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  • April 04, 2019

    States Seek to Rollback USDA’s Rules for Whole Grains and Sodium, but Keep Flavored Milk

    Seven attorneys general filed a complaint in federal court this week in opposition to new U.S. Department of Agriculture rules related to the consumption of whole grains and sodium in the school meals program. However, the states -- New York, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico and Vermont – and the District of Columbia opted not to challenge the third component of the new rule, which allows schools to serve low-fat flavored milk to students.
  • April 03, 2019

    Food and Beverage Execs Extol Benefits of ProFood Tech

    ProFood Tech welcomed a veritable who’s who of food and beverage leaders last week during the three-day event in Chicago. Three-quarters of the nearly 5,000 attendees were executive-level decision-makers with significant purchasing power. According to Ricky Dickson, president of Blue Bell Creameries, “The show was helpful for everything from finding inspiration for new flavor ideas, to food safety insights, to identifying the technologies that allow us to make and sell ice cream the best that we can.”
  • April 03, 2019

    Health Organizations Call for Tax on Sugary Drinks, but Not Flavored Milks

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued a joint statement last week calling for policies to help curb the consumption of non-nutritious sugary drinks by children and adolescents. The organizations said public health policies should include excise taxes, limits for marketing to children and financial incentives that would encourage consumers to purchase healthier beverages and help kids and teenagers limit sugar intake. “It is important to note that the AAP and AHA statement clarified that flavored milks and 100-percent fruit juices are not considered to be sugary drinks,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • April 03, 2019

    USTR Report Identifies Burdens to Dairy Trade

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) last week issued its annual National Trade Estimate Report, outlining many tariff and non-tariff barriers, including protective measures and technical obstacles to trade, that U.S. dairy companies face around the world. In October, IDFA submitted comments to USTR highlighting trade impediments the U.S. dairy industry faces specifically in Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom. Several of the issues highlighted in IDFA’s comments were captured in the report
  • April 03, 2019

    Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Begins Deliberations

    The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) held its first public meeting last week, starting a new phase in the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. A significant emphasis was placed on transparency of the process, and monthly progress updates will be posted on dietaryguidelines.gov. USDA and Department of Health and Human Services asked the committee to provide its recommendations by May 2020, so the agencies can release the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the end of 2020.
  • Beth Ford of Land O’Lakes joined the panelists at Dairy Forum 2019.
    April 03, 2019

    Are You Looking for Leaders? IDFA Panel Offers Ways to Reach Them

    “We need smart people to join us in dairy. We can teach people about the industry,” said one of the six panelists at Dairy Forum 2019 who shared unique perspectives about women in the workplace and ways to encourage the next generation of dairy leaders. Their conversation, which focused on balancing work and family, mentors, teams and career advice, is featured this month in Hoard’s Dairyman.
  • April 03, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® During Tax Season and Beyond

    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 accounting, tax preparation and payroll services? Now in tax season, companies across the country are relying on accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services to help with federal, state and local filings. All told, the dairy industry creates nearly $1.5 billion in wages and $1.8 billion in economic impact for American accounting, tax preparation and payroll firms.
  • April 03, 2019

    Former FDA Deputy Commissioner to Join Regulatory RoundUP Program

    Dairy companies seeking to create new products often face roadblocks due to outdated federal standards and other restrictions that limit the industry’s ability to innovate. To address this issue, IDFA has invited Stephen M. Ostroff, M.D., former deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to join the program for Regulatory RoundUP, June 4-5, in Arlington, Virginia. Ostroff will provide updates on the agency’s regulatory reform efforts and discuss how companies can increase innovation while minimizing roadblocks.
  • March 28, 2019

    Ice Cream Tech Hot Topic – FDA Policy and Pathway for Cannabidiol (CBD) in Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration currently prohibits companies from adding Cannabidiol (CBD) to food, drinks and supplements and from making any therapeutic claims about products containing CBD. FDA also prohibits the sale across state lines of food, supplements and other products containing CBD. “There is interest among food and beverage manufacturers to sell products with CBD added as a functional ingredient,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs. "That's why we've added it to the agenda for this year's Ice Cream Technology Conference."
  • March 27, 2019

    ProFood Tech Succeeds in Growing Food and Beverage Processing Market

    The second biennial ProFood Tech welcomed thousands of food and beverage professionals and over 400 processing suppliers to more than 110,000 net square feet of exhibit space filled with pioneering products, the latest processing technology and equipment, and innovative business solutions. ProFood Tech remains unprecedented in its ability to bring the industry together and address the key issues facing food and beverage processors.
  • March 27, 2019

    Webinar: A Winning Growth Formula for Dairy

    Groundbreaking research, conducted by McKinsey & Company in collaboration with IDFA, provides a new perspective on the steps dairy leaders can take to capture future growth in domestic and international markets. The research provides an in-depth look at the dairy industry’s evolution around the world, the differences among markets, and evolving consumer tastes. The association will host the webinar on Monday, April 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET. The webinar is being offered free of charge to IDFA members.
  • March 27, 2019

    IDFA Launches Segment Boards with Strategic Planning Discussion

    IDFA held the inaugural meetings of its newly formed Industry Segment Boards this week in Chicago during ProFood Tech. The five boards, representing fluid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt and cultured products, and dairy-derived ingredients, will provide strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues. “The inaugural meetings kicked off with valuable discussions and ideas that will help IDFA to strengthen existing initiatives and develop new ones in the year ahead,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO.
  • March 27, 2019

    USDA Announces Leaders of Dietary Guidelines Committee

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., will chair the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and Ron Kleinman, M.D., will serve as vice chair. The advisory committee’s review, along with public and agency comments, will help inform the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The committee will hold a series of five public meetings to gather input and comments, starting with the first meetings this week in Washington, D.C. In addition, committee members will review and evaluate volumes of published scientific data and research to inform their recommendations.
  • March 25, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for American Higher Education

    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 higher education? More than 11,730 jobs in American colleges, junior colleges and professional schools depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees. All told, the dairy industry creates more than $752.4 million in wages and nearly $1.470 billion in economic impact for American colleges, junior colleges and technical schools.
  • March 21, 2019

    ProFood Tech to Kick Off on Tuesday, March 27, in Chicago

    ProFood Tech will return to Chicago next week, March 26-28. Uniting 7,000 processing professionals and more than 400 of the world’s top suppliers over 125,000 net square feet of exhibit floor, this show will feature 25 hours of free, on-floor educational programming and countless networking opportunities and activities.
 
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