficult, particularly when they rely on old techniques. Pic: ©Getty Images/RakeshPicholiya

Much touted mantra has good intentions but Indian dairy has already been moving on

Can India double dairy farmers’ incomes in three years?

By Richard Whitehead

The phrase “doubling farmers’ incomes by 2022” is in danger of toppling “Jai Hind” as India’s most popular rally call. From bag carriers to the prime minister himself, anyone who matters has been seen uttering the line often and with great meaning.

Bipartisan whole milk bill draws support from the northeast

By Beth Newhart

US Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson (D-MN) introduced a new bill last month that would increase milk options in school lunches. The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 832) is starting...

Country music singer Kellie Pickler kicked off the race and met with fans at the finish line.

Silk pushed ‘healthy progress’ on the Grammy’s red carpet

By Beth Newhart

Ahead of last weekend’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Danone North America and Silk facilitated a 7K ‘fun run’ using a four mile-long red carpet. The dairy alternative’s new ‘Progress is Perfection’ campaign encourages non-dairy swaps and setting ‘wellness...

The yogurt meals were all tested in a school production kitchen and taste-tested by students.

New yogurt-based recipes chosen for school lunch program

By Beth Newhart

Danone North America and the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF) have chosen 12 yogurt-based foods submitted by school districts across the country. Yogurt is considered a meat alternate in school meals and services the growing popularity of vegetarian diets.

Overall US cheese production likely reached 13 billion pounds in 2018. Pic: ©GettyImages/ShotShare

US cheese surplus not an 'unusually enormous amount'

By Beth Newhart

Last month, the American Dairy Coalition (ADC) called attention to the record 1.4 billion pounds of surplus cheese currently in US cold storage. But it may not have a simple solution, or even be as big of a problem as the public thinks.

The first auction would take place in 2020 if the joint venture goes ahead.

EEX and GDT move toward European dairy auction JV

By Jim Cornall

The European Energy Exchange (EEX) and Global Dairy Trade (GDT) have concluded the initial consultation period regarding the establishment of a joint venture to operate a European-based auction mechanism for European dairy products.

Moo Money points can be earned now through April 28 and dairy alternatives are not eligible.

California residents can now earn rewards for buying milk

By Beth Newhart

The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) has announced a new loyalty program that will allow California residents to accrue rewards from buying fluid milk products. ‘Moo Money’ will run through April.

The organized dairy market, where Danone and Lactalis play, is dominated by cooperatives in almost every state. Pic: ©Getty Images/polybutmono

Powerful establishment has the cards stacked in its favor through margins and scale

India’s dairy market may not be as attractive as it seems, despite two deals in a month

By Richard Whitehead

Two multinationals have already invested in Indian dairy this year, with January still in play. By such a measure it would appear that the subcontinent market is an attractive place, but foreign majors still have their work cut out for them.

Are consumers really confused by dairy alternative names? Pic: ©GettyImages/byheaven

Plant-based labels argument continues

By Beth Newhart

In 2018 the FDA committed to looking into the arguments surrounding plant-based dairy alternative product labels using dairy terms. The agency collected public input on the debate until January 25.

“People just have to be willing to take 60 seconds to make it.

Modest Mylk ditches the carton for sustainable nut beverage bases

By Beth Newhart

A new make-your-own nut-based milk alternative is hitting the market this month. Modest Mylk is a nut paste sold in glass jars designed to blend with water into a ‘milk-like’ beverage, which the company says is more sustainable and affordable than conventional...

It is estimated that only about 13% of the milk produced by Australian dairy farms ends up as fresh milk. Pic: ©Getty Images/petej

‘Australian supermarket wars could put half of suppliers out of business’

Eight years on, one dollar milk is still crippling farmers

By Richard Whitehead

Exactly eight years ago, Australian supermarkets began selling a liter of milk for one dollar (72 US cents). As farmers are getting ready for Australia Day anniversary, the industry continues to reel.