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Episode 7: In Love With Butter - In the film “Julie & Julia,” author and blogger Julie Powell writes, “The day there's a meteorite heading toward the earth and we have 30 days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.”And judging by recent retail and consumption trends, Americans tend to agree. After all, is there a better way to relieve pandemic fatigue than with cakes, cookies and other butter-filled goodies?

In the latest mouthwatering episode of The Dairy Download, co-hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley delve into our love affair with butter with Mike Brown, director of supply chain at The Kroger Co., and Jessica Tomlinson, corporate executive chief of research and development for Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Have you baked more cookies over the past few months? Brown discusses how the shift to eating at home is impacting butter sales in grocery stores. Have you ordered something new for delivery at your favorite restaurant? Tomlinson gives an inside look into how butter plays into menu development and innovation.

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About The Dairy Download

The International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates are partnering to produce “The Dairy Download,” a new podcast for anyone who follows the twists and turns of the U.S. dairy industry. Witty, fast-moving and stacked with dynamic guests, the podcast offers sharp insights in a neat package under 25 minutes. Blimling’s Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley host each episode, leading listeners through a rundown of action in the CME markets and things to watch, while going in depth with guests on consumer, market and policy trends shaping dairy. Wonks, nerds, data hounds and tech evangelists are welcome. Listeners will get the perspectives of various industry experts who can unpack challenging issues in fun and interesting ways. Learn more about the podcast at