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Dairy Forum to Offer Dairy Leaders Robust Discussion of Key Issues

Dec 21, 2016

More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene at Dairy Forum 2017, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. A slate of seven concurrent sessions at the event will drill down into a wide range of important emerging topics for dairy, including the growing market for nutritional and healthy ingredients, decisions by global organizations that are affecting the dairy industry and ways to keep milk on the menu for kids.

 “When Alphabet Soup Spells Trouble”

From World Health Organization (WHO) to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an increasing number of global groups are making rules and recommendations that can create havoc in the manufacture and marketing of U.S. dairy products. Many in the dairy supply chain are unfamiliar with these organizations and their actions, but activists are manipulating them to further their disruptive policy agendas. Panelists will explain why the food and agriculture industries need to understand the ABCs of these agencies and find out why it is important to be proactive and engaged.

The panel will feature Donald Moore, executive director, the Global Dairy Platform; Ryan Ong, director of international business policy, the National Association of Manufacturers; and Daniella Taveau, global regulatory and trade strategist, King & Spalding, an international law firm. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, will moderate.

“The Dairy Nutraceuticals Boom”

Nutraceuticals is a broad term that describes products derived from food sources that have extra health benefits in addition to basic nutritional value. The market for nutritional and nutraceutical ingredients, which help fortify a variety of foods, is flourishing, and dairy companies are well poised to benefit from this rapid growth. Through innovation, companies are using dairy in value-added products for infants, athletes and the elderly. Leaders in this market segment will participate in a panel to discuss the opportunities and challenges for dairy.

They are Veronique Lagrange, senior vice president, U.S. Dairy Export Council; Elizabeth Riordan, divisional vice president, global dairy operations, Abbott; and Siobhan Talbot, group managing director, Glanbia plc. Cary Frye, IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs, will moderate.

“The Power of Kids: How to Grow Milk Sales”

Kids account for roughly 40 percent of milk volume, but their consumption has dropped precipitously in recent years. The Milk Processor Education Program will share new research that provides insights on current family dynamics, outlines the challenges and opportunities for milk and delivers a comprehensive road map that brands can use to win with kids. Kikke Riedel, MilkPEP vice president of strategy and insights, and Victor Zaborsky, MilkPEP vice president of marketing, will present the findings.

Other Concurrent Sessions

  • “Assessing the Dairy Margin Protection Program – What’s Right, What’s Wrong and What Could Be Improved?”
  • “All Things Sweet”
  • “Where’s the Investment in Dairy?”
  • “Dairy Workforce Trends: Immigration Reform and Beyond”

They will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31. View all Dairy Forum 2017 sessions in the online agenda.

Registration for Dairy Forum 2017 is available on the event microsite. For more information, contact Maria Velasco, IDFA meetings coordinator and registrar, at

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