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Jake LeRoy

Think U.S. Dairy for upgrades to snacking at IFT15
Stop by Booth 1043 for kimchee pancakes, Moofu meatballs with BBQ sauce and chai pudding samples

ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 12, 2015 — The U.S. Dairy Export Council® (USDEC) will demonstrate the benefits of U.S. dairy beyond nutrition and flavor at the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Innovative prototypes at the USDEC booth will showcase the versatility of U.S. cheeses and ingredients in applications ranging from snacks to mini-meals.

According to Innova Market Insights, formal mealtimes continue to decline in popularity as consumers seek quick, healthy foods to replace traditional meal occasions.1 Dairy proteins offer value and versatility to help boost protein intake in different foods throughout the day.

"Our prototypes show how U.S. dairy can help formulators meet consumer demand by balancing innovation with the flavor, natural functionality, nutrition and value offered by dairy ingredients," said Vikki Nicholson, senior vice president, global marketing for USDEC.

The prototypes also cater to top food and beverage trends with a focus on protein (quality, quantity and timing), weight wellness and global inspiration.

  • Savory Kimchee-se Pancakes - Surprise taste buds with a bold Korean twist on an American classic. These savory pancakes pack in 24% of the Daily Value for protein (12 grams) and 25% of the Daily Value for calcium with their combination of high-quality U.S. dairy ingredients. Inspired by the popular fermented food trend, this satisfying snack or mini-meal offers a burst of global flavor.
  • Moofu Meatballs with Reduced-sodium BBQ Sauce - The popularity of meatballs spans many cultures, and this version is sure to be a hit with those looking for meat alternatives. Made with Moofu, a protein-rich meat alternative based on acidified skim milk, these tasty snacks deliver on protein content with up to 16 grams of high-quality protein per serving. Served with barbecue (BBQ) sauce that has 60% less sodium than the leading sauce brand, they’re the perfect addition for meatless Mondays or any day of the week.
  • Chai Protein Pudding This unique take on a classic comfort food adds a little spice to snacking. Made with wholesome 2% milk, high-quality dairy proteins and added fiber, chai pudding is a nutritious treat with 14 grams of protein (28% of the Daily Value) per serving. Appeal to consumers of all ages with this satiating delicacy infused with flavors from India.

Visitors to Booth 1043 will learn how the U.S. dairy industry works side by side with food and beverage manufacturers throughout the research and development process to help successfully deliver new products to the market. Experts will be available during the show to answer questions and share more about the broad portfolio of U.S. dairy ingredients that meet varying tastes, mineral contents, functional properties and more.

Don’t forget to catch these dairy-focused events at IFT:

  • Sunday, July 12, 8:30 a.m. — Advances in Dairy Processing with an Eye Toward Improving Sustainability
  • Sunday, July 12, 8:30 a.m. - Advances in Dairy Processing With an Eye Toward Improving Sustainability
  • Sunday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. — At this year’s Dairy Foods Division Social, the National Dairy Council® New Product Competition winners will be announced. Students were asked to develop a dairy beverage that appeals to millennials. Show attendees can get more details on the award-winning concepts at the USDEC booth.
  • Monday, July 13, 12:30 p.m. - Challenges and Opportunities in a Growing Cheese Products Market
  • Monday, July 13, 2:15 p.m. - New Process Innovations Leading to Enhanced Dairy Protein Performance and Creation of New Products and Textures
  • Tuesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. - Translating Protein Science: New Insights on the Importance and Power of Protein.

For more information and resources on dairy ingredients, nutrition, trends and applications, visit USDEC's newly launched customer website highlighting the benefits of U.S. dairy at

Media: Click here for images of the four prototypes.

1Innova Market Insights, "Top 10 Trends of 2015," December 2014.

About U.S. Dairy Export Council
The U.S. Dairy Export Council® (USDEC) is a nonprofit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Funded primarily by the dairy checkoff program through Dairy Management Inc.TM, the mission of USDEC is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and assist the U.S. industry to increase its global dairy ingredient sales and exports of U.S. dairy products. USDEC accomplishes this through programs in market development that build global demand for U.S. dairy products, resolve market access barriers and advance industry trade policy goals. USDEC is supported by staff across the United States and in Mexico, South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, national origin, race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, marital status, military status, and arrest or conviction record.