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 2020 award closed on Sept. 30, and the winner will be announced and recognized at Dairy Forum, January 26-29 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Eligible Candidates

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.

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

Previous winners

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

“Rich and Heather were vital contributors to IDFA’s ice cream food safety task force, which developed a set of resources for the ice cream industry in 2016. Most recently, they’re guiding IDFA’s efforts to develop a website that will provide food safety guidance and resources for small-scale and artisan ice cream producers. They’ve also shared their time and talents in an industry effort to educate artisan cheesemakers on food safety practices.”

John Allan, IDFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and International Standards

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