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  • Dan O’Connor, President and CEO of RetailNet Group
    January 31, 2018

    Dairy Forum Features Futurists in Four Fields

    Dairy Forum 2018 brought together more than 1,000 industry leaders last week, as well as futurists in the fields of retail, consumer research, business and politics to discuss the future of dairy. The prognosticators shared their predictions on what’s next for retail in the digital age, how products will resonate with evolving consumers, the metrics that will matter in the global economy and what factors will shape the midterm elections.
  • January 31, 2018

    IDFA, Trade Show Partners Preview Progress for ProFood Tech 2019

    ProFood Tech, the food and beverage processing trade show powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga and IDFA, was also on the agenda at last week’s Dairy Forum 2018. The trade show leaders met to review the inaugural 2017 event and discuss progress on ProFood Tech 2019, March 26-28 in Chicago, inviting feedback from IDFA members and other industry stakeholders in attendance. Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show, discussed IDFA’s goal of continuing to engage its member company representatives in the trade show’s planning, especially as it relates to the IDFA-led ProFood Tech Conference Program.
  • Colin Newman, IDFA Manager of Legislative Affairs and Political Programs
    January 31, 2018

    IDFA Members Rebrand Political Action Committee

    IDFA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Steering Committee voted unanimously last week to change the PAC name to the International Dairy Foods Association Political Action Committee (IDFA PAC). IDFA proposed the new name after hearing from members of Congress and their staff that it wasn’t always clear that the Ice Cream, Milk & Cheese PAC was associated with IDFA. “International Dairy Foods Association PAC will make it clear that our financial support of candidates comes directly from IDFA member companies,” said Colin Newman, IDFA manager of legislative affairs and political programs.
  • January 31, 2018

    FDA Issues Guidance to Industry on FSMA Supply Chain, Animal Food Requirements

    The Food and Drug Administration last week issued several draft guidance documents and one final guidance document relating to rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The documents cover supplier verification and supply chain controls under the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Preventive Controls for Human Food rules, as well as draft guidance regarding the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule. “IDFA is pleased that FDA has finally issued this much-anticipated guidance on supply chain controls and the FSVP rule,” said John Allan, vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards at IDFA. IDFA is currently reviewing these documents to ensure FDA’s expectations for the industry are reasonable and practical.
  • January 31, 2018

    Talks on Techniques, Hot Topics and Trends Set for Ice Cream Tech

    For more than 25 years, the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference has provided a forum for professionals involved in the ice cream industry to engage with experts on technical and practical processing issues related to frozen desserts. This year’s agenda is packed with sessions that will highlight product innovation and market opportunities, as well as cover techniques to take back to the plant. Ice Cream Tech will be held April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida, where attendees also will judge the annual contest sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine for the most innovative flavors and novelty product.
  • January 31, 2018

    IRI Experts to Share Retail, Consumer Data at Sweetener Colloquium

    How does a pint of ice cream reach the top of the market? “It's a remarkable story," said John Crawford, vice president of client insights for dairy at IRI, in a recent Los Angeles Times article featuring Halo Top ice cream and the numbers behind its success. Crawford, a dairy market expert, will join his colleague Chris von der Linden, senior vice president of consumer and shopper marketing at IRI, as a featured speaker at the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 11-14 in Orlando. They will review retail and consumer trends regarding channel preferences and shifts in shopper behavior and examine sweetener trends in key categories throughout the store.
  • January 31, 2018

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Maryland

    The dairy products industry in Maryland employs more than 18,000 skilled individuals, generates nearly $700 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $2.68 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 21st among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers. The tool is designed to help tell the story of the economic power of the dairy products industry.
  • January 24, 2018

    Dykes Opens Dairy Forum with Blueprint for Building Demand, Opening Markets

    Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, addressed more than 1,000 dairy processors, producers, suppliers and other stakeholders on Monday at Dairy Forum 2018 with a look back at his first year at IDFA and an overview of the association’s efforts to build demand and open markets for dairy products. He continued his call for increased collaboration across the dairy industry, as well as in the broader food and beverage sector, to emphasize the significant impact that dairy and the food industry have on the U.S. economy.
  • (L to R): Michael Dykes, Darci Vetter, Tim Groser and David O'Sullivan
    January 24, 2018

    Ambassadors: Future of US Trade Is Uncertain, but Full of Opportunity

    Although the future of U.S. trade policy is hard to predict, one thing is clear: The future looks bright for countries that are forging ahead and securing new trade pacts, according to a panel of ambassadors at Dairy Forum. Representing the views of the European Union, New Zealand and the United States, the ambassadors discussed the moves their countries are making on trade and what they could mean for U.S. dairy companies.
  • John Newton, Ph.D., Director of Market Intelligence, American Farm Bureau Federation
    January 24, 2018

    Economists Say Industry Needs New Tools to Navigate Changing Economy

    A panel of economic experts convened at Dairy Forum to explore the opportunities and challenges for the dairy industry at home and abroad and discuss the tools dairy leaders need to navigate today’s marketplace. John Newton, Ph.D., director of market intelligence at the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Tom Bailey, executive director of dairy research at Rabobank, offered a cautiously optimistic outlook for dairy in the coming years.
  • Jack Uldrich, global futurist and author
    January 24, 2018

    Futurist Jack Uldrich Says Look to AHA Moments for Growth

    The shutdown of the federal government this week, however brief, forced two Dairy Forum speakers to cancel their plans. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Deputy Agriculture Secretary Steve Censky were unable to attend, but Rep. Goodlatte sent a video message for attendees. Fortunately, Jack Uldrich, a renowned futurist and author, was the perfect replacement to kick-off the conversation about shaping the future of dairy during the Chairman’s Lecture Sunday night. The best way to start, Uldrich said, was to look for big AHA moments through heightened awareness, humility and action.
  • January 24, 2018

    Thank You, Dairy Forum Sponsors and Donors!

    Dairy Forum 2018 drew an impressive crowd of more than 1,000 industry stakeholders for networking, special speakers and dynamic panel discussions. Online viewers in 37 countries also tuned in to featured sessions through Broadcast Live, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA would like to thank the companies that sponsored events and activities and helped make Dairy Forum a success.
  • January 24, 2018

    Want More Dairy Forum Highlights?

    IDFA will continue to cover highlights from Dairy Forum in next week’s edition of Connect, as well as provide a link to a comprehensive photo gallery. In the meantime, check out the comments and kudos from attendees who shared #DairyForum posts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • January 24, 2018

    ‘Dairy Delivers,’ IDFA’s Economic Impact Tool, Looks at Tennessee

    The dairy products industry in Tennessee employs more than 17,500 skilled individuals, generates more than $662 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $8.87 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 20th among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in contributions to the U.S. gross domestic product in 2017, according to IDFA’s Dairy Delivers.
  • January 18, 2018

    Legislation to Preserve ‘Natural Cheese’ Term is Introduced

    Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., joined Congressmen Billy Long, R-Mo., and Ron Kind (D-WI) to introduce legislation today to codify a definition of the term “natural cheese” within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The definition of "natural cheese" that is included in the bill reflects input from IDFA’s cheese company members. “We commend Senators Johnson and Wyden as well as Congressmen Long and Kind for taking a common-sense approach to this issue, which will allow cheese makers to continue using this simple and longstanding term on their packaging,” said Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy.
 
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