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  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Urges Dairy Foods’ Exclusion from NYC's Sugar Reduction Initiative

    Dairy foods should be encouraged as part of a healthy diet and, therefore, should be excluded from New York City’s proposed efforts to lower sugar content in foods, IDFA stated in comments filed last Thursday. IDFA submitted the comments in response to New York City’s proposed sugar targets under its National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI). The targets are set for several food categories, including “sweetened milk and milk substitute,” “dairy-based and frozen desserts” and “yogurt.”
  • February 04, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for America’s Tech Companies

    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 tech companies? More than 4,100 jobs in the data processing industry depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees, including 2,370 tech jobs that manage data for dairy companies. All told, the dairy industry creates $421.1 million in wages and almost $1.4 billion in economic impact for American data processing and hosting companies.
  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Welcomes Two New Members

    As a long-standing Business Partner, The McCully Group will be working more closely with IDFA as a Gold Business Partner. The McCully Group provides strategic consulting services to dairy and food companies. Premier Tech Chronos, our newest Business Partner, focuses its efforts in flexible and rigid packaging to better serve the Dairy Industry.
  • January 30, 2019

    IDFA Urges FDA To Take Informed, Transparent Approach to Use of Dairy Names in Labeling of Plant-Based Foods

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last fall issued a request for information on how consumers use plant-based foods and beverages, as well as how they understand dairy terms like “milk” or “cheese” when they are used to label products made from soy, peas or nuts. In comments submitted this week, IDFA included nearly 250 pages of existing literature and recent consumer research to help FDA make informed decisions. “IDFA appreciates FDA’s efforts to support consumer choice and innovation in the marketplace, and we support FDA’s actions to ensure that the labeling of plant-based products is truthful and does not mislead or confuse consumers,” IDFA said in its comments.
  • January 30, 2019

    Government Reopens; Farm Bill Implementation Moving Forward Again

    The federal government reopened last Friday and is fully funded through February 15. That means the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other agencies affected by the shutdown have begun efforts to resume their normal operations. With USDA back up and running, department officials can now refocus on implementing the 2018 Farm Bill, which included several provisions of interest to the dairy industry. IDFA will be closely monitoring USDA’s progress on implementing these measures.
  • January 30, 2019

    Returning Leaders, New Faces to Serve on Congressional Agriculture Committees

    The 116th Congress was sworn into office this month with nine new senators and 89 new representatives. Republicans maintained control of the Senate and Democrats took control of the House, resulting in some significant changes on both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees that are of interest to IDFA members.
  • January 30, 2019

    Carlin Testifies Before Administration Panel; Calls for Dairy Progress in UK Trade Pact

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week held a hearing to investigate the likely impact of a U.S.-United Kingdom (UK) free trade agreement on the American economy, specific industry sectors and consumers. A total of 24 industry groups and stakeholders were invited to provide testimony, including Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. The UK has the potential to be a large export market for the U.S. dairy industry because it is a net importer of dairy products, Carlin told the panel. “Assuming tariffs are eliminated, there are opportunities for the United States to export larger amounts of cheese, butter, whey and milk powders as well as cream, yogurt, buttermilk, and condensed milk,” Carlin said.
  • January 30, 2019

    Canadian Food Guidelines Call for Lower Dairy Consumption

    The Canadian Health Minister last week released updates to Canada’s national nutritional guidance that de-emphasize the role of dairy in a healthy diet. The new Canadian Dietary Guidelines and Food Guide, which are equivalent to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate, roll the dairy category into a protein group and now depict a glass of water in healthy meal graphics. “While it’s unlikely that Canada’s recommendations will have an impact on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we are still closely monitoring the situation as the U.S. government continues the process of releasing new guidance next year,” said Cary Frye, IDFA senior vice president of regulatory affairs.
  • January 30, 2019

    Dykes: Leading Dairy Forward Takes a Team

    In his latest Cheese Market News Column, Dykes recapped highlights from last week’s Dairy Forum, where nearly 1,000 dairy leaders met to discuss how to work together to lead dairy forward. “I’m energized by all the conversations that took place and would like to share a quick reprise of my presentation about where dairy is headed. One clear takeaway message is this: What worked yesterday does not work today or may not work tomorrow,” Dykes said, and outlined the critical areas where the industry must work together to achieve future success.
  • January 30, 2019

    IDFA, Trade Show Partners Gear Up for ProFood Tech 2019

    ProFood Tech, the food and beverage processing trade show powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA, was on the agenda at last week’s Dairy Forum 2019. The trade show leaders met to discuss positive progress ahead of ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago, inviting feedback from the IDFA member company representatives, exhibitors, trade media and other industry stakeholders in attendance. “We’re gearing up for a momentous return at ProFood Tech 2019, with early registration levels that are more than three times what they were at this point for the 2017 show,” said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, who led the meeting.
  • January 30, 2019

    New Campaign Highlights Milk as Secret Ingredient in America's Most-Loved Moments

    A new AI-fueled image recognition study found that milk was one of the most shared foods on Instagram, according to the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP). It revealed that 25 percent of the 2.75 million #food posts shared on Instagram each month include milk, and posts with milk are 25 percent more positive overall. That’s why MilkPEP launched the “Milk. Love What's Real” campaign this week, reminding Americans of all the ways and places milk helps celebrate what really matters to them. The new campaign includes TV and digital content as well as shopper and in-store elements.
  • January 30, 2019

    Dairy Delivers® for American Peanut Butter

    The nation celebrated National Peanut Butter Day last week with creamy and chunky spreads in everything from sandwiches to milkshakes. Did you know that the dairy industry indirectly supports the manufacturing of peanut butter? The dairy industry creates $8.84 million in wages and over $94.83 million in economic impact for American peanut butter producers and nut roasters. Nearly 150 jobs in the roasted nut and peanut butter manufacturing industry also depend on spending by the dairy industry or dairy industry employees.
  • 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.
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