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Dairy Co-Op Grows Base By Emphasizing Organic Foods

The nearly 1,800 farmers who belong to the Organic Valley co-op are on a mission. These farmers produce and market dairy, vegetable, fruit, and meat products across the country, and they say their philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals, and the earth. Their customers apparently appreciate that approach since the co-op has grown substantially since its launch in 1988.

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    The food and beverage industry — like many others — is going through consolidation, responding to changing customer demands, and facing increased federal regulation. When it comes to federal regulations, the industry is gearing up to meet the changes outlined in FMSA. This legislation is the most sweeping change in regulation to come to the food industry in decades. The FDA contends the law was put into place to help prevent food-born contamination in addition to responding to contamination after it has already occurred.

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    Leading food enterprises have recognized the value of internal traceability for years. Now, smaller and more nimble competitors are reaching the same conclusion. At the same time, food businesses — from production farmers to retailers — continue to ask, “What is this external, whole-chain traceability thing and why should I care?”

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  • The Cost Of Spilled Milk: Analyzing Product Loss In The Dairy Industry

    The international dairy industry accepts a “standard” lost product figure of 2-3 percent annually. Even with these low percentages, the loss can be very high in monetary terms. The cost of spilled milk is definitely worth shedding some tears.

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    Many food processors use dissolved air flotation (DAF) to remove fats, oils, and grease (FOG) and suspended solids from their wastewater streams. Advanced online instrumentation provides continuous, real time suspended solids measurement in DAF operations, which automates and optimizes polymer and coagulant feed regardless of wide load variations. The result: potential polymer savings of 20 to 30 percent.

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