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  • January 30, 2019

    Send Your Team to IDFA's Spring Training This Year

    IDFA is offering a robust roster of spring training to allow new employees to develop the skills they need and invite seasoned professionals to further hone their skills and expertise. Prime opportunities will be provided for those looking to get ahead of pressing issues facing the global sweetener industry, cut through the confusion on bioengineered food label requirements, get up to speed on cutting-edge food safety practices and beat brain freeze to learn the latest in ice cream innovation and technology. And up ahead is ProFood Tech, March 26-28 in Chicago, the prime opportunity for companies to find new supplier contacts, innovative ideas and inventive business solutions in 2019. Visit our events page and start your season.
  • January 30, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining are Bluegrass Dairy and Food, Inc., a leading vertically integrated manufacturer of specialty ingredients for a broad range of food applications, and Johanna Foods, Inc., the largest independent supplier of chilled juice, drinks and smoothies, aseptic juice and drinks, and yogurt in the United States.
  • Stephen Ostroff, M.D., recently retired deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), shared a broad perspective on the future of food safety and what to expect from FDA in 2019 and beyond.
    January 23, 2019

    Dairy Forum’s Powerful Program Charts Pathways to Success in 2019

    Nearly 1,000 dairy leaders convened at Dairy Forum 2019 this week in Orlando, Fla., to discover ways to move dairy forward and position the industry in the year ahead. A Food and Drug Administration veteran, renowned experts and top industry executives shared their insights and perspectives on a wide variety of relevant topics to advance dairy on the path forward to growth and prosperity.
  • January 23, 2019

    Thank You, Dairy Forum Conference Partners

    Dairy Forum 2019 drew nearly 1,000 industry stakeholders to the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes this week for networking, special speakers and dynamic panel discussions. Online viewers from 35 countries also tuned in to two featured sessions through Broadcast Live, produced by IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA would like to thank all the companies that sponsored events and activities and helped to make Dairy Forum a success.
  • January 17, 2019

    Trade Update: US Seeks to Include Ag in EU Talks, Progress on Chinese Tariffs and WTO Reform

    IDFA continues to advocate for greater market access for U.S. dairy companies abroad and is tracking actions on trade that are important to dairy. In the latest trade update, Beth Hughes, IDFA senior director of international affairs, gave members the latest on the administration’s new agricultural negotiation objectives for talks with the European Union, the ongoing tariff situation with China and World Trade Organization reform efforts that affect dairy companies.
  • January 16, 2019

    Frye Presents to Future Ice Cream Leaders at 127th Penn State Course

    Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs, presented her 11th consecutive annual lecture last week to attentive ice cream industry up-and-comers participating in Penn State University’s globally renowned Ice Cream Short Course. The course is the nation’s oldest educational program for ice cream science and technology and has trained more than 4,400 professionals since it began in 1892. “It was wonderful to be back to lecture at the Ice Cream Short Course with students who are just as passionate about ice cream as me,” said Frye.
  • January 16, 2019

    UK Trade Pact Must Provide Meaningful Access for All US Dairy Products, IDFA Says

    After announcing its intent to enter talks with the United Kingdom on a bilateral trade pact last fall, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking industry input to develop negotiating objectives. In comments filed this week with the USTR, IDFA said these objectives must cover all dairy products and focus on eliminating current barriers that the U.S. dairy industry faces, including high tariffs and other non-tariff barriers such as restrictions on common cheese names.
  • January 16, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for American Investors

    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 a broad range of industries across the nation, like holding companies? The dairy industry directly supports over 27,260 holding company jobs throughout the country. Another 10,600 of these jobs depend on spending by dairy industry employees or those of their suppliers for everything from new homes to restaurant meals, to groceries. All told, the dairy industry creates nearly $5.0 billion in wages and $9.7 billion in economic impact for the American management industry.
  • January 16, 2019

    Industry to Convene at Dairy Forum Next Week to Move Dairy Forward

    More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene at Dairy Forum 2019 to discover ways to move dairy forward and position the industry in the year ahead. Administration officials, renowned experts and industry leaders will share their insights and perspectives on a wide variety of relevant topics to advance dairy on the path forward to growth and prosperity. Dairy professionals that are not able to attend can register at no cost to view two featured sessions that will be broadcast live online from Orlando, Fla. IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine have partnered to offer these broadcasts on Monday, Jan. 21.
  • January 16, 2019

    How Will Sugar Users Fare in 2019? Find Out at Sweetener Colloquium

    New players and emerging issues in the domestic and international sweetener markets could spell shifts for sugar users in 2019. What will it mean for the more than 200 IDFA members that use sugar in their products and are affected by domestic supply levels and prices? A series of outlook sessions at International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 24-27 in Aventura, Fla., have been devoted to dissecting the markets that will matter most to sweetener users, as well as the economic factors that will most affect American sweetener users in 2019.
  • January 16, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    IDFA welcomes two new members. Joining as a Gold Business Partner is Berrian Insurance Group, Inc., a member company of Leavitt Group that provides insurance policies with special dairy coverage provisions. Joining as a Business Partner is BERICAP, Inc. a company that specializes in caps and closures for dairy and sensitive-beverage applications, including bottles, cartons and metal containers.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO (right), welcomes incoming Rep. Mike Braun, R-Ill.
    January 09, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes 116th Congress to Capitol Hill

    IDFA’s advocacy team took to Capitol Hill last Thursday to visit more than 60 new members of Congress and their staffs on the first official day of the 116th Congress. The team shared information on IDFA and its members, along with infographics from Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s economic impact tool, to demonstrate the economic footprint of the dairy processing industry in their states and districts.
  • January 09, 2019

    What Can Dairy Expect in 2019? Top USDA, FDA Leaders to Share at Dairy Forum

    The partial government shutdown continues to generate uncertainty for dairy. It’s a critical time to hear from administration leaders about what the industry can expect now and during the year ahead. That’s why IDFA has slated a current and former official from the Trump administration to share timely insights at Dairy Forum 2019 on Jan. 21 in Orlando, Fla. The program will feature remarks from Gregory Ibach, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and Stephen Ostroff, M.D., recently retired deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • January 09, 2019

    US Dairy Watches as New Trade Pact Takes Effect

    Six countries last month implemented the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a modified version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that emerged after the United States withdrew in January of 2017. The trade pact, which includes 11 countries located in the Asia-Pacific region, changes the landscape for U.S. dairy products abroad and gives preferential market access to the region for exporters in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
  • January 09, 2019

    IDFA Calls for Increased Clarity in Intentional Adulteration Guidance

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last summer released the first of three installments of a draft guidance document designed to support compliance with its intentional adulteration rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Responding to FDA’s request for comments, IDFA last month commended the agency for its commitment to making implementation flexible and practical for dairy companies and asked FDA to more clearly lay out compliance options in the guidance.
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