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Saturday, January 28

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Registration

Sunday, January 29

7:30 a.m.    

Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament
Named in memory of IDFA’s founder, Tip Tipton, this tournament is an opportunity for golfers to show off their athletic skills and enjoy a relaxing day of play and networking in the warm Orlando air. Players may donate to the Dairy Recognition and Education Foundation in honor of Tip’s commitment to dairy education. Visit the Dairy Forum page at to learn how to donate.
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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

12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Golf Tournament
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1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Eco-Tour on Shingle Creek
Florida’s natural preserves are home to a wide range of nature’s most beautiful and fascinating creatures. Paddle a kayak or canoe through Shingle Creek, the northernmost headwaters of the Everglades watershed. Get an up-close and personal look at native species such as alligators, bald eagles, osprey and barred owls in their natural habitats. Led by a professionally trained Florida Master Naturalist, this stunning eco-tour will explore the beauty of Florida as you’ve never seen it.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  

IDFA Board Meeting

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Come as You Are: First-Timers Reception*
Location: Lobby Terrace 
Join us for an informal hour of conversation and camaraderie at a reception for those attending Dairy Forum for the first time. Make the most of this opportunity to meet your new network of colleagues and get to know other dairy leaders. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

6:15 – 7:00 p.m.    

Chairman’s Lecture: A Strategic View of the World
Location: Coquina South
Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, will kick off Dairy Forum 2017 with his analysis of the tumultuous global environment and his assessment of what it all means for Americans and America’s interests. Hayden’s thoughts on the delicate balance between liberty and security, as well the potential benefits and dangers of living and working in a digital world, will give a perspective well worth hearing.
Introduction: Mike Reidy, Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Leprino Foods Company, and Chair, International Dairy Foods Association Board of Directors 
Speaker: General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Former Director of the National Security Agency 
Sponsored by:

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.       

Hello Again: Welcome Reception
Location: Mediterranean Porte Cochere
Say hello to friends old and new! The welcome reception is your chance to relax while networking with your industry peers. The reception will feature delicious cuisine with plenty of libations and live music.
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9:00 p.m. – Midnight  

Dance the Night Away: After-Hours Party*
Location: Citron
The night is young! There’s still plenty of time to show off your best moves with your colleagues and newfound friends. Stop by this evening soiree for desserts, adult milkshakes, cocktails and cordials. Musical entertainment will help ensure the fun doesn’t stop after the sun goes down.

*Sponsorship opportunities available

Monday, January 30

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Meet IDFA’s New President and CEO
Location: Coquina South
Get to know Michael Dykes, IDFA’s new president and CEO. He took over the helm on Jan. 1, 2017, and this will be your opportunity to learn more about who he is and how he plans to use his energy, enthusiasm and experience to shape the path ahead for the dairy industry.
Introduction: Carmen Becker, President & CEO, Tetra Pak U.S. & Canada
Speaker: Michael D. Dykes, D.V.M., 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.

Food Policy and the Farm Bill — What’s Next?
Location: Coquina North
Once the dust settles after hard-fought presidential and congressional races, what food and agriculture policy priorities will emerge? Immigration? Trade agreements? The next Farm Bill? This candid conversation among former chiefs of staff from the Department of Agriculture will look at how campaign positions become policies.
Introduction: Todd Armstrong, Senior Director of Global Market Access, Elanco Animal Health 
Moderator: J. David Carlin, Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, International Dairy Foods Association 
Panelists: Krysta L. Harden, Vice President, Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont 
Dale W. Moore, Executive Director, Public Policy, American Farm Bureau Federation 
Randy Russell, President, The Russell Group 

9:30 a.m. – Noon   

Spouse and Guest Activity: Spa Experience: Tranquility, Relaxation and Rejuvenation
An interactive morning of guilt-free pleasure awaits as you make your way through a variety of spa stations and activities, including chair massage, hand massage, eye treatment, smoothie bar and make your own body scrub. A yoga class is also available for the more flexible and centered among us. Afterward, continue your relaxation in the spa lounges, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Networking Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  

The Globalization of Dairy
Location: Coquina North 
Many factors affect the pace of dairy industry globalization, from land and resource endowments and capital availability to country policies and international standards. A panel of experienced international dairy experts will discuss how these and other factors drive today’s global dairy industry.
Introduction: Bill Norman, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Food & Consumer Packaging Division, Berry Plastics, Inc. 
Moderator: Robert Yonkers, Vice President and Chief Economist, International Dairy Foods Association 
Panelists: Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research
Preben Mikkelsen, Owner, PM Food and Dairy Consulting
Chuck Nicholson, Clinical Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University 
Prashant Tripathi, Dairy Researcher-Network Manager, International Dairy Farm Comparison Network 

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Noon – 1:30 p.m.   

Luncheon: Celebrating Excellence Awards
Location: Coquina South
The luncheon will honor the industry leaders who are making a difference for dairy. Join us to celebrate this year’s recipients of the National Cheese Institute Laureate Award, the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, the IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award and the Dairy Foods Processor of the Year Award.
Introduction: David Carpenter, Group Vice President of the Americas and President of Christian Hansen, Inc.
Presiding: Ron Dunford, President, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., and Chair, National Cheese Institute
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2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  

Premier Conference Partner Session: “#OneHealth4All” (Healthy animals, people, and planet); Elanco Presents Imrestor™
Location: Mediterranean 6-8
“#OneHealth4All” is about how healthy, efficient animals are critical to healthy people and a healthy planet. In early 2016, Elanco announced the US approval of Imrestor™ – The launch of Imrestor supports Elanco’s 8-point antibiotic stewardship plan that ensures the responsible use of antibiotics, reducing shared class antibiotic use and helps replace antibiotics with alternatives. Please join Elanco’s Dr. Dennis Schaffler and a panel of industry experts to learn more about this revolutionary new FDA approved animal health product and how it positively impacts “#OneHealth4All” outcomes.
Speakers: Tony Goltstein, Owner, Union-Go Dairy 
Dennis Schaffler, Senior Director, Elanco U.S. Dairy Operations 
Mark Thomas, Clinic Partner, Countryside Veterinary Clinic LLP

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.  

Premier Conference Partner Session: Creating the Land of Milk and Honey, Dairy Trends and Opportunities to Guide Growth
Location: Mediterranean 6-8
This session will share insights around the topic of evolving consumer needs and changing consumption usage occasions, and will discuss market opportunities to expand within the category that result from this evolution. We will share results from a new consumer research focused on milk usage which unveiled that the milk consumer is no longer what it used to be.
Speaker: Chris GretchkoVice President of Marketing, Tetra Pak U.S. & Canada 

3:15 – 5:30 p.m. 

Committee Meetings (Invitation Only)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

PAC Reception (Invitation Only)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Editors Reception (Invitation Only)

Tuesday, January 31

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


7:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast: FDA Priorities from the Top 
Location: Coquina South
From enforcement of the recent food safety rules to implementation of upcoming labeling requirements, the priorities of the Food and Drug Administration have a direct impact on the operations and the bottom line of dairy foods companies.  Learn more about what to expect from FDA in 2017 from Stephen Ostroff, M.D., FDA deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine.   
Introduction: Mike Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer Wells Enterprises, Inc.
Speaker: Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D.,
Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 

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. Assessing the Dairy Margin Protection Program – What's Right, What's Wrong and What Could Be Improved? 
Location: Mediterranean 1-3
The 2014 Farm Bill completely reshuffled the deck for dairy farmer support. How effective has the new Dairy Margin Protection Program been, and what could the 2018 Farm Bill bring to the table for dairy?
Moderator: Mark Stephenson, Director, Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Panelists: Tiffany LaMendola, Senior Director, Risk Management Solutions, Blimling and Associates, Inc.
Sam Miller, Managing Director, Head of Agriculture, BMO-Harris Bank 
John Newton, Director, Market Intelligence, American Farm Bureau Federation 
Christopher Noble, Co-Owner, Noblehurst Farms, Inc. 

2. Do International Organizations Spell Trouble for U.S. Dairy?
Location: Mediterranean 4
From WHO (the World Health Organization) to WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization), an increasing number of agencies are making rules and recommendations that can create havoc in the manufacture and marketing of U.S. dairy products. Many in the dairy supply chain are unfamiliar with these organizations and their actions, but activists now manipulate them to further their disruptive policy agendas. Learn why the food and agriculture industries need to understand the ABC’s of these agencies and find out why it is important to be proactive and engaged.
Moderator: John Allan, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and International Standards, International Dairy Foods Association
Panelists: Donald Moore, Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform
Ryan Ong, Director, International Business Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
Daniella TaveauGlobal Regulatory and Trade Strategist, King & Spalding

3. All Things Sweet
Location: Mediterranean 5
Come learn everything from the latest sweetener trends and technologies to new labeling requirements and current market forecasts – ALL IN ONE SWEET SESSION! Two industry experts will give you a broad overview of multiple topics and answer your questions. 
Moderator: Ruth Saunders, Vice President, Policy and Legislative Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association 
Panelists: Lynn Dornblaser, Director, Innovation & Insight, Mintel
Randy Green, Partner, Watson Green LLC  

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.   

Networking Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – Noon 

Concurrent Sessions:

4. Where’s the Investment in Dairy?
Location: Mediterranean 1-3
Farm milk production in the U.S. has grown by over 35 percent in the past 25 years. At the same time, U.S. dairy export volumes have grown by approximately 400 percent. Unfortunately, reports of farm milk being dumped instead of processed have plagued the industry in recent years, resulting in lower levels of investment in processing capacity. A panel of industry experts will discuss the factors at play in the market today and what to expect in the future.
Moderator: Marin Bozic, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Panelists: Michael McCully, Owner, The McCully Group 
Sue Taylor, Vice President of Dairy Economics & Policy, Leprino Foods Company 
Jay WaldvogelSenior Vice President, Strategy and Global Development, Dairy Farmers of America 

5. The Dairy Nutraceuticals Boom 
Location: Mediterranean 4
The nutritional and nutraceutical ingredients market is flourishing and dairy companies are well poised to benefit from this rapid growth. Through innovation, companies are using dairy in value-added products for infants, athletes and the elderly. Leaders in this market segment will discuss the opportunities and challenges for the dairy sector in this exciting field.
Moderator: Cary FryeVice President, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association 
Panelists: Veronique LagrangeSenior Vice President, US Dairy Export Council 
Elizabeth RiordanDivisional Vice President, Global Dairy Operations, Abbott 
Siobhan TalbotGroup Managing Director, Glanbia plc

6. Dairy Workforce Trends: Immigration Reform and Beyond
Location: Mediterranean 5
Migrant labor is essential to the successful operation of the U.S. dairy industry. Changing immigration policy, consumer expectations and farm automation will have a major impact on dairy farmers. You’ll learn more about these highly charged issues and how they could affect the entire agricultural economy, including your dairy operations.
Moderator: Philip MartinProfessor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis 
Speakers: Jaime CastanedaSenior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Trade Policy, National Milk Producers Federation 
Bruce GoldsteinPresident, Farmworker Justice

7. The Power of Kids: How to Grow Milk Sales Activating our Pint-sized Consumers
Location: Mediterranean 6-8
Kids account for roughly 40 percent of milk volume but their consumption has dropped precipitously in recent years; a trend that must be reversed if industry wants to grow the category in decades to come. Join us as we share new MilkPEP research that provides insights on current family dynamics, outlines the challenges and opportunities for milk and delivers a comprehensive road map for brands to win with kids. 
Speakers: Kikke Riedel, Vice President Strategy and Insights, MilkPEP
Victor Zaborsky, Vice President Marketing, MilkPEP 

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch with Secretary Tom Vilsack Assessing Where We Are; Gauging Where We Need to Go
Location: Coquina South 
The 2018 Farm Bill. Immigration Reform. Trade Agreements.
Tom Vilsack, who served eight years as Secretary of Agriculture, will share his perspective on the major issues facing dairy and agriculture.  Who better to provide insights as we come together to map the future of our industry in these changing times? During this candid conversation, we will mine the wisdom and expertise of a man who has dedicated his professional life to food and agriculture.
Welcome Remarks: Jacqueline Pieters, Executive Vice President, Global Head Food & Agri Sector Banking, Sector Head Dairy, Rabobank 
Introduction: Gregg A. Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Dean Foods Company, and Chair, Milk Industry Foundation
Moderator: Michael D. Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO, International Dairy Foods Association
Speaker: Tom Vilsack, President and CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council

12:30 – 3:00 p.m.  

Spouse and Guest Activity: The Art of Mixology
In Orlando, creating craft cocktails has become a full-fledged movement. Go beyond the appletini and learn about the art of inventing a new drink. After a professional mixologist demonstrates how different ingredients work together, you’ll get to create your own one-of-a-kind beverages. Tasting is not required, but it is encouraged! Refreshments will be provided.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  

Partner Session: Tapping the Power of Team USA — New Program Connects U.S. Olympic Hopefuls with Milk Brands
Location: Mediterranean 6-8
Join MilkPEP CEO, Julia Kadison, and U.S. Olympians and Olympic hopefuls as they unveil a new opportunity for brands to engage with one of the most powerful aspects of Milk Life’s Team USA long-term sponsorship – the athletes. Learn how milk’s partnership and MilkPEP’s signature Team Milk program will help milk brands align with local, hopeful athletes and reinforce why nine out of ten U.S. Olympians grew up drinking milk. Hear from the athletes themselves as they share personal stories about the important role milk plays throughout their lives, and discover how your brand can activate to drive milk sales and connect with millions of consumers year-round. 
Speaker: Julia Kadison, CEO, MilkPEP
Victor Zaborsky, Vice President, Marketing, MilkPEP
Special Guests: U.S. Olympic Athlete and Team USA Hopeful

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  

ProFood Tech: Powered by Pack Expo, Anuga and IDFA
Location: Cordova 5-6

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Nights in White Satin: Closing Reception*
Location: Valencia Lawn 
Gather with Dairy Forum friends and colleagues for one last toast as we light up the night at the closing White Party.  Fuse new connections and re-ignite friendships, build your circuit of contacts and experience the energy of this exciting event with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment as you prepare to head back to where you came from. Suggested dress code: white attire.

*Sponsorship opportunities available

Wednesday, February 1

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  

Breakfast: Understanding Consumer Demands and How to Leverage Them
Location: Coquina South 
Ethnic diversification of the American diet, the growing demand for information about what is in food, dairy’s place in the ‘better for you’ foods category and the changes that are shaking up grocery store merchandising are emerging trends identified by research and case studies recently conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the global research and professional services firm. Join the PwC experts and a panel of industry leaders to examine which trends are most likely to affect your product development, capital investment, and marketing efforts.
Presiding: Rachel Kyllo, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Growth, Kemps LLC, and Chair, International Ice Cream Association
Moderator: Brian Boyle, Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC
Panelists: Philippe Caradec, Vice President of Corporate Affairs North America, The Dannon Company Inc.
Jon Davis, Executive Vice President Ingredients, Agropur Inc. 
Christopher Nolan, Managing Director, Global Deals Origination, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Consumer Ascendancy: Brands and Products with a Purpose
Location: Coquina South 
In our consumer culture, people define themselves by the products they purchase. Increasingly, consumers want to be aligned with products and companies that share their values. They buy products that support the causes they care about and products made in alignment with their ethical views. We’ll examine how major brands and disruptive innovators are using purpose-driven products to engage new customers and address social and environmental issues while building strong customer loyalty.
Presiding: Rachel Kyllo, Senior Vice President, Innovation & Growth, Kemps LLC, and Chairman, International Ice Cream Association 
Moderator: Gene Grabowski, Partner, Kglobal
Panelists: Sergio Fuster, General Manager of The Dannon Company, Inc.
Erin Reynolds, Marketing Director, Evergreen Packaging 
Nelson Switzer, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America

11:00 a.m.   Adjournment