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  • January 24, 2011

    Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, Named 2011 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (Miami, Fla. - January 24, 2011) Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Penn., was named the 2011 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a ceremony today at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in Miami, Fla. Owners Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker received the award from IDFA Vice Chairman Dave Fuhrmann, who is president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA, Cooperative. Now in its 13th year, this award 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 ...
  • January 24, 2011

    Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, Chairman of Saputo Inc., Receives 2011 NCI Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (Miami, Fla. - January 24, 2011) The National Cheese Institute today bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, chairman of Saputo Inc., Quebec, Canada. The award was presented to Mr. Saputo during a luncheon ceremony at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum 2011 by NCI Chairman Dave Fuhrmann, who is president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA, Cooperative. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. A panel of industry professionals chooses a winner each year based on ...
  • January 21, 2011

    IDFA Names Chelsee Woodey New Director of Legislative Affairs

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - January 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association has named Chelsee M. Woodey to fill the position of director of legislative affairs. In this role, Woodey will assist with policy development and legislative strategy while serving as an advocate for IDFA and the dairy industry before members of Congress and their staff. Prior to joining IDFA, Woodey served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for five years as a legislative aide to Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY). She advised the senator on agriculture policy, including nutrition and food safety issues, as well as energy, ...
  • January 07, 2011

    IDFA Issues Call for Presentations for 2011 International Dairy Show

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) Deadline: February 19, 2011 (Washington, D.C. - January 7, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association invites food and beverage industry professionals and interested academics to submit recommendations for speakers and educational presentations at this year's International Dairy Show, which will be held September 19-21, 2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. "Our goal is to provide International Dairy Show attendees access to the latest research, technology and most engaging presentations available across the industry," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "We are committed to using the latest technology to support the Dairy Show ...
  • January 07, 2011

    IDFA Commends U.S. Administration's Plan to Resolve NAFTA Trucking Dispute

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (January 7, 2011 - Washington, D.C.) The International Dairy Foods Association commends the announcement yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transportation of a concept document that details a U.S.-Mexico cross-border, long-haul trucking program to address safety concerns and U.S. compliance with trade obligations to Mexico. The proposal is a first step in solving a longstanding dispute that has resulted in Mexico levying tariffs on U.S. exports, including many cheeses. "This announcement is a very welcome first step," said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. "IDFA will continue to work with other stakeholders to support ...
  • January 06, 2011

    IDFA Introduces New Webinars on Understanding Food-Safety Bill, Managing Plant Costs and Processes

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) (January 6, 2011 - Washington, D.C.) Following the signing this week by President Barack Obama of the most sweeping food-safety legislation in nearly a century, the International Dairy Foods Association announced that it will offer a webinar entitled "Understanding the New Food-Safety Law" on January 13. The webinar, sponsored by IDFA Business Partners Alchemy Systems and Silliker, Inc,, is open to all dairy industry participants. It will be led by Joseph A. Levitt, a partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP and the former director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied ...
  • December 06, 2010

    IDFA Applauds Progress on Finalized U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement; Urges Quick Congressional Approval

    Contact: Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - December 6, 2010) In a positive development for the U.S. dairy industry, President Barack Obama late Friday announced the successful completion of bilateral talks with South Korea that pave the way for U.S. acceptance of the expansive free-trade agreement. Through August 2010, the value of U.S. dairy exports to South Korea was $84 million, up 78 percent from the same time period last year. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the dairy provisions of the agreement could expand U.S. dairy exports by up to $336 million per year on average. "IDFA thanks ...
  • November 19, 2010

    IDFA Names Jonathan Gardner New VP, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards

    Contact: Peggy (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - November 19, 2010) The International Dairy Foods Association has named Jonathan M. Gardner, a longtime food-safety expert at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to fill the position of vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards. In this role, Gardner will direct all aspects of IDFA's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Certification Program, and he will oversee product-safety and quality-control issues, as well as federal and state regulatory affairs. He also will participate in International Dairy Federation committees and the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS). While at ...
  • November 19, 2010

    IDFA Supports Senator Debbie Stabenow as Next U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - November 19, 2010) The International Dairy Foods Association, representing the nation's milk, cheese and ice cream manufacturers, supports Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan to become the next chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. This committee will play an important role in the 2010 Farm Bill, which will have a major impact on the dairy industry and IDFA's many dairy manufacturing member companies. "We welcome the leadership of Senator Stabenow; she knows first-hand the key role that the dairy industry plays in the economies of many communities ...
  • November 12, 2010

    IDFA Disappointed that Accord on U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Still Not Reached

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - November 12, 2010) The International Dairy Foods Association urges continued negotiations between the United States and South Korea to reach agreement on an expansive free-trade agreement with South Korea. President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced earlier this week that, after intense negotiations leading up to the Group of 20 summit, more negotiations were needed before a deal could be reached. IDFA considers this agreement critical for the U.S. dairy industry to take full advantage of growing markets in a vital economic region. The agreement is expected to provide ...
  • October 22, 2010

    IDFA Names John Kelly New Manager of International Affairs

    Contact: Marti (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. - October 22, 2010) The International Dairy Foods Association has named John P. Kelly to the position of manager of international affairs. In this role, Kelly will support IDFA's efforts on international trade and import and export issues. He'll also oversee the association's sweetener and trade committees. Kelly comes to IDFA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, where he helped to manage and coordinate USDA's international technical assistance to enhance U.S. export opportunities, promote food security and support U.S. national security objectives. As an agricultural development specialist, he worked with ...
  • October 07, 2010

    Government-Mandated Milk-Supply Controls Adversely Affect Dairy Industry Growth, New Study Finds

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Outlines Potential Negative Impact on U.S. Dairy Industry (Washington, D.C. - October 7, 2010) -- A new study of government-mandated supply controls and their impact on the dairy industry in other countries shows that added controls on milk supply do not prevent price volatility and can have an adverse effect on an industry poised for growth. The report by Informa Economics, "An International Comparison of Milk Supply Management Programs and Their Impacts," examines what happened in Canada, the European Union and other countries when government-mandated supply controls were implemented and enforced. It outlines the negative ...
  • October 01, 2010

    IDFA Promotes Robin Cornelison to Director, Trade Show

    Contact: Marti 202-220-3535 (Washington, D.C. - October 1, 2010) Following the success of its inaugural International Dairy Show, the International Dairy Foods Association has announced the promotion of Robin E. Cornelison to the position of director, trade show. In this role, Cornelison will continue to oversee all aspects of managing the association's annual International Dairy Show, which was held last month in Dallas. "Robin expertly handled IDFA's transition from Worldwide Food Expo, a co-located show with shared management, to a dairy-specific show that successfully attracted the right mix of exhibitors and high-quality attendees for its inaugural event," said Neil ...
  • October 01, 2010

    IDFA Successfully Defends Dairy Processors' Right to Label in Ohio

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. - October 1, 2010) More than two years after the International Dairy Foods Association filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio to protect its members' right to label, an appellate court ruling released yesterday provided a victory for dairy processors and consumers. In a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed a district court decision that would have allowed the state of Ohio to ban the use of compositional claims on dairy product labels and dictate the placement of disclaimer statements. "We're ...
  • September 24, 2010

    IDFA Announces 2010-2011 Meetings and Conferences Calendar

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder >(202) 220-3562 (Washington, D.C. - September 24, 2010) The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to announce its 2010-2011 meetings and conferences calendar. IDFA Webinar on FDA Inspections: What You Need to KnowSeptember 30, October 4A better-funded Food and Drug Administration with many new field investigators has embarked on a massive new initiative to inspect food plants. Plant staff and management need to know the regulatory background being used by FDA investigators, including limits on their authority, as well as legal protections afforded the dairy processing industry. The instructor will be Martin Hahn, partner, Hogan Lovells US ...
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