June 2011 Prepared Foods – The Global Ingredients Program of the U.S. Dairy Export Council® (USDEC) continues to uncover exciting options for food and beverage manufacturers challenged to stay on top of consumer demands and today’s latest product trends. At 2011’s IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in New Orleans, visitors to U.S. Dairy Export Council booth #6139 learned exactly how U.S. dairy ingredients can contribute to improved taste, functionality and nutrition—for a variety of products targeting different consumer groups. Valuable information on innovation resources, including research labs, product and nutrition researchers, and knowledgeable food scientists, were available to share how dairy ingredients are solving today’s formulation challenges. U.S. Dairy Export Council, www.InnovateWithDairy.com  pf