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Milk & Cultured Conference to Highlight Dairy Proteins, 'Natural' Trends

Mar 27, 2013

IDFA’s Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference will feature an information-rich program packed with up-to-the minute news on issues related to milk and cultured products, along with in-depth research and introductions to new marketing opportunities. The conference will be held May 22-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.

“We will showcase exciting new products, market trends and growth for dairy. We'll also review the latest in processing and ingredient technology and look at key issues facing the industry,” said Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs and host of the conference. “Industry peers and respected experts will inspire you with fresh new ideas to help your company grow and prosper.”

This year the conference will feature a three-part look at the power of dairy proteins, starting with a review of new protein research that highlights the health benefits. Next, attendees will take a virtual visit to the global marketplace to see how a number of international products are capitalizing on the power of protein in their marketing campaigns. John Lucey, Ph.D, a renowned dairy scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, will wrap up the discussion with a look at practical applications and opportunities in dairy product formulation.

Regarding the trend toward "natural" foods, the conference will offer a look at both the marketing opportunities and the legal pitfalls for dairy product manufacturers. In addition, the Milk Processor Education Program will share its latest campaigns designed to promote milk consumption, and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will outline fresh research into what consumers will be demanding by the year 2020.

Attendees also will hear a briefing on potential changes in food labeling, nutrition policy and food safety regulations.

The Most Innovative Milk or Dairy Beverage and Cultured Dairy Product Competition will return again this year. Attendees will taste the latest products and prototypes submitted by their peers, then vote for their favorites in each of three categories:

  • Most innovative milk or cultured dairy product, including milk, flavored milk, cultured milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, dip;
  • Most innovative Greek yogurt; and
  • Most innovative milk or cultured dairy prototype flavor.

Read the full conference agenda here.

The Milk and Cultured Dairy Conference will be held May 22-23 in Indianapolis, Ind. Register today.

For more information, contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings assistant, at


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