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General Mills is looking to improve the performance of its US yogurt business and is focused on driving the simply better segment of the yogurt category.

Oui by Yoplait enters non-dairy category

By Beth Newhart

Coconut-based yogurt alternatives are coming in 2020 from French-style yogurt Oui by Yoplait. The US dairy brand was also recognized as one of Nielsen’s 2019 Breakthrough Innovation winners.

Irish Whiskey is on the list of European GIs protected in China. Pic:getty/vincent20044

EU and China agree GI protection for 200 products

By Rachel Arthur

The EU and China have concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China; and 100 Chinese Geographical Indications in the EU.

Shredded cheese accounts for about one-third of all cheese sales in the US, which is a 12% increase since 2015.

Old El Paso enters dairy with shredded cheese line

By Beth Newhart

Taco shell and seasoning producer Old El Paso is entering the dairy industry for the first time with a collection of shredded cheeses, in partnership with Crystal Farms Dairy Company.

Sargento brings more meat-free protein snacks to the c-store.

Packaging cheese for c-store needs

By Beth Newhart

Dairy companies at this year’s National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show highlighted protein products, though cheese snacks at the US convenience store haven’t changed much in the last decade, with sticks and bars still ruling the aisles.

Producing the Plant Butter generates less than half the greenhouse gas emissions that producing dairy butter does.

Country Crock introduces butter alternative

By Beth Newhart

After 30 years of manufacturing plant oil ‘buttery spreads,’ Country Crock has introduced a line of certified dairy-free spreads and sticks products.

“There has not been an innovation in shelf-stable milk for years.

Maple Hill launches milk in SIG cartons

By Beth Newhart

For the first time, Maple Hill Creamery will offer its organic, grass-fed milk in single serve SIG carton packs that have ‘minimal impact’ on the environment.

Pic: Getty/Baris-Ozer

What's new in US dairy: August

By Beth Newhart

DairyReporter brings you its monthly round-up of what’s new in the US dairy aisles for August 2019.

MOIC NYC is the ‘first of several’ flagship locations to launch across the US and abroad over the next 18 months.

The Museum of Ice Cream returns to NYC

By Beth Newhart

After years of pop-ups and limited runs, the Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is putting down roots in NYC with a three-story flagship. Its first permanent location opened in San Francisco in 2017.

Dairy Dialog podcast 45: Rabobank and Pack Expo

Dairy Dialog podcast 45: Rabobank and Pack Expo

By Jim Cornall

The podcast this week features two interviews. The first is with Thomas Bailey, executive director of dairy research at Rabobank North America, talking about Rabobank’s latest report, ‘Making Milk Cool Again.’

Each keto variety has about 1g of sugar and 1g net carbs per serving, but are higher in calories than the core line.

Enlightened debuts Keto Collection pints and bars

By Beth Newhart

US light ice cream brand Enlightened is expanding its range of better-for-you frozen desserts with a keto-specific collection. The line launches this week with seven pint flavors and four bars.

“Everyone’s trying to crack the code--how do we get American dairy consumption to keep rising?

Wünder expands US quark options in a sparse market

By Beth Newhart

The curdled, cultured dairy product quark has a huge presence in Europe and Asia, but little to no competition in the US. For five years, Wünder Creamery has been trying to change that.

Florida nitrogen ice cream chain to franchise nationally

By Beth Newhart

Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream this month launches its national franchise program to expand the brand beyond south Florida. It was one of the first nitrogen ice cream concept stores in the US when it opened in 2012.

New products for July 2019.

New in the dairy aisles: July

By Beth Newhart

DairyReporter brings you its monthly round-up of what’s new in the dairy aisles for July 2019.

The average American eats 48 pints of ice cream per year, according to the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association. Pic: Getty/Sally Anscombe

National ice cream month wraps up in the US

By Beth Newhart

As July comes to a close, so too does another national ice cream month in the US. Brands celebrated with free samples and new flavor launches across the category.

Organic Valley's filtration process gives Ultra 50% more protein than the average milk and strips out the sugar.

Organic Valley debuts new Ultra filtered milk

By Beth Newhart

The first organic, ultra-filtered milk in the US hits shelves today from Organic Valley. The high-protein and low-sugar Ultra line will roll out first in nationwide Whole Foods.

Better Than Milk refreshes brand with beverage launch

By Beth Newhart

At the Summer Fancy Food show in New York City last week, plant-based powder brand Better Than Milk previewed its new line of shelf-stable, RTD beverages in five varieties, rolling out nationwide this fall.

New products for June 2019

New in the dairy aisles: June

By Beth Newhart

DairyReporter brings you its monthly round-up of what’s new in the dairy aisles for June 2019.

What’s new at the Summer Fancy Food Show?

What’s new at the Summer Fancy Food Show?

By Beth Newhart

The summer iteration of the Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) Fancy Food Show took place in New York City this week. Specialty food and beverage sales make up 16.1% of the total industry, with plant-based products growing the fastest in all categories....

Fair Oaks Farms is one of 30 farms that provide milk to fairlife.

Fairlife and Coca-Cola deal with Fair Oaks abuse fallout

By Beth Newhart

Last week, an undercover video surfaced showing severe calf abuse at Fair Oaks Farms. The Indiana-based farm supplies milk to ultrafiltered milk brand fairlife, which is a Coca-Cola Company partner. Several retailers have pulled the products from shelves...

Cottage cheese ‘renaissance’ heats up in the US

By Beth Newhart

The meteoric rise in popularity of Greek yogurt over the last decade has shown that consumers respond well to high-protein dairy snacks. Cottage cheese falls into that category and has been making a mainstream comeback with single serves.

Kroger intends to use the after-tax cash proceeds to reduce its debt. Pic: Getty/martinrlee

Kroger completes Turkey Hill sale

By Beth Newhart

After announcing that it may drop its flagship dairy brand last August, Kroger sold Turkey Hill to Peak Rock Capital earlier this year. The agreement was completed this week for $215m.

Five years ago, whole milk only accounted for 30% of retail milk sales. It’s now up to 40%. Pic: Getty/DragonImages

Can whole milk make a comeback?

By Beth Newhart

The National Dairy Council (NDC) has been involved with the fight to bring back whole milk for several years, investing in research on its health benefits.

New products for March 2019. Pic: ©Getty Images/natasaadzic

New in the dairy aisles - March

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

DairyReporter brings you its monthly round-up of what’s new in the dairy aisles for March 2019.

An interview with Wall's, featuring its new products including the vegan Magnum at the Ice Cream Expo, is included in this month's product round-up.

New products in the dairy aisles: February

By Beth Newhart and Jim Cornall

February was a busy month for dairy launches, and in this round-up, we also include an interview with Unilever’s business development manager, Rachel Brooks, on the new range of products being launched, from the Ice Cream and Gelato Expo held in Harrogate,...

Grupo Lala's profits as reported were up by 13.4% compared to 2017, and milk remained the top-earning segment of the business.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze products are coming to Mexico

By Beth Newhart

Grupo Lala announced this week that it reached a deal with Blue Diamond Growers to distribute Blue Diamond Almond Breeze almond beverages in Mexico. It also released fourth-quarter and full-year financial reports from 2018.

Digestive wellness is one of the top 5 dairy trends for 2019, according to NZMP. Pic: ©Getty Images/ChrisChrisW

NZMP picks top 5 dairy trends for 2019

By Jim Cornall

NZMP, the global ingredients brand of Fonterra, has studied insights from some of the world’s largest food and nutrition research providers to create its top five dairy trends for 2019.

Jarlsberg cheese plate kits will be given away throughout 2019 to draw in younger customers.

Looking to millennials to expand Jarlsberg brand in US

By Beth Newhart

Jarlsberg has been available in the US since the 1960s, and the company that produces it, Norseland (a subsidiary of Norwegian cooperative TINE), is attempting to extend what it says is a typical baby boomer audience to capture the interest of a younger...

Ice cold: winter ice cream round-up

Ice cold: winter ice cream round-up

By Beth Newhart

Freezing temps across the US haven’t discouraged ice cream brands from expanding their portfolios. From boozy flavors to low-cal pops, here are the freshest launches within the US frozen dessert category.

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