The yogurt aisle is getting a makeover in the wake of major strategic changes by three of the category’s biggest companies. The shift comes at a time when these players are not only trying to steal market share from each other, but also bring back growth to a category whose once fast sales are now slowing.
Land O’Lakes made hay while the sun shone today, acquiring venerable artisanal cheese maker Vermont Creamery. Founded in 1984, Vermont Creamery operate as an independently operated subsidiary of the Minnesota-based dairy giant.
Is there really confusion on the market as to whether these alternative brands actually contain animal products like cow’s milk? During the 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, we spoke with both dairy and alternative dairy brands to find out how they perceive the proposed Dairy Pride Act.
Keeping dairy in the barnyard rather than out among the crops, the proposed bill, the Dairy Pride Act, declares that dairy foods should be made from the secretions of hoofed animals only.
When longtime friends Gwen Burlingame and Katy Flannery launched their lactose-free ice cream, Minus the Moo, at Boston’s South End Open Market in 2015, the duo never expected that in less than two years they’d both be working full time to expand their passion project.
Maple Hill Creamery announced today that it has accepted a minority investment from Sunrise Strategic Partners. The organic, grass-fed dairy brand plans the use the capital to continue to grow its presence in stores and build brand awareness.
Israel’s largest food manufacturer is aiming for success in the U.S. via the dairy case. While 90-year-old dairy company Tnuva has imported its products to the U.S. for years, they have served predominantly as niche brands in kosher retailers. This month, however, Tnuva is launching Muuna, a brand with mainstream aspirations in the suddenly-heating-up cottage cheese market.
Maple Hill Creamery, which started out in 2009 as a small New York State dairy, can be found nationwide in over in over 6,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Walmart, Safeway, Sprouts, and Stop & Shop. This year, the brand is rolling out a new packaging, along with a brand-new website and a #ThisIsMapleHill social media campaign to provide deeper education on the benefits of 100% grass-fed dairy, highlighting the dedicated farmers who are the backbone of Maple Hill Creamery’s success.
The deal will nearly double the size of Danone’s North America footprint, increasing it from 12 to 22 percent of the company’s total portfolio and align it with several fast-growing brands focused on healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
Earlier this month, retailer Target detailed their continued plans to revamp their grocery department and focus on the perimeter of the store. One of the brands that has already seen the potential power of Target’s perimeter is yogurt brand Noosa. At Expo West, Noosa Co-Founder Koel Thomae talked with Project NOSH about the company’s history, the relationship with Target, and what’s next for the yogurt brand.