Dairy Foods, a U.S. dairy industry trade publication, has named The Dannon Company, a Groupe Danone subsidiary, the 2006 processor of the year for making "significant recent or long-term accomplishments." In the past year, Dannon has launched Activia, a probiotic yogurt and the lower-sugar, nonfat yogurt Light and Fit Crave Control.
Coca-Cola Co. promoted Muhtar Kent, currently its head of international operations, to president and chief operating officer. The new role places him next in line to take on the chief executive role when Neville Isdell retires.
Montec, an Australian dairy, has introduced its Mono-Premix milk to China. Mono-Premix contains no animal fat, which is removed and replaced with vegetable fat, making it both low-fat and low-cholesterol. The product has been sold in Australia for ten years.
White teenagers and young adults are the heaviest consumers of regular carbonated soft drinks, while their African-American and Mexican-American counterparts favor regular fruit drinks and ades, according to a study of beverage consumption.
Chinese dairy company Bright Dairy is raising sales by investing heavily in its yogurt brands, Bright AB100 and Danone Bio. Chinese customers are becoming more sophisticated about their dairy products and are more interested in foods such as cheese and yogurt.