DAIRY BRIEFS

Danisco A/S , Copehagen, Denmark, said it expects by next August to expand its Danisco cultures plant in Madison, Wis. Officials say the addition -- part of $90 million Danisco will invest worldwide -- includes "one of the largest ultra-cold storages in the United States as well as pelletizing production rooms." Danisco says its goal is to "meet the growing U.S. demand for frozen Direct Vat Inoculants (DVI) cultures at the highest quality standard."

Cheese products marketerSargento Foods Inc ., Plymouth, Wis., said it hiredElizabeth Neilsas associate marketing manager, Consumer Products Division. Sargento also promotedJim Schaferto senior director of marketing, Food Service Division.

Ice cream ingredient supplierDenali Ingredients, New Berlin, Wis., said it hiredKim Premoas vice president of research & development. Officials said Premo -- formerly of Guernsey Bell and Kerry Ingredients -- will lead new ingredient development while assisting Wayland, Mich.-based Denali Flavors in creating new concepts for its ice cream flavor licensing business. He reports directly to Denali President Neal Glaeser.