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  • February 13, 2019

    Study by McKinsey & Company Reveals Growth Formula for Dairy

    Groundbreaking research, conducted by McKinsey & Company and commissioned by IDFA, provides a new perspective on the steps dairy leaders can take to capture future growth in domestic and international markets. Appearing in a Dairy Forum capstone session in January, the consultants outlined the insights gleaned from in-depth interviews with more than 50 CEOs of international dairy companies and a survey of more than 1,000 American households. A new whitepaper, "A winning growth formula for dairy," details the study's findings and includes several data-driven recommendations for the dairy industry to consider.
  • Dairy executives and IDFA staff members meet with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
    February 13, 2019

    Latest IDFA Fly-In Focuses on Appropriations and Trade Issues

    During IDFA’s first fly-in of 2019, dairy leaders met with congressional leaders and senior administration officials to discuss priority issues for the dairy processing industry. The two-day event this week focused on IDFA’s appropriations priorities, trade issues and the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The leaders highlighted the importance of Congress providing funds for ice cream research to address processing waste issues and additional funding for the Food and Drug Administration to ensure federal regulations keep up with industry innovation in both products and production methods.
  • February 13, 2019

    USDA Announces Plans to Purchase Cheese for Food Assistance Programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday announced plans to purchase cheese for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. USDA will purchase process cheeses and shredded and chunk cheddar cheeses under the authority of Section 32, a permanent appropriation of the Act of August 24, 1935, that supports the farm sector through the purchase of commodities to encourage domestic consumption. USDA said the formal solicitation will be announced “in the near future,” and IDFA will alert members as soon as we know the date.
  • Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D.
    February 13, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Rep. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota

    IDFA and Schwan’s Company of Marshall, Minnesota, last week co-hosted a meet-and-greet in Washington, D.C., with Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., who represents South Dakota’s at-large congressional district. Johnson is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Education and Labor Committee.
  • February 13, 2019

    What’s on Deck at Ice Cream Tech?

    The IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Florida, will feature networking opportunities, product tastings and several hands-on sessions, including “Why Are Consumers Craving Plant-based Diets?” and “The Role of Food Standards in Protecting Supply Chain Integrity.” According to Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, “sessions at Ice Cream Tech will take attendees to the front lines of ice cream and frozen dessert innovation and help them to navigate several of the industry’s challenges.”
  • February 13, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes New Dairy Processing Member

    IDFA welcomes Continental Dairy Facilities (CDF) of Coopersville, Michigan, as the newest dairy processing member of the association. CDF is a regional balancing plant that handles milk from numerous cooperatives, including Select Milk Producers, its parent company. The facility takes in milk and produces nonfat dry milk (NFDM), butter, buttermilk powder, cream and condensed milk.
  • February 13, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Beverage Alcohol Producers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like breweries, wineries and distilleries? More than 1,860 jobs in breweries, wineries and distilleries depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates almost $163.14 million in wages and nearly $1.60 billion in economic impact for American beverage alcohol producers.
  • February 07, 2019

    ​USDA Issues First Bid Request for Dairy to Ease Effects of Trade Disruption

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture yesterday issued the first of two bid solicitations for fluid milk as part of the previously announced $84.9 million purchase of fluid milk and other dairy products to protect agriculture markets from trade disruption. This solicitation covers up to 5.49 million gallons of fluid milk products for delivery April through June 2019. The deadline for submitting bids is Feb. 15. “These purchases will address one of our country’s significant challenges – hunger – and, at the same time, have a positive impact on the dairy industry at a time of significant market uncertainty,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA.
  • USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky
    February 05, 2019

    USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky to Deliver Keynote Address at International Sweetener Colloquium ​

    Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, the second in command at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will provide the keynote address this month at the International Sweetener Colloquium in Aventura, Florida. Censky will deliver a robust presentation on his role at the department and the administration’s views on agricultural programs and policies, especially in the U.S. sweetener sector. Co-hosted by IDFA and the Sweetener Users Association, the International Sweetener Colloquium will be held Feb. 24-27, and there’s still time to register.
  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Urges Dairy Foods’ Exclusion from NYC's Sugar Reduction Initiative

    Dairy foods should be encouraged as part of a healthy diet and, therefore, should be excluded from New York City’s proposed efforts to lower sugar content in foods, IDFA stated in comments filed last Thursday. IDFA submitted the comments in response to New York City’s proposed sugar targets under its National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI). The targets are set for several food categories, including “sweetened milk and milk substitute,” “dairy-based and frozen desserts” and “yogurt.”
  • February 04, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Tech Companies

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. Did you know that dairy also indirectly supports unique industries across the nation, like tech companies? More than 4,100 jobs in the data processing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees, including 2,370 tech jobs that manage data for dairy companies. All told, the dairy industry creates $421.1 million in wages and almost $1.4 billion in economic impact for American data processing and hosting companies.
  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    As a long-standing Business Partner, The McCully Group will be working more closely with IDFA as a Gold Business Partner. The McCully Group provides strategic consulting services to dairy and food companies. Premier Tech Chronos, our newest Business Partner, focuses its efforts in flexible and rigid packaging to better serve the Dairy Industry.
  • January 30, 2019

    IDFA Urges FDA To Take Informed, Transparent Approach to Use of Dairy Names in Labeling of Plant-Based Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last fall issued a request for information on how consumers use plant-based foods and beverages, as well as how they understand dairy terms like “milk” or “cheese” when they are used to label products made from soy, peas or nuts. In comments submitted this week, IDFA included nearly 250 pages of existing literature and recent consumer research to help FDA make informed decisions. “IDFA appreciates FDA’s efforts to support consumer choice and innovation in the marketplace, and we support FDA’s actions to ensure that the labeling of plant-based products is truthful and does not mislead or confuse consumers,” IDFA said in its comments.
  • January 30, 2019

    Government Reopens; Farm Bill Implementation Moving Forward Again

    The federal government reopened last Friday and is fully funded through February 15. That means the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other agencies affected by the shutdown have begun efforts to resume their normal operations. With USDA back up and running, department officials can now refocus on implementing the 2018 Farm Bill, which included several provisions of interest to the dairy industry. IDFA will be closely monitoring USDA’s progress on implementing these measures.
  • January 30, 2019

    Returning Leaders, New Faces to Serve on Congressional Agriculture Committees

    The 116th Congress was sworn into office this month with nine new senators and 89 new representatives. Republicans maintained control of the Senate and Democrats took control of the House, resulting in some significant changes on both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees that are of interest to IDFA members.
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