Posts Tagged ‘dairy’

The Great American Cheese Glut

July 3, 2018

The Great American Cheese Glut

The U.S. has the largest stockpile of cheese in 100 years,1.39 billion-pounds of coagulated dairy fat. Is this a great country or what? Milk production is booming, but Americans are drinking less moo juice, so dairy producers are storing the surplus as cheese. The summer closure of chocolate-milk– and cheese-happy school cafeterias adds to the dilemma:

“The 1.39 billion-pound stockpile, tallied by the Agriculture Department last week, represents a 6 percent increase over this time last year and a 16 percent increase since an earlier surplus prompted a federal cheese buy-up in 2016.

Analysts say commercial warehouse stocks have swelled because processors have too much milk on their hands, and milk is more easily stored as cheese. Demand has also fallen as school cafeterias close for the summer and restaurants wind down the cheesy specials they offer in the winter and early spring.

Some have grown concerned that stockpiles will build further yet if trade tensions with China and Mexico cut into cheese exports. Cheese prices have fallen sharply, they say, eroding dairy farmers’ already thin margins.”

— “America’s cheese stockpile just hit an all-time high,” Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post

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Chobani Commencement

May 20, 2014

Chobani Commencement

Hamdi Ulukaya, the “Turkish king of Greek yogurt” in America, gave the commencement address last Sunday at the State University of  New York at Albany, of which he is an alumnus. Mr. Ulukaya, who built Chobani into a billion-dollar business in five years, has been called “the Steve Jobs of Yogurt.” He’s also been called a yogurt thief by his ex-wife, who says he swiped the Chobani recipe from Fage yogurt.

Related:

“Old Factory, Snap Decision Spawn Greek-Yogurt Craze,” Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

“How rural Chenango County became Greek yogurt capital: The story behind Chobani yogurt,” Don Cazentre, Syracuse.com 

“Greek Yogurt a Boon for New York State,” William Neuman, New York Times

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Milk & Music

April 12, 2014

“Dairy farmers have become experts in cow comfort, from barn design to climate control engineering to keep cows as content as possible. But not all the attempts to sooth cows are quite so high tech. It may sounds silly, but some farmers swear by playing relaxing tunes for their herd for maximum milk results. But can you really slow jam your way to higher milk production? Turns out that yes, you just might.”

— “Milking to Music,” Anna O’Brien, Modern Farmer

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Velveeta Crisis

January 8, 2014

Velveeta Crisis

“America may be facing a Velveeta shortage,” warns Schuyler Velasco:

“The crisis comes to us courtesy of AdAge, which contacted Velveeta-maker Kraft foods after rumors surfaced that inventory of America’s favorite cheese-like substance was becoming low in grocery stores on the East Coast due to a possible production issue. ‘Given the incredible popularity of Velveeta this time of year, it is possible consumers may not be able to find their favorite product on store shelves over the next couple of weeks,’ Kraft spokeswoman Jody More wrote AdAge via e-mail. ‘Our retail customers are aware of the situation and we expect it to be a short-term issue.'”

— “Velveeta shortage threatens to make the Super Bowl less cheesy,” Schuyler Velasco, Christian Science Monitor

More:

“Velveeta shortage: No queso for the Super Bowl?”  Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times

“Cheesy shortage: Kraft says Velveeta running low,” Bruce Horovitz, USA Today

“Kraft warns of a Velveeta shortage,” Fox News

“Kraft could face a cheesy meltdown with Velveeta shortage,” Aimee Picchi, CBS Moneywatch

“Cheesepocalypse nears as Kraft runs low on Velveeta,” Aaron Pressman, Yahoo Finance

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It’s National Ice Cream Month

July 6, 2013

It's National Ice Cream Month

In 1984, when President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day, he called for all Americans to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Citizens, do your duty.

“Ice cream sandwiches: Washington’s next dessert trend?” Becky Krystal, Washington Post

“11 Tasty Tidbits for National Ice Cream Month,” Mark Mancini, Mental Floss

“It’s National Ice Cream Month. Let’s celebrate with doughnut ice cream,” Lavanya Ramanathan, Washington Post

“Ice Cream to Melt the Blues,” Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

“Parmesan gelato?!? 25 crazy cold flavors for National Ice Cream Month,” Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times

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