What's On Our Plate

Project Milwaukee
9:40 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Tracking a Tater

Hancock Agricultural Research Station

Lake Effect’s Stephanie Lecci produced our feature for Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? on following the economic impact of a Wisconsin potato. She visited locations including Heartland Farms, the University of Wisconsin’s Hancock Agricultural Research Station, and Frito-Lay. She also spoke with Joe McCarthy of Diamond Foods, which owns the Kettle brand potato chips, and Duane Maatz of the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.

Project Milwaukee
9:25 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Where Does Your Coffee Grow?

Coffee farm in El Salvador.

Contributor Chris Hallberg lives in Wauwatosa. He recently returned from a ten-month Fulbright Fellowship in El Salvador where he met up with two Stone Creek employees who were visiting a coffee farm, and produced this audio essay for our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.

Project Milwaukee
9:22 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Industries Indirectly Related

Packaging produced by Ivarson machines.

Today, we continue our Project Milwaukee Series: What’s On Our Plate? We’re exploring the impact the food industry has on the local economy. As we reported yesterday, more than 14,000 people in the greater Milwaukee area work for food and beverage manufacturers. But the number grows by thousands, when you include the workforce involved in building machinery for the food industry and moving its products, as well as making them more appealing. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited a few local employers that enhance Wisconsin’s food industry. When most people go to the grocery store, they probably don’t give much thought to all the work that goes into making the items on the shelves. I mean really, when was the last time you thought about what went into making your strawberry yogurt the perfect color? Well that’s what Dina Dicks does every day. She works for CHR Hanson in West Allis. The company makes coloring and other food additives. Dina and I met in one of the company lab.

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Project Milwaukee
9:19 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Steering Food Manufacturing Our Way

We learn about the present and future of food manufacturing here in the Milwaukee area as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series. Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Economic Development for the Milwaukee 7. The organization has just issued a report on the Milwaukee region’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.

Project Milwaukee
9:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

From Soy Sauce to Seasonings, What We Make Around Milwaukee

Southeastern Wisconsin has a diverse food industry, and we hear about why three vastly different companies – Kikkoman Foods, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, and Wixon - all call the Milwaukee area home.

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Project Milwaukee
9:13 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Local Company Puts the Flavor in the Country's Drinks

The Milwaukee-area company Northwestern Extract is playing a behind-the-scenes but also vital role in the flavor of Wisconsin beverages – as well as products made by companies around the country. Bill Peter is President of Northwestern Extract, the flavoring company his grandfather started in Milwaukee almost a hundred years ago. The company just left Brookfield and moved into a new facility in Germantown. We spoke with the company as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series.

Project Milwaukee
9:11 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Rishi Tea Links Global Ingredients with Local Market

As we're exploring in our series Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate?, Milwaukee’s food and beverage industries don’t just send products out to the world – foreign ingredients also make their way to our market through local companies, like Milwaukee-based Rishi Tea. Ben Harrison is the Co-owner and VP of Sales for Rishi Tea, Todd Wickstrom is the company's chief operating officer. They spoke with Bonnie North.

Project Milwaukee
9:09 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Many Foods Made in Southeastern Wisconsin

Weighing Cheese at the Sargento Plant

Southeastern Wisconsin has long been a leader in the world of manufacturing. That reputation might conjure images of machinery and tools. But nine percent of the items manufactured here are food products.

There are more than 250 food and beverage factories in southeastern Wisconsin, and the economic development group, the M7, estimates that those companies employ more than 14,000 workers and generate nearly $600 million in annual salaries. In this installment of “Project Milwaukee: What’s on our Plate?” WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson takes us to several operations that have been growing.

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Project Milwaukee
9:01 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Wisconsin Outperforms States in Diversity of Crops

Lee Lerch on his farm in Fond Du Lac county.

Wisconsin has long been known as the ‘dairy’ state, but it actually grows the biggest variety of crops in the nation. Farmers here are tops in cranberries, while soy is also huge, so is corn. Wisconsin is also near the top when it comes to growing and processing vegetables and meats. In this segment of our series, “Project Milwaukee: What’s On Our Plate,” we touch upon just a few of the products and related operations that link farm to market.

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Project Milwaukee
8:58 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Organic Farming Factor

Ed Schoenberg's farm.

Wisconsin is second only to California, in the number of organic farms operating in the state.

The numbers, though, are still fairly low.

Of Wisconsin’s 78,000 farms, less than two percent are managed organically.

As we continue Project Milwaukee: What’s on Our Plate?” WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence digs a little deeper into the variety and spirit among the state’s organic farmers.

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