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  • March 09, 2011

    Sour and Salty Flavors Judged Most Innovative at IDFA's Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    Contact: Peggy (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - March 9, 2011) New frozen dessert products that feature salty or sour tastes were named among the most innovative during the "What's Your Favorite New Ice Cream Flavor?" contest last week at IDFA's annual Ice Cream Technology Conference. Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream, developed by SensoryEffects, was selected the most innovative prototype flavor, and Perry's Ice Cream's Sour Buddie Bars won as the most innovative novelty. Continuing a recent trend towards dessert-flavored ice creams, Perry's Ice Cream's Red Velvet was selected as the most innovative ice cream flavor. The contest, sponsored ...
  • March 08, 2011

    IDFA Members Urge Agriculture Secretary to Implement Most DIAC Recommendations

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong 202-220-3508 More than 30 CEOs and Other Leaders Sign Letter to Vilsack, Praising Leadership but Cautioning Against Divisive Measures (Washington, D.C. - March 8, 2011) Leaders of more than 30 companies, all members of the International Dairy Foods Association, urged Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to implement nearly all of the reforms recommended by the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee but urged him not to endorse any proposal to manipulate milk supplies or manage industry growth in a letter sent yesterday. "We appreciate the many hours spent by the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and your staff and commend the ...
  • March 04, 2011

    Agreement on Mexican Tariffs on U.S. Exports Good News for U.S. Dairy Foods Manufacturers

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C.-March 4, 2011) In a positive development for U.S. dairy exporters, President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon yesterday announced an agreement to resolve the longstanding dispute that has resulted in Mexico levying tariffs on U.S. exports, including many cheeses. "This announcement represents a clear path forward to resolve the dispute," said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. "IDFA thanks the Obama administration and the Mexican government for moving forward with this agreement. We encourage the administration to work closely with Congress to ensure full implementation of our commitments and end the ...
  • March 02, 2011

    Registration Now Open for 2011 International Dairy Show

    Contact: Jeannette Roeder(202) (Washington, D.C. - February 22, 2011) Registration is now open for attendees and exhibitors of the 2011 International Dairy Show scheduled to take place September 19-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. There are two ways to register: 1) visit and click on the register button or 2) download a registration form to be mailed or faxed. "Attendees and exhibitors can find everything they need-registration rates, important deadlines, hotel rates and maps, ticketed event information, on-site registration details and accessibility options-on the website," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. The International Dairy ...
  • February 23, 2011

    Record Crowd at Sweetener Colloquium Considers Future of GMO Beets, 2012 Farm Bill and More

    Contact: Marti 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. - February 23, 2011) The future for genetically modified sugar beets, U.S. sugar policy and the 2012 Farm Bill were just a few of the topics covered at this year's International Sweetener Colloquium, February 13-16, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, Calif. With record-breaking attendance, the 2011 Sweetener Colloquium drew more than 450 industry professionals, making it the largest annual gathering in nearly a decade. Hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association and the Sweetener Users Association, the event addressed the sweetener industry's latest challenges, obstacles and opportunities with presentations from a ...
  • February 16, 2011

    International Dairy Show Poised for Continued Growth

    Contact: Marti (202) 220-3535 Offers Discounted Registration Rates, Enhances Global Marketing and Adds Exhibitor Benefits (Washington, D.C. - February 16, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced an exciting array of new options and benefits for its 2011 International Dairy Show, September 19-21, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Chief among them are new registration packages with reduced rates, increased international outreach and marketing, and an exclusive perk that allows exhibitors to provide complimentary floor passes to premium and prospective customers. "Attracting the right mix of buyers from the world's leading dairy and food processors continues ...
  • February 16, 2011

    Call for Entries: 2011 Dairy Industry Safety Awards

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Washington, D.C. - February 16, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association is now accepting applications for the eighth annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. Award winners will be notified this fall and featured in the "Dairy Field Reports" section of "Dairy Foods" magazine, which co-sponsors the safety awards program. IDFA began the program in 2004, and the rate of industry participation continues to grow each year. "The number of submissions we've received from our members over the past seven years clearly demonstrates that worker safety ...
  • February 07, 2011

    IDFA Calls for Swift Passage of Free Trade Agreements, Outlines Benefits to the Dairy Industry

    IDFA Submits Written Comments to the House Committee on Ways and Means Contact: Peggy Armstrongparmstrong@idfa.org202-220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - February 7, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association urged Congress to move quickly to approve pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with the Republic of Korea, Colombia and Panama in written testimony submitted to the House Committee on Ways and Means. The testimony emphasized the positive impact these agreements will have on the dairy industry, and was submitted as part of a recent hearing that focused on the economic and job creating benefits of FTAs. "While IDFA supports all three pending agreements, the ...
  • January 31, 2011

    New Federal Dietary Guidelines Call for Americans to Increase Their Consumption of Low-Fat and Fat-Free Dairy Foods

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) The U.S. dairy industry urges Americans to close the gap between recommendations and actual intake. (Washington, D.C. - Jan. 31, 2011) The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) encourage 3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products for adults and children 9 years and older. For children ages 4-8, the recommendation was increased from 2 to 2.5 servings, and for children ages 2-3, the recommendation remains 2 servings. Most Americans fail to meet these recommendations, even though they have been previously established by the DGA and supported by independent health organizations. The ...
  • January 25, 2011

    Proposed Relief Program Would Cost Dairy Farmers Millions

    Contact: Peggy (202) 841-5827 Disproportionate Share Carried by Upper Midwest and Northeast States (Miami, Fla. - January 25, 2011) A new study by Informa Economics concludes that the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP) proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation would have withheld an estimated $626 million from dairy farmers during periods when they were already under significant financial pressure. In 2009, the worst financial year on record for dairy farmers, $390 million would have been withheld, with the majority of it, $236 million, coming from just five states: Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan. "We support policies ...
  • January 24, 2011

    Tipton Calls for Policies that Promote Profitability, Not Protection, to Capture Dairy's Greatest Potential

    Contact: Marti Pupillo (202) 220-3535 (Miami, Fla. - January 24, 2011) In her keynote speech today at Dairy Forum 2011, Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, said the dairy industry, now at a crossroads, has many opportunities for achieving its greatest potential. Noting that industry participants are closer than ever to finding agreement on a package of policy reforms, she challenged industry leaders to focus on policies that will promote growth and profitability rather than protection and limitations. Tipton addressed a record crowd of dairy producers, processors, suppliers and other industry participants gathered at the ...
  • January 24, 2011

    Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, Named 2011 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (Miami, Fla. - January 24, 2011) Brubaker Farms of Mount Joy, Penn., was named the 2011 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a ceremony today at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in Miami, Fla. Owners Luke, Mike and Tony Brubaker received the award from IDFA Vice Chairman Dave Fuhrmann, who is president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA, Cooperative. Now in its 13th year, this award recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. The award is co-sponsored by IDFA and ...
  • January 24, 2011

    Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, Chairman of Saputo Inc., Receives 2011 NCI Laureate Award

    Contact: Marti Pupillo 220-3535 (Miami, Fla. - January 24, 2011) The National Cheese Institute today bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Emanuele (Lino) Saputo, chairman of Saputo Inc., Quebec, Canada. The award was presented to Mr. Saputo during a luncheon ceremony at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum 2011 by NCI Chairman Dave Fuhrmann, who is president and CEO of Foremost Farms USA, Cooperative. 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 21, 2011

    IDFA Names Chelsee Woodey New Director of Legislative Affairs

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. - January 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association has named Chelsee M. Woodey to fill the position of director of legislative affairs. In this role, Woodey will assist with policy development and legislative strategy while serving as an advocate for IDFA and the dairy industry before members of Congress and their staff. Prior to joining IDFA, Woodey served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for five years as a legislative aide to Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY). She advised the senator on agriculture policy, including nutrition and food safety issues, as well as energy, ...
  • January 07, 2011

    IDFA Issues Call for Presentations for 2011 International Dairy Show

    Contact: Peggy Armstrong(202) Deadline: February 19, 2011 (Washington, D.C. - January 7, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association invites food and beverage industry professionals and interested academics to submit recommendations for speakers and educational presentations at this year's International Dairy Show, which will be held September 19-21, 2011, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. "Our goal is to provide International Dairy Show attendees access to the latest research, technology and most engaging presentations available across the industry," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. "We are committed to using the latest technology to support the Dairy Show ...
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