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  • December 12, 2018

    Apply for IDFA Summer Internship by Jan. 15

    IDFA is seeking applicants for its 2019 summer internship, which will offer one undergraduate or recent graduate a firsthand view of the association’s work with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and federal officials in regulatory agencies in support of policies benefiting the U.S. dairy industry. The internship, which is a paid position, will start in early summer 2019 and run for 10 to 12 weeks. The successful candidate will work with IDFA’s legislative and regulatory affairs teams on special projects, research and events, including IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, legislative fly-ins and the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party. Students with an interest in food and agriculture policy are encouraged to apply. All applications and supporting material must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2019.
  • December 12, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for American Construction Workers

    IDFA continues to demonstrate that the dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like construction. The dairy industry directly supports more than 14,500 construction jobs throughout the country. Another 11,525 construction jobs depend on spending by dairy industry employees or those of their suppliers for new homes, maintenance on existing homes or other construction related activities. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $1.5 billion in wages and $4.7 billion in economic impact for the American construction industry.
  • December 12, 2018

    What Lies Ahead for Food Ingredients in 2019? Find Out at Sweetener Colloquium

    Tariff tradeoffs and the implementation of new trade agreements shifted markets abroad for U.S. dairy in 2018. But what happened to the ingredients important to dairy companies and sweetener users, such as chocolate and cocoa powder, corn, soybeans and wheat? At the International Sweetener Colloquium, held, Feb. 24-27 in Aventura, Fla., a panel of market experts and analysts will offer their insights. They’re set to paint the supply-and-demand picture for these key ingredients and outline possibilities for the future.
  • December 12, 2018

    Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech by Next Week

    At IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, participants and experts gather to share the best and brightest ideas for the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. IDFA is requesting topic ideas for presentations and panel discussions for the 2019 conference, April 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Fla. IDFA is seeking speakers and presentations on consumer, retail and product trends; food safety, quality and auditing systems; flavoring, sweeteners and novel ingredients; and sustainable processing, packaging and distribution solutions. Topic submissions are due to IDFA by next Thursday, Dec. 20.
  • December 06, 2018

    Capitol Hill Celebrates Dairy with IDFA

    IDFA kicked off the holiday season by hosting its second annual Celebration of Dairy reception, where administration officials, members of Congress and their staffs, embassy officials and industry stakeholders came to socialize while enjoying dairy treats. In all, around 300 attendees gathered to enjoy eggnog, a variety of cheeses and a sampling of holiday ice cream flavors donated by IDFA members.
  • December 06, 2018

    Dairy Leaders Tackle Tariffs and Trade Pacts on Capitol Hill

    During IDFA’s fly-in this week, dairy leaders from 10 member companies met with congressional leaders and administration officials to call for urgent action on U.S. tariffs that are impeding exports and other dairy trade priorities. While they urged Congress to pass the newly signed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), they expressed concerns that its benefits won’t be realized as long as the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and resulting retaliations on U.S. dairy, remain in place. They also urged the administration to resolve tariff issues with China, address global protections on common food names, include dairy in upcoming trade talks with Japan and the European Union and pursue future bilateral pacts to increase dairy market access abroad.
  • December 05, 2018

    US, China Agree to Tariff Truce at G20 Summit

    During last week’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to freeze tariffs temporarily at current levels without additional escalation for 90 days, beginning Dec. 1. President Trump agreed to pause U.S. plans to escalate tariffs on Jan. 1 and to allow a 90-day period for negotiations on an array of outstanding trade issues with China. The White House said Monday that China also agreed to begin purchasing U.S. agricultural products immediately. So far, the Chinese government has not specified the amount or type of agricultural products, but IDFA believes they most likely will be U.S. soybeans.
  • December 05, 2018

    Shipping Dairy to China? Take Steps Now to Remain Eligible

    Every two years, China requires American dairy exporters to obtain a third-party certification to verify compliance with Chinese laws and regulations and to update its information on the Food and Drug Administration’s list of eligible exporters to China. FDA is reminding dairy companies shipping products to China to take these steps by June 15, 2019, to remain eligible exporters. FDA also released updated guidance on these requirements last week that clarifies how to apply electronically and update list data. The guidance includes certification exemptions for some products.
  • December 05, 2018

    USDA to Publish Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard Soon

    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week completed its review of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, the last step required before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) can publish the final rule. Because OMB completed its review on schedule, USDA could publish the final standard sometime during the next three weeks. When final, the standard will introduce mandatory labeling rules for bioengineered (BE) foods and foods with BE ingredients.
  • December 05, 2018

    Retailer Data Released in Recalls Should Not Confuse Consumers, IDFA tells FDA

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in September released draft guidance on food recalls, clarifying how and when it plans to issue information on retailers that may have received affected products. Specifically, FDA said it would focus on releasing retailer information for foods that aren’t easily identifiable, such as those without packages, during a recall. In comments submitted last week, IDFA agreed with FDA’s scope and stressed that packaged foods, which include the majority of dairy foods, should not be subject to this kind of disclosure. Sharing on-product information, not retailer information, is the most effective way to recall packaged products, IDFA said.
  • December 05, 2018

    Allan Attends Codex Nutrition Committee in Berlin

    John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, joined 420 delegates representing 73 different countries and 41 observer organizations last week in Berlin, Germany, for the 40th Session of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses. Allan participated as a U.S. dairy industry representative in the International Dairy Federation delegation. The committee worked on several international food and nutrition standards and guidelines regarding follow-up formula, ready-to-use therapeutic food, front-of-pack labeling, “trans fat-free” claims, the term “probiotic” and a definition for “biofortification,” which adds nutrients to foods through genetic engineering.
  • December 05, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Christmas Tree Producers

    The dairy industry has a powerful economic impact – $628 billion in total – on the American economy. As part of this support, the dairy industry contributes to unique industries across the nation, like the American forestry industry and those who provide the nation with Christmas trees. For example, the jobs of about 150 forestry industry employees depend on dairy company purchases of Christmas trees, which decorate dairy offices and retail shops, as well as on purchases of other forest products, such as wooden pallets used in cheese-curing rooms. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $24.6 million in economic impact and supports $6.5 million in wages for America’s Christmas tree and forest product producers.
  • Roberto Uchoa de Paula, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    December 05, 2018

    McKinsey & Co. to Unveil Dairy Growth Strategies, Research at Dairy Forum

    Consumer preferences change rapidly, volatility impacts margins along the value chain and several trade barriers remain for dairy. How can executives meet these challenges and position their companies for future growth? Industry experts at McKinsey & Company, Inc., a renowned global consulting firm, have partnered with IDFA to examine these and other issues in the domestic and global dairy industry. They’ll unveil new research on dairy consumers and examine strategies for growth at Dairy Forum 2019, Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Fla.
  • December 05, 2018

    Next Week: IDFA Webinar to Analyze New Congress, Prospects for Dairy

    The new Congress will be sworn in next month. What will it mean for dairy? IDFA’s advocacy team on Tuesday will provide an in-depth analysis of the nation’s new Congress and an outlook for dairy policy issues on Capitol Hill next year. In a webinar set for Dec. 11, IDFA’s legislative experts will analyze how new and returning members of Congress could affect dairy policy, and they’ll explore the issues that key House and Senate committees may consider. The webinar, which will be held 1-2 p.m. Eastern time, is complimentary for IDFA members.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dykes: Dairy Wants Aluminum and Steel Tariffs Lifted

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, this week joined executives from manufacturing organizations and companies at a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the impact that U.S. tariffs on aluminum imports are having on U.S. industries. Dykes said that while the dairy industry is pleased that the USMCA negotiations are complete and Mexico remains a duty-free market, the benefits won’t be realized until the U.S. tariffs and Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. dairy exports are lifted. “We hope that a deal is reached between Mexico and the U.S., and an announcement is made when the USMCA is signed later this week,” Dykes said. “Until then, the U.S. dairy industry cannot fully benefit from the USMCA.”
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