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  • Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards displayed in 2015
    March 07, 2018

    Are You Improving Workplace Safety in Innovative Ways?

    To recognize companies with outstanding worker safety programs and results, IDFA encourages member companies to nominate their processing and trucking operations for the 14th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards. “The quality of nominations we receive each year is a testament to the dairy industry’s effort to actively improve workplace safety in innovative ways,” said Dave Crowley, senior environmental health and safety director for HP Hood LLC, and chair of IDFA’s Environmental Worker Safety Committee. “I encourage all dairy companies to submit nominations and continue to demonstrate our industry’s deeply-rooted commitments.”
  • March 07, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Connecticut employs nearly 13,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $575 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $6.89 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 26th 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.
  • March 01, 2018

    Dykes: Consumers, Innovation and Changing Markets Are Keys to Growth

    What can the dairy industry do to help shape its future? Focus on consumers, innovation and changing markets, said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, in his recent column for Cheese Market News. “We’re living in a culture of choice, and our diverse industry is well positioned to meet it,” he said, adding that consumers want experiences and solutions, as well as products, for a healthy and mobile lifestyle. To take advantage of changing markets, the United States must have a leadership role in facilitating world trade. “A proactive trade policy is essential to help lead us into the future,” he said.
  • March 01, 2018

    What’s Disrupting the Ice Cream Market?

    A new generation of ice cream entrepreneurs is disrupting the ice cream category, using everything from global and local flavors, small-batch and hand-packed options, and sports nutrition and snack products. Donna Berry, food scientist, editor and industry consultant, believes all companies will have to create their own disruptions to stay competitive. To generate inspiration among ice cream innovators, Berry will share her insights to kick off IDFA’s Ice Cream Technology Conference April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • February 28, 2018

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

    The dairy products industry in Utah employs more than 9,000 skilled individuals, generates more than $398 million in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of $7.05 billion. The state’s dairy companies ranked 25th 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.
  • February 28, 2018

    IDFA Supports Engaging in New Asia-Pacific Trade Talks

    IDFA voiced support last week for the United States to enter the new TPP trade negotiations following President Donald Trump’s recent comments about re-engaging in the trade talks to obtain a better agreement for the United States. Also last week, 26 Republican senators urged the president to enter negotiations on the agreement, which could provide U.S. dairy companies with more access to several growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • February 28, 2018

    Health Canada Seeks Comments on Mandatory Front-of-Pack Labels

    Moving forward on a new labeling mandate, Health Canada took the next step toward requiring front-of-pack symbols on the labels of products with certain levels of saturated fat, sugars or sodium. Late last month, the agency proposed four versions of an icon intended to alert consumers to foods and beverages that contain 15 percent or more of the daily value for sodium, saturated fat or sugars. Health Canada proposes to allow exemptions for unflavored whole and reduced-fat milks because they “provide a protective effect on health.” Flavored milk, yogurt, cheese and frozen desserts all would require mandatory symbols.
  • February 28, 2018

    China Releases Updated List of Approved Importers

    The Memorandum of Understanding signed last June by the Food and Drug Administration and the Chinese government established a new registration procedure for U.S. food manufacturers that export infant formula and other dairy products to China. China also requires these companies to schedule a third-party audit to ensure they are compliant with Chinese laws and regulations before they can ship products to the country. The Chinese government this month published its updated list of dairy companies it will accept as importers to the country.
  • February 28, 2018

    Participate in USDA Trade Mission to South China

    Although recent headlines regarding U.S. dairy exports have centered on Mexico and Canada, the dairy industry’s top markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is continuing to foster expansion of American exports to China, the third largest market for U.S. dairy. USDA will host its next Agricultural Trade Mission in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, China, May 21-25, and IDFA members are invited to participate. The application deadline is March 15.
  • February 28, 2018

    IDFA’s Going Further with Dairy During #NationalNutritionMonth

    March is National Nutrition Month, and IDFA is joining the celebration with a social media campaign to promote the nutritional benefits of dairy and the many healthy choices that are available in the dairy aisle. The theme this year, “Go Further with Food,” lets consumers know that the foods they choose can have a positive impact on their health and their communities. IDFA invites member companies to follow IDFA’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profiles, @dairyidfa, and participate in the month-long celebration. Members may also send content that highlights their products’ nutritional benefits to socialmedia@idfa.org so IDFA can share the messages with its online audiences.
  • February 21, 2018

    Hill of Beans

    It isn’t uncommon for major pieces of legislation to be followed by “technical corrections” that are passed as part of another piece of legislation or in a technical corrections bill, explained Tony Eberhard, IDFA vice president of legislative affairs, in this week’s “Hill of Beans” column. One such adjustment is necessary for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which passed last year with a provision, Section 199A, that gives cooperatives an unintended market advantage over other types of businesses. Working with policymakers, IDFA is seeking a solution for all members that would create a level playing field while restoring the benefits of the original Section 199 to coops, Eberhard said.
  •  (L to R) Beth Hughes, IDFA: Ted McKinney, undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs; Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA; and John Allan, IDFA.
    February 21, 2018

    IDFA Discusses Dairy Priorities with USDA’s Top Trade Official

    IDFA continues to work with the Trump administration to expand trade opportunities for dairy and seek more market access abroad. Staff members met Friday with Ted McKinney, the undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to discuss the critical trade actions the industry needs for growth. The IDFA team outlined the importance of modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, protecting common food names and collaborating with the U.S. Codex Office now under McKinney.
  • February 21, 2018

    Commerce Proposes Penalties on Imported Aluminum and Steel

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last week said the country’s reliance on imports of steel and aluminum rather than domestic production poses a threat to national security. To “address the problem of steel imports” and boost domestic steel production, Ross provided President Donald Trump with several potential remedies, including imposing tariffs and quotas on countries that export steel and aluminum to the United States. Such penalties could limit resources, posing significant risk to IDFA members that rely on steel or aluminum imports for manufacturing equipment or packaging.
  • Cary Frye, senior vice president of regulatory affairs, leads IDFA's regulatory team and hosts the annual Ice Cream Technology Conference.
    February 21, 2018

    Ice Cream Tech’s Interactive Sessions to Answer Regulatory Questions

    This past year has brought many proposed and final changes to food regulations. What will these changes mean for ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturers? IDFA invites professionals in ice cream and frozen dessert technology to bring their specific questions to IDFA's regulatory experts at the Ice Cream Technology Conference, April 10-11, in Fort Myers, Florida. John Allan, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards, and Michelle Matto, R.D.N., principal, AM Food & Nutrition and consultant to IDFA, will offer their insights on many regulatory topics.
  • February 21, 2018

    IDFA Welcomes Four New Members

    IDFA welcomes one new dairy company member and three new Business Partners. Beyond Better Foods, LLC, the creator of Enlightened Ice Cream, joined the International Ice Cream Association. The new Business Partners are Plastic Industries, Inc., a producer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles for the food industry; Rodelle Inc., a vanilla extract manufacturer; and U.S. Water, a provider of solutions for challenging water, energy and compliance problems.
 
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