CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2001
In the latest volley against massive dairies, an environmental group plans to sue the local smog control agency and three major dairies to force compliance with federal air regulations. The Assn. of Irritated Residents said two dairies being built in Kern County and one under construction in Madera County violate the Clean Air Act because manure will contribute to the valley's chronically polluted air.
April 6, 2001 |
Got milk? Suiza Foods has lots of it--nearly a third of the U.S. market. In a giant milk merger pairing the two biggest U.S. dairy processors, Suiza said Thursday it is buying Dean Foods Co. for about $1.5 billion in cash and stock, taking its rival's name and moving Dean's headquarters from the Chicago suburbs to Suiza's base in Dallas.
December 2, 2000 |
A federal appeals court has ruled that Philip Morris Cos.' Kraft Foods and several other cheese makers must face allegations that they illegally conspired to drive down milk prices paid to California farmers. An antitrust suit filed by milk producers in 1998 had been dismissed when a judge ruled in part that the case didn't meet antitrust standards because it didn't show harm to consumers in the form of higher prices. The 9th U.S.
September 13, 2000 |
The California Milk Processor Board has signed an interim agreement to use striking members of Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in three new "Got Milk" commercials. The board, which spends about $25 million annually to pitch milk in its humorous spots, signed the agreement just days before production was to begin on commercials created by San Francisco-based advertising agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
January 9, 2000 |
With the stakes in the billions of dollars, the process of deciding what the nation should eat--always political--is turning even more contentious. A respected committee of doctors and nutrition experts is preparing to submit next month its five-year review of the federal government's dietary guidelines.
January 3, 2000 |
James and George Borba thought they were giving residents of Kern County just what they wanted. Invited by county officials into this rich agricultural valley, the Chino dairymen were impressed by what they saw: vast expanses of inexpensive farmland, a local government traditionally friendly to agriculture, and practically no neighbors in sight of their 4,700 acres south of the city limits. "It's a perfect place to build a dairy: out in the middle of nowhere," George Borba said last spring.
September 19, 1999
It shouldn't come as any surprise to see that California's highest-in-the-nation milk prices are on their way back up now that the legislative pressure to bring them down is off ['Cost of Milk Expected To Rise," Sept. 6]. It was mid-March when the industry announced with great fanfare that the state-mandated price paid to dairy farmers would drop by 50 cents a gallon April 1. Of course, it was purely coincidental that the price break came after two bills were introduced in the Legislature to apply free-market standards to milk sales in an effort to increase competition and lower prices for shoppers.
April 21, 1999 |
Legislation taking on the dairy industry hit a wall of well-coordinated opposition Tuesday, leaving one bill defeated and the other barely hanging on. Both bills were aimed at reducing the high price of California milk, which is among the highest in the nation. One bill would end a 20-year-old law preventing stores from selling milk below their cost. It failed its first vote in the Senate Agriculture and Water Resources Committee, but hours later committee members agreed to reconsider it in May.
April 1, 1999 |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended the first overhaul of the federal milk pricing system since the Depression, consolidating dozens of pricing regions and changing the formulas by which dairy farmers are paid. The changes, which must be approved by milk producers, are expected to benefit consumers only slightly: The government expects the average price of drinking milk to drop by about two cents a gallon.