Latest Dairy product manufacturing News

Gifford's drafted to serve as official ice cream of Patriots

Jul. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

SKOWEHGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine company has been named the official ice cream of the New England Patriots. Gifford's Famous Ice Cream said it'll be producing a special flavor for the six-time world champs that'll be sold at Gillette Stadium and elsewhere around the region. Gifford's is a fifth-generation,...

Lawmakers hear pros and cons of proposed dairy co-op merger

Jul. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A proposed merger between a nationwide group and one of Vermont's oldest independent dairy cooperatives that provides most of the milk used by the state's iconic ice cream maker, Ben & Jerry's, was lauded Monday by proponents who say the move would provide the co-op with much...

Yogurt plants in Vermont, Arizona sold to Stonyfield parent

Jul. 9, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The French company that purchased New Hampshire's Stonyfield Farm in 2017 has acquired a yogurt maker with facilities in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Casa Grande, Arizona. Lactalis Group says the purchase of Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy was completed on July 5. Thierry Clement, CEO of...

A French woman's journey from intern to creamery president

Jul. 8, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. (AP) — Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery, grew up in a small village in eastern France called La Villeneuve. It looks, she said, a lot like Vermont, with a church in the center of the village and old stone houses surrounded by green pastures and small dairy farms. "In the...

Economic impact of crisis felt by ag and dairy lenders

Jul. 8, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Luke Schulte drew a deep breath, paused and exhaled. "I'm not sure," he said with a sigh. "It's been a really tough time, the last five, six years." Schulte worked in lending, with a focus on agriculture and dairy producers, for most of his career. Now, as the market president of...

To boost milk, dairy groups support high school coffee bars

Jul. 2, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coffee bars selling $3 iced lattes are popping up in high schools, helped along by dairy groups scrambling for new ways to get people to drink milk. It's one small way the dairy industry is fighting to slow the persistent decline in U.S. milk consumption as eating habits change and rival...

Minnesota aiming to preserve its dairy farms

Jun. 30, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a state program that aims to inject cash into the state's struggling dairy industry. More than 1,100 Minnesota dairy farms closed up between 2012 and 2017, leaving only about 3,600 farms in an industry beset by years of low milk...

Dutch farm floats possibilities of urban dairy production

Jun. 29, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Peter van Wingerden's dairy farm smells just like any other farm — the rich aroma of cow manure and grass hangs in the air around the unusual stable housing the cattle. The farm itself is far from traditional. Moored in a small harbor in Rotterdam's busy port, the farm...

Ice cream company owner pleads guilty to child porn charges

Jun. 26, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a northern Illinois ice cream company has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Martin Hey Sr., the owner of Hey Brothers Ice Cream Co. in Sterling, entered the guilty plea Tuesday with DuPage County prosecutors in exchange for the dropping of 32 other pornography...

A Minnesota robotic dairy survives amid trade war

Jun. 24, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — On a dairy farm in rural Eyota, Minnesota, a day-old calf wobbled up to a robotic feeding stall. An RFID reader scanned the tag clipped to the calf's ear and measured the amount of milk allotted to the baby as she drank from the feeder. In just a generation or two, farmers have...