Issues Monitoring

Keeping you on top of dairy news and consumer trends

January 2019

1/23/2019 (Nation’s Restaurant News) –  Pizza Hut expects to sell 2 million pizzas during Super Bowl

With sponsorships drawing new customers, Pizza Hut expects to sell 2 million pizzas during the Super Bowl. Full Story

1/23/2019 (Deli Market News) – American Cheese Society’s New Study Offers Insight into the Business of Artisan and Specialty Cheese

A study by the American Cheese Society says there are nearly 1,000 artisan and specialty cheesemakers in the U.S., a number that has increased over the past few decades. Full Story

1/22/2019 (Runner’s World) – Is Dairy Bad For You?

Runner’s World examines how dairy supports “a healthy lifestyle.” Full Story

December 2018

12/7/2018 (Southern Living) – Southern Living references National Dairy Council in answering the question, yes, you can freeze cheese

According to the National Dairy Council, cheeses that are sold pre-shredded or in solid blocks can be stored in the freezer. Full Story


12/6/2018 (Refinery29) – Whole Foods will bring back its 12 Days of Cheese promotion

Starting on December 12 and running through December 23, Whole Foods will be taking 50% off a different artisan cheese every single day. Full Story


12/4/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Greek yogurt brands are innovating to keep consumers interested in the high-protein snack

After explosive growth in the US throughout the last decade, Greek yogurt brands are innovating however they can to keep consumers interested in the high-protein snack, taking cues from wider convenience channel trends. Full Story


November 2018

11/14/2018 (Dairy Foods) – 2018 State of the Industry report: Cheese is a standout on the gridiron

Dairy Foods continues its annual review for dairy products, saying it’s “smooth skating for ice cream right now” and explains why cheese is “on top of its game.” Full Story


11/13/2018 (Brownfield Ag News) – USDEC Completes Japan, Hong Kong Cheese Mission

Four DMI board members have returned from their USDEC organized trip as dairy ambassadors to Hong Kong and Japan. Full Story


11/13/2018 (Delish) – Finally, An Oreo Dunking Kit So That You Don’t Have To Get Your Fingers In The Milk

Oreo is selling “the ultimate dunking set” just in time for the holidays. Full Story


11/12/2018 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – There’s a new dairy farmer group on Facebook

Dairy farmers can now participate in a private, DMI-created Facebook group. Full Story


11/12/2018 (Reader’s Digest) – This Was the Price of Milk the Year You Were Born

Reader’s Digest takes a cursory look at what has impacted the price of a gallon of milk since 1930. Full Story


11/9/2018 (Dairy Reporter) – Now more popular than milk, China’s yogurt market lures international newcomers

Australian yogurt firms are going flat out to tap into Southeast Asia’s growing yogurt market, with their eyes on the biggest prize of all: China. Full Story


11/7/2018 (Huffington Post) – Color-Changing Milk Labels Could Soon Tell You When Your Fridge Is Too Warm

A British environmental charity says color-changing milk labels could prevent tons of milk waste. Full Story


11/6/2018 (Des Moines Register) – Popular de-stressing drink called ‘moon milk’ makes its way to Iowa State by way of Midwest Dairy

Moo Lab, a new pop-up featuring “moon milk” and cow cuddles at Iowa State University, will help students de-stress with dairy. Full Story


11/2/2018 (Bon Appetit) – Full-fat yogurt is the only yogurt worth buying

Recent research has proved that whole-fat isn’t evil, and some even say it’s even beneficial to your overall health. Full Story


October 2018

10/31/2018 (FoodBev Media) – PepsiCo unveils Imagine snacks made with yogurt and cheese

PepsiCo has launched a new range of yogurt- and cheese-based snacks which, it says, provides “a good source of nutrients like protein or calcium”. Full Story


10/24/2018 (FoodNavigator-USA) – NAD refers a2 Milk ads to FTC after NMPF challenges ‘easier on digestion’ claims

Ad watchdog* the National Advertising Division has referred claims from The a2 Milk Company (a2MC) that its milk is ‘easier on digestion’ and ‘may help some avoid discomfort’ to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for further review. Full Story


10/23/2018 (Reuters) – Danone bets on healthy eating business to boost growth

Danone is relying on fast-growing categories such as probiotics, organic food and water to deliver sustainable growth by 2030. Full Story


10/23/2018 (Agri-News) – #10GallonChallenge: Farm broadcaster starts a dairy wave

Farm broadcaster Ty Higgins is surprised by the staying power of the #10GallonChallenge that he created. Full Story


10/22/2018 (FoodNavigator-USA) – wants to make it easier for consumers to understand labels and certifications

A newly launched nonprofit project called aims to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions at the grocery store by presenting information on how food items travel through the supply chain in its one-stop-shop website. Full Story


10/18/2018 (Hoard’s Dairyman) – Borden Delivers Three Trucks with 177,260 Beverage Servings for Hurricane Michael Victims and First Responders

World Central Kitchen distributed the drinks among evacuee shelters and centers serving the local communities in Bay County, Fla. and surrounding areas. Full Story


10/17/2018 ( – Fairlife releases new lactose-free, RTD beverage line

Fairlife has launched Smart Snacks, a milk-based drink designed to replace snacks between meals. Full Story


10/16/2018 ( – Aldi signs up to Arla Foods UK new dairy farming standards model

Arla Foods is launching a set of dairy farming standards that is supported by Aldi supermarkets. Full Story


10/15/2018 (AGDAILY) – FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative urges FDA to define ‘healthy’

The average consumer sees a lot of labels thrown in front of them. Dairy farmers stress the nutritional value of cow’s milk outshines that of plant based milk. Full Story


10/15/2018 (Dairy Foods) – Prairie Farms kicks off ‘Join Our MOOvement campaign’

Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., Edwardsville, Ill., launched the “Join Our MOOvement” campaign. The company said the campaign, launched on National Farmers Day (Oct. 12), is a grassroots effort that seeks to reverse these misfortunes by connecting consumers with dairy farmers through the products they produce. Full Story


10/10/2018 (Food Business News) – The continued evolution of Coca-Cola’s portfolio

Coca-Cola is on a quest to become a total beverage company with new offerings that include milk. Full Story


10/8/2018 (Wisconsin State Journal) – Farmers work hard to protect land and lakes

Wisconsin dairy farmer Chuck Ripp shares in an op-ed how farming conservation practices continue to protect his state’s soil and waterways. Full Story


10/8/2018 (WXOW La Crosse) – Cheese for charity: Wisconsin dairy farmers sending cheese to hurricane relief

Wisconsin dairy farmers are sending 40,000 pounds of cheese to Hurricane Florence victims. Full Story


10/3/2018 (Dairy Herd Management) – Grilled Cheese and Ice Cream Please at World Dairy Expo

Don’t fear, Expo attendees — grilled cheese, milkshakes and ice cream are being served again this year. Full Story


10/2/2018 ( – Why Skeptical Farmers Should Embrace Dairy Exports

DMI Chair Marilyn Hershey explains why farmers should embrace the export market. Full Story


10/1/2018 (Chippewa Herald) – Struggling dairy industry can learn from how the World Dairy Expo makes it look so good

Despite tough times, this week’s World Dairy Expo often provides a sense of optimism for the industry. Full Story