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  • August 28, 2013

    IDFA and FPSA to Sponsor Defeat Hunger (SM) Food Drive During International Dairy Show

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – August 27, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association and the Food Processing Suppliers Association have partnered to bring the Defeat Hunger (SM) initiative, an onsite food drive, to the International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO 2013, November 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago. All donations and proceeds will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicago area. The Food Depository supports more than 650 local food pantries in Cook County, Ill., making it one of the largest organizations of its kind in the nation. It distributed 64 ...
  • August 28, 2013

    IDFA and Chestnut Labs Develop New Laboratory Training to Support Dairy’s Commitment to Food Safety

    Contacts: Peggy Armstrong, IDFA, Chad Simon, Chestnut Labs, (Washington, D.C. – August 27, 2013) Two leading organizations in the dairy industry announced today that they will partner to provide a new series of courses designed to support and advance the dairy industry’s longstanding commitment to food safety. The International Dairy Foods Association and Chestnut Labs will offer a hands-on laboratory training program designed specifically for all dairy industry personnel with food safety responsibilities, including managers and technicians in quality assurance and control, sanitation, operations and maintenance. “Our industry is proud of the rigorous quality assurance systems that have made dairy products ...
  • August 21, 2013

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2014 Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – August 20, 2013) The National Cheese Institute is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. The award winner will be recognized at a special ceremony during IDFA's Dairy Forum 2014, January 26-29, in Palm Desert, Calif. Nominations must be submitted by September 20, 2013, and there is no fee to enter. Candidates should be business or academic leaders who have made significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. The award recipient is selected by a panel of industry professionals based on the nominee's overall ...
  • August 07, 2013

    PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show Exceed 300,000 Square Feet

    Contacts: FPSAAndrew DrennanSenior Vice President703-663-1201 IDFA Robin CornelisonDirector, Trade Show202-220-3542 (MCLEAN, Va. – August 7, 2013) The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that the show floor of the co-located PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show has exceeded 300,000 net square feet and continues to grow. To date, 700+ exhibitors have signed up to exhibit between the two events taking place November 3-6, 2013 in Chicago's McCormick Place. "The supplier community has wholeheartedly embraced this co-location with the International Dairy Show as it further strengthens the overall PROCESS EXPO event as an ...
  • July 30, 2013

    IDFA Seeks Entries for 2013 Innovations Awards

    Winners To Be Announced at International Dairy Show This Fall (Washington, D.C. – July 30, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced that the IDFA Innovations Awards will return to the International Dairy Show this November. Created to recognize excellence in product and service innovation and technology, the Innovations Awards are open to all companies in the dairy industry, and winners will be announced at the 2013 International Dairy Show, November 3-6, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The awards have been extended from the initial launch at the 2011 International Dairy Show and will be co-sponsored by Dairy ...
  • July 23, 2013

    Vanilla Remains Top Ice Cream Flavor with Americans

    Contacts: Peggy Armstrong, 202-220-3508, parmstrong@idfa.orgShannon Darling, 202-220-3507, (Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2013) Vanilla wins the popular vote among Americans as the favorite ice cream flavor for a second year in a row, and premium ice cream is a top seller while frozen yogurt posts a steady increase in demand. These are a few of the findings from the second annual survey of International Ice Cream Association (IICA) member companies, which make and distribute an estimated 85 percent of the ice cream and frozen dessert products consumed in the United States. According to the companies participating in the survey, ...
  • July 17, 2013

    Beth Hughes Joins IDFA as Director of International Affairs

    IDFA has named Beth Hughes to the position of director of international affairs. In this role, Hughes will support IDFA's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. She'll also oversee the association's sweetener and trade committees.         
  • June 27, 2013

    Dairy Manufacturers Commend USDA for Recognizing Importance of Dairy Products as Snacks in Schools

    Contact: Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – June 27, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to encourage students to consume the daily recommended requirements of milk and dairy as part of its “Smart Snacks in Schools” competitive foods standards. The interim final rule, which USDA released today, will regulate the food and beverages offered in schools through a la carte lunch lines and in vending machines. It will go into effect for the 2014-2015 school year. “We applaud USDA for highlighting the importance of dairy in children's diets and taking ...
  • June 19, 2013

    IDFA, Food and Drug Administration to Offer Food Defense Awareness Workshop at International Dairy Show

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – June 17, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will convene a Food Defense Awareness Workshop during the International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO this fall. The workshop aims to enhance the food industry’s understanding of food defense, share available tools and resources and demonstrate how companies can create food defense plans for their facilities. The workshop will be held November 6, the final day of the four-day exhibition scheduled for the McCormick Place in Chicago. Much of the workshop will focus on FDA’s new ...
  • June 17, 2013

    Farm Bill Dairy Program Expected to Cost More Than Goodlatte-Scott Proposal, According to Study by Cornell University Professor Joshua Woodard

    UPDATED: June 17, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
  • June 12, 2013

    Call for Nominations: 2014 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – June 12, 2013) Nominations are now being accepted for the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The winner will be honored at the 2014 Dairy Forum, January 26-29 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, Calif. The deadline for nominations is September 16, 2013, and there is no entry fee. The call asks for nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches. Nominees will be judged on current methods ...
  • June 05, 2013

    Elizabeth Cookson Named IDFA Senior Director, Meetings and Educational Services

    Contact: Marti Pupillo(202) (Washington, D.C. – June 5, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association has named Elizabeth Cookson to the position of senior director of meetings and educational services. In this role, Cookson will oversee all aspects of event planning for the association, including the annual Dairy Forum and a variety of technical conferences, as well as smaller training sessions, webinars and industry publications. With 14 years of event planning experience, Cookson has directed program coordination, logistical operations and marketing for conventions, conferences and other events for both associations and corporations. She joined IDFA after seven years of service ...
  • June 05, 2013

    Flavors of Luscious Lemon, Greek Maple and Fig Hazelnut Take Top Honors in Annual Dairy Products Contest

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Sponsored by TIC Gums (Washington, D.C. – June 5, 2013) Two new cultured dairy products – luscious lemon yogurt and Greek maple yogurt – were named the most innovative dairy products this year at a recent competition judged by dairy professionals. In addition, spiced fig hazelnut was named the top prototype flavor in the Most Innovative Dairy Products Competition, sponsored by TIC Gums. The awards were presented at the International Dairy Foods Association's Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference, which took place May 22-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. Luscious Lemon FrutUp Luscious Lemon FrutUp by Muller Quaker Dairy was ...
  • May 29, 2013

    NMPF and IDFA Criticize Nevada Raw Milk Bill, Urge Governor Sandoval to Veto Legislation Permitting Sales of Unpasteurized Milk

    Contacts: Peggy Armstron, IDFA, 202-220-3508 Christopher Galen, NMPF, 703-243-6111 (Washington, D.C. – May 29, 2013) Two national dairy organizations are urging Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to veto legislation that would allow the sales of raw milk directly to consumers, arguing that the food safety risks of the measure represent too great a gamble with the public’s health. In a letter sent Tuesday to Sandoval, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said that Assembly Bill No. 209, which is awaiting review by the governor, would greatly increase Nevadans’ risk of serious illness because of the potentially ...
  • May 13, 2013

    Opposition to Dairy Supply Management Mounts

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – May 13, 2013) As the House and Senate Agriculture Committees prepare to write a new Farm Bill this week, the list of organizations opposed to a proposed dairy program continues to grow. Nearly 150 organizations and businesses across the food chain, from farmers and food manufacturers to food retailers and consumers, have signed letters to members of Congress urging them to oppose the “Dairy Market Stabilization Program” (DMSP). This program is designed to raise milk prices by establishing federal regulations to periodically limit the U.S. milk supply when farms are growing. ...
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