NMPF LAUDS ESTABLISHMENT OF DAIRY DONATION PROGRAM TO FIGHT FOOD INSECURITY
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today commended USDA for finalizing rules implementing the new Dairy Donation Program enacted by Congress last year. The program will help expand partnerships between dairy organizations and food banks to provide a wide range of dairy products to food-insecure households. “We thank USDA leadership for their work to bring the Dairy Donation Program to fruition. This important program will help dairy farmers and the cooperatives they own to do what they do best: feed families nationwide,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “Dairy stakeholders are eager to enhance their partnerships with food banks and other distributors to provide dairy products to those experiencing food insecurity, which the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated.” Click here to read the article!
US-Canada Milk Dispute Turns Sour
A trade treaty officially replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) last summer and it has caused a dispute between the United States and Canada over dairy products. A formal accusation has been made that our neighbor to the north is violating the treaty. The issue is with Canada’s tariff-rate quotas, or TRQs, which allows for a lower tax rate on a set of imported goods and then a higher rate on goods above that initial threshold. The U.S. alleges that Canada is allocating those dairy TRQs in a way that unfairly favors Canadian processors over American processors and producers. Click here to read the article!
Big Milk Checks Numb the Impact of High Feed Costs for Dairy Producers
Big milk checks have likely numbed the impact of exorbitant feed costs for dairy producers who derive most of their revenue from Class III. And some dairy producers are at least partially shielded from higher feed expenses through a combination of inventories, contracts, and farming. But many have been battered by low Class IV values and widespread depooling, and they are now being clobbered by immense feed bills. Click here to read the article!
Choice of Food Processing Lubricants Can Be Daunting
When it comes to oil and grease, choosing among all the available options can be like trying to catch a greased pig. “Everybody that was in food processing, your maintenance guys, all felt that the [H1] food-grade lubricants were poorer lubricants. And that was very true – they were not as good a lubricant,” says Mike Montgomery, president, West Coast division, Huskey Specialty Lubricants. “And you had to pay more because the extra processing of the petroleum base oil cost more. So what you’re getting is not as good a product for more money. Click here to read the article!
USTR REVIEW OF INDONESIA TRADE ARRANGEMENT SECURES BENEFITS FOR U.S. DAIRY
The U.S. dairy industry commended the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for using its review of Indonesia’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) status to hold Indonesia accountable for issues that had threatened the smooth flow of U.S. dairy exports. USTR announced yesterday the conclusion of its review of Indonesia’s eligibility to continue receiving preferential tariff access to the U.S. market under the GSP program. “The U.S. dairy industry and all of its supplying dairy farmers rely on the enforcement of fair trade rules. We appreciate the work invested by the U.S. government to use the GSP review process to ensure that Indonesia complies with its trade obligations under the terms of the GSP program,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). Click here to read the article!
Dairy processors collectively push for sustainability
Dairy companies are working collaboratively and on their own to make sustainability an industry priority. Ask 10 people what “sustainability” means to them, and you’d probably get 10 different answers. Its dictionary definition is simple: the ability to sustain something at its current level. And dairy companies, many of which have already existed for over a century, might know a thing or two about that. Click here to read the article!
Pumps Handle Manufacturing’s Challenging Liquids
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 with Motion Industries. “Every application is unique, and there must be a variety of pump options capable of offering smooth processes.” Click here to read the article!
The Power of Pizza is on Our Side
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. Click here to read the article!
Milk Sales Get Boost from Pandemic
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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.”
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%."
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!"
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"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.
“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 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."
“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.