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Twenty-one Finalists Selected for Third IDFA Innovations Awards

Aug 19, 2015

Robin Cornelison
(202) 220-35423

(Washington, D.C. – August 19, 2015) The search for innovative solutions is often the driving force for dairy leaders who attend the International Dairy Show. In fact, a quarter of the attendees responding to the 2013 post-show survey stated that they expect to realize anywhere between $100,000 to more than $1 million in profits and cost savings directly from a solution they found at the Dairy Show.  

What will the best innovative solutions be this year?

IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine have announced the 21 finalists for the third IDFA Innovations Awards. Each of the finalists exemplifies substantial achievements in performance, significant advancement in a technology or its application, innovative design or considerable cost savings. A team of industry experts and IDFA staff will judge the finalists before the show and select one winner in each of the following categories: Food Safety, Ingredient/Flavoring/Seasoning, Packaging, Processing and Sustainability.

Dairy Show attendees, Dairy Foods readers and others also can vote for their favorite overall innovation in the Attendee Choice Award category. The voting is open now online and will close at noon on September 17 at the show. This winner will represent what the voters believe has been the greatest achievement in price, performance or a significant advancement in a technology, application or innovative design since the 2013 show.

All award winners will be announced at the end of the Dairy Show, which will run September 15-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition, award winners will be featured in a future edition of Dairy Foods.

"The Innovations Awards offer a great way to bring attention and acclaim to the new products and services revolutionizing the dairy industry," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. “The Attendee Choice Award is the industry’s way of recognizing and thanking those who make growth in dairy possible.”

Innovations Awards Finalists Include:

Food Safety

Ecolab, Inc.
Product: Dairy Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)

Product: Eclipse® Dock Shelter

Coperion/Coperion K-Tron
Product: Diverter valve, WYK, CIP version


Prairie Farms Dairy
Product: Prairie Farms PEEPS® Milk

Prairie Farms Dairy
Product: Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor Milk

Noosa Yoghurt
Product: Cranberry Apple Noosa Yoghurt

Glanbia Foods Inc.
Product: Blue J Cheese


Noosa Yoghurt
Product: Noosa Yoghurt

Berry Plastics
Product: Clarified pint container

Berry Plastics
Product: ICONIC

Berry Plastics
Product: Qubic


Product: MilkoStream™ FT

Caloris Engineering, LLC
Product: Caloris Concentrix™ Compact Falling Film MVR Evaporator

ProLeiT Corp.
Product: Plant iT Visu-Recorder

Komax Systems, Inc.
Product: Sanitary Static Mixer

Krohne Inc.
Product: Ice cream overrun measurement with the Optimass 7400

Page & Pedersen International, Ltd.
Product: LactiWHEY

Steinfurth, Inc.
Product: Steinfurth Carbolac

Burkert Fluid Control Systems Product: FLOWave


Ecolab, Inc.
Product: 3D TRASAR™ 

Product: HP Hood Sacramento, Calif., partnership with CleanWorld

For more information about the Innovations Awards, visit or contact Cornelison at

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About the International Dairy Show

The International Dairy Show is owned and organized by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), with member companies representing more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. The International Dairy Show’s exhibitors display the newest technologies in equipment, packaging, ingredients and services for processors of dairy foods and beverages. Programming will include solutions that cover all aspects of manufacturing – from receiving and blending to processing and packaging to material handling and distribution. For more information about the International Dairy Show visit

About IDFA

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies within a $125-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

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