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  2011-06-09   
  • Foster Farms Dairy Introduces New Probiotic Milk
  • FOSTER FARMS DAIRY INTRODUCES NEW PROBIOTIC MILK
    Modesto dairy is among the first to offer probiotic milk to California consumers.

    MODESTO — Milk does a body better, with Foster Farms Dairy’s recent introduction of Dairy Balance™, a new milk line offering consumers a simple way to promote digestive and immune health.

    Dairy Balance Milk is one of the first milk brands to be fortified with the patented probiotic, GanedenBC30®, and one of only a handful of probiotic-enhanced milks currently available to consumers.

    “Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that has been shown to improve digestive health and support immunity,” said Jeff Foster, president of Foster Farms Dairy. “Sales of yogurt enhanced with probiotics have dramatically grown and studies have proven Dairy Balance delivers more active cultures than yogurt.”

    Foster said Ganeden Biotech, makers of GanedenBC30, developed the unique formulation to survive harsh manufacturing processes — including those used in milk processing — unlike other probiotic strains. This durability also withstands harsh stomach acids, allowing the delivery of more beneficial cultures.

    Dairy Balance, which has the same taste, texture and color as milk, is now available at more than 300 Northern California locations, including CVS/Pharmacy, Berkeley Bowl, Nugget Markets, Winco and O’Brien’s Market in the central, Bay Area and Sacramento Regions. Distribution to more than 500 outlets is scheduled by the end of the year. Dairy Balance milk is offered in whole and 2 percent reduced-fat varieties and has a suggested retail of $3.49 for a half gallon.

    Alternative to yogurt or yogurt type drinks
    With Dairy Balance, consumers are no longer limited to eating yogurt or drinking yogurt type beverages to achieve a healthy intake of probiotics. Drinking Dairy Balance provides all the benefits of regular milk, PLUS the added support of probiotics without sacrificing taste or texture.

    “Our goal was to offer a value-added product for our consumers’ health without changing their normal eating habits,” said Rick Werhel, vice president of sales marketing for Foster Farms Dairy. “Since almost every household in America purchases milk, and most drink it every day, what better way to provide people with their daily dose of probiotics?”

    Consumers worldwide have recognized the health benefits of food products enriched with probiotics. Global probiotic retail sales have grown from $100 million in 2002 to more than $7 billion in 2010. Retail sales of probiotic products are projected to top $11 billion in the next two years.

    About Foster Farms Dairy
    Foster Farms Dairy is family owned and has been operating in California since 1941. Today the company is led by Jeff Foster, grandson of the founders. Almost seventy years after its founding, Foster Farms Dairy is still committed to the same principals as founders Max and Verda were when they started the business: excellence, honesty, quality, service and people. Producer of a full line of products including milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and butter, the Dairy remains committed to animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Producer of a variety of dairy brands including Crystal, Humboldt Creamery, Deluxe, Vitafreeze and now Dairy Balance, Foster Farms Dairy is proud of its long history of providing customers the freshest, local dairy products possible. For more information about Foster Farms Dairy visit www.FosterFarmsDairy.com and for more information about Dairy Balance milk visit dairybalancemilk.com or contact Foster Dairy Farms directly at 888-316-6064.

  2010-11-22   
  • FOSTER DAIRY FARMS ACQUIRES MATTERHORN GROUP, INC.
  • MODESTO, Calif. — The US Bankruptcy Count has authorized the sale of Matterhorn Group, Inc. to Foster Dairy Farms of Modesto, California. The assets sold include the company’s two processing plants located in Sacramento, California and Salem, Oregon. The transaction is expected to close on November 24, 2010.

    “The Matterhorn Group, Inc. processing plants and product line of frozen desserts are a great complement to our existing business,” commented Jeff Foster, CEO and President of Foster Dairy Farms. “We look forward to building an integrated business that carries forward our longstanding tradition of quality products and excellent service.”

    Foster Dairy Farms is family owned and has been operating in California since 1941. The company is led by Jeff Foster, grandson of the founders. Foster Dairy Farms produces fluid milk, juices, butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, and powdered milk under multiple brands including the Crystal and Humboldt Creamery dairy brands. The company is looking forward to expanding its product portfolio to include additional frozen dessert products.

    About Foster Farms Dairy

    Foster Dairy Farms is family owned and has been operating in California since 1941. Today the company is led by Jeff Foster, grandson of the founders. Almost seventy years after its founding, Foster Dairy Farms is still committed to the same principles that founders Max and Verda were when they started the business: excellence, honesty, quality, service and people. Producer of a full line of products including milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and butter the Dairy remains committed to animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Producer of Crystal and Humboldt Creamery brand dairy products, Foster Dairy Farms is proud of its long history of providing its customers the freshest, local dairy products possible.

  2009-08-27   
  • FOSTER FARMS DAIRY BID TO ACQUIRE
  • FOSTER FARMS DAIRY BID TO ACQUIRE
    HUMBOLDT CREAMERY ASSETS FINALIZED


    MODESTO, Calif. — Today the sale of certain assets of Humboldt Creamery to Foster Dairy Farms of Modesto, California was finalized. The assets sold include the company’s processing plant in Fernbridge, California and the frozen distribution center in Stockton, California. The integration of the two businesses has been in the works for the past two weeks.
    The two companies complement each other well. Each brings unique customers and capabilities to the merger along with the same commitment to the highest quality products and excellent customer service. “The Humboldt Creamery business is a great compliment to our existing business,” commented Jeff Foster, CEO and President of Foster Farms Dairy. “We look forward to the opportunity to grow this business going forward.”...

  2009-08-13   
  • COURT APPROVES FOSTER DAIRY FARMS’ BID TO ACQUIRE HUMBOLDT CREAMERY ASSETS
  • MODESTO, Calif. — On August 13, 2009 the bankruptcy judge in Santa Rosa, CA conditionally authorized the sale of certain assets of Humboldt Creamery to Foster Dairy Farms of Modesto, California. The assets sold include the company’s processing plant in Fernbridge, California and the frozen distribution center in Stockton, California. The transaction is expected to close on August 26, 2009. The condition of a final sale is approval of a term sheet among the creditor’s committee and Humboldt’s bank lending group on August 25, 2009.

    “The Humboldt Creamery assets are a great complement to our existing business,” commented Jeff Foster, CEO and President of Foster Dairy Farms. “We look forward to building an integrated business that carries forward our longstanding tradition of quality products and excellent service.”

    Foster Dairy Farms is family owned and has been operating in California since 1941. The company is led by Jeff Foster, grandson of the founders. Foster Dairy Farms produces fluid milk, juices, butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, and powdered milk under multiple brands including the Crystal dairy brand. The company is looking forward to expanding its reach to include the Humboldt Creamery assets.

    About Foster Farms Dairy
    Foster Dairy Farms is family owned and has been operating in California since 1941. Today the company is led by Jeff Foster, grandson of the founders. Almost seventy years after its founding, Foster Dairy Farms is still committed to the same principles that founders Max and Verda were when they started the business: excellence, honesty, quality, service and people. Producer of a full line of products including milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, ice cream, and butter the Dairy remains committed to animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Producer of Crystal brand dairy products, Foster Dairy Farms is proud of its long history of providing its customers the freshest, local dairy products possible.

  2008-07-08   
  • Food Network follows Foster Farms
  • Foster Farms Dairy will be featured on Food Network's new primetime series "How'd That Get On My Plate?". "The host of the series, Sunny Anderson, had a great experience on location while traveling behind the scenes of milk production," according to a news release. "Anderson learns the importance of happy cows as she visits a dairy farm in California." Anderson visited Foster Farms Dairy farm in Denair and the Foster Farms processing plant in Modesto, where she shows how milk is bottled for consumption and transformed into mint chocolate chip ice cream.

    She also follows the production of string cheese at a Wisconsin plant and milk chocolate at a Chicago plant, according to Food Network. In the series, Anderson, also host of "Cooking For Real," follows the journey of a single ingredient (such as eggs, garlic, honey or apples) as it moves from its raw state to finished product.

    Foster Farms Dairy, a spinoff of the Foster Farms chicken operation, is headquartered in Modesto. It was founded in 1939. The dairy's Kansas Avenue plant produces fluid milk, ice cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, dry milk and other products.

  2006-02-01   
  • Cutting edge: innovative processes keep dairy manufacturing moving.
  • As with new product development, innovation is key to manufacturing processes. The best plants employ the latest technology, developed in close cooperation with key suppliers and assisted by in-house engineering teams to create custom designs for specific applications. Dairy Field visits a lot of manufacturing sites every year, each one bringing new perspectives to innovative plant processes. Here's a look at a few that particularly impressed us.

  2005-05-01   
  • Modesto plant improvements give greater control over more of its product line
  • Foster Farms Dairy has been a full-line processor for many years, offering its own brand of ice cream and various cultured products in addition to the fluid milk and butter made at its plants in Modesto and Fresno, Calif.

    But the last five years have brought significant changes to the company's Kansas Avenue plant in Modesto that allow in-house manufacturing of practically its entire line. Fluid milk, butter, ice cream, cottage cheese, sour cream--just about everything except yogurt is made under Foster Farms Dairy's own roof.

    Of course, since the improvements are recent, they include top-of-the-line equipment.