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  • January 19, 2012

    Gary Vanic, Dave Fuhrmann Receive Soaring Eagle Awards

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (La Quinta, Calif. – January 19, 2012) The International Dairy Foods Association has presented 2012 Soaring Eagle Awards to two outgoing officers: Gary Vanic, president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., and Dave Fuhrmann, president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA. The awards were presented this week at a special ceremony during IDFA’s 2012 Dairy Forum at La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. 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, ...
  • November 03, 2011

    Executives of Major Exporting Companies Object to Dairy Supply Control

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Outline Damaging Impact on Exports, Industry Growth and Job Creation in Letter to Supercommittee (Washington, D.C. – November 3, 2011) Top executives of six of the country’s biggest dairy exporters strongly object to the Dairy Security Act of 2011. In a letter sent today to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, they outlined the negative effects the act would have on domestic and global dairy markets and said it has no place in deficit-reduction talks. It is expected that the dairy program will be part of the recommendations submitted by House and ...
  • October 31, 2011

    Ohio Withdraws Onerous Dairy Label Rule

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 31, 2011) In a major win for member companies of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the state of Ohio today agreed to drop its regulations for dairy product labels that exceeded federal guidelines for absence claims. This action comes more than three years after IDFA filed a lawsuit against the state to protect members' rights to label truthfully. Ohio's labeling regulation, instituted in 2008 by executive order, limited label information provided to consumers and interfered with dairy companies’ First Amendment right to commercial free speech. Ohio’s abandonment of the rule ...
  • October 23, 2011

    Drumbeat Against Controversial New Dairy Program Getting Louder

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 22-3508 Taxpayer organizations align with consumer organization and IDFA in opposition (Washington, D.C. -- October 23, 2011) The list of those opposed to a new government milk supply control program that House and Senate Agriculture Committee chairs will attempt to sneak into the supercommittee bill is growing. Americans for Tax Reform, Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union have joined together to urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to oppose a controversial dairy program that will increase milk prices for consumers. The groups are expressing their concerns in response to reports that ...
  • October 21, 2011

    IDFA Says Proposed Food Labeling Scheme Flawed

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Calls for Nutrients to Encourage (Washington, D.C. – October 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association today said that the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) front-of-pack nutrition labeling rating and symbols recommendations use a flawed formula that could confuse consumers seeking information on the nutrient content of food and beverages. “According to the proposed labeling system, low-fat dairy products – which are recommended as nutrient rich foods to encourage in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – would receive a rating of 2 stars while products devoid of positive nutrients such as a diet soft drink could ...
  • October 13, 2011

    IDFA Hails Passage of Free Trade Agreements

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. – October 13, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) commends Congress for passing the long-delayed free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. All three agreements will increase the openness of these markets for dairy products and create jobs for the dairy industry. “Passage of these agreements represents a step forward for the dairy industry toward becoming a more consistent exporter,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. “Exports have become vital to the future of our industry, so it’s important to pursue free trade agreements and other policies that will ...
  • October 05, 2011

    IDFA Announces 2011-2012 Education and Events Calendar

    Contact: Peggy 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 5, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 meetings and conferences calendar. IDFA Webinar: Microbiological Testing Innovations for Dairy PlantsOctober 12Pathogen testing is an important part of any Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, and balancing accurate results with rapid turnaround time is ideal. This webinar, sponsored by Bio-Rad Laboratories, will demonstrate how iQ-Check, Bio-Rad's trademark testing kit, allows for quicker release of product and increases productivity while providing superior results. IDFA’s Webinar Series on Dairy Product LabelingNovember 1, 2, 3Dairy company employees must know ...
  • October 05, 2011

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2012 Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. -- October 5, 2011) 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 2012, January 15-18, in La Quinta, Calif. Nominations must be submitted by November 4, 2011, and there is no fee to enter. Candidates should be business or academic leaders who have made significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry. The award recipient is chosen by a panel of industry professionals based on a nominee's overall ...
  • October 04, 2011

    IDFA Launches New Ad Campaign

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Urges Consumers to Tell Government: “Get Out of My Milk” (Washington, D.C. – October 4, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) launched today a new television and print advertising campaign to educate consumers about the negative economic impact of the Federal Milk Marketing Order system, a set of regulations that gives the federal government control over setting milk prices. “It’s time consumers learned that the price of their milk is being artificially inflated by a maze of government regulations,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA. “Our campaign is about encouraging consumers to ...
  • October 04, 2011

    IDFA Calls on Congress to Pass Free Trade Agreements and Avoid Conflicting Policies that Could Limit Trade Gains

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – October 4, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association commends President Obama for submitting legislation to Congress that would allow for the implementation of the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. IDFA now urges Congress to pass the agreements quickly, while avoiding additional legislation that could undermine the expected market access gains for the dairy industry. "We're pleased that the administration recognized the extreme importance of these trade agreements to the U.S. economy, and we now urge swift passage in Congress," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO. "The pact ...
  • September 22, 2011

    NMPF Misses the Mark—Again

    MEDIA CONTACT: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 Meet the New FFTF. Same as the Old FFTF. (Washington, D.C. – September 22, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today said that even though there is a historic opportunity to reform U.S. dairy policy to benefit consumers, farmers and the entire dairy industry, the proposed changes to the Foundation for the Future (FFTF) plan put forth by the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) continue to include unacceptable policy reforms. “NMPF’s proposal continues a complex, government milk pricing system that will force even higher prices on fluid milk and penalizes producers who want insurance ...
  • September 21, 2011

    IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Superior Worker Safety

    MEDIA CONTACT: Marti Pupillo (202) (Washington, D.C. – September 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of 144 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the eighth year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The awards, which were on display during the International Dairy Show this week in Atlanta, will be mailed to the recipients next week. The operations for each nominated company were judged solely on specific data required by the U.S. ...
  • September 21, 2011

    IDFA Announces First Annual Innovations Award Winners at International Dairy Show in Atlanta

    MEDIA CONTACT:Marti Pupillo(202) (Washington, D.C. – September 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association announced the winners of the first annual Innovations Awards today at the International Dairy Show in Atlanta. One winner was selected in each of five categories – food safety, ingredients/flavorings/seasonings/additives, packaging, processing and sustainability – and attendees voted during the show to select the winner of the Attendee Choice Award. The six winners are: ATMIC-FF Fischer Planning received the Food Safety Innovation Award for its Ultra-Clean Extended Shelf Life line, which allows for manufacturing products without added preservatives. TIC Gums, Inc. earned the Ingredients/Flavorings/Seasonings/Additives Innovation ...
  • September 21, 2011

    International Dairy Show Attracts Dairy Decision-Makers to Atlanta

    MEDIA CONTACT:Peggy Armstrong(202) Minneapolis to Host 2013 Show (Washington, D.C. – September 21, 2011) The International Dairy Show kicked off in Atlanta this week, giving dairy professionals an unparalleled opportunity to focus specifically on dairy industry trends and keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace. The show, which ran Monday through Wednesday, featured nearly 300 exhibitors offering the latest packaging, processing and technology solutions in the global dairy market. With more than 3,400 total attendees and more than 1,200 qualified buyers, the International Dairy Show drew strong participation from the key audiences that IDFA and the exhibitors were seeking ...
  • September 21, 2011

    Associations Welcome 2011-2012 Officers, New Board Members

    MEDIA CONTACT:Peggy Armstrong(202) (Washington, D.C. – September 20, 2011) During the fall board meetings held this week in conjunction with the International Dairy Show, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and its three constituent organizations – the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) – elected new officers and voted on new board members. Leading each association for the next year will be: IDFA Chair Mike Nosewicz, vice president, dairy group – east manufacturing division – dairy, The Kroger Co.; IDFA Vice Chair and IICA Chair Brian Perry, executive vice ...
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