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Note: schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, January 23

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 24

8:00 a.m.

Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament
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Noon – 7:00 p.m.


Noon– 3:00 p.m.

Tennis Tournament
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Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner One-on-One Business Meetings


Afternoon Golf Tournament
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2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

IDFA Board Meeting

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Lecture: Confessions of a Recovering Political Junkie
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CHANGE. The 2016 general election is shaping up to be one of the most unusual in recent history. CHALLENGE. Who better to help understand its twists and turns than an experienced presidential adviser? Karen Hughes is the former counselor to President George W. Bush and is now a communications strategist and counselor to companies, associations and governments around the globe. OPPORTUNITY. Listen to this public policy and communications powerhouse as she provides an exciting overview of the 2016 political landscape.
Speaker: Karen Hughes, Communication Strategist, Worldwide Vice Chair, Burson-Marsteller, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs , Former Counselor to the President George W. Bush

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
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9:00 – Midnight

After-Hours Party
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Monday, January 25

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Session: President’s Address: Conversation with Connie 
CHANGE. From nutrition policy to milk pricing to trade agreements, the coming year will be one of change, challenge and opportunity for the U.S. dairy industry. CHALLENGE. How can the industry meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities ahead? OPPORTUNITY. IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton will share her perspective on the policies, politics, regulations and trends that will be in play for dairy during 2016 and beyond. 
Moderators: Beth Johnson, Founder, Food Directions LLC  
Randy Russell, President, The Russell Group 
Speaker: Connie Tipton, President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association 

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner One-on-One Business Meetings

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

General Session: The Shifting World Marketplace: A Co-operative Perspective
CHANGE. According to economists, income growth patterns will spread buying power across many more nations in the years to come, and that growth is likely to occur in regions that will be challenged to produce enough milk and food to meet the increased demand. CHALLENGE. How can we get dairy products from traditional or emerging dairy production regions to where the growth will be? Would this require changes to existing trade patterns? Could it come from investment in new dairy production regions? OPPORTUNITY. International dairy co-op leaders will discuss the challenges facing dairy farmers around the world and debate the opportunities presented by coming shifts in population, economic power and consumer demand.
Moderator: Jay Waldvogel, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Global Development, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.
Panelists: Gary Helou, Managing Director, Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited (MG)  
Roelof Joosten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. 
Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director, Glanbia plc, Glanbia House 
Peder Tuborgh, CEO, Arla Foods amba 
Kelvin Wickham, Managing Director, Global Ingredients, Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Refreshment Break
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10:45 a.m. – Noon 

General Session: Growth in an Evolving Dairy Market: Strategies for U.S. Dairy Companies
CHANGE. Aggregate U.S. dairy consumption is projected to remain relatively flat. Meanwhile, dairy has increased competition for “share of stomach.” Global growth in dairy consumption is concentrated in a handful of emerging markets. CHALLENGE. How can U.S. companies prosper amid a complex global trade environment and an intensifying competitive landscape? OPPORTUNITY. McKinsey & Company, advisers and counselors to many of the world’s leading businesses and institutions, will discuss what its new research shows. Get a head start on the future by learning how dairy companies can prepare now to capture growth in a quickly changing food and beverage environment.
SpeakersPaul Carbonneau, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Ludovic Meilhac, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company 

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spouse Activity: Be an Iron Chef!
Put your culinary skills to the test in this exciting Iron Chef competition. Six-person team will compete by preparing dishes to showcase a special secret ingredient. You’ll work alongside Arizona Biltmore Resort Chefs, who will assist with menu preparation.

Noon – 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Session: Celebrating Excellence Awards
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OPPORTUNITY. Join your colleagues to honor the leaders who make dairy such a dynamic and exciting industry. Celebrate this year’s recipients of the Soaring Eagle Awards, the National Cheese Institute Laureate Award, the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award and the Dairy Foods Processor of the Year Award. Honor the men and women who make a real difference for dairy in the ways they effect change, embrace challenges and create new opportunities to improve our industry.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session: Connecting Dairy Production to Consumption in the Social Media Age: An Executive Perspective from the Animal Health & Food Retail Industry

The dairy consumer packaged goods space is at the center of exciting change with new product introductions and consumer facing innovations at retail.  Social media platforms allow new products to gain awareness and trial rapidly, however consumers can also share concerns faster than ever … and often faster than our industry partners are prepared to address. Today, Rob Aukerman, Elanco US President, and Molly McAdams, President of Om3 and former HEB Executive, will share animal health and food retailing perspectives to illustrate how our industry can work together to use innovation, insights and education to respond to consumer concerns and to drive awareness of dairy production advancements.
SpeakersRob Aukerman, President, North American Commercial Operations, Elanco
Molly McAdamsPresident, Om3

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session: Capitalizing on Milk’s Healthy Halo 

In today’s fast-paced, modern world, milk is as relevant as ever. Consumers are increasingly focused on health and wellness, and dairy producers stand to benefit from their thirst for delicious, nutritious offerings. In this session, we’ll discuss the results of a recent study commissioned by Tetra Pak that shows consumers still have an overwhelmingly positive view of milk, despite efforts by some to downplay the goodness of milk. We’ll look at some of the trends already affecting the dairy industry and present new ways producers can capitalize on these trends, spurring growth not just for their own companies, but for the entire industry. 
SpeakerCecilia Miquel, Head of Marketing – Dairy, Tetra Pak U.S. & Canada

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

PAC Steering Committee Meeting (Invitation Only)

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

International Trade Committee Meeting (Invitation Only)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

PAC Reception (Invitation Only)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Editors Reception (Invitation Only)

Tuesday, January 26

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Session: Where Is Dairy Positioned for Growth?
CHANGE. McKinsey & Company’s research shows that the global dairy market will continue to evolve due to changing market and consumer dynamics. CHALLENGE. Amidst a complex global trade environment and an intensifying competitive landscape, U.S. dairy companies must face the challenge of achieving growth. OPPORTUNITY. A distinguished panel of dairy leaders will provide a follow-up discussion of the implications and applications of the research presented by McKinsey & Company.

ModeratorsPaul Carbonneau, Partner,  McKinsey & Company, Inc. 
Ludovic Meilhac, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company 

Panelists: Stephen C. Jones, Chief Executive Officer, fairlife, LLC 
Beau Mainous, Chief Customer Officer, Chobani, Inc. 
Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO, California Dairies, Inc. 
Lino A. Saputo, Jr., CEO and Vice Chairman, Saputo inc. 

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Spouse Activity: Desert Hike and Spa Brunch
There are few environments more beautiful or fascinating than the Arizona desert. You’ll learn about this complex ecosystem of hearty plants and diverse animal life, on a professionally guided three mile walk through the beautiful Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Join us immediately following the hike for a delicious brunch at the Arizona Biltmore spa.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner One-on-One Business Meetings

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

1. Trade Policy: Opportunities for Dairy
CHANGE. After five long years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been completed. Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations with the European Union finally ramp up? CHALLENGE. Will TPP usher in a new era of challenges or opportunity for dairy companies trading with Pacific Rim countries? Will there be lessons learned for trade negotiations with the European Union through T-TIP? OPPORTUNITY. A panel of respected trade experts will discuss both agreements and what lies ahead.
Moderator:  Mark Davis, Partner, Davis Family Dairies, LLC

Colin Bird, Minister-Counsellor, Trade and Economic Policy, Embassy of Canada
Philip Houlding, Trade and Economic Counsellor, Embassy of New Zealand
Phil Karsting, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator 

2. Can Dairy Take a Bigger Bite Out of Food Waste?
CHANGE. After the Great Depression, millions of children were taught that wasting food was unacceptable. According to recent research, approximately 40 percent of food produced in the United States today is never eaten. Environmental research shows that Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food annually — enough to fill up 730 football stadiums. CHALLENGE. What more can dairy do to help reduce food waste? Do the “use by” dates on dairy products lead Americans to needlessly throw away food? OPPORTUNITY. Learn from a panel of experts about solutions for slashing waste across the supply chain from manufacturing, packaging and retail to home use. Hear what more can be done by dairy to help reduced food waste.
Moderator: Cary Frye, Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association

Patti Truant Anderson, MPH, Ph.D., Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago and Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Jeremy KranowitzExecutive Director, Sustainable America
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Director of Sustainability, The Kroger Co.
Erin Fitzgerald Sexson, Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

3. Dairy Risk Management: Past, Present and Futures
CHANGE. Futures and options contracts tied to Class III fluid milk for physical delivery began trading just over 20 years ago. Since then, the dairy trading complex has evolved to include more dairy commodities, a move away from physical delivery to cash settlement as well as from open outcry to electronic trading, and trading on more exchanges around the world. In addition, dairy risk management has expanded beyond futures and options to swaps and derivatives markets. CHALLENGE. What challenges exist today for dairy risk management? OPPORTUNITY. Hear experts discuss this evolution and learn how our dairy risk management markets may change further in the future.
Moderator: Mike McCully, President, The McCully Group
Robert Chesler, Vice President, Foods Group, INTL FCStone Financial, Inc.
Chris Herlache, Risk Management Team Leader, Schreiber Foods, Inc.  
Phil Plourd,
 President, Services Division,, and President, Blimling and Associates, Inc.    
Brian Rice, Principal, Rice Dairy LLC 

4. Milk Builds Champions: A Groundbreaking Partnership and Game Changer for Milk Brands
CHANGE. 2016 will focus the eyes of the world on its best athletes during the Summer Olympic Games. CHALLENGE. How can fluid milk processors use the Olympics to connect millions of consumers with milk and highlight its nutritional value? OPPORTUNITY. Join MilkPEP CEO Julia Kadison and a special guest as they announce an unprecedented long-term partnership between milk and the United States Olympic Committee and Team USA.
Speaker : Julia Kadison, CEO, National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP)

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – Noon

Concurrent Sessions

5. Fostering a Culture of Food Safety: Lessons from the C-Suite
Change. The Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) preventive controls rule for human food is now in final form and on the verge of being enforced by the Food and Drug Administration. Challenge. The need to sustain a “culture of food safety” within individual companies has never been more important. Starting in October 2016, FDA investigators will be looking for signals that food safety is ingrained in the thinking of personnel at all levels of the companies they inspect. Will your team meet the challenge? Opportunity. Find out how IDFA member executives have instilled food safety principles across their organizations. Learn from their successes and failures as they found the best ways to train employees and insure that food safety always comes first.

Moderator: Mike Haddad, President & CEO, Schreiber Foods, Inc.
Terry Brockman, President and COO, Saputo Cheese Division (USA)
Carmine C. Catalana, IV, President, Cumberland Dairy Inc.
Rich D. Draper, Chief Executive Officer, The Ice Cream Club, Inc.
Mike Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wells Enterprises, Inc.

6. Caution: Company Under Pressure
Change. Thanks to the rapid expansion of social media and the growing prevalence of consumer activism, how companies respond publicly and privately to crisis situations has changed. Challenge. How can you find new ways to protect your brand and reputation when an unexpected public relations crisis or product recall threatens to throw your company into a tailspin? Opportunity. Take home real-life lessons from a panel of industry insiders who were recently on the front lines of brand crises and product recalls. Learn practical strategies for effective communication, damage control and reputation management. 

Moderator: Stacey Stevens, Senior Vice President, FoodMinds LLC
Panelists: Heather Draper, Director, The Ice Cream Club, Inc.  

Joseph A. Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP

7. Value of Protein Quality to the Dairy Industry
Over the next 40 years, 3 billion people will be added to today’s global population of 6.6 billion. Creating a sustainable diet to feed the world is an extraordinary challenge. Challenge. Does animal protein, particularly the protein found in dairy products, supply the quality and amount needed for a healthy and sustainable diet? Opportunity. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has identified the quality of protein as an important factor to meet human nutritional needs in the future. What does this mean for dairy? A panel of experts will discuss protein quality and the role of dairy in meeting the nutritional needs of a growing population. 

Moderator: Donald Moore, Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform 
Panelists: Susie Hjorth, President, North America, Arla Foods Ingredients Inc.

Mike McCully, President, The McCully Group
Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO, California Dairies, Inc.
Paul Moughan, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Co-Director, Riddet Institute
Cindy Schweitzer, PhD, CFS, Technical Director, Global Dairy Platform 

8. Don’t Get Hacked: Protecting Your Company from a Cyber Breach
Change. The Digital Age has brought speed and efficiency to many aspects of our business. Unfortunately, computers and electronic communications have also unleashed serious new risks. Challenge. A cyber attack can come at any time, from a foreign government, radical group, criminal enterprise or lone hacker. Dairy companies need to protect their networks, customer and employee data, and trade secrets. Opportunity. This panel of cybersecurity specialists will show you how to identify the vulnerabilities that can put your company at risk of a breach. They will also share best practices for minimizing exposure to cyber crimes. 

Moderator: Emily Lyons, Director, Regulatory Affairs & Counsel, International Dairy Foods Association
Steven Hawkins, Vice President, Security Technology Services, Clango 
Sharon Kuo, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Howard Tsai, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Industry Engagement & Resilience Branch, Department of Homeland Security
Leita Walker, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Session: 2016 Political Climate: Perspective from a Dynamic DuoCHANGE. With the Republicans holding a majority in Congress and the White House up for grabs in November, who will be leading our nation and where will they take us? CHALLENGE. As the U.S. electorate becomes increasingly more polarized, it is hard to find a balanced discussion of the important issues — or even agreement on which issues are important. OPPORTUNITY. Democrat Donna Brazile and Republican Ana Navarro will bring insights from both ends of the political spectrum to Dairy Forum. This political duo will provide a charismatic, humorous and highly entertaining perspective on the 2016 political races. 
Donna Brazile, Political Strategist And Commentator, Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, Democratic National Committee
Ana Navarro, CNN Political Analyst and GOP Strategist, Political Contributor on The View 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session: Techtonic Shifts in the World of Dairy 

Tectonic Shifts have been occurring in global dairy. At home, strengthening domestic demand has been countered by the strong dollar, building headwinds for exports and sucking in imports. The removal of milk quotas in Europe has unleashed growth potential held in check for 30 years, giving European suppliers the need to elbow more surplus into international markets in competition with US exporters. At the same time demand growth has been stalling from China (and also from oil exporting states), and Russia remains stubbornly out of the market. In the South a second season of critically low farm-gate prices in New Zealand will bring to an end over a decade of meteoric production growth and regime change in Argentina, and recession in Brazil will create opportunities and uncertainties - adding to the feeling that the ‘tectonic plates’ of dairy are shifting.

While the strategic imperative for US dairy processors continues to be to capture and preserve market share at home, the strength of the dollar means there has never been a better time to seek investment opportunities overseas, but with the ‘plates shifting’ where should we look? 
Speakers: Thomas BaileyF&A Research Analyst, Rabobank 
Kevin Bellamy, Global Strategist Dairy, Rabobank

3:00 – 3:50 p.m.

Dairy Dynamics at Retail: Opportunities for Growth
CHANGE. The dairy case has seen dramatic changes in recent years with the proliferation of new product segments competing with milk for space.  CHALLENGE. Simultaneously, shopper behavior has changed and the retail landscape evolved. OPPORTUNITY. This session provides a fresh assessment of the dairy case and shopper, leveraging insights from Willard Bishop and Prime Consulting. It will highlight growth opportunities, best practices and insights to maximize processor sales and retailer profit in the grocery and convenience channels.  
Speaker: Genevieve Poirier-Richards, SVP Marketing, National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to ProFood Tech: Powered by Pack Expo, Anuga and IDFA

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunset Reception

Wednesday, January 27

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast Session: The Global and U.S. Economic Forecast: Implications for the Dairy Industry

CHANGE. The past 20 years have seen nearly unprecedented volatility in economies and asset markets worldwide. CHALLENGE. The long-awaited rise of emerging markets, such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Turkey and Mexico, present new opportunities. However, each industry is affected by U.S. and global economic and financial forces in different ways. Further, the U.S. economy and markets are increasingly impacted by global events and trends. OPPORTUNITY. Given the changes and challenges of the global economy, what business strategies do dairy companies need? Jeffrey Rosensweig, global and U.S. economics forecaster and expert on global investing and business strategy, will analyze the implications of trends and forecasts for the U.S. dairy industry.
SpeakerJeffrey Rosensweig, Director of the Global Perspectives Program, Goizueta Business School of Emory University

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

General Session: Critical Role of Water in Food Production

CHANGE. Severe water shortages, especially on the West Coast, are becoming more common and, if prolonged, will have a devastating impact on agriculture, food production, international trade and the price of food. CHALLENGE. Across the food supply chain, the U.S. food industry is working toward implementing more sustainable ways to use and conserve water. OPPORTUNITY. Explore the complexities of water usage across the food supply chain. A panel of crop and livestock farmers, processors, retailers and innovators will engage in a lively discussion about the importance of water management in agriculture and food production.
Moderator: Kim Essex, Director, North American Food Practice, Ketchum
Panelists: Michael Doyle, Chief Executive Office, Foremost Farms USA
Mike McCloskey, CEO, Select Milk Producers, Inc.
Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy, Morrison Institute for Public Policy" Arizona State University              
Carlos Saviani, Vice President, Sustainable Food, World Wildlife Fund

Emilio Tenuta, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

11:00 a.m.