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  • February 01, 2012

    Call for Entries: 2012 Dairy Industry Safety Awards

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535mpupillo@idfa.org (Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting applications for the eighth annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. Award winners will be notified this fall and featured in the "Dairy Field Reports" section of Dairy Foods magazine, which co-sponsors the safety awards program. IDFA began the program in 2004, and the rate of industry participation continues to grow each year. "We know that dairy companies and their employees are proud of their accomplishments and eager to participate in this ...
  • January 25, 2012

    IDFA Commends USDA for Highlighting Importance of Dairy in Reimbursable School Meal Rule

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong 202-220-3508 parmstrong@idfa.org But IDFA Expresses Concern about Eliminating the Most Popular Beverage with Children (Washington, D.C. – January 25, 2012) IDFA commended the U.S. Department of Agriculture for highlighting the nutritional role that dairy products play in the final regulations governing the reimbursable school meal program that were released today. At the same time, the association expressed concern that restrictions on flavored milk could reduce overall milk consumption in schools in favor of less healthy alternatives. The USDA rule for reimbursable meals will put in place the provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which Congress passed in ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tenn., Named 2012 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Contact: Marti Pupillo mpupillo@idfa.org(202) 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tenn., was named the 2012 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a ceremony this week at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in La Quinta, Calif. Owners John and Celia Harrison received the award, which recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. The award is co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine. The Harrisons were nominated for the award by Jennifer Walker, director of dairy stewardship, Dean Foods ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Lou Gentine, Chairman & CEO of Sargento Foods Inc., Receives 2012 NCI Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo mpupillo@idfa.org(202) 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) The National Cheese Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Lou Gentine, chairman and CEO of Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis. The award was presented this week to Gentine during a special ceremony at the International Dairy Foods Association's 2012 Dairy Forum by NCI Vice Chairman Mike Reidy, who is senior vice president, supply chain and corporate affairs, for Leprino Foods Company. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. A panel ...
  • January 19, 2012

    Gary Vanic, Dave Fuhrmann Receive Soaring Eagle Awards

    Contact: Marti Pupillompupillo@idfa.org(202) 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association has presented 2012 Soaring Eagle Awards to two outgoing officers: Gary Vanic, president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., and Dave Fuhrmann, president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA. The awards were presented this week at a special ceremony during IDFA’s 2012 Dairy Forum at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. The Soaring Eagle award recognizes the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, ...
  • November 03, 2011

    Executives of Major Exporting Companies Object to Dairy Supply Control

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (202) 220-3508 Outline Damaging Impact on Exports, Industry Growth and Job Creation in Letter to Supercommittee (Washington, D.C. – November 3, 2011) Top executives of six of the country’s biggest dairy exporters strongly object to the Dairy Security Act of 2011. In a letter sent today to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, they outlined the negative effects the act would have on domestic and global dairy markets and said it has no place in deficit-reduction talks. It is expected that the dairy program will be part of the recommendations submitted by House and ...
  • October 31, 2011

    Ohio Withdraws Onerous Dairy Label Rule

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2011) In a major win for member companies of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the state of Ohio today agreed to drop its regulations for dairy product labels that exceeded federal guidelines for absence claims. This action comes more than three years after IDFA filed a lawsuit against the state to protect members' rights to label truthfully. Ohio's labeling regulation, instituted in 2008 by executive order, limited label information provided to consumers and interfered with dairy companies’ First Amendment right to commercial free speech. Ohio’s abandonment of the rule ...
  • October 23, 2011

    Drumbeat Against Controversial New Dairy Program Getting Louder

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (202) 22-3508 Taxpayer organizations align with consumer organization and IDFA in opposition (Washington, D.C. -- October 23, 2011) The list of those opposed to a new government milk supply control program that House and Senate Agriculture Committee chairs will attempt to sneak into the supercommittee bill is growing. Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union have joined together to urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to oppose a controversial dairy program that will increase milk prices for consumers. The groups are expressing their concerns in response to reports that ...
  • October 21, 2011

    IDFA Says Proposed Food Labeling Scheme Flawed

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 parmstrong@idfa.org Calls for Nutrients to Encourage (Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association today said that the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) front-of-pack nutrition labeling rating and symbols recommendations use a flawed formula that could confuse consumers seeking information on the nutrient content of food and beverages. “According to the proposed labeling system, low-fat dairy products – which are recommended as nutrient rich foods to encourage in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – would receive a rating of 2 stars while products devoid of positive nutrients such as a diet soft drink could ...
  • October 13, 2011

    IDFA Hails Passage of Free Trade Agreements

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 mpupillo@@idfa.org (Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) commends Congress for passing the long-delayed free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. All three agreements will increase the openness of these markets for dairy products and create jobs for the dairy industry. “Passage of these agreements represents a step forward for the dairy industry toward becoming a more consistent exporter,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. “Exports have become vital to the future of our industry, so it’s important to pursue free trade agreements and other policies that will ...
  • October 05, 2011

    IDFA Announces 2011-2012 Education and Events Calendar

    Contact: Peggy Armstrongparmstrong@idfa.org(202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 5, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 meetings and conferences calendar. IDFA Webinar: Microbiological Testing Innovations for Dairy PlantsOctober 12Pathogen testing is an important part of any Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, and balancing accurate results with rapid turnaround time is ideal. This webinar, sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories, will demonstrate how iQ-Check, Bio-Rad's trademark testing kit, allows for quicker release of product and increases productivity while providing superior results. IDFA’s Webinar Series on Dairy Product LabelingNovember 1, 2, 3Dairy company employees must know ...
  • October 05, 2011

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2012 Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo mpupillo@idfa.org (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. -- October 5, 2011) 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 2012, January 15-18, in La Quinta, Calif. Nominations must be submitted by November 4, 2011, 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 chosen by a panel of industry professionals based on a nominee's overall ...
  • October 04, 2011

    IDFA Launches New Ad Campaign

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (202) 220-3508 Urges Consumers to Tell Government: “Get Out of My Milk” (Washington, D.C. – October 4, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) launched today a new television and print advertising campaign to educate consumers about the negative economic impact of the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, a set of regulations that gives the federal government control over setting milk prices. “It’s time consumers learned that the price of their milk is being artificially inflated by a maze of government regulations,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “Our campaign is about encouraging consumers to ...
  • October 04, 2011

    IDFA Calls on Congress to Pass Free Trade Agreements and Avoid Conflicting Policies that Could Limit Trade Gains

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 parmstrong@idfa.org (Washington, D.C. – October 4, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association commends President Obama for submitting legislation to Congress that would allow for the implementation of the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. IDFA now urges Congress to pass the agreements quickly, while avoiding additional legislation that could undermine the expected market access gains for the dairy industry. "We're pleased that the administration recognized the extreme importance of these trade agreements to the U.S. economy, and we now urge swift passage in Congress," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "The pact ...
  • September 22, 2011

    NMPF Misses the Mark—Again

    MEDIA CONTACT: Peggy Armstrong parmstrong@idfa.org (202) 220-3508 Meet the New FFTF. Same as the Old FFTF. (Washington, D.C. – September 22, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today said that even though there is a historic opportunity to reform U.S. dairy policy to benefit consumers, farmers and the entire dairy industry, the proposed changes to the Foundation for the Future (FFTF) plan put forth by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) continue to include unacceptable policy reforms. “NMPF’s proposal continues a complex, government milk pricing system that will force even higher prices on fluid milk and penalizes producers who want insurance ...
 
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