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  • Michael Scuse, under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA
    February 11, 2015

    Sweetener Users Welcome USDA Under Secretary’s Remarks on Sugar Policy and Import Investigations

    The prospects for U.S. sugar policy, managed trade agreements with Mexico and opportunities offered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership were some of the topics covered this week at the 2015 International Sweetener Colloquium at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando resort in Orlando, Fla. The event drew more than 450 industry professionals from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
  • February 11, 2015

    2015 International Dairy Show Adds Co-Packer Pavilion To Show Floor

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), producer of the International Dairy Show, announced the addition of a Co-Packer Pavilion on the 2015 show floor. The International Dairy Show is the premier trade show for processing and packaging professionals in the global dairy food and beverage industry. The trade show is taking place September 15-18, 2015, in Chicago's McCormick Place.
  • Katie Lewis of Evergreen Packaging and Mike Neu of Chr. Hansen attended the International Dairy Show Advisory Committee meeting last week at Dairy Forum.
    February 04, 2015

    2015 International Dairy Show Exhibit Sales Surpass 2013 Final Numbers

    Exhibit sales for the 2015 International Dairy Show, September 15-18, have surpassed the previous show’s final sales results, and 85 percent of the show floor is now sold. “We’re extremely excited about the continuing growth of the show,” said Neil Moran, senior vice president of IDFA. “We have listened to our stakeholders, made significant improvements to the show, and offer our exhibitors and attendees the ROI they are looking for in this must-attend event.”
  • February 04, 2015

    Call for Nominations: 2015 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is now accepting applications for the 11th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. “Dairy product manufacturers continue to demonstrate that providing a safe work environment for their production and transportation workers is a high priority,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel.
  • Fritz Leeman, owner of Brewster Cheese and 2015 NCI Laureate
    January 26, 2015

    Fritz Leeman, Owner of Brewster Dairy, Receives 2015 NCI Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Fritz Leeman, owner of Brewster Dairy, Inc., in Brewster, Ohio. NCI Chairman Mike Reidy, who is senior vice president, corporate affairs, Leprino Foods Company, presented the award to Leeman today during a special ceremony at the 2015 Dairy Forum in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • (L to R) Mark Ahlem, Frank Dinis and Chuck Ahlem
    January 26, 2015

    Hilmar Jerseys of Hilmar, Calif., Named 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Hilmar Jerseys, a 6,000-cow dairy operation located in Hilmar, Calif., was named the 2015 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during an awards ceremony at Dairy Forum in Boca Raton, Fla. The award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine, recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing.
  • January 26, 2015

    IDFA President Shares 2020 Vision at Dairy Forum 2015

    In her keynote speech at Dairy Forum 2015, Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, outlined her vision of the dairy landscape through 2020. Noting that consumers are the driving force, Tipton called for broader industry collaboration on policy and regulatory changes that would encourage industry innovation to meet escalating consumer demands and growing global markets. She addressed a crowd of 1,050 dairy producers, processors, suppliers and other industry participants.
  • January 21, 2015

    Housing and Registration Now Open for Industry Mega-Event

    IDFA, the Food Processing Suppliers Association and NürnbergMesse announced today that registration and housing are now open for the co-located International Dairy Show, PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process trade shows scheduled for September 15-18, 2015, in Chicago's McCormick Place. “We are pleased to report the Dairy Show exhibit sales are tracking 30 percent ahead of 2013,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA.
  • January 14, 2015

    A Dairy Forum First: IDFA and Dairy Foods Magazine Aim to Broaden Audience with Live Broadcasts

    For the first time in the 30-year history of Dairy Forum, IDFA will collaborate with Dairy Foods magazine to offer live online broadcasts of several key sessions. “Although these webinars can’t capture the full in-person experience, we’re pleased to partner with Dairy Foods magazine to bring several of our key sessions and speakers to a broader dairy audience,” she said.
  • January 08, 2015

    NMPF, USDEC and IDFA Support Coalition Efforts to Facilitate U.S. Dairy Exports to Cuba

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) joined other food and agricultural organizations in support of additional changes in U.S. policy to facilitate U.S. dairy exports to Cuba and permit open travel for all Americans to that nation. The dairy organizations are members of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba, which is championing an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.
  • January 08, 2015

    Mega-Event Announced for Processors, Packagers, Printers and Converters

    Chicago’s McCormick Place will host an unprecedented expo combination with GRAPH EXPO 15 running September 13 through 16, 2015 in the South Hall with the co-located CPP EXPO show, PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show running September 15 through 18 in the North and East Halls.
  • December 19, 2014

    U.S. Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

    The U.S. dairy industry applauded a commitment to stronger protections for common food names resulting from just-concluded trade talks with China. The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.
  • December 04, 2014

    U.S. Negotiators Must Prioritize TPP Market Access Gains for U.S. Dairy Industry, Not for Other Countries, Dairy Groups Urge

    The U.S. dairy industry advised top U.S. government agricultural trade negotiators that their efforts on any final Pacific Rim free trade agreement must put access to foreign markets for U.S. dairy farmers and processors first, and avoid pressure from other countries to regionalize all new market access opportunities in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
  • November 19, 2014

    IDFA Names Emily R. Lyons Director of Regulatory Affairs and Counsel

    Emily R. Lyons joined IDFA as director of regulatory affairs and counsel. A recent graduate of Vermont Law School, Lyons will be responsible for working with members and government agencies on all environmental, worker safety and sustainability issues, as well as food safety and food defense. She also will serve as legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.
  • October 28, 2014

    U.S. Dairy Manufacturers Call for Replacement of Japan’s Import System

    In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) called for the replacement of Japan’s current import administration program in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), calling it a potential Achilles heel in the negotiations. IDFA urged the officials to seek to replace the current ALIC system with a tariff rate quota system as part of the bilateral negotiations with Japan.
 
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