Alaska agriculture officials have taken bids for the Matanuska Maid dairy's main processing plant in Anchorage. The state assumed control of the dairy in the 1980s and shut it down in December because of financial problems.
Food-price gains for dairy products may reach 9%, according to a report released by the USDA. The rising prices for dairy and other products could increase inflation at the fastest pace in nearly 30 years.
The addition of proprietary gate agitators to yogurt storage vessels can speed up processing while maintaining texture, says Tetra Pak CPS, a process machinery supplier. By modifying existing processing systems, Tetra says it can help dairies hold down expansion and development costs.