Russian Dairy Farmer’s Tour US Plants

8 07 2008

I like this story.  A company right here in Michigan helps foreign companies set up shop  here in the U.S. instead of the other way around.  Last week, officials from the Russian Department of Agriculture and several dairy farmer’s were shown around U.S. dairy operations by Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development which is based in Hudson, MI.  From a press release…..

The group toured both Vreba-Hoff dairy farms located in Hudson, Michigan – home to more than 5,500 dairy cows that produce more than 20 million gallons of whole milk per year.

This was such a great experience for our Russian guests,” said Cecilia Conway, Vreba-Hoff spokeswomen. “It was a remarkable opportunity to show our international visitors the modern milk production techniques that are utilized at our farms.”  Read the rest of this entry »





Cold Stone on the Decline

18 06 2008

I wasn’t too surprised when I saw this artcile on MSN tonight.

Earlier in this decade, Cold Stone Creamery was one of the hottest franchises around. The super-premium ice-cream stores attracted scores of franchisees hungry for a piece of the “Ultimate Ice Cream Experience.”

Now many franchisees are selling their stores, overwhelmed by soaring bills and shrinking profits. Some have lost their homes, broken their retirement nest eggs or filed for bankruptcy. Read the rest of this entry »





MSU Dairy Store

31 05 2008
  • 1140 S. Anthony Hall, Farm LaneMSU Dairy Store
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 355-8466
  • Website
  • Menu

The MSU Dairy Store was one of the stops on the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” event and it looks like it may have been one of the most popular.  The MSU Dairy store is inside Anthony Hall on the campus of Michigan State Univeristy.  After a day of touring our town, we headed out to MSU to finish the day off with some ice cream.  We weren’t the only ones who thought that.  The line wrapped around the walls inside the store, in the hallway outsdie the store and then out the door.  Since we had nothing better to do, we decided to stick it out, but some families with small kids who got in line behind us weren’t that brave.  We ended up waiting about an hour before we finally got to the counter to get our ice cream.

The MSU Dairy store is set up just like any other ice cream store in the country.  The difference is they make all their own ice cream.  There is a huge list of flavors….most of which are named after Big Ten schools.  My girlfriend was willing to experiment and went with Sesquicentennial Swirl and Black Cherry.  The Sesquicentennial Swirl was some kind of cake batter ice cream and the Black Cherry had chunks of cherries in it,  “It was soooo good,” she just told me.  She got two scoops in a waffle cone.  After we walked away and she had a few bites, she said it tastes like they make their own cones.  I happened to notice the waffle irons behind the counter, so yes, they do make their own cones.

I was less adventerous and got a vanilla shake.  They take their homemade vanilla bean ice cream and fresh milk and mix them up to make the most delicious shake I’ve ever had.  The homemade ice cream is DELICIOUS.  We both agreed the hour wait was worth it.  This is probably the best ice cream I have ever had. 

Besides scoops, they offer their ice cream in pints and quarts and they also sell homemade cheese.  There’s a counter before you get to the ice cream filled with cheddar, chocolate cheese, colby jack, jalapeno pepper, and dagano cheese. 

We’ll definately be back and from now on, we’ll take visiting friends and family for a little treat when they’re in town too!  Hopefully we’ll hit a day that isn’t quite so busy though