Valley Pride, a Va.-based dairy cooperative, will buy a shuttered Unilever ice cream plant that produced Good Humor bars for almost 30 years in Hagerstown, Md., and use it to make milk and ice cream. Valley Pride plans to market the plant's products under the Shenandoah Family Farms label.
A new Unilever ice cream plant in Konya, Turkey, will capture rainwater, recover heat and use other earth-friendly technologies that will become a model for future Unilever Heartbrand factories, the company says. The ice cream plant is the firm's first to win LEED certification. "This new factory is a testament to our commitment to drive sustainable growth and make more people smile with our ice creams," says Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer Pier Luigi Sigismondi.
A "white chocolate" milk that uses stevia leaves for sweetening was a hit at three Fla. schools where it was tested by SweetLeaf last spring. The flavored skim milk, which used chocolate-flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia, contains no sugar or calories.
Ben & Jerry's is rolling out a new design at its ice cream stores, using materials that mimic wooden floors and lights that look like old milk bottles. The stores will have a more pastoral design that the company internally refers to as "Summer of Love meets Vermont Dairy."
Mergers with U.K.'s Milk Link and Germany's Milch-Union Hocheifel have improved Arla Foods' bottom line, allowing the the dairy giant to record doubled profits in the year's first half. Integrating operations of the new companies with Arla has gone faster than expected, says Frederik Lotz, Arla's chief financial officer.