The milling of cheese to a fine particle size is critical to the operations of parmesan cheese maker Isanti Foods, but, until recently, it has also been a source of problems for the Dalbo, Minn.-based processor.
Some 170,000 visitors from 124 countries converged on the outskirts of Paris in late November to view exhibits, swap business cards and -- being France -- break bread at IPA and Emballage 2000, Europe's answer to the Pack Expo/IAFIS double-whammy held earlier in November at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Cost has been the greatest obstacle for Landec Corp.'s IntelliPac packaging system in cracking the modified atmosphere packaging arena, and a successful program featuring iceless broccoli crowns with a 21-day shelf life for the Japanese market appears to have solved it.
Milk, juices and sports drinks in grab-and-go bottles are flying off retail shelves nationwide, yet a Michigan dairy was able to increase velocity by inserting a pop-up straw in 16-oz. PET containers, producing double-digit sales gains despite a bump in prices from 69 to 79 cents.