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  • September 27, 2017

    IDFA Briefs Senate Staffers on EU Tactics to Erect Trade Barriers

    IDFA joined representatives from three other organizations and officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill last week. They explained how the European Union’s bilateral trade pacts restricting the use of common food names are causing harm to U.S. companies and exports. The briefing on the EU’s overreach on geographical indications drew several staff members who work for senators serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with protecting trade and commerce against unlawful restraints.
  • (L-R) Shawna Morris, U.S. IDF vice chair, National Milk Producers Federation; Cary Frye, U.S. IDF Chair, IDFA; and Aurélie Dubois-Lozier technical manager, IDF.
    September 27, 2017

    US IDF Endorses Global Sustainable Development Goals

    The U.S. National Committee of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) yesterday endorsed IDF’s declaration to support sustainable development goals, such as providing food security and protecting the environment around the world. Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs and chair of U.S. IDF, signed an endorsement of the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam during a committee meeting in Rosemont, Ill., along with Shawna Morris, U.S. IDF vice chair and vice president, trade policy, for the National Milk Producers Federation.
  • Marsha Koerner, vice president of operations at Perry’s Ice Cream Co. and officer of the New York State Association for Food Protection, (left) welcomes Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications, to the group's annual conference.
    September 27, 2017

    Got Crisis? Have a Plan, IDFA Tells New York Food Safety Pros

    An effective business continuity plan anticipates the unexpected, provides a roadmap to manage a crisis and is driven by a strong, cross-functional team, said Peggy Armstrong, IDFA vice president of communications, last week at a meeting of the New York State Association for Food Protection. Armstrong presented a session on business continuity planning and crisis management at the association’s 94th Annual Conference held in Syracuse, New York. “This is a group of people who are doing everything possible to keep our food supply safe. It was a privilege to talk with them about how crisis management and good communications can help to protect the public’s trust when something goes wrong,” said Armstrong.
  • Dan O’Connor, President and CEO of RetailNet Group
    September 27, 2017

    Dairy and Drones? Dairy Forum 2018 to Look at Retail’s Future

    Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods last summer may have rocked the retail world, but it delighted consumers who are increasingly buying products online. Do your products and delivery systems match these market changes and consumer demands? Will they adapt to the future of retail technology? To help members meet the challenge, IDFA’s Dairy Forum 2018, Jan. 21-24, will feature remarks from Dan O’Connor, one of the leading authorities on retail growth strategies.
  • September 27, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Pennsylvania Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Pennsylvania employs more than 45,000 skilled individuals, generates $1.75 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $8.9 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank fifth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • September 27, 2017

    Tell Us How Milk Crate Loss Affects Your Company

    For years, the theft of milk crates has been a pervasive and costly problem for the dairy industry. In 2009, dairy companies surveyed said they lost an estimated $80 million annually on milk crates. To update this information, IDFA is surveying members that use milk crates about current losses and loss-prevention methods. The results will help IDFA demonstrate the impact of milk crate theft on the dairy industry to law enforcement and produce a best-practices guide to help the industry prevent future losses. IDFA encourages companies that use milk crates to complete the survey by Sept. 30, 2017.
  • September 21, 2017

    Geographical Indications in New EU-Canada Trade Agreement Violate International Trade Commitments

    The European Union-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was provisionally implemented today. Of deep concern to the U.S. dairy industry is the automatic protection the EU gained for five generic cheese names: “asiago,” “feta,” “fontina,” “gorgonzola” and “munster.” “The outcome in CETA on GIs goes against the very core of a trade agreement, which is to remove trade barriers – not erect new ones – and allow for greater competition,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA. “We are diligently working to ensure strong provisions that protect generic terms are included in NAFTA 2.0, as well as to discourage Mexico from going down the Canadian path as it negotiates a GIs list with the EU.”
  • Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture
    September 21, 2017

    Nominee for USDA Undersecretary Addresses Dairy Issues in Hearing

    The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing this week to consider the nominations of Stephen Censky as deputy secretary of agriculture and Ted McKinney as undersecretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs (TFAA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the hearing, McKinney, who currently is director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, made two positive comments about priority issues for the dairy industry: Codex and trade agreements. IDFA has urged senators to approve Cenksy and McKinney for the USDA positions.
  • September 20, 2017

    Ensure Your Labels are Up to Speed; Attend IDFA Labeling Webinar

    To better help companies navigate FDA's complex labeling rules and their evolving implementation timetable, IDFA is offering its popular webinar, “Introduction to Dairy Product Labeling,” Nov. 28 and 29. Delivered in two sessions, the webinar will run each day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. It will provide important details on FDA’s regulations for revising the Nutrition Facts label and food serving sizes. IDFA subject matter experts will answer questions about producing compliant and effective product labels.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA Supports Senate Call for Accountability in UN and Other International Groups

    A Senate Appropriations Committee report released last week stressed the need for U.S. leadership in international organizations and called for greater accountability from groups including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Michael Dykes, D.V.M, IDFA president and CEO, supported the call. “In the United States, our industry is held accountable for complying with rigorous regulations required to be transparently developed, scientifically based and cost-effective,” he said. “We believe that international policymaking bodies should be held to the same high level of accountability if members of these organizations want to see real benefits.”
  • September 20, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    “IDFA members continue to express the need for a legal, robust and reliable workforce. We operate in a business of perishable products and with a milk supply that doesn’t come with an off button,” said Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs. In his new Hill of Beans column, Eberhard explains work in Congress is underway to address the unique needs of the agricultural industry with the Agricultural Guestworker Act. The bill seeks to develop a program that would be more workable for non-seasonal employers like the dairy industry and would increase the availability of visas for agricultural labor. “There may not be such a thing as a perfect immigration bill, but on the narrow issue of agricultural worker visas, IDFA is hopeful that we could see progress,” he said.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA to Host Winter Workshops on Accounting and Finance, Milk Procurement

    Winter is coming, and so are two of IDFA’s classic courses. The Milk Procurement Workshop and the Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop will be held this year Dec. 12-13 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The workshops are longtime industry favorites; each course has been attended by dairy professionals for more than 20 years. Led by industry and subject matter experts, the two courses will offer a straightforward look at several dairy fundamentals, allowing new employees to develop the skills they need and seasoned professionals to further hone their skills.
  • September 20, 2017

    IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool Highlights Texas Dairy Companies

    The dairy products industry in Texas employs nearly 70,000 skilled individuals, generates $2.74 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $10.84 billion. The state’s dairy companies rank fourth among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s economic impact tool. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • September 15, 2017

    Goettlieb Indicates Nutrition Facts Compliance Date Likely to be January 2020

    The food and beverage industry received an informal indication yesterday from the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration that the agency likely will extend the compliance date for updates to the Nutrition Facts label to January 2020. For companies wondering when the changes will go into effect, IDFA believes the January 2020 date is a good target to use. “We anticipate that FDA will announce the new compliance dates by the end of the year along with guidance documents on topics that help clarify the rules for determining dietary fiber, added sugar and others label changes,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • September 14, 2017

    IDFA Invites You to ‘Shape the Future’ at Dairy Forum 2018

    The future’s looking bright for Dairy Forum 2018. More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene January 21-24 in Palm Desert, California, to shape the future of dairy with help from top government officials, successful dairy company leaders, renowned market experts and famous forecasters. Highlights of the event include a key member of Congress who will discuss dairy’s place in the farm bill’s path to passage, a top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture who will explore the four principles that are shaping the department’s decisions on U.S. food and agricultural policy, and five dairy company CEOs who will discuss steps they’re taking today to develop the people, processes and products that will help their companies meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace.
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