The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry.
IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations:
- Milk Industry Foundation (MIF)
- National Cheese Institute (NCI)
- International Ice Cream Association (IICA)
Members consist of nearly 200 dairy processing members and their 165 divisions, subsidiaries and joint ventures. These companies range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies, and run nearly 600 plant operations in the United States, Canada and several countries around the world. The companies represent 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.
In addition, 345 Gold Business Partner and Business Partner member companies provide processing equipment and supplies, packaging equipment and materials, ingredients and a wide variety of products and services to the dairy processing industry. Nearly 15 state and regional trade associations are also members of IDFA.