Food Safety Leadership Award

IDFA and its members are committed to maintaining and enhancing the high quality and safety of U.S. dairy foods products. The IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership and efforts by individuals, groups or organizations within its membership to enhance food safety.

The nomination period for the 2025 award will be announced in the summer of 2024. The winner will be honored at Dairy Forum 2025.

Eligible Candidates

In odd years, the winner will be selected from one of these categories:

In even years, the winner will be an employee of an IDFA member company that processes, manufactures, markets or distributes dairy products in North America.

Previous Winners

Great Lakes Cheese (2024)

Schreiber Foods, Inc. Food Safety Team (2023)

Jeremy Travis, Vice President of Quality & Technical Services, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. (2022)

DFA Dairy Brands Division Food Safety and Quality Assurance Team (2021)

Edith Wilkin, Staff Vice President and Fellow, Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Leprino Foods (2020)

Rich Draper, CEO, and Heather Draper, Director, The Ice Cream Club, Inc. (2019)

Brian Kraus, Director of Food Safety and Regulatory Compliance, Wells Enterprises, Inc. (2018)

Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team (2017)

For more information, contact John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, at

Staff Contact

John Allan

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards