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  • July 05, 2017

    IDFA Hosts Webinar with Ketchum on Today’s Consumers and Ways to Engage

    IDFA hosted a webinar last week for the Member Media Network that examined the continuing shift in consumer beliefs, attitudes and behaviors influencing the food industry. Kim Essex, partner and director of the North American Food and Nutrition Practice for Ketchum Public Relations, discussed the consumers at the core of this evolution who want to affect the way food is raised, packaged and sold and who share opinions with others. Ketchum’s global study, “Food 2020,” found these food eVangelists are on the verge of becoming mainstream core customers, and Essex outlined what dairy foods and ingredient companies can do to engage them and succeed with marketing efforts. Members may log in to read the executive summary from the study.
  • Glanbia Nutritionals staff members receive the the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for outstanding dairy processing and manufacturing from Matt Nuckols, Eastview Farm Inc. (right).
    July 05, 2017

    IDFA Members Recognized with U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards

    Glanbia Nutritionals, The Kroger Co. of Michigan and the Michigan Milk Producers Association received recognition last week for outstanding efforts in sustainability. Glanbia received the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for outstanding dairy processing and manufacturing, and Kroger and the Michigan Milk Producers Association earned an honorable mention in outstanding achievement in community partnerships. “Each of these companies is truly a role model for the dairy industry, and we’re proud to count them as members,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, who was one of the judges this year. The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards are sponsored by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
  • July 05, 2017

    Exporting to China? Consider Attending CFDA Workshop in Beijing

    The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is planning a workshop in Beijing on July 20 to discuss regulations for infant formula, foods for special medical purposes and health foods, and representatives from interested IDFA member companies are invited to attend. Approximately 50 seats will be available for U.S. government and industry participants, and the European Union also will be represented. “We realize that the timing is tight, but interested members may want the opportunity to learn directly from CFDA what the impact will be on their companies and others that export these products to China,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs. Members interested in participating may contact Hughes at
  • June 30, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    In his “Hill of Beans” column last week, Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, provided a persuasive argument for the dairy industry to pay close attention to current Capitol Hill discussions on the congressional budget resolution. “The outcome of the deliberations on the congressional budget could have a big impact on our ability to make progress on IDFA’s legislative priorities,” he said, especially if reconciliation instructions that affect funding for the agriculture committees are included. If a reconciliation bill makes passing a farm bill unlikely, it means that IDFA loses an important opportunity to improve forward contracting and nutrition programs.
  • June 28, 2017

    USDA Solicits Input on Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week released 30 questions asking for specific stakeholder input on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. With just two years to write and implement the standard, USDA is working at “lightning speed” and expects to issue a final rule on time in July 2018, a USDA representative told dairy industry attendees at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP this month. Because the department does not plan to issue an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, the questions will serve as the main opportunity for industry stakeholders to submit feedback before USDA is expected to release a proposed rule this fall or winter. USDA's deadline for feedback is July 17.
  • June 28, 2017

    Sweetener Users Association Opposes New U.S.-Mexico Sugar Deal

    The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) last week told the Commerce Department that proposed amendments to the U.S.-Mexico sugar suspension agreements will put American jobs at food companies, large and small, at risk. The association filed comments in response to the department’s request for feedback on its new agreement in principle, announced June 7, to suspend antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports into the United States. Mexico has become an integral part of the North American sugar trade and is a critical supplier of sugar to the United States.
  • June 28, 2017

    In Memoriam: Thomas Perry, Chairman Emeritus of Perry’s Ice Cream

    Thomas Perry, chairman emeritus and former president and CEO of Perry’s Ice Cream, Inc., passed away this month at the age of 76. As the third in four generations of leaders at the family business, Perry helped triple the company’s production capacity and modernized its operations. As chair of the International Ice Cream Association from 1999 to 2001, he made significant contributions to the association and received a Soaring Eagle Award from IDFA in 2001.
  • June 28, 2017

    Congressional Research Service Highlights Dairy in NAFTA Report

    The Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan research agency within the Library of Congress, last week highlighted the success of U.S. dairy exports in North America and areas for agricultural growth in its report, “The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S. Agriculture.” The U.S. dairy industry was featured prominently throughout the report as both a success, as a top export commodity for the United States and as an unfinished area of trade liberalization with regards to U.S.-Canada dairy integration.
  • June 28, 2017

    FDA Solicits Feedback on Milk Product Exporters List

    The Food and Drug Administration announced this month it is soliciting comments on information collected for its lists of U.S. milk product manufacturers and processors with interest in exporting. FDA provides lists that include U.S. dairy companies that want to export their products and are in good standing with the agency to other countries to help companies quickly receive eligibility to export in those markets. IDFA invites interested members to submit comments to FDA on behalf of their companies.
  • June 28, 2017

    Look Who’s Joined IDFA

    IDFA welcomes three new business partners this month. Joining are Integrated Packaging Machinery, LLC, a company that provides complete turnkey packaging lines for all container handling needs; Interthor, Inc., a company that stocks ergonomic material handling products; and Oakmoor Pallet, a manufacturer of wooden pallets.
  • June 22, 2017

    Hill of Beans

    Welcome to “Hill of Beans,” a periodic update by Tony Eberhard about the association’s work in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to advance dairy industry priorities. After working on the Hill for various members of Congress and senators since 2001, Eberhard gives IDFA readers a former Hill staffer’s take on what is going on and how it affects our priorities. “There is a lot of work being done in the House and Senate that never makes the headlines but affects members’ bottom lines, and I’m hoping these updates will prove useful to you and your organization,” Eberhard said
  • June 21, 2017

    U.S. Dairy to Gain Increased Access to Chinese Market

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week with the Chinese government to establish a formal registration process for U.S. food manufacturers who export milk and milk products to China, one of the fastest growing dairy export markets and the third largest market for U.S. dairy products. The agreement will increase access for more than 200 U.S. dairy exporters to the 1.3 billion potential Chinese consumers and paves the way for future exporters to the country.
  • June 21, 2017

    Dairy Leaders Come to Washington to Talk Farm Bill, Trade and Regulations

    A small group of dairy executives last week participated in targeted meetings in Washington, D.C., highlighting priority issues for the dairy processing industry with Congressional leaders and senior members of the Trump Administration. During a two-day series of issue-focused meetings, the dairy leaders discussed the need to expand the current forward contracting program in the upcoming farm bill with the two committee chairmen who will author the House and Senate versions of the legislation; asked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to assure that efforts to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement preserve the Mexican market for U.S. dairy exports and open access to Canadian markets; and met with other Congressional and administration officials to discuss burdensome regulations that affect the dairy industry.
  • June 21, 2017

    Dairy Groups Urge USDA to Move Quickly on New School Milk Rules

    IDFA this week urged Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to quickly finalize plans for low-fat flavored milk’s return to school menus for the 2018-2019 school year. In a joint letter with the National Milk Producers Federation, IDFA thanked Secretary Perdue for his efforts to provide flexibility for milk options in schools and requested the department finalize regulations by October 2017.
  • June 21, 2017

    White House Sets New Direction in Policy Toward Cuba

    President Donald Trump last week announced a shift in policy toward Cuba that will make travel to the island nation more difficult, but could open the market for U.S. dairy products to Cuba. The shift, announced in a presidential memorandum, directs the Treasury and Commerce departments to implement regulatory changes that further enhance travel restrictions and reaffirm the United States’ statutory embargo towards Cuba. However, the memorandum also mandates the relevant agencies “support the sale of agricultural commodities,” including dairy, to Cuba. The process will begin within 30 days, and IDFA will work to ensure that dairy products have access to the Cuban market.
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