It's Greek to CG: Yogurt, cream cheese plants nearly set
Area cows will supply the anticipated huge demand for milk at two new Casa Grande facilities
Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc.
The Commonwealth-Ehrmann dairy partnership makes Greek yogurt on a big scale. Franklin Foods makes Greek cream cheese. Making yogurt calls for milk. Making cream cheese calls for milk and cream.
And that calls for cows, lots of cows.
The Casa Grande Valley has them, said Dennis Dugan, a Casa Grande dairyman and a board member of the United Dairymen of Arizona.
“There’s about 90,000 milk cows within 30 miles of Casa Grande and that’s one reason they came here,” Dugan said.
They being Commonwealth Dairy and Franklin Foods. They both selected Casa Grande for new dairy-product plants. Nearly ready for business, the plants bookend The Property Conference Center on West Gila Bend Highway, also known as Arizona 84.
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Vermont Gas to Expand Natural Gas Service to City of Enosburg
600 residential & business customers could save $1.5 million per year, reduce GHG emissions by 1,900 pounds per year
By Melissa Howell, WCAX, July 11, 2013: There's a new source of energy coming to Enosburg. "I'm so pleased to be able to work bring natural gas to this community," said Don Gilbert of Vermont Gas. Vermont Gas is laying the pipes for natural gas, a project they will have major economic and environmental benefits for companies like Franklin Foods and residents. "We think it's a no-brainer for us and the community has welcomed it and it's going to save so much money for the schools and everybody in their residential place, we think it's great," said Nord Brue of Franklin Foods. Click here to view the WCAX news segment.
Florence Fabricant, The New York Times, Greek Cream Cheese Review
To Shmear: Greek Yogurt on a Bagel? In a Manner of Speaking
By Florence Fabricant, The New York Times, Diners Journal - May 1, 2013: If Greek yogurt in frozen pops and energy bars is not enough, here is some in cream cheese. But cream cheese with merit: Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese, made by Frankklin Foods in Ensoburg Falls, Vt, Click here for Florence's entire review.
Tom Vierhile, Innovation Insights Director for Datamonitor Consumer
Natural Products Insider: Protein Powers: New Product Innovation
By Tom Vierhile, Natural Products Insider - June 10, 2013: Almost every year brings a new wave of packaged foods and beverages transfixed on one nutrient or another...Today, protein is the new powerhouse nutrient for packaged goods and beverage products...But the Greek yogurt story goes beyond frozen yogurt. The newest trend is to leverage Greek yogurt into other foods. Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese with Greek Yogurt from Enosburg Falls, VT-based Franklin Foods has twice the protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese. Click here for Tom's entire article.
Jill Waldbeiser, Women's Health Magazine, Food & Nutrition Editor, Greek Cream Cheese Review
Greek Yogurt Mini Cheesecakes Recipe: Favorite Dessert with half the fat, twice the protein
Women's Health Magazine - April 6, 2013: Greek yogurt - is there anything it can't do? You can eat it, freeze it, cook with it, and now make other foods out of it. Green Mountain Farms Greek Cream Cheese got the idea to combine two of the world's favorite dairy products with less fat, more proteinl, live and active cultures that you can also use to make cheesecake. Click here for Jill's entire review and recipe.
Sarah Kennedy, Dairy Foods Magazine, Yogurt's domination goes beyond the dairy aisle
Dairy Foods Magazine - April 15, 2013: Greek yogurt is leading the way in new product innovations and helping to keep yogurt on everyone's radar. Processors continue to introduce new yogurt flavors in the Greek and regular, and many are finding new ways to incorporate yogurt into other foods...Franklin Foods, Enosburg Fall, Vt., makers of Green Mounain Farms, invented the first Greek yogurt cream cheese. Click here to read the entire article.
Lisa Polis, The Huffington Post, Greek Yogurt Food Invasion Continues As Product Is Added to Cream Cheese, Hummus And More
Huffington Post Healthy Living - March 6, 2013: It's been a whirlwind past few years for the Greek yogurt industry. Greek yogurt has gone from one percent of the yogurt market in 2007 to 36 percent currently, with the potential to reach around 50 percent of the market share. Click here for Lisa's entire article.
Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun's Restaurant Critic's Greek Cream Cheese Review
Baltimore Sun's "Baltimore Diner" Blog Post - February 13, 2013: We get lots of announcements of new products. We mostly ignore them, but this one got our attention - "the launch of industry's first Greek Cream Cheese...We set them out with pita chips. Everyone who tried it loved it, and most tasters preferred it to their regular cream cheese..." Click here for Richard's entire article.
Cheese Market News Retail Watch Aricle: Franklin Foods
New Arizona Facility to Expand Western U.S. Distribution
Kate Sander: Franklin Foods is on a mission to re-invent cream cheese for todays' consumer, and as the company begins to offer Greek Cream Cheese and prepares to open new facility in Casa Grande, Arizz., it appears the mission is well underway and successful.
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Dairy Foods Magazine - Franklin Foods creates Greek yogurt cream cheese
December 10, 2012 - Click here to read the entire article.
Dairy Foods Magazine - Greek Yogurt Stars in the Dairy Case
Greek Outside the Box
November 14, 2012 -- Aritcle excerpt by Author Sarah M. Kennedy
The Greek yogurt influence is beginning to show up in other cultured dairy products as well. Processors are using it as an ingredient in butter, smoothies, dips, cream cheeses and of course, freezing it. Greek yogurt is everywhere.
This summer, Alpharetta, Ga.-based Tryst Gourmet LLC, owner of Eat Well Enjoy Life, makers of non-chick pea hummus, created a hummus containing Greek yogurt. Franklin Foods, Enosburg Falls, Vt., owners of Greek Mountain Farms, launched a Greek yogurt cream cheese said to contain twice the protein and half the fat of regular cream cheese, plus live and active cultures. Along with Yoplait’s other introductions, it also added frozen smoothies with Greek yogurt to its line.
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Joy Bauer, M.S., RD Health & Nutrition Expert for the TODAY Show Greek Cream Cheese Review
Joy Bauer on Whosay -- October 17, 2012: "Healthy Food Find! I am loving this Greek Cream cheese spread from Green Mountain Farms. It has 1/2 the fat of regular cream cheese, 2x the protein, plus a dose of live and active cultures. The whipped version delivers the best calorie bargain -- and is delicious to spread on a toasted whole-wheat sandwich thin!" Click here for Joy's Whosay review.
Dairy Foods Magazine Top 100 List - Franklin Foods Ranks Amongst North America's Largest Processors
August 15, 2012: For the second year in a row Franklin Foods has been included in Dairy Foods Magazine "Dairy 100" rankings of North America's largest processors. Franklin Foods ranks #94. Click here for the entire list.
Vermont Honored in the Cheese, Pastry and Restaurant World - Burlington Free Press
August 10, 2012: Ten Vermont cheese companies brought home nearly 30 awards from the American Cheese Society’s annual competition this past weekend.
At the American Cheese Society’s annual conference, about 1,600 cheeses competed in more than 100 categories.
Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, of Websterville, took home four first place awards for its quark, Coupole (an original recipe goat’s cheese), goat’s milk feta and crème fraiche. The company took home a barn-full of other ribbons for its mascarpone, fromage blanc, Cremont and others.
Franklin Foods, of Enosburg Falls, won first for its cultured cream cheese and third place ribbons for its Hahn’s cultured cream cheese and strawberries n’ cream Hahn’s yogurt and cream cheese.
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Tapping Into Employee Creativity - Article By Damian Killen
December 7, 2011: Author Damien Killen writes a timely article on the hot topic of innovation, idea creation and personality types. Thanks to Damien for including the marketing of Hahn's Yogurt Cream Cheese in the article. Click here to read the entire article.
Franklin Foods Achieves "Dairy 100" List of North America's Largest Processors - Dairy Foods Magazine
August 15, 2011: The 18th Annual Dairy 100 listings of the largest dairy-food processors in North America. Franklin Foods ranks #95. Click here and login for the entire list.
Dips & Spreads Score Gains - Reported by Frozen & Dairy Buyer Magazine
June 15, 2011: Frozen & Dairy Buyer Magazine provides an in-depth overview of the current refrigerated dips and spreads category in the June issue. Rocco Cardinale, director of marketing, provides insights of this dynamic and rapidly growing category. Visit www.fdbuyer.com or click here for the article.
St. Albans Young Cooperator Program Visits Franklin Foods - As Seen in the St. Albans Messenger
February 20, 2011: St. Albans Messenger reports that the St. Albans Cooperatives Young Cooperator program continues to be an important aspect of the St. Albans Cooperative and the Young Cooperatives have served as spokespersons for the Cooperative and ambassadors for the dairy industry. In December 2010, the Young Cooperators held a successful Annual meeting in St. Albans, which included the "Telling Your Story" training offered by dairy promotion, and a plant tour of Franklin Foods in Enosburg Falls. Click here for the story.
Franklin Foods Awarded Business of the Year - As Seen in Dairy Foods Magazine
January 15, 2011: Franklin Foods has been awarded Vermont's "Franklin County Business of the Year" for 2010 by the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation (FCIDC). The award acknowledges Franklin Foods commitment to its employees, community and manufacturing facility investments in New England's largest dairy county and milk shed. Click here to read the Supplier News.
California Floods, Northeast Blizzard Challenge Industry - Reported by Cheese Market News
December 31, 2010: Franklin Foods reaps the benefits of planning, increased production capacities, and team member execution to meet production demands during recent weather challenges in the Northeast. Read Rena Archwamety's article on how the dairy industry deals with floods and blizzards. Click here to read the article.
Third-Party Certification Helps Meet Demand for Food Safety - Reported by Cheese Market News
November 12, 2010: Franklin Foods is not only at the forefront of dairy technology but, also leader in adopting the strictest Safe Quality Foods (SQF) manufacturing protocols and procedures. Read Rena Archwamety's article on the importance of third-party SQF certification by innovative dairy manufacturers. Click here to read the article.
Fourth U.S. Patent Approved for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese - Reported by Cheese Reporter
July 30, 2010: Franklin Foods, Inc. has been issued its fourth patent from United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. Patent number 7,763,294 has been issued to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt for a technique for making a lowfat yogurt-cheese composition. The timeliness of the fourth patent approval for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese correlates with a growing demand within institutional channels for lowfat ingredients to help reduce the fat, calories and cholesterol in mainstream consumer packaged goods. This demand is due to rising obesity rates and consumers continued desire for healthier food alternatives. Click here to read the article.
Raising Your Cultural Awareness - Article by Sharon Gerdes.
June 15, 2010: Sharon Gerdes writes a timely article on the versatility of yogurt in both sweet and savory items. Yogurt's versatility is now seen from smoothies, frozen desserts, baby food, dips, and dressings. Green Mountain Farms Tzatziki Yogurt Dips are part of this next wave of healthful indulgence. Article link.
Hahn's Bakers Cheese Featured in Leading OU Kosher Magazine - Behind the Union Symbol
January 2, 2010: Read how Hahn's Bakers Cheese helps chefs and bakers re-invent their menus and products to appeal to today’s consumer who is searching for naturally healthier foods that are delicious. As the “Perfect Protein,” Hahn’s helps chefs and bakers satisfy this consumer need.
Behind the Union Symbol is the highly acclaimed quarterly magazine of the Orthodox Union’s Kashruth Division for current and prospective Kosher certified companies.
The publication, which in only a few years has become the premiere kosher trade magazine, features technical articles on the scientific and halachic aspects of kosher food production, company profiles, tips on maximizing a kosher program, as well as sometimes whimsical and always fascinating articles on how the OU’s rabbinic experts bring their skills to more than 6,000 plants in 77 countries worldwide. A must read for food executives, marketing officers and plant personnel.
According to the OU Kosher organization, Behind the Union Symbol is read by over 6,000 food executives and reaches 6,000 food manufacturing facilities worldwide, as well as food industry leaders, editors and analysts.
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Best New Product Award for Green Mountain Farms Dips & Spreads - Awarded by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Retailer Magazine
October 15, 2009: The new Green Mountain Farms Tzatziki Savory Yogurt Dips are the recipient of the "Best New Products Award" by leading industry magazine Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Retailer. The Green Mountain Farms brand was acknowledged for being above and beyond in quality (product or packaging) or unique in nature, all products were evaluated and judged on the way they met consumer trends.
Third U.S. Patent Approved for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese - Reported by Cheese Reporter
August 28, 2009: Franklin Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued patent number 7,572,473 to inventors Jon Gutknecht and John Ovitt for the award-winning Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. This is the third patent for Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese.
These key patent approvals allow for protected manufacturing, marketing and distribution of Yogurt & Cream Cheese across dairy, food service, culinary and retail categories, which will have a positive impact on consumers' health and wellness. Click here to read the article.
Franklin Foods Wins 3 Medals at 2009 American Cheese Society Competition - Full Contest Results in Cheese Market News
August 12, 2009: Franklin Foods amazed the judges by winning medals for Hahn's Cultured Cream Cheese, Hahn's Neufchâtel, and the patented Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese, at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition held in Austin, Texas on August 5-8. The American Cheese Society is the country's premiere platform for cheese industry research and education. Click here for results.
National Launch of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese a Success During SNA Conference
July 25, 2008: The launch of the Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese brand for schools across the United States was the hit of the 62nd Annual School Nutrition Association Conference in Philadelphia. Hahn's was met with rave reviews and nearly 1,000 product samples were handed out in 12 hours to attendees. The Hahn's brand appeared with SNA Directors during in-studio interviews on three Philadelpha TV stations - CBS 3, Fox 29 and CN 8 Your Morning. Hahn's will be served daily to over 2 million students throughout the Northeast and Southeast United States. Click here to watch the video.
FoodBiz Kids Rate Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese a Winner
The industry leading Food Processing Magazine tested Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese with their FoodBiz Kids student product testers. Click here to read the full reviews.
Franklin Foods Profile - As Featured in Food & Drink Quarterly
Vermont cream cheese maker Franklin Foods provides the first-ever yogurt and cream cheese with a patented process that promises to bring healthier life to an established dairy category. Written by David Soyka
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Spreading Culture - Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Featured in Dairy Foods Magazine
Amid calls for nutrition and portion control, Franklin Foods hits it big with its yogurt cream cheese. By James Dudlicek.
May 1, 2008: The #1 Dairy Magazine in the U.S. features Franklin Foods and Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese. Click here to read the article.
NBC Today Show Features Vermont Cheese
February 21, 2008: The NBC Today Show aired a special “TODAY Takes a Winter Break feature live from Sugarbush Ski Resort in Warren, Vermont. During the four-hour broadcast a segment highlighted Vermont specialty foods and cheeses, and the three Franklin Foods brands – Vermont Gourmet, Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese, and All Season's Kitchen were on display along with 35 Vermont Cheese Council members.
Success of Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Featured on NECN-TV Boston, Massachusetts
Franklin Foods - As Seen in Wired Magazine
It's smooth and spreadable – but it's got researchers whipped up. How a Wisconsin lab is hacking the chemical code of cream cheese. By Joshua Davis
Franklin Foods, the fifth-largest cream cheese manufacturer in the US, is a good example. In the past few years, the company has combined cream cheese with yogurt, walnuts, maple syrup, smoked salmon, and strawberries. It has also reengineered its spread to grip bagels better. Franklin can’t compete with Kraft on price, but according to company president Jon Gutknecht it can try to change the way consumers think about the product. Gutknecht believes that the cream cheese market is like the ice cream market 25 years ago – only a few flavors dominate. People didn’t know that ice cream could be more exciting than butter pecan. For Gutknecht, the model is obvious: He wants to be the Ben & Jerry’s of cream cheese. “The mission of our company,” he says, “is to reinvent cream cheese.”
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All Season's Kitchen Brand on #1 Food Show in New England
All Season's Salsa Cream Cheese was featured on a Superbowl snacking segment during New England's #1 Food Show, TV Diner with Billy Costa, on NECN.
Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese - As Featured in the Wall Street Journal
Small Firms Turn to Marketing BzzAgents - Advertising Campaigns Based on Word of Mouth Try to Jump Start Sales
By Tara Siegal Bernard
At a post-wedding brunch, Mary McNealy's friends were complaining about all of the carb- and fat-laden foods, like bagels and cream cheese, beckoning from the buffet. So, she took the opportunity to inform her buddies of her latest healthy discovery: Hahn's Yogurt & Cream Cheese Spread.
Ms. McNealy, 27 years old, didn't discover the creamy concoction at her local market. She learned about it because, though a Yale University grad student by day, she has another identity: buzz agent. She has been enlisted by a buzz, or word-of-mouth, marketing campaign to evangelize about a product.
In recent years, word-of-mouth marketing has gained popularity among big companies, which fear that traditional advertising has lost its punch in this age of information overload. But now, some small companies are getting in on the buzz, hoping to achieve outsize results.
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