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  • March 19, 2019

    Congress Insists Agriculture Be Included in US-EU Trade Deal

    Last week, 114 members of the House of Representatives, led by Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., Ron Kind, D-Wis., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer insisting on the “inclusion of agricultural products in upcoming trade negotiations with the European Union (EU).” A trade agreement with the EU that does not include agriculture would be “unacceptable” and would “significantly jeopardize Congressional support,” they said. IDFA also has advocated for ensuring that agriculture is included in any trade talks with the EU.
  • John Sheehan, director, Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, talked with IDFA members at a previous Regulatory RoundUP.
    March 19, 2019

    Engage with Federal Decision-makers at Regulatory RoundUP

    Because most dairy industry professionals come face to face with regulators only when an inspector knocks on their doors, IDFA's Regulatory RoundUP provides the opportunity for dairy professionals to hear firsthand from the decision-makers who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel, as well as other experts. The conference, June 4-5 in Arlington, Virginia, will help dairy professionals better understand the intent behind federal regulations, the parameters for compliance and how best to engage in the process to shape pending regulations.
  • March 19, 2019

    Ice Cream Tech Discounted Hotel Rate Ends March 25; Book Now

    IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 16-17 at the Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the event is a month away, the discounted hotel room rate for attendees will end March 25, so be sure to make reservations by Monday. The conference agenda is packed with an impressive line-up of experts who will help attendees to sharpen their focus on food safety topics, address market trends and understand regulatory compliance issues facing frozen food operations
  • March 18, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for American Warehousing and Storage ​

    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 warehousing and storage? Not only do dairy firms operate their own warehouse and distribution facilities, but more than 22,630 jobs in outside warehouse and storage facilities depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees.
  • March 13, 2019

    Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to Hold Public Meeting This Month

    The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services announced this week that the first meeting of the newly appointed 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will be held March 28-29 at USDA offices in Washington, D.C. The public comment period for updates to the Dietary Guidelines also opened this week and will remain open until early 2020. IDFA will be monitoring the committee’s progress and working with its Nutrition Working Group to develop comments to submit for consideration.
  • March 12, 2019

    IDFA Demonstrates Importance of Dairy During Hill Reception ​

    IDFA’s legislative team took to Capitol Hill last Wednesday to participate in the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance’s annual reception where members of Congress, their staffs and industry stakeholders came together to welcome the 116th Congress. The team shared information about the IDFA and its members, along with infographics from Dairy Delivers®, IDFA’s economic impact tool, to demonstrate the significant economic footprint of the dairy processing industry in the United States.
  • Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif.
    March 12, 2019

    IDFA Hosts Rep. TJ Cox of California

    IDFA continues to welcome new members of the 116th Congress to its office in Washington, D.C. Last week, IDFA hosted a meet-and-greet with Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif., who represents California’s 21st congressional district. Cox is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.
  • March 12, 2019

    Will Your Ice Cream Flavor Win ‘Most Innovative’ in 2019?

    Fun fruit combinations, liquor-inspired treats and other inspirations from both local and exotic destinations have captured the attention of judges of the industry’s Most Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Contest in recent years. Will your frozen dessert creation win next month at IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 16-17 in St. Petersburg, Florida? IDFA encourages all conference participants to submit an entry for this popular competition, which is sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine.
  • March 12, 2019

    ProFood Tech to Address Key Issues Facing Food and Beverage Processing

    With only two weeks until ProFood Tech, March 26–28, at McCormick Place, in Chicago, IDFA encourages members to register and make plans to participate in the variety of offerings during the three-day event. Uniting 7,000 processing professionals with more than 400 of the world’s top suppliers on the exhibit floor, the show also will feature 25 hours of free, on-floor educational programming produced by IDFA, as well as countless networking opportunities.
  • March 11, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for Those Who Deliver

    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 trucking? All told, the dairy industry creates almost $4.39 billion in wages and nearly $12.27 billion in economic impact for American trucking companies.
  • March 06, 2019

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Resigns

    IDFA learned on Tuesday that Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner, will step down in about a month. “The U.S. dairy industry appreciates the vital role that the FDA holds for food safety, standards and labeling, and we greatly appreciate Commissioner Gottlieb's strong interest in food safety and in working to launch and advance the Agency’s Multi-Year Nutrition Innovation Strategy that encourages industry innovation to improve the nutrition and healthfulness of food, including standards modernization,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • March 06, 2019

    US Plans to Terminate GSP Designation for India

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative made an announcement yesterday that has the potential to have a positive impact on the U.S. dairy industry’s trading relationship with India. Specifically, USTR said it plans to terminate India's eligibility under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program due to its failure to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market.” IDFA has been urging the administration to remove India from the GSP program for some time.
  • March 05, 2019

    USTR Releases Two Key Trade Reports

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released last week the 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and 2018 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program. These reports are submitted annually to Congress by March 1. The 2019 Trade Policy Agenda focuses on rebalancing U.S. trade efforts, and the 2018 Annual Report details the outcomes of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, including two of IDFA’s top priorities in the negotiations: the elimination of Canada’s Class 6 and 7 pricing programs and increased market access for U.S. dairy products into the Canadian market.
  • March 05, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Flavoring Manufacturers

    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 syrup and flavorings manufacturers? All told, the dairy industry creates $194.4 million in wages and over $2.9 billion in economic impact for American flavorings and syrup producers.
  • February 27, 2019

    Tech Talks, Hot Topics and Trends Set for Ice Cream Tech

    Each year, processor and supplier experts in the ice cream industry come together to learn about key issues that our industry faces and to share ideas, information and opportunities. Ice Cream Tech will be held April 16-17, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will feature networking opportunities, hands-on sessions and product tasting. Attendees also will judge the annual contest for the most innovative flavors and novelty products.
 
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