× Ed Mullins
Ed Mullins
CEO/Executive Vice President
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.


Ed Mullins is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Prairie Farms Dairy. He began his career with Prairie Farms in 1980 and is only the fourth chief executive in the 80-year history of the Illinois based farmer-owned dairy cooperative. Before his appointment to the CEO position in 2006, Mullins served in various key executive management positions within the company.

Mullins sits on several industry-related boards including IDFA, IICA, MilkPEP, Milk Industry Foundation, and Missouri Grocers Association. In July 2018, he was inducted into the Missouri Grocers Association Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mullins received the IDFA Soaring Eagle Award for his extraordinary leadership in the dairy industry.

× Philippe L. Caradec
Philippe L. Caradec
Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development NORAM
Danone North America


Philippe Caradec is the Vice President Public Affairs and Sustainable Development of Danone North America, the North American business unit of Paris-based Danone. Danone North America was formed in April 2017 by combining the North American businesses of Danone dairy (including The Dannon Company) and WhiteWave Foods to further the company’s mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Mr. Caradec is responsible for all Government Affairs, Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility activities for Danone North America in the U.S. and Canada, as well as for Danone Waters, Happy Family and Nutricia North America.

Mr. Caradec joined Danone in April 1992 after spending four years as a consultant in Washington, D.C. specializing in technical and regulatory matters affecting the imported food and beverage industry.

Previously, Mr. Caradec was Assistant Agricultural Attaché for Technical and Regulatory Affairs at the Embassy of France in Washington DC.

Mr. Caradec received a Master of Science degree in Food Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, after completing his graduate studies at the National Superior School of Agronomy of Rennes, France.

× Ken Jorgensen
Ken Jorgensen
Director, Dairy Operations
H-E-B


Ken Jorgensen is an eleven-year H-E-B Partner and is currently the Director of Dairy Operations within the Manufacturing Division. He has worked in the Dairy industry for 34 years across the United States ranging from Washington to Florida and resides in Texas. The foundation of his experience comes from 11 years as a Plant Engineer. Ken and his team provide many of the staple products for our H-E-B store operations including: milk, ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, orange juice, and a number of UHT products.

Ken received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boise State University. He has held Refrigeration and Boiler Licenses along with completing the first year of the Electricians Apprentice Program in the Pacific Northwest.

Ken is a past President of the Florida Dairy Products Association and is currently a board member serving on IDFA’s International Ice Cream Association, The Texas Dairy Products Institute in addition to serving as a MilkPEP Industry Representative. Ken has coached a wide range of sports: hockey, baseball, and basketball to name a few.

Ken is supported by Becky and kids, Andrew, Jamee, Katelyn, and Kyle. The family enjoys going to the gym, golfing, hunting and traveling to new places.

× Courtney Bidney
Courtney Bidney
Director, Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Yoplait-USA


Courtney is a Director in Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills. Courtney’s responsibilities include regulatory and external affairs accountabilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition. In addition, Courtney leads the international health and wellness network responsible for Health and Wellness strategy, including innovation, communication, and regulatory for regions outside of the United States.

Courtney joined General Mills in 2000 as a Quality Management Associate and subsequently worked in multiple General Mills manufacturing facilities as both a Quality Engineer and Quality Manager. Courtney transitioned to the General Mills corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2009 where she has served in multiple roles of increasing responsibility in the product safety and scientific and regulatory affairs area. Courtney serves on the GMA Science and Regulatory Affairs Committee and is a governor appointed member of the Minnesota Food Safety and Defense Task Force. In addition, Courtney is the Food Industry Advisor to the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) Board of Directors and is the Co-Chair of the AFDO Industry Association Membership Committee. Courtney also serves on the Health and Wellness Steering Committee in the Consumer Goods Forum.

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science Degree in Food Science and Technology from Ohio State University. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, Jackson and Madeline.

× Mark Broadhurst
Mark Broadhurst
Head of Public and Industry Affairs
Chobani, Inc.


Mark Broadhurst has been toiling in public affairs and policy for all of his more than 25 years in government, politics, media and business. For nearly half of his career, he has honed his skills and expertise in the consumer product and food industries.

Now based in SoHo in Lower Manhattan and currently leading a team of public affairs professionals at founder led Chobani, the maker of America's No. 1–selling Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., Mark is crafting public affairs strategies that help drive Chobani’s belief in serving as a catalyst for positive change – change to improve public health and policy, the environmental, economic and social wellness of Chobani’s supply chain and the communities where it thrives, and finally, importantly, change in the food industry which leads to better outcomes, better options and better food for more people.

Founded on the belief that people have great taste—they just need great options, under Mark’s leadership Chobani is becoming increasingly engaged in dairy and other agricultural policymaking, including standards of identity, child nutrition, opening new markets for yogurt, and immigration reform, to name a few. Driven by its values, Chobani is expanding its reputation as a food focused wellness company, building on its strong foundation of providing better, accessible food to more people all the while generously giving back to the communities Chobani calls home and the constituencies with whom Chobani partners to make a difference. As a member of the Chobani Demand team, Mark counsels and collaborates with Chobani business functions, and leads strategic public policy engagement, local, state and federal government relations, industry and trade matters, community relations, supply chain engagement, philanthropy and social impact.

Mark had a sweet run prior to Chobani where for more than a decade he served as a member of the global corporate affairs team at Mars, building a successful state government program and leading on issues in health and nutrition, sustainability, taxation, animal welfare and business development.

A Dickinson College philosophy major, Mark began his career in presidential politics, worked in the Pacific for a territorial governor and on the Hill for a Member of Congress. The father of five, Mark left public service for the corporate world at his wife’s urging shortly before their fourth child was born. He and his wife, though sometimes weary, are active in their community of Long Valley, NJ.

× Pat Panko
Pat Panko
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Fluid Milk & Ice Cream
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.


As executive vice president of DFA and president of DFA Dairy Brands, Pat is responsible for the day-to-day business of DFA’s retail brands, including Borden Cheese, Keller’s Butter, Plugra Butter, Kemps, Cass Clay Creamery, Guida’s Dairy, Oakhurst Dairy, Dairy Maid Dairy, Cumberland Dairy and more. Pat has worked for DFA since 2009. Prior to coming to DFA, he spent 15 years with Dean Foods, holding several positions, including regional chief financial officer and vice president of finance for the Fresh Dairy Direct Division.

× Esteve Torrens
Esteve Torrens
President & CEO
Stonyfield Farm


  1. 5 years at Stonyfield
    1. Began tenure as Stonyfield’s CEO in June, 2013.
    2. Prior to that, helped launch Stonyfield Europe in 2006 and served as its VP of Marketing from 2007-2009.
    3. Career began in Marketing at Danone Spain and continued at Groupe Danone in an international role and then in Argentina, then France, and eventually served as CEO of Danone Argentina prior to Stonyfield CEO role.
  2. January 2019, oversees siggi’s business with CEO Carlos Altschul reporting to him
  3. 24 years experience in food industry with Stonyfield and Groupe Danone
  4. MBA and BBM at ESADE University in Barcelona, Spain
× Michael Peauroi
Michael Peauroi
Owner/CFO
Scott Bros. Dairy


Michael Peauroi was born and raised in the business, but began his full time career a few years after completing college at the University of California, Davis. After obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering, he spent several years in the professional audio industry, but ultimately returned to his roots heading the operations at Scott Brothers back in 1994.

Michael currently oversees the day to day operations of the creamery and spends a fair amount of time as a computer, database, and PLC programmer. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, Sydney, Payton, and Alexander.

× Vinith Poduval
Vinith Poduval
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Quality and Food Safety
Schreiber Foods, Inc.


Vinith (Vinny) Poduval is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Quality & Food Safety for Schreiber Foods. In this position, Vinny leads a global team that implements and monitors key quality and food safety systems to help ensure the manufacture of quality products that are safe and consistent.

Vinny joined Schreiber in June 2012 as Director, Enterprise Quality & Food Safety following a 14-year career with Kemps LLC, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He joined Kemps as a management trainee in 1998 and progressed through various functional assignments and multiple plant manager positions before being named Director of Quality Assurance in 2007.

Vinny earned his bachelor’s degree in Dairy Technology from Gujarat Agricultural University in Anand, India, and his master’s degree in Dairy Science from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

In the industry, he is a member of the IDFA Yogurt and Cultured Products Board of Directors and serves on the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Food Safety Operating Committee. He has also previously served on the Boards of Directors of the IDFA Milk Industry Foundation and National Cheese Institute.

In the community, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Hindu Temple of North East Wisconsin (HTNEW).

He and his wife, Surya, have two young sons.

Schreiber Foods is a global, employee-owned business headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. With annual sales of more than $5 billion, it is one of the largest dairy companies in the world. Schreiber sells its products – which include cream cheese, natural cheese, process cheese and yogurt – to leading retailers, restaurants, distributors and food manufacturers around the globe. Schreiber has more than 8,000 employees, with manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.

Schreiber’s vision is to be the best customer-brand dairy company in the world. The company strives to create sustainable value for its customers as a modern, global partner delivering exceptional quality, service, innovation and insight – all while enriching lives around the globe.

making a difference for dairy
Be Heard

Regulatory RoundUP

Get Involved

Advocacy: Dairy Counts

Join the Discussion

Dairy Forum

IDFA Logo
IDFA Yogurt and Cultured Products Board
IDFA Logo
IDFA Yogurt and Cultured Products Board
The board members are tasked with providing strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues. The board will conduct business in coordination with the IDFA Executive Council, through the chair and vice chair.

Officers
Philippe L. Caradec
Chair
Philippe L. Caradec
Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development NORAM, Danone North America

Philippe Caradec is the Vice President Public Affairs and Sustainable Development of Danone North America, the North American business unit...    MORE
Directors
Gary L. Aggus
Gary L. Aggus
President & General Manager, Hiland Dairy Foods Co., LLC

Courtney Bidney
Courtney Bidney
Director, Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, Yoplait-USA

Courtney is a Director in Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition at General Mills. Courtney’s responsibilities include regulatory and external affairs accountabilities in the areas of food...    MORE
Mark Broadhurst
Mark Broadhurst
Head of Public and Industry Affairs, Chobani, Inc.

Mark Broadhurst has been toiling in public affairs and policy for all of his more than 25 years in government, politics, media and business. For nearly half of his career, he has honed his skills and expertise in the consumer product and food...    MORE
Robert A. Facchina
Robert A. Facchina
President & CEO, Johanna Foods, Inc.

Pat Panko
Pat Panko
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Fluid Milk & Ice Cream, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

As executive vice president of DFA and president of DFA Dairy Brands, Pat is responsible for the day-to-day business of DFA’s retail brands, including Borden Cheese, Keller’s Butter, Plugra Butter, Kemps, Cass...    MORE
Michael Peauroi
Michael Peauroi
Owner/CFO, Scott Bros. Dairy

Michael Peauroi was born and raised in the business, but began his full time career a few years after completing college at the University of California, Davis. After...    MORE
Vinith Poduval
Vinith Poduval
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Quality and Food Safety, Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Vinith (Vinny) Poduval is Senior Vice President of Enterprise Quality & Food Safety for Schreiber Foods. In this position, Vinny...    MORE
Esteve Torrens
Esteve Torrens
President & CEO, Stonyfield Farm

Began tenure as Stonyfield’s CEO in June, 2013. Prior to that, helped launch Stonyfield Europe in 2006 and served as its VP of Marketing from 2007-2009...    MORE
Executive Council Members
Ken Jorgensen
Ken Jorgensen
Director, Dairy Operations, H-E-B

Ken Jorgensen is an eleven-year H-E-B Partner and is currently the Director of Dairy Operations within the Manufacturing Division. He has worked in the Dairy industry for 34 years across the United States...    MORE
Ed Mullins
Ed Mullins
CEO/Executive Vice President, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Ed Mullins is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Prairie Farms Dairy. He began his career with Prairie Farms in 1980 and is only the fourth chief executive in the 80-year...    MORE
Gold Business Partner Representatives
Mirjana Curic-Bawden, Ph.D.
Mirjana Curic-Bawden, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Chr. Hansen, Inc.

Scott Sexton
Scott Sexton
Chairman & CEO, Dairy.com