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  • November 28, 2018

    Trade Pact with Japan Must Provide Level Playing Field, IDFA Says

    After announcing its intent to enter talks with the Japanese government on a bilateral trade pact, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is now developing negotiating objectives and seeking industry input. In comments filed this week with the USTR, IDFA said these objectives must address U.S. dairy’s growing import disadvantage in the Japanese market and ensure the U.S. industry can compete on a level playing field. Japan is U.S. dairy’s fourth-largest market abroad, representing sales of more than $290 million. However, U.S. dairy exports still face high tariffs, limited tariff-rate quotas and other barriers to trade in the Japanese market, IDFA said.
  • November 28, 2018

    USDA Provides Guidance on New Export Requirement from Malaysia

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week released a Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) report to help U.S. dairy exporters navigate Malaysia’s new requirement for shipping products to the country. It provides historical and trade context, an overview of the registration process, halal requirements and registration advice. Malaysia, a major market for the U.S. dairy industry, imported $90 million worth of U.S. dairy products in 2017.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dairy’s Growth Relies on Promotion, Innovation and Trade, Dykes Says

    Healthy growth in the dairy industry requires industrywide cooperation, a laser-like focus and relentless advocacy on multiple fronts, said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his November Insider Perspective column for Dairy Foods magazine. “Recently, the industry successfully came together to help fight declining fluid milk consumption,” he said. “Working with the Milk Processor Education Program and Feeding America, we’ve advanced opportunities to increase consumption,” but he stressed that more must be done. Promoting dairy’s unbeatable nutritional package, doubling down on innovation and opening markets for U.S. exports are three critical actions that the industry must take to keep moving dairy forward, he concluded.
  • November 28, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Retailing Industry

    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 retailing. Nearly 740,000 retail employee jobs are created thanks to direct dairy products sales. All told, the dairy industry is responsible for over 891,000 retail jobs, or nearly six percent of all jobs in the retail industry. Overall, the dairy industry creates almost $54.9 billion in economic impact in retailing and supports $26.3 billion in wages for American’s retail workers.
  • November 28, 2018

    What Will the New Congress Mean for Dairy?

    The House and Senate have only a handful of days in session before new members are sworn in early next year. What will this new Congress mean for dairy? IDFA’s advocacy team is providing the industry with an in-depth analysis of the new Congress and the 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 the industry’s policy priorities and will 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

    Frye Engages with Entrepreneurs at Oregon State University’s Ice Cream Course

    Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, provided regulatory insights and analysis to nearly 50 ice cream enthusiasts and entrepreneurs attending the inaugural “Ice Cream Science, Technology and Supply Course” offered this month at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland, Oregon. Sarah Masoni, faculty research assistant and food and process development team manager for the Food Innovation Center, organized the two-day course. It featured topics on technology, policies and trends relevant to ice cream makers to support the state’s growing commercial and artisanal ice cream sector.
  • November 28, 2018

    Sweetener Colloquium to Cover Taste Trends, Food Policies Shaping Demand

    Consumers are paying more attention to the amount of sugar and other sweeteners in food products. This new trend won’t necessarily mean that they’ll change their eating habits or purchasing decisions to reduce sugar intake according to some consumer trend experts. Three of these experts are set to share their insights at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27 in Aventura, Fla. They’ll explain how new policies, such as labeling requirements for added sugars, and consumer preference could converge over the next few years to influence the demand for sugar and other sweeteners.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, (right) meets with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
    November 15, 2018

    Dykes Commends USTR Lighthizer for USMCA Efforts

    IDFA continues to meet with Trump administration officials to discuss trade opportunities for dairy, as well as the need to lift the section 232 tariffs to regain our duty-free access to the Mexican dairy market. When Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, met with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer today, he applauded the USTR’s efforts to expand new market agreements abroad and thanked him for his efforts on dairy in the recently concluded U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
  • Mike Allen, Co-founder and Executive Editor of Axios, Former POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent
    November 14, 2018

    The House is Flipping. Where Will Dairy Policy Priorities Land?

    When Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in January, new committee chairs will take over, bringing different policy priorities and perspectives to the table. This change in control will have an impact on issues important to IDFA members. Mike Allen, co-founder and executive editor of Axios and former POLITICO chief White House correspondent, will address attendees at Dairy Forum, sharing an insider’s perspective on the election results and the impact they’ll likely have on the new Congress, dairy companies and the 2020 presidential election. Dairy Forum 2019 will be held Jan. 20-23 in Orlando, Florida.
  • November 14, 2018

    FDA Extends Deadline for Feedback on Plant-based Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public comments on how consumers use plant-based beverages, as well as how they understand terms like “milk” or “cheese” when the terms are used to label products made from soy, peas or nuts. In response to requests from industry, including IDFA, FDA agreed to extend the deadline for these comments from Nov. 27 to Jan. 25. IDFA had requested a 120-day extension to allow time to consider the results of two relevant surveys that were released last month.
  • November 14, 2018

    Dairy Delivers® for Air Transportation

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) expects more than 25 million travelers to take to the skies this year for Thanksgiving, one of the busiest holidays on record. While many travelers think of dairy when it comes to buttery mashed potatoes and whipped cream with pie, few know that dairy also is an important support of air transportation. By purchasing tickets and other services, dairy companies create 1,800 jobs in air transportation for people like pilots, ground personnel, flight attendants and cargo handlers. Overall, the dairy industry creates more than $1.7 billion in economic impact and supports $421.5 million in wages for the American air transportation industry.
  • November 14, 2018

    Beat Brain Freeze; Submit Ideas for Ice Cream Tech

    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, Florida. 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 Dec. 20.
  • November 14, 2018

    Latest IDFA Membership Briefing Available Online

    Members who missed the IDFA Membership Briefing on Nov. 1 may now log in to access the recorded webinar to receive an issues update provided by IDFA’s subject matter experts. IDFA members are invited to participate in the briefing three times a year to hear a deeper dive on issues of importance to the dairy industry. The next Membership Briefing will be held in February or March of next year.
  • November 08, 2018

    Elections 2018: Democrats Win the House, Republicans Pad Majority in Senate

    For many months, candidates have been pounding the pavement, knocking on doors and stumping for votes to have the honor of representing their constituents in Congress. Now the results are in. Democrats have won enough seats to take control of the House of Representatives, and the Republicans have increased their majority in the Senate. “IDFA congratulates the newly elected and re-elected members of the 116th Congress,” said Dave Carlin, senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. “We look forward to working with them on issues important to the dairy industry.” Outcomes of specific races and ballot initiatives could affect policy decisions important to dairy companies. IDFA has analyzed these results for members.
  • November 07, 2018

    FDA Rolls Out Plan to Regulate Biotechnology in Foods, Promote Innovation

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week announced a new plan to define its oversight on plants and animal biotechnology used in medicines and foods. Over the next year, FDA plans to issue two guidance documents on how it will oversee plant and animal biotechnology used in different food products. This guidance will be important to IDFA members that use products or ingredients made through biotechnology. IDFA will remain engaged with FDA during the rollout of the plan and work closely with its regulatory committees to discuss next steps and comments on future guidance.
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