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  • February 01, 2013

    IDFA Commends USDA for Highlighting Importance of Dairy for Children in Proposed Rule on Competitive Foods in Schools

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – February 1, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to encourage students to consume the daily recommended requirements of milk and dairy as part of its “Smart Snacks in Schools” proposed rule, which USDA unveiled today. The rule will regulate the food and beverages offered in schools through a la carte lunch lines or in vending machines. “We applaud USDA for highlighting the importance of dairy in children's diets and taking the necessary steps to help kids meet the dietary recommendations for ...
  • January 28, 2013

    Tipton Identifies Continued Innovation and Industry Collaboration as Keys to Unlocking Dairy's Potential

    In her keynote speech today at Dairy Forum 2013, Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, said the dairy industry stands on the verge of a new era filled with enormous opportunity and unlimited potential. Saying that future success hinges on all stakeholders taking steps together, Tipton called for industry collaboration on renewed efforts to phase out federal milk pricing regulations and new legislation that would change the federal standards of identity for dairy products.
  • January 28, 2013

    McCarty Family Farms of Rexford, Kansas, Named 2013 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Orlando, Fla. – January 28, 2013) McCarty Family Farms of Rexford, Kan., was named the 2013 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during an awards ceremony today at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in Orlando, Fla. The award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine, recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. McCarty Family Farms earned two nominations, one from Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman and another from Michael Neuwirth, senior director of public relations for The Dannon Company, ...
  • January 28, 2013

    Larry Jensen, President of Leprino Foods Company, Receives 2013 NCI Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (Orlando, Fla. – January 28, 2013) The National Cheese Institute today bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Larry Jensen, president of Leprino Foods Company, Denver, Colo. The award was presented to Jensen during a special ceremony at the International Dairy Foods Association's 2013 Dairy Forum by NCI Chairman Jon Davis, who is president and CEO of Davisco Foods International, Inc. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. A panel of industry professionals chooses a winner each year based on ...
  • January 28, 2013

    Brian Perry of Perry's Ice Cream Company, Inc., Receives IDFA Soaring Eagle Award

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (Orlando, Fla. – January 28, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association today presented the 2013 Soaring Eagle Award to Brian Perry, executive vice president/vice chairman of Perry's Ice Cream Company, Inc., in Akron, N.Y. He received the award at a special ceremony during IDFA’s 2013 Dairy Forum at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. The Soaring Eagle award recognizes the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation and the National Cheese Institute. Perry has ...
  • January 25, 2013

    Registration Open for Co-Located PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show

    The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that registration is now open for the co-located PROCESS EXPO and the <a href="" target="_blank">International Dairy Show</a>, taking place November 3-6, 2013, in Chicago's McCormick Place. Registered attendees to either show will have unlimited access to both show floors and educational programs throughout the four day event.
  • January 02, 2013

    IDFA Wins Silver Award for Progress Report in Association TRENDS 2012 All-Media Contest

    Contact: Marti (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – January 2, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association has been honored with a silver award in the Annual Report category of Association TRENDS’ 2012 All-Media Contest. The All-Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for associations to recognize the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The 2012 competition included more than 420 entries in 22 categories of association communications. This is the third time in recent years that IDFA has been recognized for excellence in association management and member communications. Connie Tipton, IDFA ...
  • December 31, 2012

    Congressional Dairy Fix Would Still Raise Milk Prices

    IDFA stated today that the legislation proposed by Congressional Agriculture Committee leaders would still cause a problem in the marketplace because it includes a controversial new program designed to limit the milk supply. That proposal, championed by Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) yet resisted by consumer groups, food manufacturers and many dairy farmers, is known as the Dairy Security Act (DSA) and would require the government to intervene in milk markets to manipulate the supply of milk in order to keep milk prices artificially high.
  • December 27, 2012

    IDFA Urges Ag Secretary to Use Every Legal Authority Available to Avoid Raising Milk Prices

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today urging him to avoid or delay the impact of a 1949 law that could drastically raise milk prices. The letter outlined legal options available to the government to avoid this “dairy cliff,” which could impact the pocketbooks of millions of consumers and taxpayers.  
  • December 12, 2012

    IDFA Promotes John Kelly to Director of International Affairs

    Contact: Marti Pupillompupillo@idfa.org202-220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – December 12, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association today announced the promotion of John P. Kelly to the position of director of international affairs. In this role, Kelly will continue to support IDFA's efforts on international trade and import and export issues, while overseeing the association's sweetener and trade committees. "John has worked diligently during the past two years to promote issues that are important to dairy manufacturers and provide valuable guidance to members on global markets and trade issues," said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. "Global trade is a key growth ...
  • November 28, 2012

    Americans Opposed to Government Limits on Milk Production

    <strong>(Washington D.C. – November 28, 2012)</strong> A new nationwide survey released today found that 81 percent of Americans agree that individual farmers should have the freedom to decide how much milk they produce and not have a limit set by government policy. The survey, which was conducted online last month among 2,094 adults by Harris Interactive on behalf of the International Dairy Foods Association, also found that 74 percent of Americans believe milk prices should be based on what consumers are willing to pay.  Only nine percent think milk prices should be set by government policy.
  • October 03, 2012

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2013 Laureate Award

    The National Cheese Institute is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award. The award winner will be recognized at a special ceremony during IDFA's Dairy Forum 2013, January 27-30, in Orlando, Fla. Nominations must be submitted by November 2, 2012, and there is no fee to enter.
  • October 03, 2012

    IDFA Announces 2012-2013 Events Calendar, Call for Topics

    Contact:Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced its 2012-2013 meetings and events calendar, sponsorship opportunities and a call for topics for three 2013 conferences. Webinar Series on Dairy Product LabelingOctober 23, 24, 25 Dairy company employees must know the specific requirements for labeling dairy foods to avoid the waste and costly fines that result from mislabeling. This webinar series will provide all the information needed to produce compliant and effective labels for dairy products. The three sessions – "Introduction to Labeling," "Nutrition Labeling and Claims" and "Labeling Hot Topics" – will ...
  • September 26, 2012

    IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Superior Worker Safety

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of 128 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the ninth year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies.
  • September 26, 2012

    National Milk Producers Federation Distorts Congressional Research Service Report Findings

    <strong>(Washington, D.C. – September 26, 2012)</strong> The International Dairy Foods Association said today that the analysis of the proposed dairy programs that was recently issued by the Congressional Research Service provides useful information for legislators as they continue work on the 2012 Farm Bill this fall. “You can read that report until the proverbial cows come home and you will not find anywhere that it concludes that the Dairy Security Act is the best approach for dairy farmers, as was falsely claimed by the National Milk Producers Federation,” said Jerry Slominski, IDFA senior vice president of legislative and economic affairs. “The CRS is a well-respected and bipartisan service that doesn’t take sides on issues like this.”
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