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  • May 06, 2019

    68 Food and Ag Groups and Companies Urge Congress to Pass US-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

    A group of 67 food and agriculture associations and companies sent a letter today to Congressional leadership and all 535 Congressional offices strongly urging lawmakers to vote to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Groups and companies from across the food and agriculture spectrum underscored that the new agreement includes important improvements that will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly, and to expand exports of American agricultural products to Canada and Mexico, respectively. Furthermore, the letter stated, a recent analysis of the USMCA by the International Trade Commission (ITC) found the deal to be a boon for the U.S. economy, raising U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion and pumping an additional $2.2 billion, or 1.1%, into the U.S. economy through increases in agricultural and food exports.
  • May 01, 2019

    Decadent Flavor Combinations Steal the Show at Annual National Ice Cream Contest

    Bourbon, berries with brandy, chocolate mudslide, cinnamon bun and bananas dominated the pack in this year’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference presented by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Each year, the IDFA competition brings together new and soon-to-be-released flavors from small and large U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers, and has become the top destination for companies testing bold and unique flavors. The 2019 contest was held at the St. Petersburg Resort and attracted more than 145 ice cream industry professionals and 35 flavor entries over the two-day event—including two dairy-free frozen desserts from Beyond Better Foods and Kerry that took home the top honors.
  • April 19, 2019

    IDFA to Visit South Dakota to Highlight Dairy’s Growing Impact on State Economy, Convene Leaders to Focus on Expanding Trade

    Top leadership from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) will travel to Milbank, S.D. on Wednesday, April 24, to highlight the dairy industry’s growing economic impact in the state of South Dakota and join leaders from government and business calling for passage of trade deals and agreements critical to U.S. food and agriculture interests. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the IDFA, will join Senator John Thune, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman, and professional staff for Senator Mike Rounds, at the newly expanded Valley Queen Cheese Company in Milbank. The group will convene dairy industry leaders from the Northern United States in a tour of the new Valley Queen Cheese facility, and then participate in a roundtable discussion focused on legislative and regulatory issues impacting U.S. food, including pending trade agreements and negotiations, labor and immigration, and geographical indications (GIs), among others.
  • April 18, 2019

    New ITC Report Calls U.S. Dairy a Winner in North American Trade Deal

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) hailed a new report released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that assesses the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the U.S. economy and industry sectors. The ITC report estimates that USMCA would raise U.S. GDP by $68.2 billion, pumping an additional $2.2 billion or 1.1 percent into the U.S. economy through increases in agricultural and food exports.
  • Matt Herrick
    April 01, 2019

    IDFA Names Matt Herrick to New Role as SVP, Executive and Strategic Communications

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has named Matt Herrick to the new position of senior vice president, executive and strategic communications. In this role, Herrick will be responsible for leading all of IDFA’s communications and reputation management activities, with a particular focus on promoting and extending the IDFA brand to support the growth of dairy in the United States and around the world. Herrick will also integrate a broad range of activities to position the association and its executives as thought leaders in the dairy industry and the broader food and beverage sector.
  • USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky
    February 27, 2019

    USDA Deputy Secretary Highlights US Trade Policies and Progress at International Sweetener Colloquium

    Steve Censky, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, opened the International Sweetener Colloquium on Monday with a wide-ranging discussion on U.S. trade policy, domestic sugar production and the implementation timeline for the 2018 Farm Bill. The three-day event, co-sponsored by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the Sweetener Users Association (SUA), drew more than 500 people from 13 countries to Aventura, Florida, to hear the keynote speaker and other experts discuss issues of importance to sugar users and producers.
  • February 21, 2019

    IDFA Selects Directors for Five Industry Segment Boards

    The International Dairy Foods Association today announced the names of nearly 100 dairy executives who have been selected to serve as directors on the association’s newly formed Industry Segment Boards. These boards, which will launch in March, represent fluid milk, ice cream, cheese, yogurt and cultured products, and dairy-derived ingredients. The new directors will provide strategic vision, policy direction and leadership on segment-specific issues.
  • February 04, 2019

    IDFA Opens Nominations for 2019 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is accepting applications for the 15th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance. IDFA will use as its award criteria both leading and lagging indicators recommended by health and safety experts as essential to an effective worker safety program. Companies must be IDFA members to enter, and the deadline is March 29.
  • January 30, 2019

    NMPF, IDFA Support Legislation Allowing Whole Milk in School Meals

    The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) welcome the introduction of legislation sponsored by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, allowing whole milk in school nutrition programs. The Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 832) has eight other co-sponsors, including Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee.
  • Mike Reidy, senior vice president – corporate affairs of Leprino Foods Company and outgoing IDFA chairman, received the IDFA Legends in Leadership Award.
    January 24, 2019

    Mike Reidy of Leprino Foods Receives Inaugural IDFA Legends in Leadership Award ​

    Mike Reidy, senior vice president – corporate affairs of Leprino Foods Company and outgoing IDFA chairman, received a standing ovation when he accepted the inaugural IDFA Legends in Leadership Award this week at Dairy Forum. IDFA created the award to honor individuals who provide outstanding service to IDFA and the dairy industry throughout their careers.
  • (L to R): Dave Carlin, IDFA senior vice president, presents the award to Heather and Rich Draper.
    January 24, 2019

    Rich and Heather Draper of The Ice Cream Club Receive IDFA’s 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award

    Rich and Heather Draper of The Ice Cream Club, Inc., received the International Dairy Foods Association’s 2019 Food Safety Leadership Award during Dairy Forum this week in Orlando, Florida. The award, now in its third year, honors an individual, group or organization for demonstrating outstanding leadership directed at enhancing food safety within the dairy products industry. Rich is the CEO and Heather is director of the company, which is located in Boynton Beach, Florida.
  • Robert Foster, president of Foster Brothers Farms, accepted the award this week at Dairy Forum.
    January 24, 2019

    Foster Brothers Farms in Vermont Named Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Foster Brothers Farms/Vermont Natural Ag Products, Inc. (VNAP), of Middlebury, Vermont, was recognized as the 2019 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during Dairy Forum this week in Orlando, Florida. The award celebrates U.S. dairy producers that have embraced innovation and technology, as well as industry collaboration and partnerships, to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. Robert Foster, president of Foster Brothers Farms and VNAP, and his wife, Nancy, attended Dairy Forum to accept the award, which is co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management.
  • January 23, 2019

    McKinsey & Company Study Provides Winning Growth Formula for Dairy

    Modest growth forecasts, shifting consumer tastes and increased domestic competition mean dairy executives will need to look for new models at home and abroad to capture growth, according to new research from McKinsey & Company released today at Dairy Forum 2019 in Orlando, Fla. In a presentation to nearly 1,000 dairy executives from across the country, McKinsey consultants concluded that future growth in the competitive dairy landscape will require a bold outlook and a winning combination of new strategies.
  • January 10, 2019

    IDFA Expands Focus on Yogurt with Transition of National Yogurt Association and Newly Created Segment Board

    IDFA expanded its focus on the yogurt and cultured products category this month by assuming the assets and operations of the National Yogurt Association (NYA) and creating a new segment board with a strategic focus on the category. IDFA now represents the vast majority of companies making and selling yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and other cultured products. These steps will increase IDFA’s effectiveness on Capitol Hill and within regulatory agencies when it addresses issues important to the yogurt and cultured products industry.
  • Dan Zagzebski of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., has been named chairman of the Executive Council.
    January 03, 2019

    IDFA Names New Executive Council, Outlines Enhanced Governance Structure

    IDFA has consolidated the governance structure of its constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation, the National Cheese Institute and the International Ice Cream Association – under one central organization, IDFA. As of Jan. 1, IDFA will operate under one set of bylaws and financial reporting requirements, as well as one budget, and the constituent organizations will no longer exist.
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