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Saturday, January 24

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Registration

Sunday, January 25

7:45 a.m.

Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament* (Shamble)
Sponsored by

The Tip Tipton Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday morning, January 25th, raises money for the Dairy Recognition and Education Foundation (DREF) in honor of Tip’s commitment to dairy education. Tournament players will be presented with opportunities to make donations to DREF, which helps support the education of students who participate in the research and in the development of the technology that may well impact many of the processes used in our industry in future years.
See options for donations when you register for the tournament.

Noon - 7:30 p.m.


Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Tennis Tournament*
Sponsored by


Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner One-on-One Business Meetings
Meetings will take place in various locations. To schedule meetings with Elanco, Rabobank and Tetrapak representatives, please visit the registration area.
12:45 p.m. Afternoon Golf Tournament* (Scramble)
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

IDFA Board of Directors Meeting

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Chaiman's Lecture
Whether rallying support and financial aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, ensuring the clean-up of the Gulf Coast after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill or strategizing the largest congressional power shift in 40 years, Governor Haley Barbour has been an effective advocate for his constituents and a tenacious agent for change. Learn how this powerful political strategist approaches challenges of all kinds and transforms them into opportunities.

Presiding: Patricia Stroup, Head of Procurement, Nestlé USA, and Chairman, International Dairy Foods Association

Speaker: Governor Haley Barbour, Former Governor of Mississippi

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Boca Breezes Bash
Sponsored by
9:00 - Midnight

After-Hours Party

Monday, January 26

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast: President’s Address - 2020 Vision
They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

Introduction: Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak USA and Canada

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

Meetings will take place in various locations. To schedule meetings with Elanco, Rabobank and Tetrapak representatives, please visit the registration area.

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session - Collaborating to Combat Childhood Obesity
Obesity prevention remains a pressing public health priority in the United States and around the world, and it is influencing government policies. Public/private sector partnerships are making a difference as more and more food and beverage companies are voluntarily participating in programs designed to end childhood obesity. Learn what the dairy industry is doing to help fight childhood obesity. Top executives will discuss efforts to improve the health of future generations.

Introduction: Grady Bishop, Senior Director, North American Market Access, Elanco

Moderator: Alexis Glick, CEO, GENYOUth Foundation

Panelists: Philippe Caradec, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Dannon Company, Inc.
Pauline Harper, Director Advisory, EEN and EPODE International Network
Lawrence Soler, President & CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Refreshment Break
Sponsored by

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

General Session - Milk Pricing: What Lies Ahead
Most agree that our current milk pricing system, rooted in 1930s-era economics, is a misfit in today’s global marketplace. Plans to update the system have been in negotiations for years, but have been delayed again and again. Panelists will explore some of the issues, challenges and arguments standing in the way of changes and offer thoughts on how the industry might move forward.

Introduction: Jacqueline Pieters, Global Head Food and Agri Sector Banking, Rabobank

Moderator:  Robert Boynton, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Panelists: David Ahlem, Chief Operating Officer, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.
Jay Bryant, Chief Executive Officer, Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.
Jeffrey Kaneb, Executive Vice President, HP Hood LLC, and Chairman, Milk Industry Foundation
Mike Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wells Enterprises, Inc., and Chairman, International Ice Cream Association

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Celebrating Excellence Awards
Sponsored by

The Celebrating Excellence Awards recognize leaders who have contributed to the advancement of dairy through service, innovation and dedication to the improvement of the industry. These leaders are truly making a difference for dairy.

Introduction: David Carpenter, Group Vice President Americas, Chr. Hansen A/S, and President, Chr. Hansen, Inc.

Presiding: Mike Reidy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Leprino Foods Company, and Chairman, National Cheese Institute

Noon - 2:30 p.m.

Spouse Activity — The Tapas Tour

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session - Partnering Across the Dairy Industry to Better Understand Consumers

Speaker: Jennifer Dahm, Vice President, Maslansky + Partners

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session - Darkness Before Dawn: Current dynamics and outlook for the global dairy industry

2014 proved a dark year for many dairy processors: battling a combination of a weak consumer environment, record milk prices, market dislocation and margin squeeze. While 2015 will bring improved supply and considerable cost relief, question marks remain over the demand environment at home and abroad – including the prospects for emerging market growth, Chinese rebalancing and Russian market access-- as well as regulatory developments. Rabobank assesses the outlook for the global dairy industry, how companies are responding and implications for US processors. Is the light fading on dairy’s bright story, or is this just the darkness before another dawn?

Speaker: Tim Hunt, Managing Director, Global Strategist – Dairy, Rabobank

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

PAC Committee Meeting (invitation only)

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Yogurt Committee Meeting (invitation only)

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Trade Committee Meeting (invitation only)

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Editors’ Reception (invitation only)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

PAC Reception (invitation only)

Tuesday, January 27

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


7:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Session: New Zealand: Global Leader in Dairy Exports
New Zealand is the world’s largest exporter of dairy commodities. Exporting 95 percent of the 19 million metric tons of milk it produces, the country represents about one-third of international dairy trade each year. After decades of growth, the industry there continues to boom, and the country remains a formidable global competitor by any measure. Learn how this relatively small island nation has become a dominant force in the international dairy trade when its farmers receive no subsidies.

Presiding: Jeffrey Kaneb, Executive Vice President, HP Hood LLC, and Chairman, Milk Industry Foundation
Speaker: The Right Honorable Mike Moore, New Zealand Ambassador to the United States

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner One-on-One Business Meetings

Meetings will take place in various locations. To schedule meetings with Elanco, Rabobank and Tetrapak representatives, please visit the registration area.

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions:
1 - The State of International Trade
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) promise to open markets, set high-standard trade rules and address 21st century issues in the global economy. This expert panel will discuss the current state of the negotiations, including the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. agriculture and dairy industries.

Moderator: William Reinsch, President, National Foreign Trade Council

John Dardis,
Ph.D., First Secretary, Agriculture, Food and Marine, Embassy of Ireland
Kenneth Smith Ramos, Head of the Trade and NAFTA Office, Ministry of The Economy, Embassy of Mexico
Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President


2 - Survey Says: Top Hot Button Issues Keeping Dairy Executives Up at Night
According to a recent survey of dairy company CEOs and communications professionals, consumer perceptions on the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is likely to have a negative impact on companies, customers and the domestic dairy industry. Review the latest consumer research on antibiotics and strategize about the ways to allay consumer’s fears and concerns.

Moderator: Kate Klotz, Vice President, Ketchum

Jennifer Dahm
, Vice President, Maslansky + Partners
Christopher Galen, Senior Vice President, Communications, National Milk Producers Federation
Ron Phillips, Vice President, Legislative and Public Affairs, Animal Health Institute



3 - Where in the World Does Milk Come From?
Global dairy markets affect the U.S. dairy industry every day. Much of the focus is on where the demand originates, but we must also pay attention to where the supplies come from. Compare and contrast dairy farming systems around the world and discuss how the procurement of farm milk is changing to meet the increasing demands of today’s global dairy marketplace.

Moderator: Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Economist, International Dairy Foods Association

Principal Speaker: Torsten Hemme, Managing Director, International Farm Comparison Network Dairy Research Center


4 - New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Implications for Dairy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will dictate what foods should be on every school lunch tray and will influence reauthorization of key nutrition laws. As the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee does its work, some voices are urging it to consider foods’ impact on the environment, while others are advocating for plant-based diets. Will dairy products still be valued for the abundance  of nutrients they provide? This session will look at possible changes in the Dietary Guidelines and their implications for milk and dairy foods.

Moderator: Sally Squires, Senior Vice President-Management Supervisor and Director, Food Nutrition and Wellness Practice, Weber Shandwick

Gregory Miller,
Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council
Robert Post, Ph.D., Senior Director, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, CHOBANI 
Joanne Slavin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, and 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Member

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Networking Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. - Noon

Concurrent Sessions:
5 - Think You’ll Pass Your Next FDA or State Inspection? Don’t Be Too Sure . . .
Dairy food companies are facing increasing scrutiny from all sides, including regulators, customers and consumers. In order to thrive, companies must keep food safety a top priority. This session will focus on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent regulatory activities for milk and dairy products, such as sampling assignments, inspections, enforcement actions, policy updates and more. You will also gain new insights into how FDA and state regulators plan to enforce new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations in the coming years. Have your questions ready!

Moderator: John Allan, Vice President, Regulatory and International Standards, International Dairy Foods Association

Elizabeth Fawell,
Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Steve Ingham, Ph.D., Administrator, Division of Food Safety at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Edith Wilkin, Vice President, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Leprino Foods Company


6 - Keep On Truckin’. . . Maybe
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is completing its study on truck weight and size as they relate to productivity, economic efficiency, safety, infrastructure and global impact. Learn about the study and how the results could influence the transportation of food products. Learn more about the efficiency and productivity of heavier trucks on state road networks and find out if the study findings will trigger new trucking regulations and higher transportation costs.

Moderator: John Runyan, Executive Director, The Coalition for Transportation Productivity, and President and Founder, Runyan Public Affairs, LLC

Bob Gilchrist
, Transportation and Fluid Milk Manager, Agri-Mark, Inc., and Director, International Milk Haulers Association
Mark Gottlieb, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Pat Thomas, Senior Vice President, UPS State Government Affairs


7 - Environmental Issues Whirl Around Dairy
Environmental issues, writ large, continue to significantly impact the dairy sector. Delve into the implications of dairy’s role in sustainably feeding the world’s growing population, hear how the industry is meeting its carbon footprint goals and examine the consequences of domestic and global water insecurity.

Moderator: Erin Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Roger A. Cady,
Ph.D., Global Sustainability Lead, Elanco Scientific Affairs Team, Elanco
Suzanne Lindsay, Director of Sustainability, The Kroger Co.
Brian Lindsay, Development Director, Dairy Sustainability Framework


8 - Telling the Milk Story: Safeguarding Consumer Confidence in Milk’s Goodness
Animal activist claims.  Fad diets.  Competitive products. Research shows that negative and positive media coverage affects consumer attitudes significantly. Learn what the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) has uncovered about messages that are most likely to keep consumers enjoying and feeling good about milk. See how the milk industry and its partners are telling insight-based, relevant, motivating and emotional stories to reinforce consumer confidence.

Thomas Gallagher,
Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Management Inc.™
Julia Kadison, Chief Executive Officer, Milk Processor Education Program
Mollie Waller, Chief Communications Officer, Dairy Management Inc.™
Victor Zaborsky, Vice President, Marketing, Milk Processor Education Program

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Scanning the Future Retail Landscape

Sponsored by

Are you scanning the horizon of the retail landscape, making the products consumers want and designing delivery systems that match market changes? Changes are coming; they always do. If you simply project the past into the future, you will not be able to plan effectively. What will break the trends? What are the drivers of change? How will retail change in the next five years? The next decade? Daniel O’Connor, president and CEO of RetailNet Group, a leading authority on retail growth strategies, will reveal insights and research about new markets, evolving markets and trends in consumer behavior.

Presiding: Joseph Vukcevich, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Silgan Plastic Closure Solutions

Speaker: Daniel O’Connor, President & CEO, RetailNet Group

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Spouse Activity - The Tapas Tour

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Spouse Activity - Golf Croquet Clinic and Tournament

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.

Premier Conference Partner Session

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

International Dairy Show Advisory Committee
Reception and Meeting (invitation only)

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunset Reception

Wednesday, January 28

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast Session: Coffee with James R. Copland, Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy

A growing number of activists are targeting our companies, brands and customers as a strategy to advance their agendas.  Will activists go away if you “give in” to their demands?  How should a company engage if they are targeted? This one-on-one interview will explore legal aspects when companies face shareholder and other issue-advocate challenges.

Presiding: Mike Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wells Enterprises, Inc., and Chairman, International Ice Cream Association

Moderator: J. David Carlin, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs and Economic Policy, International Dairy Foods Association

Speaker: James R. Copland, Senior Fellow and Director, Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

General Session: The Food Dialogues® — Animal Care and Consumers’ Emerging Expectations

Research shows that consumers consider animal care a critical factor when they select which products to purchase and feed their families. The Food Dialogues, presented by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance®, brings together leaders and opinions from all corners of the food industry to explore complex production issues. This panel promises direct discussion about how livestock is raised and food is processed and marketed in the United States against growing consumer perceptions that often conflict with actual animal care and production practices. Join this important discussion on the role of animal care in the food industry at The Food Dialogues at Dairy Forum.

Moderator: Elisabeth Leamy, Award-winning journalist, author and investigative correspondent

Panelists: Charles Ahlem, Dairy Farmer, Co-Owner, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. 
Marcia Endres, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Science, University of Minnesota
Bruce Feinberg, Global Animal Health and Welfare Officer, McDonald’s
Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D., President and CEO of the American Humane Association
Jim Mulhern, Chief Operating Officer, National Milk Producers Federation

11:00 a.m.


Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Optional Acitivity: Dairy Plant Tour

Between noon and 3:00pm on Wednesday, January 28, shuttle buses will be available to take groups between the Boca Raton Resort  & Club a local dairy plant for tours (see full description in Hotel and Extras Tab). Each tour will last about one hour, not including travel to and from the hotel. Reservations must be made by January 5 to ensure available space on the shuttles and in tour groups. If you are already registered for Dairy Forum 2015 and would like to participate in the dairy plant tour, contact: Elizabeth Cookson, IDFA senior director of meetings and educational services, at (202) 220-3514 or

* Separate Fee Required