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Listen to a Podcast about Covid's effects on the Dairy Industry

Listen to a Podcast with Fred Schonenberg of VentureFuel on the COVID-19 pandemic changes in dairy business, along with other food markets. They discuss what the possibilities are for the food industry and specifically in dairy as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Schonenberg of VentureFuel, helped California Milk do a "shark tank" style program. Schonenberg shares insights with Joel Hastings of DairyBusiness News on what might lie ahead. Click here to listen now!

8/3/2020 Pumps Handle Manufacturing’s Challenging Liquids Author: Pan Demetrakakes, Senior Editor

Certain kinds of liquids and slurries are challenging to move, but they can be handled by judiciously chosen pumps. Pumps, you might say, are the hearts of a food plant: They circulate vital fluids. The problem is, unlike human hearts, the material they have to handle varies considerably. “The food and beverage industry asks pump manufacturers to offer solutions for pumping a variety of food/beverage products,” says Ron Crutchfield, senior engineer and liquid handling product specialist withh Motion Industries. “Every application is unique, and there must be a variety of pump options capable of offering smooth processes.”

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8/4/2020 Milk Sales Get Boost from Pandemic Author: Pan Demetrakakes, Senior Editor 

Sales of liquid milk are back on the rise after years of decline, another example of consumption habits roiled by the pandemic. Sales for the year through July 18 rose 8.3% to $6.4 billion, according to Nielsen sales figures cited by the Association Press. During the same period last year, they were down 2.3%. Milk apparently was one of the staple foods consumers turned to during the pandemic, with year-over-year sales seeing a 21% jump in March. Dairy farmers and processors are hoping the trend will have legs, which it appears to: Year-over-year sales kept rising in June, although by a more modest 2%.

Despite the increased at-home demand, milk processing hit some hurdles early in the pandemic, when institutional and restaurant sales diminished demand for both liquid milk and cheese. That led to some farmers being forced to dump their milk because it couldn’t be processed in time by plants that were still geared for foodservice production. The dairy industry is trying to hold on to the momentum gained during the pandemic. The Milk Processor Education Program is bringing back the milk mustache campaign with the “Got Milk?” tagline, six years after it was retired. Said the program’s CEO: “Sometimes the answer you’re looking for is right under your nose.”

Original Article can be found here!

7/5/2020 Key International Trade Stats for Goods & Services for Dairy Products 

We have gatherd information for you about the Dairy Industry sourced directly from the U.S. Census Bureau. They produced the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services updated as of  May 2020, and we thought you might want to take a peak!

Click here to learn more about how Covid_19 has impacted the Economics of U.S. Dairy Goods & Services!

If you are interested in Dairy Product Manufacturing Statistics or Values of Shipments specifically, than click here to learn more! 

Click here to read the most recent reports about imports & exports in trade within the Dairy Industry. 

06/12/2020 Cheese Suppliers Support Pizza Companies during Covid_19 Aiding the Supply Chain 

"Leprino Foods, one of the nation’s leading suppliers of cheese to pizza companies, approached DMI leadership to address a surplus of cheese as restaurants across America were shut down." There is nothing like the resiliency of pizza. It more than weathered everything that came its way during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only surviving but outselling any other foodservice category in this recent period. Pizza has always been a shining star for dairy farmers because of what it gives back to us. About 25 percent of all cheese that moves through the foodservice channel is via a piping-hot pie. It’s simple: for cheese to succeed, pizza must succeed.

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06/01/2020 Learn About National Dairy Month From the International Dairy Foods Association  

“National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk. It was initially created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but has now developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world. After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name soon changed to ‘Dairy Month.”

National Dairy Month is a great way to start the summer with nutrient-rich dairy foods. From calcium to potassium, dairy products like milk contain nine essential nutrients which may help to better manage your weight, reduce your risk for high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain cancers. Whether it's protein to help build and repair the muscle tissue of active bodies or vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin, dairy products are a natural nutrient powerhouse. Those are just a few of the reasons that you should celebrate dairy not just in June, but all year long.

05/28/2020 Vietnam lowers Dairy tariffs, benefiting U.S. exports. Author: DairyFoods.com  

Vietnam lowers dairy tariffs, benefiting U.S. exports.

"Most tariffs on dairy products and ingredients will decrease by 50% or more." 

Vietnam signed a decree unilaterally lowering tariffs on key dairy products and ingredients, including skim milk powder, whole milk powder, cheese, milk albumin and protein isolate. The decree goes into effect on July 10, according to the Arlington, Va.-based U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). Most tariffs on dairy products and ingredients will decrease by 50% or more. USDEC said it received confirmation on May 28 that the decree was officially announced by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

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04/24/2020 Learn how the Dairy Industry is safer than others when dealing with COVID_19  Author: Anna-Lisa Laca  

Why Dairy Plants Are Unlikely to House Large COVID-19 Outbreaks

“You can walk into a large commercial facility like a block cheese or milk powder plant and aside from the guard at the door, you’d have trouble finding someone,” he says.  (Wyatt Bechtel) Working conditions and facility design. In meat packing plants employees often work shoulder to shoulder whereas dairy processing is highly automated, explains Sam Alcaine, a food scientist and assistant professor at Cornell University. 

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11/01/2016 Processor Handbook: Measuring Value in Resources, Employee, & Community Engagement in Dairy Plants   

Developed in Collaboration with Leading Dairy Processors this Processor Handbook is a supplementary resource to the Stewardship and Sustainability Framework for U.S. Dairy (Framework) developed to support dairy cooperatives, processors, manufacturers and milk marketing organizations that choose to voluntarily track and communicate progress. This handbook provides measurement guidance for processors across topics essential to sustainable plant operations including: energy and greenhouse gas intensity, water use, resource recovery (waste management), employee investment and community contributions. 

Read the full Handbook here:  ProcessorHandbook.pdf

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