IDFA Laureate Award

For decades, dairy leaders have created new products and processes, skillfully navigated change and innovation, and opened market opportunities that have had a lasting impact on their organizations and the industry. The IDFA Laureate Award recognizes these industry leaders for their outstanding achievements and continued contributions.

One Laureate is selected each year by a panel of industry professionals and honored at Dairy Forum as a guest of IDFA. Past recipients include: Larry Webster, former CEO of Upstate Niagara Dairy Cooperative, Inc. and Jim Sartori, chairman and former CEO of Sartori Co. (2023); Dan Zagzebski, president & CEO, Great Lakes Cheese and Ed Mullins, former CEO, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. (2022); Sue Taylor, vice president of dairy economics and policy for Leprino Foods Company (2021); and Andrei Mikhalevsky, former president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc. (2020).

Candidates from all processing segments – milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt and cultured products, and ingredients – and from suppliers and academia are eligible for consideration.


How to Enter

Download the IDFA Laureate Award nomination form. Additional details and letters of recommendation may be attached.


The deadline for nominations for the 2024 award is October 27, 2023. The winner will be honored at Dairy Forum 2024. Download the IDFA Laureate Award nomination form.

For more information, contact Matt Herrick at

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Matt Herrick

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications