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South Dakota Makes A Dairy Statement.

As a lifelong Wisconsin resident, I am well-versed in my state's status as a dairy industry leader. And while I am also aware that California is a major player when it comes to dairy in the U.S., I wasn't as up-to-speed on other states making a significant contribution in that segment.

Thanks to a September 2018 media tour designed to highlight South Dakota's burgeoning dairy industry, readers of Food Manufacturing are able to take an inside look at the fastest-growing dairy industry of any U.S. state. "We have 197 dairy operations in place," says Bryan Sanderson, who serves as business development manager for South Dakota's Department of Agriculture. "And we are predominantly a cheese processing state."

Contributing writer Debra Schug attended the tour on behalf of FM, and her report, which starts on page 20, serves as the cover story of this issue.

The tour stops included visits to dairy giant Agropur's facility in Lake Norden, Bel Brands USA's facility in Brookings--where 1.7 million of the popular wax-wrapped Mini Babybel semi-soft cheese rounds are produced each day--and Valley Queen, which is located in Milbank and processes four million pounds of milk each day to produce 400,000 pounds of cheese for its customers. South Dakota State University also is highlighted, and the university, which is located in Brookings and has had a dairy science department for more than 100 years, has its own dairy plant on campus.

We hope you find the story both informational and entertaining. As always, thank you for reading.

A Manufacturing 'Pillar'

At Advantage Business Marketing, 2018 was a year of change. Not only did our company change its name (from Advantage Business Media), it also set in motion an ambitious plan to move away from a siloed approach to content and audience engagement--moving from 23 brand-driven websites to five "Pillar" portals. Food Manufacturing remains an integral part of our Manufacturing Pillar, which is headlined by Manufacturing.Net, and also includes Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Manufacturing Business Technology, and Chem.Info.

Just as importantly, the Manufacturing Group editorial team put its collective talent and creativity to work to create a new print property--Mfgnet-- set to launch in early 2019. The new publication brings together the best of all of our manufacturing brands in one robust, informative magazine.

While the launch of Mfgnet marks the end of Food Manufacturing as a standalone print product, the brand isn't going anywhere. FM-branded content will appear in each issue of Mfgnet, and special sections devoted to food and beverage manufacturing will appear in Mfgnet three times a year. The same volume and types of contentnews, exclusive features, blogs, Q&As, videos and more--will continue be directly accessible, as always, at

As 2018 comes to a close, I want to thank you for your continued readership. I'm excited for what's in store as we move into 2019, and I hope you are, too.

To continue receiving updated Food Manufacturing news, features, and information, you must go to our Manufacturing Pillar at and subscribe via the 'RESOURCES' link in the upper right corner.

Jesse Osborne, Editor

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Date:Nov 1, 2018
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