Milk, Flavored Milk and Creamer

  • SINGLE-SERVE GLASS BOTTLES OF MILK (posted June 8, 2017)
  • Rosa Brothers introduces single-serve flavored milk.
  • Rosa Brothers’ milk products come from sustainably raised Holstein cows on the company’s family farm.
  • They are packaged in environmentally friendly and better-taste-transferring glass bottles, according to the company.
  • Unlike the quart and half-gallon bottles, which require a return deposit at point of purchase, the new 12-ounce glass bottles are intended to be disposed of in a recycle bin.
  • The new single-serve bottles come in four whole milk varieties. They are: banana, chocolate, strawberry and white.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • EASY-TO-DIGEST CHOCOLATE MILK (posted May 31, 2017)
  • The a2 Milk brand adds Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat Milk to its lineup.
  • The a2 Milk brand originated in Australia and made its way to the States a few years ago. It was reported in the Daily Dose of Dairy on May 16, 2015. To read more, link HERE.
  • Conventional milk contains a combination of A1 and A2 beta casein proteins (A1 and A2 protein), but the a2 Milk brand exclusively and naturally only has the A2 protein. Many people who perceive themselves as lactose intolerant actually find they have a sensitivity to the A1 protein and can happily enjoy a2 Milk without these digestive downsides, according to the company.
  • “For mealtime, snack time or post-workout recovery, we recognize that people want great-tasting, beverages that are nutritionally wholesome,” says Blake Waltrip, CEO of the a2 Milk Company U.S. “We want to bring people back to real dairy and we’re doing it one milk carton at a time. Our customers can now enjoy the nutritional benefits of real and natural dairy milk with a chocolate flavor, without digestion problems or the common discomfort associated with conventional chocolate milks.”
  • The a2 Milk Company works with local dairy farmers to identify cows that only produce the A2 protein, segregate them into their own herds, milk and process their milk separately. The result is certified a2 Milk with no A1 protein, which makes it possible for those with sensitivities to enjoy dairy milk.
  • The a2 Milk products are made from pure, natural cows’ milk, completely free of any added hormones, rBST and antibiotics.
  • The suggested retail price for a half-gallon gable-top carton is $3.99 to $4.49.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AYURVEDIC MILK DRINK (posted May 16, 2017)
  • The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation introduces Amul Memory Milk.
  • India’s largest milk brand—Amul--developed this ready-to-drink milk product using an ancient ayurvedic recipe designed to boost brain power and reduce anxiety and stress levels.
  • This shelf-stable milk drink contains varied ayurvedic extracts, including tulsi (holy basil), brahmi, ashwagandha and shankhpushpi.
  • Even though the drink contains medicinal herbs, it doesn’t smell like medicine, according to the company.
  • With the new product launch, Amul aims to add new consumers to its existing portfolio of milk drinks such as Amul Kool, Amul Smoothies, Milk Shakes, Buttermilk and Lassi, as well as tap its share in the existing market of memory boosting products for kids.
  • The 200-milliliter single-serve bottles come in two flavors. They are: Kulfi Caramel and Tropical Fruit.
  • The 3.5% milkfat drink is targeted to school-aged children and made its debut just in time for final exams.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SPRING-TIME, LIMITED-EDITION INDULGENT MILK (posted May 8, 2017)
  • Fresh off the successful launch of Limited-Edition Maple Milk, The Farmer’s Cow announces its second seasonal flavor for spring: Raspberry White Chocolate Milk.
  • This unique milk blends the flavors of the rich sweetness of white chocolate and natural raspberry with fresh whole milk.
  • Packaged in 32-ounce collectible glass bottles designed to stand out in the dairy case, Limited Edition Raspberry White Chocolate Milk is only available while supplies last.
  • It is made with milk from cows never treated with artificial growth hormones or antibiotics.
  • It is made with all-natural ingredients, no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • “With flavors inspired by the popularity of the all-you-can-drink Milk Bar at The Farmer’s Cow Calfé & Creamery, our new line of seasonal flavored milk is a hit with customers,” says Robin Chesmer, managing member. “Our Limited Edition Maple Milk was sold at dozens of locations in the Southern New England region. We’re excited to bring a new flavor to buyers and customers.”
  • A one-cup serving contains 180 calories, 8 grams of both fat and protein, along with 20 grams of sugar, of which 8 are line-itemed as “added sugar.”
  • For more information about, link HERE.

  • ORGANIC MILK: EXPANDING FROM GALLONS TO HALF GALLONS (posted May 3, 2017)
  • Kemps adds half gallon cartons to its Kemps Organic milk line.
  • Kemps Organic milk debuted in plastic gallon jugs in May 2011. Early this year, the company expanded the brand into half-gallon gable-top cartons.
  • Both sizes come in skim, 1%, 2% and whole fat varieties.
  • Kemps is dedicated to sourcing milk from local family farms. At least 90% of all Kemps Organic milk comes from organic dairy farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. However, in times of shortage, Kemps may source a limited quantity of organic milk from contiguous states to the west.
  • Volume sales of organic milk in the U.S. were up 1.1% in 2016, while all fluid milk sales were down 1.9%, according to data from IRI. Organic represents 5% of all volume sales of milk, which equates to about 190.4 million gallons.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MINIMALLY PROCESSED ORGANIC MILK (posted April 20, 2017)
  • Kalona Organics introduces Kalona SuperNatural Whole Chocolate Milk.
  • Kalona SuperNatural is a brand of minimally processed organic dairy products.
  • Kalona SuperNatural Whole Chocolate Milk is now available in a 16-ounce bottle, a ready-to-drink size perfectly suited for the bustle of everyday life or as a recovery drink.
  • This latest offering joins the 32- and 64-ounce sizes.
  • Kalona SuperNatural Whole Chocolate Milk is USDA certified organic, grass-fed, non-homogenized, batch pasteurized, and is made using organic Fair Trade certified cane sugar.
  • Kalona SuperNatural is produced at Farmers Creamery in Wellman, Iowa, a small farming community in the heartland of America. They work with small, sustainable Amish and Mennonite family farms to produce delicious, minimally processed organic dairy products from pasture-grazed cows.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MILKSHAKES FORMULATED FOR SMARTER SNACKING (posted April 10, 2017)
  • Fairlife introduces Smart Milkshakes.
  • The new shelf-stable flavored milks are promoted as “the smarter way to snack.”
  • Each 8-ounce bottle contains 170 calories, 15 grams of dairy protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 10 to 12 grams of sugar, depending on flavor.
  • The lactose-free “honey and oats” milkshakes are loaded with prebiotic fiber, calcium and antioxidants vitamins C and E.
  • Varieties are Creamy Strawberry, French Vanilla and Milk Chocolate.
  • The ingredient statement includes: filtered reduced-fat milk, honey, oat flour, fructooligosaccharides, monk fruit juice, stevia leaf extract, lactase and more.
  • The single-serve bottles come in packs of four.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ARTISAN CREAMERY-BOTTLED GRASS-FED MILK (posted April 4, 2017)
  • AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery enters the milk category.
  • The creamery now offers a range of 100% grass-fed certified, non-GMO milks including 2%, buttermilk, chocolate, fat-free, half-and-half and whole milk.
  • All of the milks are non-homogenized, old-fashioned, cream-top style and you can see the cream rise to the top of the bottle.
  • The company is best known for its 22 flavors of Greek yogurt, with signature flavors such as Black Cherry & Port Wine and Mango Pineapple Habanero.
  • The milk for all AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery yogurt, and the creamery’s bottled milk, comes from Newberry Farm in Waynesboro, Georgia.
  • The milk is certified non-GMO and 100% grass-fed.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REFORMULATED FLAVORED MILKSHAKE LINE IN THE U.K. (posted March 30, 2017)
  • Müller Milk & Ingredients unveils its reformulated and rebranded FRijj range.
  • The improved recipe will be rolling out in April, in all existing flavors (Banana, Chocolate, Choc Orange, Cookie Dough, Fudge Brownie and Strawberry), alongside a new flavor: Choco-Hazelnut.
  • In addition, the existing range of 40% less sugar FRijj has been reformulated and rebranded to contain no added sugar.
  • FRijj zero added sugar will be available in the following pre-existing flavors: Chocolate, Mango & Passionfruit, and Strawberry.
  • Müller research found that dairy consumers specifically enjoyed trying new flavors. The company is therefore continuing to mirror the successful limited-edition model already employed by Müller Yogurt & Desserts, which helps bring additional excitement into the category.
  • To mark the launch, Müller Milk & Ingredients has introduced a new limited-edition FRijj: Choco-Coconut flavor. This will be replaced in July with White Chocolate & Pistachio.
  • The Müller Milk brand was introduced in November 2016, and for the first time, FRijj will now carry the recognizable Müller logo.
  • The revamp is in line with Müller’s ambition to become the biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business in the U.K. and significantly grow the dairy category.
  • “When it comes to flavored milk, it’s important that consumers have the option to have it with or without added sugar, without compromising on taste,” says Michael Inpong, chief marketing officer. “It’s so exciting for FRijj to carry the trusted Müller branding and we can’t wait for consumers to try what we think is the best FRijj recipe yet.
  • “With strong growth rates, milk drinks are seen as a major area of opportunity for the dairy industry, but for continued growth, we need to invest,” he says. “The business is investing £100m, with some of this going towards creating a center of excellence for milk drinks and fresh cream at our site in Severnside. This improved capability will massively help us grow the FRijj brand, which has the awareness and long standing credibility to reach out to existing and new audiences.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NEW YORK STATE GRASS-FED MILK (posted March 22, 2017)
  • Maple Hill Creamery introduced 100% Grass-Fed Organic Whole Milk at Expo West.
  • This product launch is a response to consumer demand, moving Maple Hill Creamery into the fluid milk category as it broadens its market reach, evolving from a yogurt company to a full-fledged dairy company.
  • Sourced exclusively from the family-owned farms of the Maple Hill Milkshed (geographical region producing milk for Maple Hill Creamery) in New York State, this new fluid milk product has the delicious and distinctive flavor found only in milk from 100% grass-fed cows.
  • It comes in a family-sized 64-ounce half gallon gable-top carton.
  • A one-cup serving contains 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of protein and 30% of the Daily Value for calcium.
  • “We’re so excited to finally be able to offer milk to our customers and consumers,” says Tim Joseph, CEO and founding farmer of Maple Hill Creamery. “The rapid growth of our Maple Hill Milkshed (now topping out at 108 certified 100% grass-fed farms) has allowed us to expand and enter the fluid milk category, which is becoming more segmented, specialized and dynamic.”
  • Consumer demand for 100% grass-fed milk now outweighs the price sensitivity usually associated with this routine, staple grocery item, according to the company.
  • “Our yogurt fans have been asking for whole milk—‘whole milk for their families’—for years,” says Joseph. “We’re hoping that this product will both expand our brand growth and also raise awareness about all the awesome benefits of 100% grass-fed dairy.”
  • Maple Hill Creamery’s story dates back to 2009 when Tim and Laura Joseph started selling their 100% grass-fed organic yogurt made from cows milk sourced from their 250-acre dairy farm. Eight years later, Maple Hill Creamery now sources milk from over 100 dairy farms (all certified 100% grass-fed organic) across New York State.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION MAPLE MILK (posted February 16, 2017)
  • The Farmer’s Cow introduces its first seasonal Naturally New England flavored milk.
  • Inspired by the popularity of the all-you-can-drink Milk Bar at The Farmer’s Cow Calfe & Creamery, the new line of Naturally New England flavored milk will debut this month with the first seasonal flavor, Maple Milk.
  • To learn more about the store, link HERE.
  • Each limited-edition release in collectible quart glass bottles is designed to stand out in the dairy case.
  • Unique flavors made with all-natural ingredients will only be available for a short time while supplies last.
  • Maple Milk taps into the seasonal flavor of maple sugaring in New England. Rich, sweet Vermont maple syrup is carefully blended with fresh whole milk.
  • Each 32-ounce bottle contains approximately one-quarter cup of real maple syrup, no artificial flavor and no high fructose corn syrup or added sugar other than the maple syrup.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 180 calories, 8 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 22 grams of sugar. The Nutrition Facts specifies that a serving contains 12 grams of added sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MILK JUGS GET BLACK TOPS (posted February 7, 2017)
  • U.K. dairy farmers launch campaign to promote free-range cows’ milk.
  • The Free Range Milk Marketing Board, which represents more than 700 dairy farmers in the United Kingdom, is launching a new campaign.
  • The Enjoy Milk campaign is all about providing consumers the opportunity to choose fresh milk from 100% British farms. These farmers are committed to having their cows spend as many days as possible grazing outside. For this, they are paid a fair price for their milk.
  • Milk produced by Enjoy Milk farmers will have a black top, rather than the traditional blue, green and red caps, so consumers know the milk has been approved as free range and fair dealing.
  • The black top milk jugs will start appearing dairy cases in early spring 2017.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • DHA-ENHANCED PROTEIN MILK FOR CHILDREN (posted January 30, 2017)
  • fairlife introduces SuperKids.
  • The lactose-free product is made with 2% reduced-fat ultra-filtered milk.
  • An 8-ounce serving of the white variety contains 120 calories, 4.5 grams of fat 12 grams of protein, 8 grams of sugar, 35% of the Daily Value for calcium, no added sugar, plus 125 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
  • An 8-ounce serving of the chocolate variety contains 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein, 12 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, 35% of the Daily Value for calcium, no added sugar, plus 125 milligrams of DHA omega-3 fatty acids. The product is sweetened with stevia leaf extract and monk juice concentrate.
  • fairlife SuperKids comes in multi-serve 52-ounce bottles as well as four packs of 8-ounce single-serve bottles.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD-PRESSED RAW MILK (posted November 28, 2016)
  • Australia’s Made By Cow is marketed as the world’s first safe-to-drink raw milk.
  • Instead of the milk going through traditional heat pasteurization, Made By Cow’s product undergoes intense isotactic cold-water pressure to help eliminate harmful bacteria.
  • For many years, raw milk has been banned from sale for human consumption in Australia due to concerns it contains bacteria that may cause illness.
  • Made By Cow promotes its milk as “the world’s first safe-to-drink raw milk” and it says on its website that “Made By Cow Cold Pressed Raw Milk is minimally processed to make it safe, whilst retaining as much of milk’s natural, wholesome goodness as possible.”
  • The company says its cold pressure process is gentler on the milk’s nutrients so those who drink it get of the nutrients coming from the cow.
  • “In fact tests show our patented cold high pressure method is gentler on milk’s nutrients, which means that you get more of the rich, essential nutrients straight from the cow like vitamins B1, B2, B12, A and potassium,” the Made By Cow website says.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HIGH-PROTEIN, INCREASED-CALCIUM, LACTOSE-FREE MILK (posted November 15, 2016)
  • Lala Group introduces Lala 100 to the Mexican and Central American marketplace.
  • The white milk, which comes in either partially skimmed or reduced-fat varieties, is made using nano-filtration.
  • This concentrates the protein, allowing for a milk with 70% more protein and 30% more calcium than traditional milk. It also removes the lactose.
  • This is the first production line of packaged milk in transparent PET bottles in Mexico and Central America.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • To read more about this product, link to the November 4, 2016, blog titled "Adding Fiber to Dairy Makes Sense; Inulin Makes No-Added-Sugars Possible in Many Dairy Applications," by linking HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE ORGANIC MILK IN CONVENIENT QUARTS (posted November 3, 2016)
  • WhiteWave improves its Horizon Organic aseptic quart package and grows product range.
  • In spring of 2015, WhiteWave’s Horizon Organic brand introduced quart-sized aseptic “boxes” of milk.
  • The company has improved the package and it now includes a recloseable spout in a more ergonomic package shape.
  • The shelf-stable quarts come in three varieties: Whole Milk, Reduced-Fat (2%) Milk and Lowfat (1%) Chocolate Milk.
  • The company describes the line as “ready when you need it, just chill before enjoying” and “tastes like milk should.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AUSSIES GET HIGH-PROTEIN, LOW-LACTOSE FRESH MILK (posted October 10, 2016)
  • Lion Dairy & Drinks markets Complete Dairy.
  • The company, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), uses cold-filtration technology to make and distribute nutrient-dense milk.
  • The Complete Dairy is Australia’s first all-natural, high protein and lower-lactose milk with 70% more protein and 25% less lactose than regular full cream or light milk.
  • The Complete Dairy has 15 grams of protein and 8.8 grams of lactose in each 250-milliliter serving.
  • The milk comes in full cream (8.5 grams of fat per serving) and light (3.8 grams of fat per serving) variants.
  • The Complete Dairy is the official milk partner of AIS, Australia’s high-performance sport agency.
  • According to the AIS, there should be a focus on consuming adequate amounts of protein throughout the day as part of a healthy diet, particularly in the 24 hours after an exercise training session to help stimulate muscle growth and repair.
  • “The latest research shows protein goals--for general health or sports performance--are best met by spreading our intake of high-quality protein into a regular pattern of meals and snacks over the day,” says Louise Burke, head of sports nutrition at AIS. “While most Australians concentrate protein intake at the evening meal, The Complete Dairy is an easy, all-natural way to ingest more protein at other key times throughout the day, simply by including it in meals and snacks in many versatile ways.”
  • “We wanted to deliver a product that provides Australians with an easy way to get more protein into their morning routine to set the tone for a nutritionally balanced day,” says Anne Scott, nutritionist at The Complete Dairy. “The cold-filtration technology used to make The Complete Dairy is an all-natural process that increases protein and reduces lactose content, without any additives. The result is a delicious, all-natural milk that’s higher in protein than other white milk.”
  • The Complete Dairy comes in a 1-liter bottle and has a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

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  • ARIZONA DAIRY ALIGNS WITH FOOTBALL TEAM (posted October 4, 2016)
  • Danzeisen Dairy introduces Cardinals-branded glass milk bottles.
  • Danzeisen Dairy is a 50-year-old family-run dairy farm in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • It was the first local dairy to offer glass bottles to grocers in the Arizona market, direct and fresh from a dairy farm only 10 miles from downtown Phoenix.
  • The dairy has teamed up with the Arizona Cardinals to offer farm-fresh milk in co-branded bottles.
  • “The Cardinals partnership is very authentic,” says Kevin Danzeisen, general manager of dairy operations. “Their chefs starting using our milk in the clubhouse. The chocolate milk got to the players and on up. They all loved it. Before we knew it they were ordering all the flavors. They called us to see how they could help us promote our products and a deal was struck. This included creating the Cardinals-branded bottle.”
  • In addition, the company has rolled out Cold Brew Coffee Milk, which is simply cold-brewed coffee, milk and sugar.
  • The glass bottles are 100% recyclable, reusable and refillable.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • READY-TO-DRINK REFRIGERATED COFFEE AND MILK BEVERAGE. (posted September 19, 2016)
  • Shamrock Farms introduces Cold Brew Coffee & Milk.
  • The fresh dairy product starts with 100% Colombian beans roasted and ground to perfection, then steeped in cold water for a silky smooth flavor.
  • This gets blended with Shamrock Farms’ locally sourced milk that is free from artificial growth hormones and sweetened with a touch of real cane sugar.
  • Each 12-ounce bottle contains double the amount of caffeine of a cup of coffee.
  • Cold Brew Coffee & Milk comes in three varieties. They are: Mocha, Original and Vanilla.
  • Distribution begins this fall throughout Shamrock Farms’ home state of Arizona, then launches nationally in 2017.
  • The refrigerated coffee category is up 48% according to IRI, while the cold brew products category is up 115% according to Mintel.
  • Millennials are driving the growth of cold brew coffee, as they appreciate the smoother, less acidic taste of cold brew to its iced coffee counterpart, according to the company.
  • “Refrigerated, ready-to-drink coffee is one of the fastest growing beverage categories,” says Ann Ocaña, chief marketing officer for Shamrock Foods Company. “Our research revealed the opportunity to pair the smooth taste of cold brew coffee with our farm fresh milk, creating a taste profile that is spot on for both the cold brew fan and those just discovering the trend. We always have something new brewing for our milk and this time that can be taken literally. Coffee and milk has long been the perfect match, but we’re making it easier and tastier to enjoy them together.”
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ORGANIC FLAVORED HALF AND HALF (posted September 14, 2016)
  • Kalona SuperNatural introduces organic flavored creamers.
  • This Iowa dairy located in a small farming community in America’s heartland now offers organic French Vanilla and English Toffee half and half.
  • The product is made with milk from pasture-grazed cows that is locally sourced from Iowa Amish and Mennonite farms.
  • Like all of the company’s other fluid milk products, the new flavored half and half products are processed using low-temperature batch pasteurization and not homogenized, leaving a layer of cream on top. Thus, the 16-ounce plastic bottles of half and half must be shaken before added to coffee.
  • The creamers contain no stabilizers and are sweetened with fair-trade cane sugar.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION SINGLE-SERVE MILK (posted September 8, 2016)
  • Prairie Farms introduces two new flavored milks.
  • This fall and just in time for back to school, trendy and nostalgia meet in Prairie Farms’ new single-serve flavored milk lineup.
  • Salted Caramel Milk is on-trend with consumer flavor preferences and is refreshingly light with buttery caramel flavor and a hint of salt.
  • For consumers who prefer a taste of nostalgia, Chocolate & P.B. is a drinkable peanut butter cup with just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
  • The enticing new flavors are blended with creamy whole milk.
  • “Prairie Farms is the unmatched leader in flavored milk development,” says Rebecca Leinenbach, vice president of marketing and communications. “Since 2014, we have added 27 new milk flavors to our product portfolio, and our flavored milk sales consistently outperform the category. Our unique and unexpected flavor experiences deliver on consumer demand for variety, value, quality and convenience.”
  • The new single-serve limited-edition flavors, packaged in convenient on-the-go plastic pint bottles, feature bold, distinctive block lettering and clear images of the corresponding flavor inspirations that allow consumers to easily identify the flavors.
  • The new products are available at retail outlets throughout the Midwest and will remain in the single-serve lineup until mid-2017 with a suggested retail of $1.29.
  • To round out the flavors of the fall season, several quart milk flavors are returning. The quart lineup will include: Spooktacular Egg Nog, Halloween Favorites Peanut Butter Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FLAVORED MILK GETS A BOOST OF PROTEIN (posted September 1, 2016)
  • Nestlé USA introduces Nesquik Protein Plus flavored milk drink.
  • Each 14-ounce single-serve bottle of new Nesquik Protein Plus is packed with 23 grams of protein to help consumers reach their protein-intake goals for the day.
  • Labels flag “proudly made with real milk,” with ingredient statements identifying low-fat milk as the first ingredient. A protein boost comes form added milk protein concentrate.
  • Nesquik Protein Plus comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.
  • The milk drinks contains no artificial sweeteners and labels make the claim that the drinks have 28% less sugar than the leading protein-enhanced flavored milk.
  • Nesquik Protein Plus is shelf stable until opened.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LOCALLY PRODUCED ORGANIC MILK (posted May 30, 2016)
  • Hiland Dairy enters the organic fluid milk category.
  • New Hiland Organic Milk comes in plastic gallon jugs and recloseable gable-top half gallons.
  • Both package types come in three varieties: skim, 2% and whole.
  • “The introduction of Hiland Organic Milk is another example of our commitment to consumers who desire product choices that fit with their changing lifestyles and preferences,” says Gary Aggus, president of Hiland Dairy. “It also enables grocery stores to remain responsive to consumer demand for organic products, while continuing to rely on the strength of the Hiland Dairy brand to drive sales in their stores.”
  • With high demand expected, Hiland Organic Milk will be distributed throughout all the markets Hiland Dairy serves.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REVOLUTIONARY MILK CRAFTED FOR FOODSERVICE (posted May 25, 2016)
  • Dairyvative Technologies debuted high-quality concentrated milk at the National Restaurant Association Expo.
  • This Wisconsin-based dairy technology company’s mission is to change how milk is consumed around the world. The company wants milk to be available in many new places and forms, all the time being safe, nutritious and sustainable.
  • “We have developed a unique processing technology that we believe will change the way we consume fresh milk, how we transport milk and how we use milk as an ingredient in food products,” says Charles Sizer, founder. “We’re excited. We’re committed. The dairy industry isn’t just my life’s work. It’s my passion!”
  • The company’s patented technology is called the SEVENx process. It enables the removal of just enough water from gently pasteurized fresh milk to make a super-concentrated milk that does not need refrigeration and when the water is added back, tastes like fresh milk.
  • When concentrating fresh milk, current water removal technologies such as evaporation can remove up to 80% of the water (known as a 4X concentration) at which point the milk sugar (lactose) crystallizes and the product essentially becomes unworkable. As a concentrate, it’s highly susceptible to bacterial spoilage, needs refrigeration and has a relatively short shelf life.
  • The SEVENx process allows the removal of up to 95% of the water (known as a 7X concentration, that’s where the seven in SEVENx comes from) to produce a milk concentrate with a honey-like consistency that can be pumped, packaged and reconstituted.
  • The lactose-free product comes in a bag-in-box format and has an unopened ambient shelf life of at least 6 months.
  • At a specific point during the milk concentration process, the evaporation process is stopped and the lactose is hydrolyzed into its constituent sugars--glucose and galactose--making it slightly sweeter than regular milk.
  • After this the concentration process is completed with the final super-concentrated milk now having the water content reduced to the point that the growth of spoilage bacteria is stopped. It is packaged aseptically to create a shelf stable product ready for shipment.
  • The technology allows the serving of fresh milk beverages from a beverage dispenser, with flavors left to your imagination, with more than 300 8-fluid-ounce servings from one 5-gallon super-concentrate bag.
  • When it comes to sustainability, no refrigeration means less energy needed for storage, a longer shelf life means (much) less product spoilage and returns, and because it is super-concentrated, there is less transport and storage need.
  • The product sports the Real Seal and currently comes in a variety of fat levels.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the May 13, 2016, blog entitled "Flavored Milk Opportunities to Compete as a Beverage," by linking HERE.

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  • Read more about this product in the May 13, 2016, blog entitled "Flavored Milk Opportunities to Compete as a Beverage," by linking HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the May 13, 2016, blog entitled "Flavored Milk Opportunities to Compete as a Beverage," by linking HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the May 13, 2016, blog entitled "Flavored Milk Opportunities to Compete as a Beverage," by linking HERE.

  • PREMIUM FLAVORED SINGLE-SERVE MILK (posted
  • Müller Milch transforms the milk category with limited-edition indulgent flavored milks.
  • To read more about artisan flavored milk, link HERE.
  • Müller Milch Select now comes in White Chocolate Raspberry and White Chocolate Coconut Almond varieties.
  • Müller Milch is also rolling out two seasonal milk flavors. Coco Chocolate, which is a blend of chocolate flavor with a touch of coconut, and White Chocolate Pistachio.
  • The single-serve 400-milliliter plastic bottles have a suggested retail price of € 0.89
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FLAVORED ORGANIC DAIRY CREAMERS (posted April 4, 2016)
  • Organic Valley plain Half & Half is well established as the number-one organic half & half in the U.S.
  • Now the nation’s largest farmer-owned organic cooperative is introducing two new flavors to its Half & Half line-up: organic French Vanilla and organic Hazelnut.
  • These products start with Organic Valley’s pasture-raised milk and cream.
  • These are blended with organic, fair trade cane sugar and French vanilla and hazelnut flavors.
  • Organic Valley Flavored Half & Half comes in a convenient 16-ounce PET bottle with an easy-pour flip cap designed to fit into the refrigerated conventional creamer set.
  • The flavored options contain just 7 grams of sugar per serving, which is 30% less sugar per tablespoon than other flavored dairy creamers in the market.
  • “We know that people are seeking out great coffee these days,” says Lewis Goldstein, vice president of brand marketing. “Why shouldn’t they have the very best flavored half & half to go with it?”
  • Organic Valley Flavored Half & Half has a suggested retail price of $3.49
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NON-HOMOGENIZED, SLOW-PASTEURIZED, BOTTLED-ON-THE-FARM WHOLE MILK (posted March 15, 2016)
  • Top Line Milk Company introduces Low and Slow Milk.
  • Located in California’s Central Valley, this on-farm creamery is owned and operated by long-time farmers: Paul and Sonya van Warmerdam.
  • “Our goal is to completely integrate our family farm by processing our own milk into high-quality dairy products for consumers looking for premium dairy taste and freshness,” says Paul.
  • Currently Top Line produces one product in four different sizes.
  • That product is non-homogenized, slow-pasteurized (30 minutes) at low temperature (145F) whole milk, a process that the company describes as “the old fashioned way.”
  • The sizes are gallon and half-gallon plastic jugs and 8- and 16-ounce plastic bottles.
  • An 8-ounce serving of this cream-on-top milk contains 150 calories and 8 grams of both fat and protein.
  • The company’s milk processing facility broke ground in 2014 and sits next door to the PH Ranch milk parlor, so it’s only a matter of minutes from the time the cows are milked to the time the milk is vat pasteurized processed and bottled.
  • The van Warmerdams’ philosophy is simple: start with the highest quality milk sourced from its own Holstein dairy cows at PH Ranch.
  • PH Ranch is recognized as a “Gold Standard Dairy” by Dairy Farmers of America, its primary customer, for its animal welfare and high-quality milk.
  • Vertical integration is at the heart of how the van Warmerdams run their farm.
  • Top Line Milk Company does not separate, standardize or homogenize its milk.
  • Because the company skips the modern-day homogenization process, the cream rises to the top, which is why bottles also state: Shake & Enjoy!
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • Read more about this product in the March 11, 2016, blog entitled "Less Sugar, More Fiber: A Recurring Theme at RCA and Expo West...and how OODA can get you there," by linking HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION SPRING-TIME FLAVORED MILK (posted March 10, 2016)
  • In 2015, Prairie Farms teamed up with Just Born Quality Confections, manufacturers of Peeps, the number-one non-chocolate candy brand at Easter (according to iRi) to introduce Peeps Milk. Read more about the original line HERE.
  • Made with 100% real milk and ultra-pasteurized, the three original flavors were: Chocolate Marshmallow Milk, Easter Egg Nog and Marshmallow Milk.
  • This year, Chocolate Marshmallow Milk and Easter Egg Nog have returned, and are joined by Orange Crème and Strawberry Crème.
  • An 8-ounce glass of the new flavors contains 230 calories and 7 grams of both fat and protein.
  • The indulgent milks come in quart, recloseable gable-top cartons.
  • They are naturally colored using vegetable-based extracts.
  • The Peeps Milk carton graphics stand apart from other products in the dairy case. They are colorful and playful and feature the beloved Peeps shapes along with fun recipes on the side panels.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MILK MEETS BANANA IN A DAIRY BEVERAGE FORMAT (posted February 22, 2016)
  • WhiteWave Foods introduces Sir Bananas.
  • Bananas make everything better! That’s a trademarked tagline for Sir Bananas, a half-gallon gable-top carton line of reduced-fat milk blended with real bananas.
  • The ultra-pasteurized milk is 20% bananas.
  • Sir Bananas comes in two varieties: Bananamilk and Chocolate Bananamilk.
  • Each 8-ounce serving contains 170 calories, 7 grams of protein, 1 to 2 grams of fiber and 24 grams of sugar, along with eight essential nutrients.
  • Sir Bananas is sweetened by banana puree and cane sugar, with natural vanilla rounding out the flavor profile.  
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • TWO FAVORITE CREAMER FLAVORS MELD TOGETHER (posted February 9, 2016)
  • Hood grows its premium line of Baileys non-alcoholic coffee creamers.
  • New Hazelnut Caramel Blondie delivers a distinct, yet smooth taste of hazelnut with the sweet, buttery notes of caramel and brown sugar, reminiscent of the traditional beloved dessert bar.
  • Made with real dairy cream, a 1-tablespoon serving contains 25 calories and a mere 0.5 grams of fat.
  • The new creamer is available at U.S. retailers nationwide for a limited time in pints, for a suggested retail price of $2.49 to $2.99, and quarts, for a suggested retail price of $3.49 to $3.99.
  • According to IRI data, caramel and hazelnut are two of the top-four flavors in the refrigerated flavored-coffee creamer category.
  • “We are continually evaluating what’s new in consumer taste trends for Baileys Coffee Creamers flavor innovation, and are excited to launch this unique new flavor,” says Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood LLC, licensee of non-alcoholic Baileys Coffee Creamers.
  • For more information, link HERE.
  • SINGLE-SERVE ORGANIC MILK MARKETED TO ADULT CONSUMERS (posted February 2, 2016)
  • Organic Valley introduces Good to Go.
  • This convenient, on-the-go organic milk line is intended for busy adult consumers seeking a portable, ready-to-drink option.
  • The pasture-raised organic milk comes in convenient 11-ounce single-serve bottles.
  • Sales of organic single-serve milk are increasing and represent 10% of the overall segment, according to the company, with the ready-to-drink milk category currently generating more than $1 billion in sales, without an organic adult offering.  
  • In the U.S. all other nationally branded organic single-serve milk today is packaged in small portions for children.
  • Good to Go will be available in stop-and-shop locations along the ever-accelerating path between home, office, gym and school, in an easy-to-stash container that fits right into a backpack, purse or lunch bag. E
  • Good to Go comes in 1% Low Fat White and 1% Low Fat Chocolate flavors.
  • Chocolate Good to Go is flavored with organic and Fair Trade unrefined cane sugar and cocoa.
  • Each serving (bottle) contains 11 grams of protein and 40% of the Daily Value of calcium and 35% Daily Value of vitamin D.
  • Initial shipments start this week.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SKIMMED MILK WITH TASTE OF SEMI-SKIMMED (posted January 27, 2016)
  • Arla, the U.K.’s largest dairy company, is launching a unique and new branded milk product: Arla ‘Best of Both’ (Arla BOB).
  • This fat-free milk is said to taste as good as semi-skimmed milk.
  • To get consumers’ attention, it comes packaged with a distinctive yellow top.
  • The farmer-owned dairy cooperative spent three years developing the technology to produce Arla BOB. It involves collecting some of the naturally occurring protein in milk and carefully adding more of it back into skimmed milk.  In addition, with Arla’s unique PurFiltre process, it also lasts longer in the fridge.
  • The launch is part of Arla’s drive to support its farmer owners and become a leading household brand by adding value to its milk, through the development of innovative products, with a focus on the inherent naturalness of dairy.
  • It follows the successful launch of Arla Protein, Arla Skyr and Arla Big Milk last year.
  • Through 2016, the company will unveil additional innovative products, as well as range extensions across the dairy portfolio, the company reports.   
  • “We are perfectly positioned to launch something genuinely pioneering and Arla Best of Both is one of the biggest innovations we’ve created in the milk category,” said Sarah Baldwin, vice president, marketing, Arla Foods U.K. “Our innovation strategy is to develop great-tasting and healthier products whilst investing to help drive consumer understanding of dairy, which we feel is part of our responsibility. With organizations like Public Health England encouraging people to consider drinking lower-fat milks, we believe Arla BOB will be a popular choice for many consumers.”
  • A 100-milliliter serving of Arla BOB contains 41 calories, 0.4 grams of fat and 4.7 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION VANILLA-FLAVORED GREEN MILK (posted January 18, 2016)
  • As the Official Dairy Partner of the Green Bay Packers, Kemps launches Packers Power Point to celebrate the football team’s postseason.
  • The 1% fat milk comes in single-serve clear plastic pints and contains 360 calories.
  • “Kemps is the official dairy partner of the Green Bay Packers and we’re excited to offer such a fun and tasty way to celebrate the team’s success and help fans show their Packers pride,” says Rachel Kyllo, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Kemps. “Wisconsin is home to hundreds of our local dairy farms and employees so we know firsthand how deep the passion runs for the green and gold.”
  • The company also offers various ice cream products to celebrate the Packers.
  • The Kemps’ green-colored vanilla-flavored milk is being produced in the heart of Packers country, 20 miles north of Milwaukee in the company’s Cedarburg, Wis., milk manufacturing facility.  
  • More than half of all the milk consumed in Wisconsin is produced at the Kemps plant.
  • It employs nearly 200 Wisconsin residents and works with numerous dairy farms across the state.  
  • Founded in 1914, Kemps LLC, St. Paul, Minn., is owned by dairy farmers and 100% of its proceeds go back to these farm families.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE NATURALLY FLAVORED MILKS (posted January 14, 2016)
  • The U.K.’s Canny Drinks Ltd., introduces Canny Milkshakes.
  • The naturally flavored milks come in an aseptic package with recloseable spout in four flavors: Banana, Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • The product relies on fruits and vegetables for color and plant-based ingredients thickeners.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ORGANIC WHOLE CHOCOLATE MILK (posted January 4, 2016)
  • Humboldt Creamery is on trend for 2016 with full-fat, simple, flavored milk.
  • The new quart product, which is debuting in Whole Foods Market, carries the tagline of “the cleanest, tastiest organic chocolate milk.”
  • The product touts the fact that it is whole milk and contains no carrageenan.
  • A one-cup serving contains 220 calories, 9 grams of both fat and protein, and 25 grams of sugar.
  • Quarts retail for $3.39.
  • Humboldt Creamery has been a manufacturing partner with California dairies in the Humboldt and Del Norte counties since 1929.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE MILK DISTRIBUTION GOES NATIONAL (posted December 24, 2015)
  • LALA expands its aseptic white and flavored milks, multi-serve and single-serve, into the national U.S. marketplace.
  • Quart aseptic white milks are now sold in dairy cases in select markets across the U.S., as are three packs of 8.25-ounce low-fat chocolate milks sold under the Chocolala brand.
  • Each milk box contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PROTEIN-PLUS MILK ON THE HORIZON (posted December 22, 2015)
  • Horizon Organic Dairy enters protein-enhanced flavored-milk category.
  • Spotted over the holidays in Michigan: 10-ounce shelf-stable (but being merchandised in chilled dairy case) chocolate 1% low-fat milk with 15 grams of protein in every bottle.
  • The protein comes from nonfat milk and nonfat dry milk.
  • Each plastic bottle of Horizon Organic Protein+ also contains 230 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 37 grams of sugar.
  • The product was priced at $2.29.

  • CHEF-INSPIRED FESTIVE FLAVORED MILKS (posted December 17, 2015)
  • Prairie Farms grows its Chef’s Splendor flavored milk line with seasonal flavors.
  • The two new flavors are: Peppermint Mocha and Speculoos Cookie.
  • Made with family-farm-sourced reduced-fat milk, an 8-ounce glass contains 250 or 220 calories, respectively.
  • Both flavors provide 4.5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • These limited-edition flavored milks are ultra-pasteurized for an extended refrigerated shelf life of 75 days.
  • They join three indulgent chef-inspired flavors that were offered this past summer. Read about them HERE.
  • Each recloseable spout gable-top quart carton has a suggested retail of $2.39.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • KIDS’ MILK PROVIDES CLINICALLY PROVEN IMMUNE SUPPORT (posted December 9, 2015)
  • Leading Chinese dairy introduces first-of-its kind milks.
  • New Hope Dairy Holding Co., a leading milk manufacturer in China, has launched two new ready-to-drink shelf-stable milks featuring essential nutrients and Wellmune, a specialty yeast beta glucan ingredient with the clinically proven ability to naturally strengthen the immune system.
  • The two products are Star of Hope Children’s Milk Vigorous, which also includes casein phosphopeptides and vitamin D for energy, and Star of Hope Children’s Milk Smart, which also includes DHA and phosphatidylserine for memory improvement.
  • Created for children ages 3 to 12 years old, both ready-to-drink milks will be sold in mass market and grocery stores, online and in New Hope Dairy-owned stores.

  • INDULGENT FLAVORED MILK FOR CANADIANS (posted December 3, 2015)
  • In Canada, Agropur Dairy Cooperative’s Natrel brand now includes Caramel Latte.
  • Described as a “taste-bud charmer” with its smooth caramel flavor, the milk’s final note of coffee recalls the famous Irish cream beverage.
  • Made with 1% fat milk, each one-cup serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein.
  • The brand prides itself on not including any artificial ingredients.
  • The new flavor joins Natrel Maple Milk, which was introduced less than two years ago. Maple is one of Eastern Canada’s favorite flavors. This milk if flavored with real Canadian maple syrup.
  • Both flavored milks can be enjoyed alone, but they are also both positioned as a way to add a layer of flavor in baking, cooking and specialty drinks.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIVENING UP FLAVORED MILK FOR THE HOLIDAYS (posted November 25, 2015)
  • Müller Milch brings a sensual, festive mood to the dairy case.
  • Earlier this month, this German dairy began distributing its single-serve flavored milks in what it describes as cheeky, pin-up designs.
  • The seven varieties are: Banana, Cherry Banana, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Pistachio Coconut, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • The limited-edition seasonal graphics are intended to inspire purchase, and encourage collection, decorating, giving and swapping, according to the company.
  • The single-serve 400-milliliter plastic bottles have a suggested retail price of € 0.89.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION MINTY HOLIDAY MILK (posted November 16, 2015)
  • Dean Foods previously offered seasonal TruMoo Mint Vanilla flavored milk during the month of March, with the green-colored milk celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
  • The company decided to offer the flavor as a limited-edition 1% low-fat milk option for the winter holidays.
  • It comes in half-gallon plastic jugs with a snowman-adorned label.
  • TruMoo flavored milk was first launched in 2011. Since, TruMoo has grown to be the U.S.’s largest flavored milk brand.
  • An 8-ounce serving of Mint Vanilla contains 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
  • The half-gallon jug retails for $2.49.

  • WORLD SERIES CONTENDER POWERED BY LIMITED-EDITION MILK (posted November 2, 2015)
  • Kansas City’s iconic fountains have been flowing royal blue during post-season baseball. When the city’s Royals made it to the playoffs, local dairy Shatto Milk colored its milk blue.
  • The limited-edition blue milk is packaged in collectable glass bottles and features the word “Crown” with the Royal’s crown logo. It debuted a few weeks ago in a French vanilla flavor.
  • Demand exceeded supply, and the milk quickly ran out. And so did the company’s French vanilla flavoring.
  • When the Royals made it into the World Series, the company decided to produce more product, but unflavored. The 2% blue milk hit store shelves this past Thursday, with some stores limiting quantities for purchase.
  • According to the local news station, fans were standing in line to buy the blue milk, and in some instances, were grabbing product before it even made it to the shelf.
  • To see a news clip, link HERE. (Be patient for the advertisement to complete. The video shows how consumers can get excited about milk.)
  • While the milk bottles can be rinsed and returned for a deposit, most fans will likely retain the empties as a Royal remembrance of World Series 2015.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • HEAT AND DRINK CHOCOLATE MILK (posted October 27, 2015)
  • WhiteWave Foods introduces International Delight Hot Chocolate milk.
  • Sold in quart gable-top cartons in the refrigerated dairy case, the flavored milk comes in two varieties: Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate.
  • The product is made with ultra-pasteurized skim milk and cream and sweetened with cane sugar.    
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 200 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • AN EXTENSIVE ARRAY OF LACTOSE-FREE MILK PRODUCTS FOR EXPORT (posted October 22, 2015)
  • Finland’s Valio introduces new fluid milks and milk powders for the global marketplace.
  • Valio is one of the leading manufacturers of lactose-free products in the world.
  • Patented, award-winning Valio Eila lactose-free technology produces lactose-free dairy products with excellent taste, according to the company.
  • At Anuga, Valio introduced a line of lactose-free instant milk powders. Being dried and non-perishable allows for long-distance travel and ambient distribution.
  • The lactose-free powders come in three varieties: Skimmed, Semi-Skimmed and Whole.
  • “Valio has developed the first fully soluble entirely lactose-free milk powder for consumers, delivering a new and proven world leading technology to capture a thirsty market,” says Päivi Saarentola, marketing manager for consumer milk powders.
  • The company is also expanding distribution of its lactose-free fresh fluid milks and milk drinks. The products are: Semi Skimmed Milk Drink, Protein Milk Drink and Barista Milk.
  • “Valio has for long exported consumer products to its close market, and also is a trusted partner in suppling ingredients and providing expertise to the dairy and food industry around the world. We now aim for growth in the international consumer market,” says Aapo Kukkonen, export manager for consumer products.
  • Other lactose-free dairy products in Valio’s portfolio include whipping cream and butter.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • LIMITED-EDITION SEASONAL FLAVORED MILK USING JERSEY COW MILK (posted October 8, 2015)
  • Promised Land Introduces Pumpkin Spice flavored milk just in time for fall.
  • This is the last of three new limited-edition flavors launched in 2015 and features the flavors of rich pumpkin layered with a classic holiday-inspired spice blend.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip rolled out this summer. Read about it HERE.
  • Salted Caramel Latte was the first in the series. Read about it HERE.
  • All Promised Land products come from the finest Jersey cows that produce naturally creamier milk that is higher in protein and calcium than milk from Holsteins.
  • For more information, link HERE.

Read about this product by linking to the October 2, 2015 Dairy Dose of Dairy blog HERE.


  • DRINKING CHOCOLATE PREMIUM CHOCOLATE MILK (posted October 1, 2015)
  • Sunshine Dairy Foods and Moonstruck Chocolate collaborate on indulgent flavored milk described as a rich, creamy drinking chocolate.
  • These two Portland, Oregon favorites are rolling out Moonstruck Drinking Chocolate by Sunshine Dairy, to retailers in the Pacific Northwest the week of October 12, 2015.
  • Unlike traditional chocolate milk, which is cocoa powder stirred into milk, drinking chocolate has European roots and is made by mixing chocolate ganache (smooth melted chocolate and heavy cream) with whole milk.
  • Inspired by Master Chocolatier Julian Rose, the ganache in this drinking chocolate combines the same chocolate and cocoa liquor that Moonstruck uses to make their exquisite truffles with Sunshine’s cold-crafted whole milk.
  • Drinking chocolate is an emerging dairy category that is equally satisfying as a beverage and stand-alone dessert.
  • “The feedback from our new drinking chocolate was unbelievable and incredibly exciting,” says Sunshine’s CEO Dirk Davis, who, along with Marketing Specialist Allyse Paetsch, poured the chocolate concoction at Feast Portland, where locals indulged on about 5,000 ounces during a sampling outreach.  
  • “People at Feast were drawn in by the packaging and once they tasted it, it’s almost as if time stopped for them to enjoy that moment of bliss. We had instant fans on our hands,” said Paetsch. “Most people took seconds and it took two of us pouring for five hours straight [both days] to satisfy demand. This was great testing ground for the rich, decadent taste of our new product.”
  • “We are very excited about these two iconic local brands coming together,” says Rob Johnson, director of revenue operations at Sunshine Dairy. “Portland has such a vibrant and collaborative food community and I think this product really speaks to that.”
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 260 calories, 28 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
  • Refrigerated shelf life is 30 days.
  • The suggested retail price is $3.49 for a 16-ounce carton and $6.99 for a 32-ounce carton.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NEW PREMIUM FLAVORED MILKS PUT DAIRY ON THE DESSERT MENU (posted September 10, 2015)
  • New Zealand’s Lewis Road Creamery grows its premium flavored milk line beyond chocolate.
  • The Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Coffee Milk and Fresh Vanilla Milk are the result of two new forged partnerships with premium Kiwi brands: Coffee Supreme and Heilala Vanilla.
  • These two brands represent the finest within their respective categories, making them the ideal brands to partner with to develop Lewis Road Creamery’s world-class product line, according to the company.
  • About a year ago, the company introduced Lewis Road Creamery Fresh Chocolate Milk, which married the dairy’s whole milk with Whittaker’s 5 Roll Refined Milk Chocolate.
  • Media reports state that the milk was so popular, some stores implemented a two bottle per customer limit, while some stores employed security guards to monitor shelves.
  • The flavored milks comes in 300- and 750-milliliter glass bottles.
  • The company touts that they contain only a few real ingredients of the highest quality and no additives or preservatives.
  • For example, the coffee variety contains just coffee extract, organic coconut sugar and Lewis Road Creamery permeate-free whole milk. The ingredients are “gently warmed” before being pasteurized and bottled.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NUTRIENT-ENHANCED MILK IN LARGER FAMILY SIZE (posted August 4, 2015)
  • HP Hood, one of the largest branded dairy operations in the U.S., is making its Hood Simply Smart Milk available in a 96-ounce size at retailers across New England.
  • “We’re happy to introduce Simply Smart Milk in a 96-ounce size based on consumer demand,” says Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood. “This larger size offers convenience as well as the rich, creamy flavor and great taste that Simply Smart Milk is known for.”
  • With the rich, creamy taste of fuller-fat milk, Simply Smart Milk offers 25% more protein and 20% more calcium than whole milk.
  • Simply Smart is made with an innovative, natural technique called ultra-filtration, which removes some of the water that makes low-fat milk look and taste watery.
  • Simply Smart Fat Free Milk tastes like 2% milk, without the fat and the Low Fat Simply Smart tastes like whole milk.
  • Hood produces an extensive portfolio of national, super-regional, private label and franchise products.
  • To learn more about the company’s co-packing capabilities, link HERE.

  • SPORTS RECOVERY DRINK MADE FROM SELECT FARM-FRESH MILK (posted July 28, 2015)
  • 5th Quarter Fresh is a new all-natural, high-protein chocolate milk.
  • It began as a conversation between two concerned parents overlooking a Friday night high school football game in Maryland in the fall of 2012.
  • Richard Doak and Kurt Williams wondered why kids were getting injured more often. If it wasn’t their training, they thought, then it had to be their nutrition.
  • Their research showed that the freshest milk legally possible, from the best cows, provided more of what athletes’ bodies need than any artificial commercial drink. This includes protein—20 grams, as much as most whey drinks--along with casein, which remains available for hours after drinking it; electrolytes, calcium and vitamin D.
  • This milk, with some added natural cane sugar and cocoa to make it tasty for kids and to restore glycogen to muscles, resulted in 5th Quarter Fresh.
  • To prove their product was good for athletes, the dads teamed up with the University of Maryland to conduct a year-long study to evaluate how well 5th Quarter Fresh aides the post-exercise recovery of muscular endurance compared to other popular sports drinks.
  • The $100,000 study, partly funded by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships program, shows that 5th Quarter Fresh outperformed competing products by 13% to 17%.
  • “I was very surprised at the results,” said Jae Kun Shim, a professor of kinesiology in the School of Public Health. “I knew they had a high-quality milk with less damaged protein [than whey protein drinks] and more electrolytes, but I didn’t expect it would make much difference for strength endurance recovery. There are many studies out there that show the cardiovascular recovery benefits from milk-based products, but this data is unique because we are showing that the muscular endurance recovery from this chocolate milk is significant. Our data suggests that athletes may be ready faster and better for the next game or practice if they drink 5th Quarter Fresh chocolate milk.”
  • One secret to making higher-quality milk is the cows. The company use Jerseys and Guernseys, whose milk innately has higher amounts of protein, electrolytes, calcium and carbohydrates than milk from Holsteins, which comprise 90% of the herds in the U.S. simply because they produce more milk per cow, according to Doak and Williams.
  • “When you look at the nutritional profile of 5th Quarter Fresh over conventional chocolate milk, you get 40% more protein, calcium and electrolytes,” says Doak, who works full-time as a dairy veterinarian. “We hand-selected our cow breeds to provide these nutrients through the superior components in their milk.”
  • The other secret was pasteurization. Ultra-high temperatures can damage casein protein. In its natural state, casein forms a gel in the stomach and takes longer to break down, providing a longer-term protein to the body, according to Doak and Williams. 5th Quarter Fresh is pasteurized at 165 degrees Fahrenheit, five degrees over the FDA-recommended minimum of 160 degrees, preserving the casein protein.
  • 5th Quarter Fresh is produced through the Hagerstown, MD-based Lanco-Pennland Dairy Co-operative, a farmer-owned and farmer-run organization with nearly 800 members that spans the U.S. East Coast. Frederick, MD-based Dairy Maid Dairy bottles it.
  • 5th Quarter Fresh comes in 14-ounce plastic bottles and contains 272 calories, no fat, 42 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein, 70% of the Daily Value (DV) for calcium, 17% DV vitamin A and 25% DV vitamin D.
  • For more information, including results from various performance studies, link HERE.

  • NEW FLAVORED MILK LINE TARGETS YOUNG CONSUMERS (posted July 21, 2015)
  • Fairlife introduces Yup! flavored milk.
  • Currently available in the Southeast U.S., the shelf-stable flavored milks will be distributed nationally in early 2016.
  • The UHT-pasteurized low-fat milks come in three flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • An 8-ounce serving (bottles are 14 ounces) contains 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 9 grams of protein and 18 grams of sugar.
  • Ultra filtration increases protein content.  
  • Sugar content and calories are kept low through the use of a combination of sugar, acesulfame potassium and sucralose.
  • Added lactase enzyme makes the milk lactose free.
  • The lactase also assists with sweetening, as it breaks down lactose into its constituent monosaccharides, glucose and galactose, which are sweeter than lactose.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NEW ECO-FRIENDLY FORMAT FOR FOODSERVICE CREAMER (posted July 8, 2015)
  • Pritchitts, a Lakeland Dairies company, introduces Milk in a Stick.
  • Milk in a Stick is up to 50% less bulky than mini cups of coffee milk and creamer, requiring less storage space and producing 45% less packaging waste, which is especially appealing to the airline industry.
  • This easy-to-open, convenient, aseptic stick format has contemporary styling, using high-quality, strong, flexible packing delivering a six-month shelf life.
  • The stick packs come in case counts of 480 and 960 in varieties including creamer, whole milk and semi-skimmed.
  • Lakeland Dairies is a more than 100-year-old, farmer-owned dairy processing co-operative.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • CHEF-INSPIRED FLAVORED MILKS (posted June 2, 2015)
  • Just in time for summer sipping, Prairie Farms introduces a trio of trending flavors in reduced-fat milk.
  • Crafted by the cooperative’s corporate chef, the new limited-edition summer flavors are branded Chef’s Splendor.
  • All three flavors are made with family-farm-sourced reduced-fat milk that is free of artificial growth hormones.
  • The flavored milks are ultra-pasteurized for an extended refrigerated shelf life of 75 days.
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle is real cocoa flavor with a hint of vanilla. An 8-fluid-ounce serving contains 250 calories, 6 grams of fat and 9 grams of protein.
  • Sea Salt Caramel is buttery caramel flavor with a hint of sea salt. An 8-fluid-ounce serving contains 220 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • Vanilla Chai Latte is real chai tea flavor with a hint of cinnamon. An 8-fluid-ounce serving contains 220 calories, 4.5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • The new line rolled out on June 1, 2015, and will only be available during the summer season.
  • Each recloseable spout gable-top quart carton has a suggested retail of $2.39.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SHELF-STABLE QUART-SIZE MILK (posted May 25, 2015)
  • Horizon Organic grows its aseptic fluid milk line beyond the 8-ounce single-serve box.
  • The new 32-ounce multi-serve boxes enable the brand to better compete with dairy alternatives packaged in similar sizes.
  • Side panels explain: Special packaging locks in the fresh taste of our organic milk without refrigeration or added preservatives. It’s safe to store in the pantry, so you’ll always have the simple goodness of organic milk on hand. Just chill before opening, then pour a glass at any time.
  • The new size comes in 2% White and 1% Lowfat Chocolate.

  • ICE CREAM-FLAVORED MILK HELPS CONSUMERS CHILL THIS SUMMER (posted May 14, 2015)
  • Promised Land offers a refreshing new twist on Mint Chocolate Chip with its latest limited-time flavor.
  • The new milk flavor will be available from May until August 2015.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip is the second of three new limited-time flavors to launch in 2015.
  • It follows the launch of Salted Caramel Latte flavor earlier in the year.
  • The new flavor features Promised Land’s famously rich and creamy Jersey milk, blended with cool mint and decadent milk chocolate.
  • “We are thrilled to launch our second limited time flavor of 2015, Mint Chocolate Chip,” says Allen Spence, director of marketing. “Mint Chocolate Chip is a favorite among American ice cream lovers, and when combined with Promised Land’s naturally creamier and more nutrient-rich milk, the result is a decadent and delicious summer treat.”   
  • The new flavor will retail for $2.99 per quart.
  • Promised Land is currently available in 5,424 retail stores across 32 states.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • NATIONAL BRAND OF WHITE MILK DEBUTS (posted May 7, 2015)
  • Dean Foods launches DairyPure, the first and largest fresh white milk national brand in the U.S.
  • In launching DairyPure, Dean Foods is overlaying a national brand presence and promise onto regional brands consumers already know and purchase, such as Alta Dena, Dean’s, Meadow Gold, Mayfield and Oak Farms, leveraging the power of these regional brands.
  • This proved to be a successful strategy when the company launched TruMoo flavored milk in 2011. Since, TruMoo has grown to be the nation’s largest flavored milk brand.
  • A new consumer survey of 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults conducted by Wakefield Research for DairyPure showed that 82% of American parents said they would make a separate trip to the store if they ran out of milk. But that same survey found that most American parents (71%) are concerned with the quality of the milk they serve their children.
  • When parents see DairyPure in the dairy case, they can count on it to provide the same fresh, high-quality milk, no matter where they are, giving them one less thing to worry about, according to the company.
  • Ensuring that its milk starts pure and stays pure from farm to fridge, DairyPure is backed by an exclusive Five-Point Purity Promise:
  1. No artificial growth hormones
  2. All milk is tested for antibiotics
  3. Continually quality tested to ensure purity
  4. Only from cows fed a healthy diet
  5. Cold shipped fresh from your local dairy
  • “We’re passionate about the purity of our milk, which is why we ensure DairyPure milk meets our Five-Point Purity Promise,” says Ralph Scozzafava, executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “With DairyPure, we will continue to deliver the fresh, high-quality milk our consumers have always enjoyed from their trusted, local dairies.”
  • DairyPure is available now in dairy cases at grocery stores nationwide in whole, 2% reduced fat, 1% low fat and skim/fat free milks in gallons, half gallons and quarts.
  • With one UPC code, Dean Foods and grocers can take advantage of national advertising campaigns and promotions. It also unlocks potential for Dean Foods to work with co-branding opportunities with other packaged goods companies that manufacture products that pair naturally with milk such as cookies and cereal.
  • DairyPure will benefit the category by enabling Dean Foods to better educate consumers on the benefits of white milk, especially as a low-cost protein alternative to their diets.
  • DairyPure creates efficiencies in procurement, marketing, sales, manufacturing and supply chain. Going forward, DairyPure will extend the brand into creamers, buttermilk and school milk later this year.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • FLAVORED MILKS DEBUT IN SIX FUN VARIETIES DESIGNED TO KEEP KIDS DRINKING MILK (posted May 4, 2015)
  • Ohio-based Midpoint Enterprises Inc., is rolling out six flavors of milk under the True Dairy Flavors brand.
  • Made with fresh milk from local dairies, the company is a licensed processor and was recently added to the Interstate Milk Shippers list.
  • The pint line of 1% low-fat flavored milks comes in Banana Cream, Black Cherry, Blue Moon, Cotton Candy, Grape and Orange Dreamsicle varieties. Seasonal flavors are under development.
  • The concept is the brainchild of Tom Matun, president, who hopes to partner with other dairies around the country to create a national brand.
  • “We are both a processor and a licensor of the brand and supplier of the flavor systems,” he says. “We currently produce flavored milk for sale in regional stores and are also looking to partner with other dairies who are interested in being part of a national brand.”
  • An 8-fluid-ounce serving contains 140 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 22 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
  • The suggested retail price is 1.89.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • ENRICHED MILK FOR GROWING KIDS ENTERS U.K. MARKET (posted April 27, 2015)
  • Arla Foods, a farmer-owned dairy company, launches Arla Big Milk, the UK’s first fresh milk enriched with essential nutrients to help support children’s growth and development as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
  • Arla Big Milk was developed to specifically meet the needs of children from ages one to five years old.
  • It’s made with 100% British whole cows milk finely filtered for freshness and includes:
  • Calcium--naturally rich in calcium needed for normal growth and development of bones in children;
  • Added vitamin D for normal growth and development of bones in children;
  • Added iron that contributes to normal cognitive development of children and
  • Added vitamin A that contributes to a toddler’s normal development and growth, keeping eyes, skin and the immune system healthy.
  • The creation of Arla Big Milk is part of Arla’s strategy to support British farmers by developing innovative products to add value to the milk category.
  • “This is a truly innovative fresh milk product and we developed it after identifying a gap in the market to support parents making the switch to fresh cows milk as well as working with a range of experts,” says Stuart Ibberson, category director. “Being owned by farmers, it’s also important that we make the most from their milk.”
  • A 100-milliliter serving contains 68 calories, 4 grams of fat and 3.4 grams of protein.
  • The launch is supported with an integrated marketing campaign that is specifically targeted at parents of toddlers with a campaign strapline of “Let ‘Em Go Big.”
  • Arla Big Milk is now available in leading supermarkets in a 2 liter format with a suggested price of £2.25.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • A NEW LACTOSE-FREE MILK OPTION FOR U.S. CONSUMERS
  • Smith’s, a premium dairy products brand, now offers a solution for the approximately 65% of the population that has a reduced ability to digest lactose.
  • The new fluid milk line comes in three varieties: Fat Free, 2% Reduced Fat and Whole.
  • The new lactose-free milks provide all of the same nutrients and vitamins that consumers expect in Smith’s regular milk, but is easier to digest.
  • A natural enzyme is added to cows milk to remove lactose, resulting in a great-tasting, lactose-free, gluten-free beverage that is easy to digest and contains nine essential vitamins and nutrients, according to the company.
  • It is also kosher certified.
  • “We have a long history of listening to our customers; there is a growing lactose intolerance among consumers, which encouraged us to create this dairy option,” says Penny Baker, director of marketing. “Our new lactose-free milk has the same great taste our customers expect from Smith’s and allows everyone to love dairy again.”
  • Smith’s Lactose Free Milk is available in half-gallon cartons for a suggested retail price of $3.79 to $3.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • PRIVATE-LABEL PURPLE COW CREAMERY ENTERS FLAVORED MILK CATEGORY (posted April 1, 2015)
  • Supercenter retail giant Meijer debuts private-label chocolate milk under the company’s infamous Purple Cow insignia.
  • First came Purple Cow ice cream, the happy legacy of Fred Meijer. For two generations, each of his stores boasted a Purple Cow ice cream shop.
  • In the fall of 2013, Purple Cow Creamery retail pints and half gallons entered the market. Read more HERE.
  • Then the creamery started producing refrigerated yogurt. Read more HERE.
  • Now the creamery, which was acquired by the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer in March 2012 from Bareman’s Dairy, has entered the flavored fluid milk category.
  • The initial rollout is chocolate milk in plastic half-gallon jugs.
  • There’s Whole Milk and 1% Lowfat.
  • Front labels tout the fact that the milk does not contain artificial growth hormones and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • A one-cup serving of the whole milk version contains 190 calories, 8 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and 23 grams of sugar.
  • A one-cup serving of the 1% low-fat version contains 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein and 17 grams of sugar.

  • MILK THAT’S EASY ON THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM (posted March 16, 2015)
  • a2 Milk is natural cows milk that is suitable for all people, including children. The exception is those with medically diagnosed lactose intolerance or cows milk allergy.
  • The one key difference between traditional cows milk and a2 Milk is in the type of cow.
  • Different cows naturally produce milk with different protein compositions.
  • Originally all cows produced only A2 beta-casein protein, and no A1, according to The a2 Milk Company. Owing to a genetic change in European herds, the A1 beta-casein protein emerged and spread throughout global herds so the milk that many drink today is a combination of both A1 and A2 proteins.
  • Other forms of mammalian milk (e.g., human, goat, sheep, etc.) are also A2-rich and may be free from the A1 protein.
  • Research shows the A2 protein is digested differently to the A1 protein.
  • Many consumers who have discomfort after drinking traditional milk find they can enjoy a2 Milk. They say it just feels better in their bodies.
  • Farmers use a simple DNA test of tail hair to select and separate cows that only produce A2 beta-casein. They milk them separately, and ship and process the milk separately to ensure that there is no A1 beta-casein in a2 Milk.
  • a2 Milk is available in half-gallon cartons in whole milk, reduced fat (2%), low-fat (1%) and fat-free (skim) varieties.
  • Suggested retail price for a half gallon is $4.49
  • a2 Milk will be available in most Southern Californian supermarkets starting in April.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • SPRINGTIME FLAVORED MILKS (posted March 9, 2015)
  • Prairie Farms teamed up with Just Born Quality Confections, manufacturers of Peeps, the number-one non-chocolate candy brand at Easter (according to iRi) to introduce Peeps Milk.
  • The new limited-edition Peeps Milk began hopping into refrigerators this past week in retail outlets throughout the Midwest.
  • Made with 100% real milk and ultra-pasteurized, the three flavors are: Chocolate Marshmallow Milk, Easter Egg Nog and Marshmallow Milk.
  • Chocolate Marshmallow and Marshmallow are made with 2% reduced-fat milk. A one-cup serving contains 250 calories, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • A half-cup serving of Easter Egg Nog contains 190 calories, 9 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
  • “Our customers want variety and we’re thrilled to partner with Peeps to bring America’s newest milk flavors to the dairy case,” says Rebecca Leinenbach, vice president of marketing and communications at Prairie Farms. “The Peeps Milk carton graphics will stand apart from other products in the dairy case. They are colorful and playful and feature the beloved Peeps shapes along with fun recipes on the side panels.”
  • Coinciding with the product debut, Prairie Farms is hosting a recipe contest from March 9 to April 5. Consumers are invited to upload a recipe and photo featuring at least one Prairie Farms product and their favorite Peeps marshmallow treat. A variety prizes will be awarded, including cash and Prairie Farms products. Plus, the winners will choose a food bank participating in Our Caps Your Cause to receive $250 in product donations.
  • The product launch and recipe contest are supported by a full-page print free-standing insert (on March 8), digital advertising, in-store point of sale and displays, social media posts and public relations events.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • COLD BREW FRESH COFFEE MILK LINE GROWS WITH A CHOCOLATE OFFERING (posted February 24, 215)
  • Sunshine Dairy produces ready-to-drink Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee with Milk in collaboration with Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
  • These two Portland, Oregon-based companies are all about making the best products possible.
  • The first Stumptown Coffee Roasters café and roastery opened in Portland in November 1999, with the name a nod to the city’s historic logging legacy.
  • Founder Duane Sorenson’s plan was a bold one: find the best beans in the world, scour the planet if need be, pay a living way to the farmers who harvest them, and raise the level of discourse and expectations that surround a cup of coffee.
  • Sunshine Dairy continues this plan with “light and sweet” ready-to-drink offerings.
  • First there was the Original product, which entered the marketplace about a year ago.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 110 calories, 5 grams of fat, only 14 grams of sugar and even 2 grams of protein.
  • The new Chocolate variant contains 110 calories, 3 grams of fat, 17 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
  • Both varieties come in single-serve pints and multi-serve quarts—both gabletop cartons.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • REDUCED-SUGAR, READY-TO-DRINK MILKSHAKES (posted February 19, 2015)
  • Dairy Crest, marketers of FRijj, a leading flavored milk brand in the U.K., is launching a new range of reduced-sugar milkshakes.  
  • For more information about reducing sugar in flavored milk, link HERE.
  • The new FRijj Milkshake contains 40% less sugar than the original milkshakes.
  • The drinks come in single-serve 471-milliliter plastic bottles.
  • There are two varieties: Choc-a-Chocolate and Seriously Strawberry.
  • Each bottle sports a refreshed blue FRijj logo, generating standout on shelf and differentiating from the core range.
  • The range capitalizes on the macro consumer trend towards products that are lower in sugar and was developed in response to Dairy Crest consumer insight showing that sugar content is a barrier to category purchase for some 30% of shoppers, while others limit their consumption of dairy drinks due to concerns over sugar intake.  
  • By providing a more permissible product with 40% less sugar, but still delivering the full-on flavor consumers know and love, the FRijj brand aims to recruit more than half a million new households into the category, while encouraging current dairy drinks shoppers to participate more often, according to the company.
  • “FRijj is really excited to bring these reduced-sugar variants to market,” says Laura Sheard, head of marketing-dairy drinks. “Our new products have 40% less sugar without compromising the full-on taste FRijj is renowned for, which is no mean feat. We are hugely proud of the work our development teams have delivered to achieve this. As a leading brand in the flavored milk category, we are continually looking for opportunities to bring new and innovative products to market in line with the evolving needs of consumers. With sugar so hot on the agenda in recent months we have every confidence our new launch will resonate in the marketplace.”

  • DESSERT-INSPIRED COFFEE CREAMERS (posted February 3, 2015)
  • Hood adds two flavors to its Baileys Coffee Creamers line.
  • This line of premium non-alcoholic flavored, dairy-based, refrigerated coffee creamers now includes Macadamia Brittle and Limited Edition Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake, joining the brand’s existing 13 flavors.
  • Macadamia Brittle combines the smooth and creamy taste of macadamia nuts with a rich buttered caramel flavor.
  • Bourbon Vanilla Pound Cake captures the essence of traditional vanilla pound cake infused with a sweet bourbon flavor.
  • Both come in recloseable pint bottles and retail for a suggested price of $2.49.
  • “Flavored coffee consumption is a growing national trend, and we want to provide consumers with a wide variety of high-quality and unique flavor options,” says Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood LLC, licensee of non-alcoholic Baileys Coffee Creamers. “These delicious new varieties enrich the way people enjoy their daily coffee, and will quickly become favorites for the New Year.”

  • ALL-NATURAL GOURMET-FLAVORED COFFEE CREAMERS (posted January 27, 2015)
  • Sunshine Dairy introduces three naturally flavored “real cream” coffee creamers.
  • Sold in pint gable-top cartons to convey the “real cream” inside, the creamers come in Mayan Chocolate (has hints of cinnamon), Salted Caramel and Vanilla Stout (vanilla with hints of malt) varieties.
  • Like its other dairy products, the creamers are cold crafted, using a batch pasteurization process of a lower temperature for a longer time followed by rapid cooling. This process is said to better preserve the flavor of milk and cream.
  • The pints have a suggested retail price of $2.99.
  • For more information, link HERE.

  • MILKSHAKES AND SMOOTHIES MADE FOR KIDS (posted December 15, 2014)
  • The U.K.’s Happy Monkey markets all-natural dairy beverages designed for young taste buds.
  • The smoothies were first introduced in 2009, while the milkshakes entered the U.K. market this past year.
  • Both products are shelf stable (for about 4 months) until opened, and best served chilled.
  • They are both available for export, with the smoothies due to launch in Australia at the beginning of 2015, the company’s first foray into an international market.
  • The fat-free smoothies come in 180-milliliter packs in three different varieties: Apple & Blackcurrant, Orange & Mango and Strawberry & Banana. Each pack contains about 100 calories and no added sweeteners. Sweetness comes only from 100% fruit juice.
  • The milkshakes come in 200-milliliter prisma-style cartons in Chocolate and Strawberry varieties. Each carton contains 140 calories and 3 grams of fat.
  • For more information, visit www.happymonkeysmoothies.com.

  • EEKS! DEAN FOODS CASTS A SPELL FOR THE SPOOKY MONTH OF OCTOBER (posted October 6, 2014)
  • Dean Foods’ TruMoo offers new limited-edition Orange Scream Milk.
  • Consumers searching for a chillingly tasty treat to serve their little ghosts and goblins this Halloween need look no further than limited-edition TruMoo Orange Scream milk.  
  • Inspired by an orange frozen pop with vanilla ice cream, this new creamy orange milk is so frightfully delicious, it’s sure to make one scream.
  • Like regular TruMoo, TruMoo Orange Scream is made with low-fat white milk and is brought to you by your trusted local TruMoo dairy, a Dean Foods company.
  • “At Dean Foods, we strive to bring our fans products that they can feel confident about serving their families, especially during the Halloween season,” says Greg Schwarz, vice president of marketing. “TruMoo Orange Scream is the perfect drink you definitely won’t have to trick your kids into drinking.”
  • For more information, visit www.TruMoo.com.

  • MILK THAT MAKES YOU GO “BOO!” (posted September 4, 2014)
  • Prairie Farms Dairy introduces Halloween Favorites milk line.
  • There are two limited-edition flavors in this autumn 2014 line: Peanut Butter Chocolate Reduced Fat Milk and Spooktacular Egg Nog.
  • To read more about the company’s three limited-edition spring flavors, click HERE.
  • To read more about the company’s three limited-edition summer flavors, click HERE.
  • A one-cup serving of Peanut Butter Chocolate Reduced Fat Milk contains 240 calories, 6 grams of fat, 40 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
  • A one-cup serving of Spooktacular Egg Nog contains 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein.
  • Both ultra-pasteurized milks are made with milk from cows not treated with any artificial growth hormones and come in quart-size gable-top cartons with recloseable spout.  
  • The milks are rolling out this weekend and will only be available until the ghosts and goblins find their way back home on October 31st.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.39 to $2.49.
  • For more information, visit www.prairiefarms.com.

  • TRUMOO LAUNCHES NEW PROTEIN-RICH MILK NATIONWIDE (posted September 1, 2014)
  • Dean Foods takes TruMoo Protein Plus milk nationwide.
  • The nutritious, protein-rich drink, available in chocolate and vanilla flavors, provides 25 grams of protein in every single-serve, resealable 14-ounce bottle, plus all the essential vitamins and nutrients of milk to give you energy and keep you going throughout the day.
  • TruMoo Protein Plus is the perfect on-the-go wholesome snack, especially when you need a protein boost.
  • “After our successful pilot program in the West, we’re thrilled to introduce TruMoo Protein Plus to consumers nationwide,” says Greg Schwarz, vice president of marketing. “Protein intake is important to our consumers, whether they’re gearing up for an important meeting, or recovering from a three-mile run. That’s why we’re delighted to be able to give our TruMoo fans a nutritious and delicious way to add protein to their every day diets.”
  • TruMoo Protein Plus is made with real milk and contains no artificial growth hormones and no high fructose corn syrup.
  • TruMoo Protein Plus also provides eight essential nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium, just like regular milk.
  • TruMoo Protein Plus is available in the dairy case at grocery, convenience and drug stores nationwide, in chocolate and vanilla flavors.
  • Each 14-ounce bottle has a suggested retail price of $1.99 to $2.29.
  • For more information, visit www.trumoo.com.

  • DESERT-BASED DAIRY OFFERS LOCAL MILK (posted August 26, 2014)
  • Danzeisen Dairy is a family-run dairy farm in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • It will soon become the first local dairy to offer glass bottles of white and flavored milk to grocers within the Phoenix market, direct and fresh from the farm located near the base of South Mountain.
  • The family-owned operation was started in 1968 and today has about 1,200 cows.
  • Danzeisen Dairy is on schedule to start bottling its milk in glass starting this October, according to AZCentral.com.
  • Read an article published by the news station, as well as view a video on Danzeisen Dairy HERE.
  • According to the dairy, milk tastes better from a glass bottle because it doesn’t transfer flavor like plastic or cardboard containers. Further, glass is a much better insulator, which helps keep milk cold in the desert state of Arizona.
  • The glass bottles are 100% recyclable, reusable and refillable.
  • The initial rollout will include white in 1%, 2%, skim and whole, fresh cream, and the flavors of chocolate, eggnog, orange, root beer and strawberry.
  • For more information, visit www.danzeisendairy.com.

  • COFFEE-MILKS WITH A DAIRY DESSERT TWIST (posted July 31, 2014)
  • WhiteWave Foods expands its Iced Coffee line.
  • The company recently added two dessert-like flavors to its popular refrigerated, gable-top, half-gallon line sold under the International Delight brand.
  • Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream has a rich, sweet indulgence that brings to mind the taste of fresh, homemade ice cream.
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème provides the tempting taste of sweet cream paired with chocolate cookies.
  • Both beverages start with a base of coffee extract blended with skim milk and cream.
  • An 8-ounce serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
  • The new flavors join Caramel Macchiato, Mocha, Original and Vanilla, and Caramel Macchiato Light, Mocha Light and Vanilla Light, with the latter delivering only 100 calories per 8-ounce serving.
  • For more information, visit www.internationaldelight.com/iced-coffee.

  • POWDERED MILK MAKES A COMEBACK (posted July 14, 2014)
  • Milkman Instant Low-Fat Powdered Milk returns to the U.S. marketplace.
  • Manufactured by Marron Foods, Milkman Instant Low-Fat Powdered Milk is the only cream-containing instant low-fat powdered milk available online to consumers in the U.S. The cream contributes to its natural milk taste.
  • Milkman has been delivering real milk flavor in a powdered form for more than 60 years.
  • When an earthquake damaged the Milkman West Coast manufacturing facility, production was interrupted. A flood of emails, calls and letters from loyal Milkman consumers to Marron Foods President Matthew Pearson persuaded him to bring back the original, sought-after Milkman product for consumers to enjoy. He acquired the brand and is now producing the popular Milkman in Durand, WI.
  • Here’s what customers wrote:
  • “My main interest in Milkman has been for mountaineering, backpacking and emergency food use. It compares very well to fresh milk, and I anticipate using it at home. It is certainly light years ahead of any other powdered milk I have ever tasted.”
  • “I used to use Milkman in our homemade protein bars as well as in soups, gravies, sauces, etc. It’s also really great added to powdered cocoa mixes as well as in coffee or tea rather than that yucky powdered ‘creamer’ stuff, which is nothing more than chemicals. I really missed Milkman in recent years.”
  • “I used to be a touring musician, and would bring a packet of Milkman with me on the road for all my coffee/tea needs. The years during which Milkman was gone from the world were grievous years! What a delight to find it’s back on the market. This stuff is delicious. I’m also tickled that they didn’t feel they had to change the packaging. It’s like seeing an old friend again.”
  • Milkman Instant Low-Fat Powdered Milk is priced competitive to fresh milk.
  • With a long ambient shelf life, the product comes in packets to make one-quart of milk.
  • The 3.44-ounce packet contains 5% milkfat before hydration. When mixed with water, an 8-ounce serving contains 0.5% milkfat (1.5 grams), 9 grams of protein and 90 calories.
  • A 12-count carton sells for $24.00. A six pack is $15.00. For a limited time, first-time buyers can purchase a single packet for $3.00 and get a second packet for free.
  • Milkman Instant Low-Fat Powdered Milk can be purchased online at www.milkmanmilk.com.

  • COFFEE-FLAVORED REFRIGERATED MILKSHAKES (posted July 10, 2014)
  • Dairy Crest recently introduced three varieties of coffee-flavored milkshakes.
  • Sold under the U.K. dairy’s FRijj milkshake brand, which prides itself on being uniquely thick and frothy, setting it apart from other refrigerated milkshakes, the new coffee line comes in Caramel Latte, Latte and Mocha varieties.
  • Made with coffee from Columbian coffee beans, the three FRijj Coffee Milkshakes have varying caffeine contents.
  • They are gluten free and void or artificial colors and flavors.
  • They come in convenient single-serve 220-milliliter plastic bottles.
  • Each bottle provides 150 calories, 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fat.
  • The range showcases FRijj’s reinvigorated logo and brand new packaging design.
  • Other flavors in the FRijj line are: Banana, Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Strawberry and Vanilla.
  • For more information, visit www.dairycrest.co.uk.

  • PENNSYLVANIA GETS A FRESH LOCAL LATTE (posted July 3, 2104)
  • Turkey Hill Dairy enters chilled coffee-milk segment with Ooo-La-Latte.
  • When it comes to coffee, some like it hot, but an increasing number of Americans—20%, according to market researcher Mintel--like it cold.
  • For those who prefer their java chilled, Turkey Hill Dairy has introduced iced coffee in a new drink line-up called Ooo-La-Latte.
  • Ooo-La-Latte is available in two flavors—Vanilla and Limited Edition Mocha (available throughout 2014)—in 18.5-ounce single serve and 57.6-ounce family sizes.
  • Turkey Hill’s Ooo-La-Latte is made with 100% brewed Colombian coffee and fresh milk.
  • “We knew from the start that the only way to do this was to use real milk and real coffee,” says John Cox, president. “That almost-homemade recipe is one that we followed with our All Natural Ice Cream line-up, because it’s truer to who we are, and it just tastes better.”
  • The 20% of U.S. adult consumers who drink iced coffee, according to Mintel, represents nearly a third of the 66% of Americans who drink coffee in any form during a given day.
  • Iced coffee consumption is highest among younger consumers aged 18 to 24, with 38% of that group drinking iced coffee regularly.
  • Turkey Hill Iced Coffee is available throughout central Pennsylvania and northeastern Pennsylvania wherever Turkey Hill products are sold.
  • For more information, visit www.turkeyhill.com.

  • READY TO DRINK PREMIUM MILKSHAKES (posted May 21, 2014)
  • Cold Stone Creamery Milk Shakers is a line of shelf-stable premium shakes.
  • Produced by Steuben Foods for Cold Stone Creamery, the updated line of milk shakes comes in three decadent flavors: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Simply Vanilla and Strawberry Swirl.
  • The drinks come in 12-ounce plastic bottles and have a seven month unopened ambient shelflife.
  • Made with reduced-fat milk, an 8-ounce serving contains 7 grams of protein, as well as 260 to 300 calories and 9 to 10 grams of fat, depending on variety.
  • For more information, visit www.coldstonemilkshakers.com

  • SUMMERTIME FLAVORED MILKS (posted May 13, 2014)
  • Prairie Farms Dairy introduces three flavored milks with a summer theme.
  • Sold under the company’s Old Recipe sub-brand, these limited-edition flavors are the inaugural offerings in the Cupcake Classic series.
  • To read more about the company’s three limited-edition spring flavors, click HERE.
  • The cupcake theme was chosen because of the current popularity of birthday cake ice cream. The difference being that the cupcake theme does not risk limiting usage occasion as birthday cake might.  
  • Cupcake also complements summer activities, such as picnics, holidays, etc., according to Rebecca Leinenbach, sales program director at Prairie Farms. “I think we got the flavors just right--one indulgent and two are lower-calorie options. All are very yummy!”
  • The three varieties and their nutritional information are:
  • Chocolate Truffle Reduced-Fat Milk. A one-cup serving contains 250 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 38 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein.
  • Strawberry Banana Lowfat Milk. A one-cup serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 22 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
  • Very Vanilla Lowfat Milk. A one-cup serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 23 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein.
  • The two latter flavors rely on monkfruit juice for lower-calorie, intense sweetness.
  • They also all only use non-artificial ingredients for color.  
  • The three varieties are packaged in quart-size gable-top cartons with recloseable spout.  
  • The milks are rolling out the first week in June and will only be available for about three months.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.39 to $2.49.
  • For more information, visit www.prairiefarms.com.

  • NEW FARM EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION OF GRASS-FED MILK (posted May 5, 2014)
  • Trickling Springs Creamery, a Pennsylvania-based company, now offers grass-fed dairy products from its new farm in Koshkonong, MO.
  • In accordance with its long-held values, the farm is 100% grass-fed as certified by the American Grass-fed Association and Certified Organic.
  • This new farm allows the company to expand distribution of grass-fed milk and other dairy products to the Midwest and Southeast. Mid-Atlantic markets continue to enjoy fresh milk from grass-fed cows in their own region.
  • “We firmly believe in the ‘regionality’ of fresh milk, and have a strong commitment to fresh dairy products in each area we serve,” says Gerald Byers, Trickling Springs Creamery co-founder and owner.
  • Operated by Trent and Rachel Hendricks with their family and dairy team, the newly acquired farm and production facilities allow Trickling Springs Creamery to connect with surrounding farms and work with those interested in offering more organic, grass-fed dairy products to consumers in that region.
  • Aside from providing fresh milk and cream to the new region, milk from the Missouri farm will be used in the company’s small batch yogurt smoothies and artisan cheeses.
  • The new facilities allow the company to expand its offering of cultured dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir from both cow and goat milk. In the case of extreme drought or shortages, this milk will also provide a backup supply of certified organic, 100% grass-fed milk for the dairy’s longtime customers in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Trickling Springs Creamery opened in 2001 to provide fresh, wholesome dairy products using milk from local family farms that take the best care of their animals and land. Their grass-fed cows have access to pasture year round, and are not pushed in growth or production by synthetic hormones. Committed to traceability, their milk is not comingled, and doesn’t leave the company’s hands until it’s bottled.
  • For more information, visit www.TricklingSpringsCreamery.com.

  • CHOCOLATE MILK WITH REAL COCONUT FLAKES (posted May 1, 2014)
  • Brazilian dairy company Lacto launches the ultimate in sports beverages: chocolate milk with coconut.
  • Brazilian consumers, and those traveling to this South American country for the upcoming 2014 World Cup, can now enjoy two innovative dairy beverages sold under the ChocoLatco+ brand.
  • Both shelf-stable chocolate milk varieties contain flakes of real coconut, which provide a unique sensory experience never before delivered in a milk beverage.  
  • The two flavors are: Chocolate with Coconut Flakes and Chocolate and Tropical Strawberry with Coconut Flakes.
  • The drinks rely on a unique technology that allows beverages with up to 10% natural particulate content to be processed and aseptically filled in carton packs on standard filling machines.
  • “Consumers today are more interested than ever in eating a healthy and varied diet,” according to Luciana Galvão, head of marketing at SIG Combibloc South America, supplier of the technology and packaging. “And they’re also on the lookout for special moments of indulgence and new, unusual taste experiences. Beverages containing perceptible, natural particulates combine both. They are right up-to-the-minute, and meet consumers’ demands.”
  • The new line comes in single-serve 250-milliliter aseptic boxes.  
  • This innovative technology can create more than just beverages containing coconut flakes. Pieces of real fruit and vegetables or cereals can also be filled without any difficulty. The particulate content in the product can be up to 10%, while individual bits can be up to six millimeters in length and width. This brings products containing real, perceptible additional benefits onto the supermarket shelf.
  • For more information, visit www.latcoalimentos.com.br/index_brasil.html

  • A NEW DIMENSION IN FLAVORED MILK (posted March 20, 2014)
  • Agropur introduces indulgent chocolate milks and iced coffee-milks.
  • North American consumers will be the first to experience Agropur’s indulgent flavored milks.
  • As a first-time exhibitor at Natural Products Expo West, the company decided to do it up with the introduction of these shelf-stable milks that the company says will take milk to a totally new dimension.
  • Targeted to adults, the 11.16-ounce reclosable shelf-stable cartons are designed for on-the-go enjoyment.
  • There are two Indulgent Chocolate Milk varieties—Chocolate Ganache and Sea Salt Caramel—both made with 2% reduced-fat milk.
  • There are two cold-brewed coffee-milks. Varieties are Mocha Chocolate and Vanilla Bean.
  • (As more information becomes available on these milks, this post will be updated.)
  • For more information, visit www.agropur-us.com.

  • SPRINGTIME FLAVORED MILKS (posted March 4, 2014)
  • Hiland Dairy introduces three flavored milks with a spring theme.
  • The flavors are as varied as their compositions.
  • The three varieties and their nutritional information are:
  • Chocolate Marshmallow. A one-cup serving contains 260 calories, 6 grams of fat, 40 grams of sugar and 9 grams of protein. The ingredients are: milk, sugar, alkalized cocoa, nonfat dry milk, natural and artificial flavors, corn starch, salt, carrageenan, guar gum.
  • Easter Eggnog. A half-cup serving contains 190 calories, 9 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar and 5 grams of protein. The ingredients are: milk, cream, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, egg yolks, whey, nonfat milk, gelatin, stabilizer (cellulose gum, guar gum, carrageenan), natural and artificial flavors, nutmeg, salt, annatto-turmeric extract (for color).
  • Jelly Bean. A one-cup serving contains 150 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 21 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein. The ingredients are: low-fat milk, sugar, monkfruit juice, natural and artificial flavors, guar gum, citric acid, red #40 and yellow #6.
  • The three varieties are packaged in quart-size gable-top cartons with recloseable spout.  
  • The milks are rolling out this week and will only be available during the months of March and April.
  • The suggested retail price is $2.39 to $2.49.
  • For more information, visit www.hilanddairy.com

  • MILK DESIGNED FOR ACTIVE FAMILIES (posted February 25, 2014)
  • fairlife LLC introduces a high nutrition milk that will raise consumer interest for better-tasting, more nutritious milk products.
  • Introduced to the Minneapolis and Denver regions in early February, “fairlife purely nutritious milk” has 50% more natural protein and calcium and half the sugars of ordinary milk, all while being delicious real milk, with no protein powders. It is also lactose free.  
  • The new line of milk, which comes in three varieties, is produced by cold-pressing farm-fresh milk through soft filters to concentrate desired nutrients such as protein and calcium while separating out the fats and sugars.
  • The three varieties and their nutritional profile (per 8-fluid-ounce serving) are:
  • Skim white milk: 80 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams sugar and 13 grams protein
  • 2% white milk: 120 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 6 grams sugar and 13 grams protein
  • 2% chocolate milk: 140 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 12 grams sugar and 13 grams protein
  • The unique blow-molded recyclable PET bottle is formed, sleeved and capped at the company’s plant in Coopersville, MI.
  • The bottle comes in two sizes: 32 and 52 ounces. The suggested retail price is $2.99 and $3.99, respectively.
  • The product has an extended refrigerated shelflife of 75 days.
  • “Consumers are looking for better-quality, great-tasting nutrition that comes from the highest-quality milk,” says Steve Jones, CEO of fairlife LLC. “With fairlife, we’re bringing them a delicious and more nutritious milk than anything in the market with a breakthrough campaign that shows how sexy vitality can be. And since fairlife milk comes from family-owned farms committed to quality, sustainability and animal comfort, consumers can feel good about the source, too.  We call it our ‘from grass to glass’ promise.”
  • Sexy vitality is an important part of the brand’s marketing program.
  • The company says it is taking milk where it’s never been before with its game-changing product and arresting ad campaign.
  • You can view the three provocative ads HERE and HERE and HERE.
  • For more information visit www.fairlife.com.

  • LIMITED-EDITION CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW MILK (posted February 12, 2014)
  • Dean Foods introduces seasonal TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk.  
  • Throughout February, chocoholics and marshmallow fanatics across the U.S. can come together and enjoy a rich, velvety-smooth nutritious treat without breaking any New Year’s resolutions.
  • TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk is the perfect treat for the taste buds for every occasion.
  • Enjoy it cold or “Try It Hot” for an instant hot chocolate drink that pairs well will all types of toppings, including mini marshmallows, whipped cream or a graham cracker rimmed glass.
  • Whether it’s served hot or cold, moms can be assured that TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow Milk has the same nutritional benefits as original TruMoo including no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial growth hormones.
  • “TruMoo’s success is built on the fact that moms can feel good about serving their kids delicious flavored milk without compromising on the quality and nutritional benefits of white milk,” says Greg Schwarz, vice president of marketing. “Because of this, we can have fun introducing new flavors like Chocolate Marshmallow for kids and adults to enjoy.”
  • An 8-fluid-ounce glass contains 140 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein.
  • It comes in half-gallon paperboard gable-top cartons and plastic jugs. The average suggested retail price is $2.99.
  • For more information, visit www.trumoo.com.

  • COFFEE CHAIN-BRANDED REAL-DAIRY CREAMERS (posted January 28, 2014)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, and WhiteWave Foods, have entered into a licensing agreement to introduce Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers to grocery outlets nationwide.
  • For the first time, consumers can enjoy at home the delicious taste of cream served with Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous coffee.
  • Available in the refrigerated dairy section of select grocery outlets and club stores, Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers are made with real milk and cream.
  • The creamers come in 32-ounce, quart-sized bottles in four different varieties: Original, Fat-Free, Extra Extra and Unsweetened.
  • A 1-tablespoon serving contains 15 to 40 calories, 0 to 1.5 grams of fat and <1 to 6 grams of sugar, depending on variety.
  • According to John Costello, Dunkin’ Brands’ President of global marketing and innovation, the new creamers provide an opportunity to reinforce the company’s coffee excellence to both existing guests and new customers by bringing the brand to a category that is highly relevant to hot coffee in the at-home occasion.
  • “As America’s leading retailer of coffee-by-the-cup, finding new and innovative ways to reinforce our coffee leadership is a priority for our brand and our franchisees,” he says. “Consumers have told us they love the idea of Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamers at their grocery store, and we feel this launch will strengthen our brand’s association with hot coffee, increase our visibility at grocery stores around the country and ultimately drive more hot coffee sales when consumers visit our restaurants.”
  • “We believe the introduction of Dunkin’ Donuts creamers is a bold first step toward transforming the unflavored coffee creamer category, with the real dairy experience consumers have come to expect from Dunkin’ Donuts,” says Carlos Veraza, president-coffee creamers and beverages and channels for WhiteWave Foods. “Dunkin’ Donuts has a very loyal consumer following, but not all of their consumers have the option to visit a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet to experience the coffee they love. By launching these coffee creamers in grocery and club stores nationwide we are able to bring this great taste and experience right to people’s homes.
  • For more information, visit www.dunkincreamer.com.

  • DIABETIC-FRIENDLY SHELF-STABLE MILK (posted January 7, 2014)
  • Mexico’s Alpura dairy introduces a new diabetic-friendly milk product suitable for the whole family.
  • New Alpura DBT is the result of more than two years of research and development between the Ibero-American University and Alpura.
  • Alpura DBT represents optimum nutritional option for patients living with diabetes, as it is designed to help maintain a metabolic balance, according to the company.
  • The formulation is based on 100% cows milk and is processed to be free of lactose and low in fat. It is a low-glycemic index food.
  • The milk is also fortified with vitamins (A, D, E and B complex), fiber, folic acid, phytosterols, DHA and zinc.
  • The product has been endorsed by the Mexican Association of Diabetes.
  • The shelf-stable one-liter cartons must be refrigerated after opening.
  • For more information, visit www.alpuradbt.com.

  • LACTOSE-FREE HALF & HALF NOW AVAILABLE IN THE STATES (posted December 5, 2013)
  • Organic Valley, the U.S.’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, adds Organic Valley Lactose Free Whole Milk and Organic Valley Lactose Free Half & Half to its product line up.
  • These two new products are the only of their kind, joining Organic Valley’s Fat Free, Low-fat 1% and Reduced Fat 2% lactose-free milks for the most complete line of organic lactose-free options in the U.S.
  • An estimated 25% of the U.S. population suffers from varying degrees of lactose intolerance, according to the National Institute of Health. This means the body cannot easily digest lactose, a natural sugar found in milk and dairy products. Millions of Americans, up to 80% of African and Hispanic Americans, have symptoms. As a result, organic lactose-free milk has recently grown at three times the rate of organic regular milk according to SPINScan.
  • Like all Organic Valley dairy products, lactose-free milk starts as wholesome, organic milk from cows raised on the pastures of family farms. Then a natural enzyme, lactase, is added to convert lactose into glucose and galactose, simple sugars that are more easily digested. This does the work some digestive systems cannot. Organic Valley lactose-free dairy products are an excellent source of riboflavin, calcium, vitamin D and protein.
  • Organic Valley Lactose Free Whole Milk comes in a 64-ounce carton with a suggested retail price of $5.69. Organic Valley Lactose Free Half & Half comes in a 32-ounce carton with a suggested retail price of $4.69.
  • Both products are now available nationwide in natural food stores, food cooperatives and major grocery chains.
  • For more information, visit www.organicvalley.coop.

  • LONDON WELCOMES READY-TO-DRINK REFRIGERATED MILKSHAKES WITH INCLUSIONS (posted November 21, 2013)
  • Upscale retailer Selfridges is the exclusive distributor of new Mr. Sherick’s shakes.
  • Andrew Sherick, a former Marks & Spencer’s food buyer, created the shakes.
  • “I’ve always loved milkshakes and it’s long been my dream to make my own range because I don’t think there’s anything out there that really hits the spot,” says Sherick. “Mr. Sherick’s Shakes are totally different to anything that anyone will have ever tasted, offering pure milkshake indulgence in a bottle.”
  • The varieties are:
  • Pot au Choc: Rich, decadent chocolate milkshake made with real cocoa mass and soft Belgian chocolate chips throughout.
  • A Hint of Mint: Rich, decadent chocolate milkshake made with real cocoa mass and soft mint chocolate chips throughout.
  • Strawberry Pavlova: Indulgent milkshake blended with natural strawberry juice and pulp and meringue pieces throughout.
  • Softly Banoffee: Lush banana milkshake mixed with a luxury toffee sauce and soft toffee pieces.
  • Cookies & Cream: Creamy vanilla milkshake brimming with gorgeous cookie pieces and Belgian chocolate chips.
  • The shakes come in 250-milliliter glass bottles.
  • For more information, visit www.mrshericksshakes.co.uk

  • BUTTERED RUM EGG NOG DEBUTS FOR WINTER HOLIDAYS (posted November 12, 2013)
  • New England’s Oakhurst Dairy adds new Buttered Rum Egg Nog to its seasonal beverage lineup, which includes classic and light eggnog, as well as a chocolate variety.
  • This new eggnog layers the flavor of butterscotch with cinnamon.
  • Made with full-fat milk, cream, egg yolks and other ingredients, a half-cup serving of this indulgent festive nog contains 170 calories, 8 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.  
  • The new flavor comes in pints and quarts, with a suggested retail price of $1.49 and $2.69, respectively.
  • For every Buttered Rum Egg Nog purchased throughout the holiday season, the company is donating 5 cents to the Salvation Army. The company does the same with its other festive nogs.
  • For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com.

  • FESTIVE FLAVORED MILKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS (posted November 5, 2013)
  • Hiland Dairy introduces limited-edition seasonal milks.
  • With the holidays upon us, Hiland Dairy is ready to fill shoppers’ carts with four new holiday-inspired flavored milks: Chocolate Mint, Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet and Snickerdoodle.
  • These new flavors are perfect cold, warm or as a creamer for coffee and tea and can even be incorporated into many holiday recipes.
  • “We wanted to offer our customers a festive, sweet treat to enjoy during the holidays,” says Gary Aggus, president/general manager. “These flavored milks contain the same nine essential nutrients as white milk—including calcium, vitamin D and potassium—making them a delicious way to consume essential vitamins and nutrients important for health.”
  • In addition to these new products, Hiland Dairy is hosting a holiday cookie recipe contest on its website. The winner will receive a year’s supply of Hiland Dairy products
  • For more information, visit www.hilanddairy.com.

  • SHELF-STABLE TEA CREAM DEBUTS AT ANUGA (posted October 29, 2013)
  • Germany’s Turm-Sahne GmbH introduced a high-fat cream that provides a desirable cream cloud to hot tea.
  • The higher-fat content means less cream is needed to obtain the desired cloud, and this helps the tea stay warm for a longer time of enjoyment.
  • The extra creamy 28%-milkfat tea whitener comes in 185-gram glass bottles that are sold at ambient temperature but require refrigeration after opening.
  • The unopened bottles have a 2-month shelf life.
  • TURM-Sahne is one of the leading companies in the production and distribution of sterilized milk products in glass bottles.
  • See the cream in action on a video located here: http://www.turm-sahne.de/home/tee-sahne/index.php.

  • ULTRA-FILTERED LACTOSE-FREE MILK (posted October 23, 2013)
  • Oops, we all make mistakes. Every once in a while, emails get crossed and information is not communicated accurately. This item is one of those...and one of the few to date. With my apologies, this item had a short retail life and is no longer manufactured. But...it still is a noteworthy innovation and one deserving of this post. So here goes...with some changes from present to past tense: 
  • Lactaid Fit & Creamy 100% Lactose Free milk was produced in 1% lowfat and fat-free varieties.
  • HP Hood LLC used ultrafiltration to remove some of the water that makes low-fat and fat-free milk look and taste watery. It was the same process that the New England dairy uses to make its Simply Smart line of fat-free and low-fat milk.
  • Ultrafiltration concentrates the milk proteins, which gives the milk a creamier mouthfeel and richer flavor profile than its non-ultrafiltered counterpart.
  • The dairy trademarked the phrase: All the taste, without all the fat.
  • The fat-free version resembled 2% milk, while the 1% variety came very close to resembling whole milk.
  • These 100% lactose-free varieties included lactase, the enzyme that breaks downs lactose, making the milks easy to digest for those who have lactose intolerance.
  • An 8-ounce serving of either variety contained 10 grams of protein. The fat-free variety had 100 calories per serving, while the 1% variety contained 120 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.

  • SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE, BOTTLED AND READY FOR COFFEE (posted September 25, 2013)
  • Just in time for the holiday season, Nestle introduces limited-edition Natural Bliss Cinnamon Cream. The rollout begins in early October.
  • Like all other Natural Bliss creamers, Cinnamon Cream is made with only a few simple ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor.
  • A 1-tablespoon serving contains 35 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar.
  • It is ultra-pasteurized for an extended refrigerated shelf life.
  • Cinnamon Cream joins the brand’s flagship flavors: Sweet Cream, Vanilla, Low-fat Vanilla and Low-fat Chocolate.
  • A 16-fluid-ounce bottle has a suggested retail price of $2.69.
  • For more information, please visit naturalbliss.coffee-mate.com.

  • COOKIES N’ CREAM FLAVORED MILK (posted Sept. 18, 2013)
  • San Antonio, TX-based Promised Land Dairy, a Borden Dairy operation and a subsidiary of Group LALA, expands fluid milk distribution beyond the Texan borders.
  • Its all-jersey cow fluid milk products are now available at Publix grocery stores in Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
  • Further, a number of flavored milks, which were only produced as limited-edition, seasonal flavors for distribution in Texas are now available year round through the Publix distribution system.
  • This includes Midnight Chocolate (quart and half gallon), Very Berry Strawberry (quart), Peaches N’ Cream (quart) and the newest flavor, Cookies N’ Cream (quart).
  • Publix will also sell Promised Land Chocolate Egg Nog from October through December.
  • All varieties are made with rich and delicious jersey cow milk. Peaches N’ Cream is made with 2% low-fat jersey cow milk.
  • These products complement the trend toward full-fat and decadence.
  • Flavored quarts retail for about $2.59.
  • For more information, visit www.promisedlanddairy.com

  • 100% GRASS-FED COWS SHARE THEIR MILK (posted September 12, 2013)
  • Organic Valley now offers Grassmilk milks and cheeses.
  • Organic Valley Grassmilk Organic Milk comes in three varieties: Fat Free, 2% Milkfat and Whole. It is available in half-gallon gable-top cartons with recloseable spout.
  • The milk comes from 100% grass-fed cows that have never been fed grains.
  • This diet yields milk that contains naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid and calcium.
  • Pasteurized but not homogenized, the minimally processed milk delivers the “cream on top.”
  • The milks are said to have a unique taste and creamy texture that reflect the lush pastures from where the cows graze.
  • This premium milk is free from antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides and GMO feed and is halal and kosher certified.
  • The milk is also being used to make Grassmilk cheese. For more info on the cheese line, click HERE.
  • For more information, visit www.organicvalley.coop.


  • LIMITED-EDITION BLUEBERRY MILK (posted September 3, 2013)
  • Milk moustaches around Kansas City have been different colors and flavors throughout 2013 as the Shatto Milk Company celebrated its 10th anniversary with a total of five special-edition flavors.
  • Each flavor is presented in a unique half-liter bottle featuring a fun word or story associated with the flavor.
  • The fifth and final limited-release flavor—Blueberry Milk--made its debut right before the Labor Day holiday weekend. The unique half-liter glass bottles feature the word Chillin.’
  • Barbara Shatto, owner and co-founder of the family-owned business, said Shatto wanted a Labor Day theme that was mellow and a bit fun in “recognition of the economic and social contribution of all workers.”
  • Just 4,000 of the Chillin’ bottles were created. Once they are gone the blueberry milk will be offered in the traditional pint bottles until mid-September.
  • To read more about the other four flavors that debuted earlier this year, click on their name:
  • SMOOCH (Chocolate Cherry Milk)
  • LUCKY (Mint Chocolate Milk)
  • THANKS (Cookies and Cream Milk)
  • INDIE (Apple Pie flavor)
  • For more information, visit www.shattomilk.com.

  • BACK TO SCHOOL WITH MONK FRUIT JUICE-SWEETENED CHOCOLATE MILK (blog posted August 22, 2013)
  • Read more HERE.

  • COW-SHAPED MILK CONTAINERS DEBUT (posted August 8, 2013)
  • Kemps makes family-sized containers of flavored milk inviting with proprietary packaging.
  • This unique plastic container, exclusive to Kemps, provides at-shelf and at-home kid appeal.
  • The containers hold 76 ounces of either low-fat strawberry milk or low-fat chocolate milk.
  • Product began shipping mid June and has a suggested retail price of $3.69 to $3.89.
  • For more information, visit www.kemps.com

  • CHRISTMAS IN JULY…THINK EGGNOG (posted July 2, 2013)
  • Christmas Milk introduced a new and improved recipe for its seasonal eggnog at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
  • The now all-natural, gluten-free recipe offers the same great taste fans of “The Elves’ Favorite Drink” have come to love with no artificial ingredients or high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Christmas Milk was first conceptualized in 2009 after founder Heidi Fausel lost her job of nine years. Together with her husband Shane, the couple decided to embark on a new business adventure to create their newly adopted son’s favorite drink, and something he had enjoyed while in foster care, eggnog.
  • In the spirit of the holiday, and a testament to a cause that is near and dear to their hearts, the Fausels donate a portion of Christmas Milk sales each year to groups that help children in state care programs find their forever home.
  • “Our passion for creating Christmas Milk originated with our eldest son and allowed us the opportunity as parents to show our children that they should never hesitate to go after a dream,” says founder Heidi Fausel. “It’s truly been a labor of love for us creating this product and we’re dedicated to perfecting it while keeping our primary mission in focus.
  • Christmas Milk eggnog is ultra-pasteurized and comes in 32-ounce plastic bottles. It is co-packed for the company by Phoenix-based Shamrock Foods. The product has a 120-day refrigerated shelf life.
  • A half-cup serving contains 200 calories, 9 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein.
  • For more information, visit www.ChristmasMilk.com.

    • PROTEIN DAIRY BEVERAGE (posted June 26, 2013)
    • Safeway introduces a line of private-label, protein-enhanced dairy beverages.
    • Sold under the Lucerne brand, new Plus Protein Dairy Beverage comes in three varieties.
    • Fat-Free White contains 30% more protein and 30% less sugar (80 calories, 0 grams fat, 8 grams sugar, 12 grams protein per 8-ounces) than fat-free white milk.
    • Reduced-Fat White contains 60% more protein and 30% less sugar (130 calories, 5 grams fat, 8 grams sugar, 13 grams protein per 8-ounces) than reduced-fat white milk.
    • Reduced-Fat Chocolate contains 40% more protein and 45% less sugar (170 calories, 5 grams fat, 17 grams sugar, 13 grams protein per 8-ounces)than reduced-fat chocolate milk.
    • All three varieties are based on nonfat milk, ultrafiltered milk and water, with the addition of water being the reason why the product is labeled “dairy beverage.”
    • Half-gallon gable-top cartons retail for $3.99

    • ICED COFFEE, FRESH FROM THE DAIRY (posted Jun 13, 2013)
    • Hiland Dairy introduces half-gallons of iced coffee.
    • Just in time for warm weather, new Hiland Dairy Iced Coffees combine coffee with wholesome skim milk and cream.
    • Sold in half-gallon gable-top cartons with a convenient twist cap pour spout, the iced coffee comes in three flavors: Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla.
    • Mocha blends coffee and chocolate.
    • Caramel is both creamy and sweet.
    • Vanilla features a touch of exotic spices.
    • For more information, visit www.hilanddairy.com.

    • LIMITED-EDITION COOKIES AND CREAM MILK (posted June 4, 2013)
    • Shatto Milk Company unveils the third flavor (of five) of milk to commemorate its 10th anniversary. Congratulations!
    • Milk moustaches around Kansas City will be different colors and flavors throughout 2013 as the Shatto Milk Company celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a total of five special-edition flavors throughout the year.
    • Each flavor is presented in a unique half-liter bottle featuring a fun word or story associated with the flavor.
    • The third wildly anticipated limited-release product makes its debut this week. This corresponds with Shatto Milk Company’s true birthday date of June 4th.
    • In recognition of 10 wonderful years providing world-class milk to the Kansas City region, the Shatto’s introduce Cookies and Cream Milk. This fun-and-tasty product is bottled in its own exclusive “THANKS” bottle.
    • Only 4,000 “THANKS” bottles were created. Fans of the limited-edition flavor need to act quickly as the Cookies and Cream Milk in these limited-edition bottles are “as supplies last!” Once the limited bottles are gone, the Cookies and Cream Milk will be offered until mid to late June in the normal pint bottles.
    • For more information, visit www.shattomilk.com.

    • SINGLE-SERVE ICED COFFEE (posted April 25, 2013)
    • WhiteWave Foods grows its refrigerated International Delight Iced Coffee line.
    • The brand, which debuted in four varieties (Caramel, Mocha, Original and Vanilla) in half-gallon gable-top cartons about a year ago, now has two lighter formulations (Mocha and Vanilla).
    • Both the regular Mocha and Vanilla flavors are also now available in single-serve 10.6-ounce plastic bottles in convenient four-pack cartons.
    • The regular line delivers 150 calories in an 8-ounce serving, while the light product contains 100 calories. This is a third fewer calories and 39% less sugar. Both formulations contain 2.5 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein.
    • The coffee drinks are based on skim milk, cream and sweet whey, along with 100% premium Arabica coffee beans.
    • For more information, visit http://www.internationaldelight.com/.

    • EXTENDED-SHELF LIFE PROTEIN MILK (posted April 9, 2013)
    • Dean Foods introduces TruMoo Protein Milk to limited markets.
    • Consumers in California, Nevada and Hawaii will be the first to try TruMoo Protein Milk.
    • Each 14-ounce plastic bottle delivers 25 grams of protein.
    • Calorie content ranges from 390 to 410 calories and carbohydrates from 64 to 68 grams, depending on flavor.
    • The product is based on low-fat and nonfat milk, and delivers 4.5 grams of fat per bottle.
    • The product comes in four flavors: Chocolate, Cookies n’ Cream, Strawberry and Vanilla.
    • “We know consumers are looking for protein in their products. In a recent NPD study, over 25% of respondents said they are looking for protein in the foods they purchase. In addition, in this same NPD study, both teens and millennials said that protein was the number-one most important fortification ingredient,” says Greg Schwarz, vice president of marketing. “We generally see more early adopters of food trends on the West Coast, so we chose to start there. Regarding the formula, same as with our conventional TruMoo, our protein-fortified product contains no high fructose corn syrup, and it starts with real milk from farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with artificial growth hormones. Most importantly, consumers loved the taste in our testing. Given increased consumer interest in protein, coupled with the success of the TruMoo brand, we anticipate TruMoo Protein to be a success.”
    • The product is also ultra-pasteurized in order to have an extended (unopened) shelf life of about 100 days under refrigeration.

    • 100% LACTOSE-FREE MILK IN FIVE VARIETIES (posted April 2, 2013)
    • Prairie Farms debuts lactose-free “REAL” milk.
    • Formulated with the addition of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down lactose into easily digestible sugars, the new product is described as having the same nutritional value of regular milk.
    • Sold in half-gallon, recloseable, gable-top cartons, the line includes five varieties: Fat Free, Fat Free with Calcium, 2%, Vitamin D (full fat) and Vanilla Almond-flavored Fat Free.  
    • Like all of its other milks, the lactose-free line carries the Prairie Farms Dairy Pledge to only use milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.
    • For more information, visit www.prairiefarmsdairy.com.

    • TRUMOO GETS CONVENIENT (posted March 27, 2013)
    • WhiteWave Foods introduces TruMoo single-serve milk boxes.
    • These new shelf-stable milk boxes offer all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including protein, vitamins A and D, and calcium, without high fructose corn syrup, according to the company.
    • Ideal for school lunches and grab-and-go snacks, TruMoo single-serve milk boxes are available in plain, vanilla and chocolate 1% low-fat varieties.
    • Each TruMoo serving offers 8 grams of protein and TruMoo chocolate, a favorite with kids, is made with real cocoa.
    • “TruMoo single-serve milk boxes provide kids with a new great-tasting, on-the-go beverage option that’s lower in sugar and calories compared to other flavored milk options,” says Chris Strauss, director of marketing for TruMoo. “These convenient, shelf-stable milk boxes provide great taste for kids along with the nutrition that moms love.”
    • TruMoo single-serve milk boxes are available individually and in 6- and 12-count packages in grocery stores nationwide. The suggested retail price is $1.00 for a single 8-ounce milk box, $5.79 for a 6-pack and $9.99 for a 12-pack.
    • For more information, visit ww.trumoo.com.

    • “LUCKY” MINT CHOCOLATE MILK (posted March 18, 2013)
    • In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, Shatto Milk Company produced limited-edition LUCKY flavored milk.
    • Lucky Mint Chocolate Milk comes on the heels of SMOOCH Chocolate Cherry Milk, which hit retailers’ refrigerated dairy cases around Valentine’s Day.
    • The two flavors are part of a five-flavor special-edition milk concept that celebrates the company’s 10-year anniversary. The remaining three flavors will debut later this year.
    • Each flavor is presented in a unique half-liter bottle featuring a fun word or story associated with the flavor.
    • Only 2,000 bottles of each flavor are produced, which has consumers running to the supermarket before supplies run out.
    • For more information, visit www.shattomilkcompany.com.

    • SINGLE-SERVE, DHA-FORTIFIED ASEPTIC MILK BOXES (posted March 12, 2013)
    • Horizon extends its single-serve aseptic organic milk business to include its popular DHA Omega-3 formulation, previously only available in half-gallon cartons.
    • The company debuted the new convenient package at Natural Products Expo West 2013.
    • Each 8-ounce prisma box delivers 32 milligrams of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a version sourced from algae.
    • Packages carry the claim: Supports brain health.
    • Varieties are low-fat chocolate and low-fat vanilla.
    • They are available for retail in convenient shrink-wrapped six packs.
    • For more information, visit www.horizondairy.com.

    • NEW WHOLESALE BAG-IN-BOX ORGANIC MILK (posted March 7, 2013)
    • Northern California organic dairy pioneer Straus Family Creamery introduces organic, 5-gallon bag-in-box milk.
    • This brand new wholesale product is designed especially for foodservice operations.
    • Already in the glasses of thousands of University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) students, this milk fits seamlessly with the growing sustainable food movement on college campuses, including the University of California system.
    • The bag-in-box product is more convenient in a cafeteria setting than traditional milk cartons, and creates significantly less packaging waste. It also allows students to dispense just the amount of milk they would actually drink, thereby reducing food waste, which has become a significant topic of concern in the United States.
    • All components of the bag-in-box system, including the liner, box and valve, are BPA-free and fully recyclable.
    • “Many college students find themselves in a situation where, for the first time in their lives, they make their own food choices,” says Jill Horst, director of residential dining at UCSB. “Our food program catches them at this critical time, and steers them toward healthful and environmentally responsible food choices. Featuring organic milk from Straus Family Creamery deepens our commitment to the health and well-being of our students.”
    • Increased costs remain a consideration when switching to organic products. Yet, UCSB’s Executive Chef, Jaime Herrera was able to switch all milk served on campus from conventional to organic by finding creative ways to restructure the school’s foodservice program to lower its overall costs, which in turn, allows him to purchase sustainably produced and certified organic foods.
    • “We’re proud to work with UCSB’s forward-thinking dining services and are happy to offer an affordable and healthy alternative to University students,” says Albert Straus, president of Straus Family Creamery. “Our certified organic and non-GMO verified milk is great for students, and in addition, provides significant benefits to family farms in California.”
    • For more information visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com.

    • LOW-FAT CHOCOLATE DAIRY CREAMER (posted Feb. 28, 2013)
    • Who said you can’t have dessert for breakfast?  
    • Nestlé’s Coffee-mate is introducing an indulgent new addition to its lineup of all-natural dairy creamers: Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate.
    • With just 20 calories and 1 gram of fat per 1-tablespoon serving, Natural Bliss Low-fat Chocolate adds a creamy cocoa touch to a cup of coffee, without the sugar rush.
    • This new decadent delight is made with only milk, cream, a touch of sugar and pure natural flavor.
    • Other flavors in the Natural Bliss line include Vanilla, Sweet Cream, Caramel and Low-fat Vanilla.
    • The suggested retail price for a 16-ounce bottle is $2.69.
    • For more information, visit www.coffee-mate.com.

    • MILK THAT PUTS THE WOW IN COW (posted Feb. 25, 2013)
    • Cow Wow is a line of single-serve, ready-to-drink, flavored milk boxes that capture the unique and delightful taste of the bottom-of-the-cereal bowl.
    • The appealing packaging and one-of-kind cereal flavors--Chocolate Chip Cathy and Fruity Trudy—takes flavored milk beyond the three standard flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
    • Sold in 8-fluid-ounce shelf-stable prisma-style packs, a single serving contains 170 to 175 calories, depending on flavor.
    • Beyond the fun flavors, Cow Wow also includes nine essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium (400 grams) and protein (12 grams) and only 6 grams of added organic cane sugar.
    • Two new flavors are scheduled to launch later this year: Cinny Minny and Marsha Mallow.
    • “Parents on the go want a snack that’s healthy, but easy to feed their kids without the fuss,” says Chris Pouy, president and founder. “Cow Wow is the not-too-sweet alternative that fuels daily diets with essential calcium only found in dairy products.”
    • Until recently, Cow Wow was only available in Southern California supermarkets, as well as Legoland and the Los Angeles Zoo. Now it can be ordered for shipment anywhere in the United States via Amazon.com. A case of 18 costs $36.00.
    • For more information, visit: www.cowwownow.com.

    • DEAN FOODS TAKES SUGAR EVEN LOWER IN TRUMOO CHOCOLATE MILK (posted February 11, 2013)
    • Dean Foods has introduced a reformulation of its popular brand of chocolate milk, TruMoo.
    • The new product, which hit shelves in January 2013, contains 35% less total sugar than the leading chocolate milk competitor and has 40% less sugar than its previous formula.
    • TruMoo, the nation’s leading ready-to-serve chocolate milk, is made with fresh white milk sourced from regional dairies around the country, pure cocoa and just enough natural sugar to make it taste great.
    • One 8-ounce serving of TruMoo chocolate milk contains just 30 more calories than plain low-fat white milk. And like regular milk, TruMoo provides eight essential nutrients: calcium, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and potassium.
    • TruMoo Chocolate Milk is more than just a tasty treat; it’s a nutritious choice for the whole family, and one that can be served every day.
    • Nutrition and public health experts agree that milk is an important part of a healthy diet.
    • TruMoo has received high praise from parents and school nutrition directors across the country. The fat-free variety of TruMoo served in schools contains only 120 calories per serving and 6 grams of added sugar, compared to other chocolate milk formulas, which can contain high fructose corn syrup and up to 140 calories and 12 grams of added sugar. With some regional variations, most TruMoo milk available at major retailers is low-fat (1%) with 140 calories and contains only 6 grams of added sugar.
    • “When we launched TruMoo back in 2011, our chocolate milk contained 15% to 20% less sugar than other brands of chocolate milk on the market,” says Greg Schwarz, senior director of marketing. “But we are constantly focusing on how we can make our products even better. The new TruMoo reformulation is another step in that direction. Kids will love the same great taste of TruMoo, and moms can feel even more confident serving it to them.”  
    • The original TruMoo flavor is chocolate sold as 1% low-fat milk in retail and fat-free in schools. Depending on regional and retailer variations, other varieties include strawberry and vanilla and are available in gallons, half gallons, quarts and single serve (10-, 12-, 14- and 16-ounce) bottles. TruMoo milk is offered in school and foodservice settings in half-pint containers.
    • For more information, visit www.TruMoo.com.

     


    • MILK--CHOCOLATE CHERRY FLAVOR--IT'S MORE THAN A CEREAL TOPPER (posted Febraury 5, 2013)
    • Shatto Milk Company celebrates its 10th anniversary with limited-edition flavors, one of which makes you want to pucker up!
    • Smooch: Chocolate Cherry milk debuts.
    • Milk moustaches around Kansas City, MO, which is where Shatto Milk Company is based, will be in different colors and flavors throughout 2013 as the family-owned dairy celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering five special-edition flavors throughout the year.
    • Each flavor will be presented in a unique half-liter bottle featuring a fun word or story associated with the flavor.
    • The first wildly anticipated limited-release product—SMOOCH--is debuting now.
    • In recognition of Valentine’s Day, Chocolate Cherry Milk comes in its own exclusive “SMOOCH” bottle.
    • As with previous runs of special flavors and bottle designs, just 2,000 “SMOOCH” bottles were created.
    • “It does not seem like it has been 10 years since we started Shatto Milk Company,” says Barbara Shatto, owner. “The past 10 years have provided a lot of learning opportunities, but most importantly it has provided us the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people. We would not be celebrating this milestone without the support of our wonderful customers and the entire Kansas City community. We want everyone to know how thankful we are for their support!”
    • To commemorate the actual anniversary, which is actually in June, the company is planning another Family Day-at-the-Farm event in late June.
    • For more information, visit www.shattomilkcompany.com

    • DARK CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DEBUTS (posted January 30, 2013)
    • Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes adds Special Dark Dark Chocolate to its premium line of single-serve refrigerated dairy beverages.  
    • Existing varieties include Lowfat Chocolate Milk, Creamy Chocolate Milkshake, Cookies n’ Creme Milkshake and Strawberry Milkshake.
    • All come packaged in 12-ounce single-serve, plastic bottles.
    • Special Dark Dark Chocolate will be available nationwide beginning in March 2013.  
    • HP Hood LLC, one of the nation’s leading dairy processors, partnered with The Hershey Company to launch the line of Hershey-branded products in 2010. The products have been extremely well received in the marketplace and represent the quality and taste consumers expect from the Hershey’s and HP Hood brands.
    • “We have been pleased with the success of Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes to date and are excited to expand our product offerings,” says Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood. “Special Dark continues to be a popular flavor and it was a natural progression of the line to add this flavor.”
    • For more information, visit: HersheysMilkandMilkshakes.com

    • HEART-HEALTHY PRIVATE-LABEL MILK (posted December 18, 2012)
    • Retail giant Safeway continues to grow its private-label dairy brand with new Lucerne Heart Health Fat Free Milk.
    • The ultra-pasteurized nonfat milk is enhanced with plant sterols, which have been clinically shown to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or bad cholesterol). Products that contain these natural cholesterol reducers are backed by a FDA authorized health claim identifying consumption with reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
    • An 8-ounce glass of Lucerne Heart Health Fat Free Milk contains 500 milligrams of plant sterols and 100 calories.  
    • Packages sport a graphic illustration that includes the phrase: Helps Support a Healthy Heart.
    • The carton’s back panel explains the nature of plant sterols and their impact on heart health.
    • Half-gallon recloseable spout gable-top cartons retail for $3.49.
    • For more information on the plant sterols used in this product, visit www.corowise.com

    • IT'S THE MILK (Read the December 7 BLOG.)
    • Upstate New York Is Blessed
    • Cornell Assists Industry with Innovation

    • PRIVATE-LABEL PREMIUM CHOCOLATE MILK (posted November 12, 2012)
    • Private-label retailer Target Corp., is back in action for the holidays with an array of innovative seasonally flavored dairy foods, including yogurts, creamers and milks.
    • Sold under the Market Pantry brand, Red Velvet Chocolate Holiday Milk will be available until the end of the year or until supplies last.
    • The premium-flavored (and priced) milk comes in seasonally decorated quart gable-top cartons with recloseable spout.
    • A one-cup serving contains 270 calories and 9 grams of fat.
    • The quarts sell for $2.49 and are typically merchandised in a separate cooler with similar holiday products.   

    • CO-BRANDED PREMIUM EGGNOG (posted November 6, 2012)
    • Kemps uses premium flavor and spice from J.R. Watkins in its new flavored eggnogs.
    • Varieties are: Vanilla Eggnog made with Watkins vanilla and Pumpkin Spice Eggnog made with Watkins cinnamon.
    • Both Minnesota companies are recognized for producing all-natural, high-quality products, so it makes sense that the two would collaborate on a line of premium holiday dairy beverages.
    • (Did you miss Friday’s BLOG entitled: Collaborate to Innovate? Read it HERE.)
    • The UHT eggnogs will be available throughout the winter holiday season and come in quart-sized gable-top cartons.
    • A half-cup serving of either contains 180 calories and 9 grams of fat.
    • For more information, visit www.kemps.com/fridge/beverages/

    • THE U.K. GETS BREAKFAST MILK (posted October 24, 2012)
    • Tomorrow, October 25, the United Kingdom’s Lacka Foods will be introducing the Be Fast Breakfast on-the-go milk-based beverage line exclusively to the country’s 313 ASDA stores.
    • Made from nonfat milk and fortified with fiber, vitamins and minerals, Be Fast comes in three flavors:  chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
    • Be-Fast is designed to provide energy and satiety first thing in the morning, as each 250-milliliter bottle contains 200 calories and delivers 6 grams of fiber and 8.5 grams of protein.  
    • The product’s primary target is young males, 15 to 25 years old, who often wake up late and need to get out of the house fast.
    • The secondary target market is busy moms who are often too concerned with getting everyone in the house out of the door on time, they neglect themselves.
    • For more information, visit www.befast.co.uk

    • SPECIALLY FORMULATED MILK FOR KIDS (posted October 8, 2012)
    • Smart Balance is launching a line of milks specially formulated to support the growth and
    • development of toddlers and children.
    • Smart Balance Kids Milks come in three varieties to grow with the child:
    • Transitions Whole Milk & Nutrient Blend
    • Reduced Fat Milk & Nutrient Blend
    • Smart Balance Kids Chocolate Low Fat Milk & Nutrient Blend
    • All three varieties offer calcium and extra vitamin D to support strong bones; as well as DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids to help support brain and heart health with two glasses a day. The milks are produced from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.
    • Transitions Whole Milk & Nutrient Blend is the first U.S. milk with a nutrient blend containing iron for healthy growth and development, and prebiotics, which support digestion with two glasses a day. The milk is formulated for children aged 12 to 24 months, for whom many pediatricians recommend whole milk as they transition from breast milk or formula.
    • Smart Balance Kids Reduced Fat and Chocolate Low Fat Milks have vitamins C and E to support active, growing kids ages 2 and up, for whom many pediatricians recommend switching to low or reduced-fat milks.
    • The new product line is making its debut in the Southeast, specifically in all Harris Teeter stores.
    • For more information, visit  www.smartbalancekids.com.

    • WHAT A WEEK FOR FLUID MILK!!! (posted October 5, 2012)
    • Read the details on the October 5, 2012 BLOG.

    • PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG (posted October 4, 2012)
    • Sassy Cow Creamery brings a fresh take on classic fall flavors with new Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog.
    • The Columbus, WI-based company started rolling out this holiday treat this week at select local grocery and natural foods stores.
    • Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog starts with high-quality milk from the dairy cows at the Baerwolf family farm.
    • The milk, fresh cream, spices and nutmeg are blended to make this seasonal specialty.
    • Not only can this timeless drink be refreshing to sip, but can add seasonal flavor to create specialty desserts by easily stirring in Sassy Cow Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog. It’s the perfect ingredient for making delicious desserts--from pecan pie to cheesecake and cookies.
    • Located just north of Sun Prairie, WI, Sassy Cow Creamery is owned and operated by brothers James and Robert Baerwolf, third-generation dairy producers, along with their families.
    • The farmstead creamery freshly bottles organic and traditional milk, crafts delectable ice cream and dairy products.
    • For more information, visit www.sassycowcreamery.com

    • CARAMEL MEETS EGGNOG (posted October 3, 2012)
    • Hood, a leading New England dairy company, is releasing limited-edition Caramel EggNog just in time for the 2012 holiday season.  
    • According to recent research, caramel was projected as one of the top-10 flavors in both the “sweet flavors” and “beverage flavors” categories, foreseeing that consumers will be drawn to the familiarity and comfort that the flavor provides.  
    • “Caramel has long been a popular flavor in foods and beverages, and we are thrilled to introduce it into our EggNog line,” says Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood LLC. “Hood Golden EggNog has been a family favorite for generations, and Caramel seemed like the perfect flavor to continue the tradition.”
    • For more information, visit www.hood.com.

    • PRIVATE-LABEL "FREE FROM 101" DAIRY PRODUCTS (posted October 1, 2012)
    • The Kroger Company is rolling out its new Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands.
    • Both product ranges are free from “101” artificial preservatives and ingredients that some of the retail giant’s customers have said they do not want in their foods.
    • “While organic products are available in most conventional grocery stores, our customers told us that labels can be confusing, and there’s a general belief in the marketplace that organic means more expensive,” says Mary Ellen Adcock, vice president of Natural Foods for Kroger. “At Kroger we understand these challenges, so we’re offering our shoppers the Simple Truth Organic brand, an easy, more clearly labeled and affordable way to buy organic products.”
    • Spanning more than 30 product categories, the product range provides much of the U.S. population access to reasonably priced “free from 101” items and certified-organic products.
    • Categories include a wide variety of foods such as milk, yogurt, salads, dried fruit, sodas, chips and quinoa.
    • For more information, visit www.kroger.com

    • LOCAL, BOTTLED FLAVORED MILK (posted September 26, 2012)
    • Tulare, California has a new hot spot to shop for locally produced foods. It’s Rosa Brothers Milk Company’s new creamery and store.
    • Rosa Brothers is selling its own bottled milk and ice cream, as well as featuring products such as cheese, bread, nuts, eggs, cookies and other goods produced locally.
    • All of the milk products are sold in glass bottles.
    • Varieties and sizes are:
    • Whole, Reduced Fat (2%) and Skim White Milk—half gallons and quarts
    • Chocolate Milk—quarts
    • Strawberry Milk—quarts
    • Root Beer Milk—quarts
    • Half and Half Creamer—pints
    • Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla Ice Cream is sold in pints.
    • The company also says its products will soon be available at several markets in Tulare and Visalia.
    • For more information, visit www.rosabrothers.com

    • MILK PROCESSORS ARE READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
    • Read more about school milk at the August 31, 2012 and September 7, 2012 BLOGS.  

    • HEART-HEALTHY MILK GETS RECOGNIZED (posted July 30, 2012) 
    • The American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark has been placed on three varieties of Smart Balance milk: Fat Free Milk and Omega-3s, Fat Free Milk and Calcium and Lactose-Free Fat Free Milk and Omega-3s. (The latter was featured in the Daily Dose’s July 27 BLOG on lactose intolerance, which can be viewed HERE.
    • The AHA Heart-Check mark is given to select food products that meet health standards for total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and beneficial nutrients.
    • All products that display the symbol are available on the Heart-Check mark website, which can be viewed HERE
    • The AHA seal signals to consumers that they’re purchasing a heart-healthier product they can feel good about giving to their families, according to Smart Balance Senior Vice President and General Manager John Becker.
    • For more information, visit www.smartbalance.com.

    • MARKETING TO LACTOSE-INTOLERANT CONSUMERS (posted July 27, 2012)
      Real or perceived, a growing number of consumers claim lactose intolerance, and as a result, avoid all dairy products.
    • This, as those of us long-timers in the dairy industry know, is not necessary.
    • Read more about marketing and formulation strategies based on real science that can get dairy fans-from-afar back to being daily consumers on the July 27 BLOG.
     

    • STUDENT COMPETITION PRODUCES SOME “REAL” WINNERS (posted July 18, 2012)

      The Dairy Research Institute, through the support of the dairy checkoff, has announced the winners of the inaugural Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition during a special July 16 ceremony at the 2012 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Meeting in Phoenix.
    • The 1st Place winner was tOATal Milk, an oat-infused vanilla milk enhanced with protein, probiotics, conjugated linoleic acids (CLA).
    • To read more about the winners and the competition, click HERE.

     


    • REDUCED-SUGAR, FAT-FREE FLAVORED MILK FORMULATED FOR SCHOOLS (posted June 18, 2012)
    • Borden Dairy Company’s foodservice division has developed a new reduced-sugar line of fat-free flavored milks that pack in the flavorful punch that kids love to reach for when it’s lunchtime.
    • Available in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavors, each 8-ounce carton delivers nine essential nutrients-- calcium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorous, niacin and riboflavin--crucial for kids’ healthy growth and development.
    • The flavorful trio does not contain any artificial growth hormones, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, all attributes that appeal to school foodservice directors.
    • “We understand that school meal decision makers are under a lot of pressure to keep costs down while still meeting government guidelines for nutrition, plus make choices that keep kids happy. Our new Reduced-Sugar flavored milks were developed with that in mind. They’re a cost effective, nutritionally beneficial choice that kids will naturally turn to at lunchtime,” says Borden Dairy Company’s Senior Vice President-Foodservice Robert Smith.
    • The most common chocolate milk offering for this school year had 130 calories and 21 grams of sugar per serving. Borden’s Reduced-Sugar chocolate milk is 110 calories, with 18 grams of sugars. Borden’s chocolate milk also has five fewer grams of carbohydrates and 20 fewer milligrams of sodium per 8-ounce serving.
    • Although it has less sugar, the chocolate milk has an improved, more flavorful chocolate taste, according to the company. This is the result of the addition of extra cocoa and other natural flavors to give the creamy beverage a richer chocolate flavor.
    • “Our new Reduced-Sugar dairy products are innovations in the world of milk and the responsible choice for school milk programs. Instead of filling up on empty-calorie sodas or power drinks, kids can enjoy the awesome flavor and optimal nutritional benefits of Borden’s Reduced-Sugar milks,” says Smith.
    • If milk is not consumed with lunch, it’s much more difficult for kids to meet their daily needs for calcium, vitamin D and potassium, according to research from MilkPEP.
    • For more information, visit www.bordendelivers.com.

    • FARMSTEAD CHOCOLATE MILK (posted June 13, 2012)
    • Starting June 22, Sassy Cow Creamery Lowfat Chocolate Milk will be available in pint, quart and half-gallon sizes at select local grocery, natural foods stores and the Farmstead Creamery, located just 7 miles north of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
    • Sassy Cow Creamery makes it easy for adults and kids to get essential nutrition with local, flavorful and nutritious lowfat chocolate milk.
    • With fewer calories, less sugar and fat than traditional chocolate milk, this local product comes direct to consumers straight from the Baerwolf family farm.
    • “With today’s emphasis on healthy lifestyles and wholesome, essential nutrition for kids and adults we are pleased to offer consumers a local choice of lowfat chocolate milk,” says James Baerwolf along with his brother Robert Baerwolf. “Combining our farm fresh milk with pure cocoa and a dash of cane sugar creates Sassy Cow Creamery Lowfat Chocolate Milk.”
    • Sassy Cow Creamery is owned and operated by third-generation dairy producers.
    • For more information, visit www.sassycowcreamery.com.

    • PROTEIN-FORTIFIED MILK BEVERAGE (posted April 17, 2012)
    • Supermarket chain Safeway Inc., is entering the “refuel with milk” beverage business with the introduction of its private-label Lucerne Protein+ Fortified Dairy Beverage.  
    • Available in chocolate and vanilla flavors, the beverage starts with a base of inherently nutritious low-fat milk, and receives a boost of nutrients through the addition of vitamins and minerals as well as extra protein from nonfat dry milk.
    • Each 12-fluid-ounce bottle delivers 20 grams of quality dairy protein and a mere 4 grams of fat.
    • Sweetened with sugar and sucralose, a single-serve bottle contains 300 calories.
    • The milk beverage is ultra-pasteurized, which provides for a 30-plus day, unopened, refrigerated shelf life.
    • It is currently line-priced ($1.29, or on sale for $1.00) with similar-sized bottles of standard-of-identity Lucerne-branded milk.