Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, (left) shares a scoop with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky.
IDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today celebrated National Ice Cream Day, which was July 15, by highlighting the frozen dairy industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy and tasting some of the nation’s finest ice creams.
20 IDFA-member companies generously provided a broad array of ice cream flavors for a party at the department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, opened the celebration by thanking Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Steve Censky for the department’s ongoing support of the dairy industry on several key issues, including increasing opportunities for trade, expanding milk options for children through the School Lunch Program and working to modernize the fluid milk pricing formula.
“On behalf of the dairy and ice cream industry, we appreciate USDA’s support for food and agriculture, which aids our nation’s ice cream makers and helps to create the safest and most nutritious food supply in the world,” Dykes said.
IDFA would like to thank its members who donated products:
- Crystal Creamery
- Galliker Dairy Company
- Gifford's Dairy Inc.
- Graeter’s Manufacturing Co.
- Hershey Creamery Company
- HP Hood LLC
- Hiland Dairy Foods Co., LLC
- Hunter Farms
- The Ice Cream Club, Inc.
- Ice Cream Specialties/Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
- Jack & Jill D.S.D.
- Kwik Trip, Inc.
- Mayfield Dairy Farms/Dean Foods Company
- Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc.
- Pierre's Ice Cream Company
- Schoep’s Ice Cream Co., Inc.
- Schwan’s Company
- Turkey Hill Dairy Inc.
- Wells Enterprises, Inc.
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