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  • September 10, 2015

    Dairy Industry Commends Representative Reid Ribble for Introducing Safe Trucking Act

    The dairy industry today welcomed the introduction of the Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act in the House of Representatives. The bill would allow states to increase the gross vehicle weight limit on commercial trucks if they are properly equipped with six axles and meet the same safety standards as trucks currently allowed on interstates. Known as the Safe Trucking Act, the bill was introduced by Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI).“IDFA thanks Congressman Ribble for his leadership on an issue that is vitally important to the makers and marketers of dairy products and the many other industries relying on trucks to move goods to market, as to those who share our highways with them,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). “As a representative of dairy companies as well as a mother and grandmother, I personally believe it’s a win-win when we can achieve greater efficiency and affordability along with safer roadways.”
  • August 19, 2015

    Twenty-one Finalists Selected for Third IDFA Innovations Awards

    The search for innovative solutions is often the driving force for dairy leaders who attend the International Dairy Show. What will be the best solutions this year? IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine have announced the 21 finalists for the 2015 Innovations Awards in five categories: Food Safety, Ingredient/Flavoring/Seasoning, Packaging, Processing and Sustainability. The winners will be selected before the show by a team of industry experts and IDFA staff, and voting for the Attendee Choice Award is now open online. All award winners will be announced at the Dairy Show, which will run September 15-18 in Chicago.
  • August 18, 2015

    Industries Unite to Fight Hunger in Local Communities

    IDFA and the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) are teaming to highlight and strengthen two charitable endeavors, Defeat HungerSM and The Great American Milk Drive. With more than 46.5 million Americans currently facing hunger, these campaigns aim to make a difference by uniting at the co-located International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO September 15-18 in Chicago. In addition to donations from organizations, trade show exhibitors and attendees are being asked to support the initiatives in order to make an even greater impact.
  • August 12, 2015

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2016 Laureate Award

    For nearly 30 years, the National Cheese Institute (NCI) has honored major contributors to the cheese manufacturing industry. Previous winners represent the true revolutionaries in the cheesmaking craft. Who should the 2016 recipient be? NCI is now accepting nominations for the NCI Laureate Award. Nominations must be submitted by August 28, and there is no fee to enter.
  • July 27, 2015

    IDFA Praises U.S. Senators’ Call for Canada to Expand Dairy Market Access

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today praised Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) for calling on Canada to finally engage on dairy market-access negotiations during high-level talks this week in Hawaii of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation.“We thank the Senators for their support on gaining the best deals for the U.S. dairy industry in this agreement,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. “Now is the time for Canada to come to the table with a commercially meaningful offer on dairy.”
  • July 16, 2015

    Dairy Groups Aligned with Congressional Leaders in Disapproving of GI Treaty

    The dairy industry today praised leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary committees, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee for expressing “grave disappointment” over recently approved treaty changes that are likely to severely limit the use of many generic food names in export markets. Among those hurt by the changes are U.S. dairy producers and processors that have relied for decades on well-established cheese names like parmesan and feta.
  • July 15, 2015

    IDFA Commends U.S. Representatives’ Call for Engagement by Canada on Dairy Market Access

    IDFA today commended the 21 U.S. Representatives who have taken a strong stance against Canada’s lack of engagement on dairy market-access negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. “These lawmakers understand the importance of getting the best deal from all of the countries negotiating TPP for the U.S. dairy industry,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "Dairy was left out of both the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement; we are not willing to support another agreement that doesn’t include significant access to Canada’s dairy market.”
  • Photo credit: John Murphy, senior vice president of International Affairs, Chamber of Commerce
    June 29, 2015

    IDFA Commends President’s Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority

    The International Dairy Foods Association, representing 550 dairy foods companies and their suppliers, issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s renewal of Trade Promotion Authority: “We commend the President for signing Trade Promotion Authority into law today and thank the entire administration for its collaboration with Congress in passing the TPA-2015 bill,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA.“A lot is at stake for U.S. dairy producers, manufacturers, suppliers and marketers as our dairy exports continue to be a major success story for industry growth,” Tipton said. “These agreements will allow the U.S. dairy industry to grow and prosper with increased trade opportunities.”
  • June 24, 2015

    IDFA Applauds Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

    The Senate passed today “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. "We thank all the Senators and Representatives who supported TPA and look forward to the President signing this important legislation into law as soon as possible,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “The U.S. dairy industry will continue to grow and prosper with increased trade opportunities, and TPA is critical to ensuring that U.S. dairy companies receive the best deal in future trade agreements.”
  • June 18, 2015

    IDFA Applauds House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority Bill; Urges Swift Passage in Senate

    IDFA commended the House of Representatives today for passing “The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015,” the TPA-2015 bill, with a 218-208 vote. “We applaud the House for passing the TPA-2015 bill and hope the Senate will pass it next week so that it can move to the President for his signature, “said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “The U.S. dairy industry will continue to grow and prosper with increased trade opportunities, and TPA is critical to ensuring that U.S. dairy companies receive the best deal in future trade agreements.”
  • June 15, 2015

    International Dairy Show Expanded Floor 85 Percent Sold Out

    The International Dairy Show will be the largest it has been since 2009 when it was part of the Worldwide Food Expo. Eighty-five percent of available space is taken and the expanded show floor has already exceeded the 2013 numbers. The event, slated for September 15-18, 2015, will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.
  • June 10, 2015

    Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award

    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 2016 Dairy Forum, January 24-27 at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The deadline for nominations is August 14, 2015, and there is no entry fee. IDFA seeks nominations of active U.S. dairy farms that are improving on-farm efficiency through progressive management practices, production technologies and/or marketing approaches.
  • May 28, 2015

    IDFA Seeks Entries for 2015 Innovations Awards

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has announced that the IDFA Innovations Awards will return to the International Dairy Show this September. Created in 2011, the awards recognize excellence in product and service innovation and technology in the dairy industry. The Innovations Awards are open to all companies, and winners will be announced at the 2015 International Dairy Show, September 15-18, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
  • (L to R): Tom Imbordino of Dairy Foods magazine, Brandon Behnken of Kemps LLC and John Allan of IDFA.
    May 27, 2015

    Sweet and Savory Flavors Take Top Prizes at Dairy Products Contest

    Two cultured products – Yoplait Berry Pomegranate Yogurt & Juice and Dill Pickle Sour Cream Dip – were named the winners of the Innovative Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Contest last week in Minneapolis. Yoplait Berry Pomegranate Yogurt & Juice, a mix of yogurt and blends of fruit juices entered by Kemps LLC, took the honors for most innovative product. Dill Pickle Sour Cream Dip, submitted by Trilogy Essential Ingredients, Inc., was named the most innovative prototype product or flavor.
  • May 21, 2015

    Dairy Groups Praise Diplomatic Struggle against Additional Restrictions on Common Food Names

    The dairy industry today praised U.S. representatives to a key international meeting for leading the fight against treaty changes that could seriously impair the ability of companies worldwide to use generic food terms in export markets.Among those potentially affected are U.S. dairy producers and processors relying on numerous generic cheese names. IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council jointly thanked the U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Diplomatic Conference on the Lisbon Agreement for calling attention to the treaty changes.
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