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  • June 02, 2016

    Call for Nominations: National Cheese Institute's 2017 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 2017, January 29-February 1, at the J.W. Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Nominations must be submitted by June 30, 2016, and there is no fee to enter.
  • Charles Mack and Rebecca Leinenbach of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. receive the award for Most Innovative Product from Tom Imbordino (far right), publisher of Dairy Foods magazine.
    June 02, 2016

    Salty and Tart Topped the Charts in Dairy Products Contest

    Sea Salt Caramel Milk and Coconut Key Lime Pie Chia Seed Yogurt were named the winners of IDFA’s Innovative Milk and Cultured Dairy Products Contest held last week in Indianapolis. Sea Salt Caramel Milk by Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., was named the most innovative product, and Coconut Key Lime Chia Seed Yogurt by Fruitcrown Products Corporation was the most innovative prototype product or flavor. The contest was sponsored by Dairy Foods magazine.
  • May 20, 2016

    IDFA Commends FDA for Responding to Issues with New Nutrition Facts Panel

    The International Dairy Foods Association today acknowledged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s update of the Nutrition Facts panel, welcoming the agency’s willingness to make some reasonable revisions to the Nutrition Facts panel prior to issuing its final rules, while continuing to express concern regarding the declaration of added sugars now required on the label.
  • May 18, 2016

    Dairy Industry Applauds School Milk Support, Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 Passed House Committee Today

    Dairy leaders applauded the House Education and the Workforce Committee for including key dairy provisions in the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, which was approved today by the committee. A bipartisan amendment by Congressman GT Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), specifically targeted at addressing declining school milk consumption, was unanimously approved. The bill will now move to consideration by the full House of Representatives.
  • May 09, 2016

    White House Asked to Challenge WHO Proposal Discouraging Dairy for Children up to Age 3

    The U.S. dairy industry today urged the White House to challenge a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal that would discourage the consumption of dairy products by young children, advice that contradicts the recommendations of respected national and global health organizations that endorse milk for its nutritional value. Dairy foods are doctor-recommended, but the bureaucrats at the WHO are about to overturn decades of sound nutrition and medical advice, charged the National Milk Producers Federation, the International Dairy Foods Association and the U.S. Dairy Export Council in a letter to the Obama Administration.
  • April 25, 2016

    Dairy Groups Thank Senators for Urging Action on Agricultural Issues in Trade Agreement with Europe

    The dairy industry praised a bipartisan group of 26 senators for urging U.S. negotiators to address the needs of agriculture – including key dairy issues – in any free trade agreement with the European Union. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the senators noted that the United States’ share of the European agricultural import market is shrinking due to both tariff and non-tariff trade barriers. “A final [trade] agreement that does not include a strong framework for agriculture could have a negative impact on Congressional support for this deal,” the senators said.
  • April 22, 2016

    Members of Congress Urge Obama Administration to Ensure TPP Benefits Are Not Undermined

    Key members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a strong statement yesterday affirming the need for the Obama Administration to take concrete steps to address implementation and enforcement issues related to dairy provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.The U.S. Dairy Export Council, National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association commend the action, which called on Ambassador Froman and Secretary Vilsack to address three dairy “priority areas” in TPP as Congress prepares to consider the agreement.
  • April 20, 2016

    Fun Flavor Combinations and Liquor-Inspired Treats Top Trends in Annual Ice Cream Flavor Contest

    Tiramisu, Coconut and Milk Fruit Bar, and Pineapple Banana Praline Fosters were named the most innovative ice cream products at IDFA's Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition last week in Bonita Springs, Fla. The competition, which showcases the creativity of U.S. ice cream makers and flavorings suppliers, is a popular part of IDFA’s annual Ice Cream Technology Conference.
  • April 13, 2016

    NMPF, IDFA Urge Congress to Challenge WHO Proposal Prohibiting Promotion of Milk & Milk Products to Young Children

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation urged members of Congress this week to insist that the United States request a more thorough analysis of a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal seeking to discourage parents from feeding toddlers milk and certain dairy products. The guidance document, titled “Ending Inappropriate Marketing of Foods for Infants and Young Children,” urges the prohibition of the promotion and marketing of various milk products for children up to age three. IDFA and NMPF want the U.S. government to insist that the WHO revise the guidance to rectify the misleading suggestion that dairy is inappropriate for young children.
  • April 11, 2016

    Dairy Organizations Seek Congressional Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

    The National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and the International Dairy Foods Association asked members of Congress in a letter today to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement while also addressing a number of critical implementation and enforcement issues that are key determinants in how the agreement is likely to work in practice. As part of this, the dairy associations urged the federal government to ensure that the other participating countries adhere to their respective commitments within the pact.
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
    March 01, 2016

    IDFA Commends Senate Ag Committee for Approving National Labeling Bill for Bioengineered Products

    IDFA commended the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, especially Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), for approving legislation today that would establish national standards for labeling food made with genetically engineered ingredients. The bill, which passed by a bipartisan 14-6 vote, would prevent increased food prices for consumers and halt the costly state-by-state patchwork of labeling mandates, including one in Vermont that is scheduled to take effect July 1.
  • Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services
    February 24, 2016

    Managed Trade Agreements Create Market Challenges, USDA Under Secretary Says

    Michael Scuse, U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, opened the International Sweetener Colloquium this week in Aventura, Fla., marking his fifth consecutive appearance as the event’s keynote speaker. Scuse focused on the managed trade agreements with Mexico, noting that they have created challenges, including inadequate raw sugar supplies in the U.S. cane refining sector. The event set a record for attendance, drawing nearly 500 industry professionals from 11 countries.
  • February 19, 2016

    IDFA Praises Introduction of GMO Labeling Bill and Applauds Chairman Pat Roberts for His Leadership

    The International Dairy Foods Association today praised legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts that would create a national uniform standard on biotechnology labeling, and called for urgent action to take up and pass the legislation. Unless Congress acts swiftly to provide a uniform standard for food labeling, food companies will be faced with hefty implementation costs, confusion across their supply chain and chaos marketing their products.
  • February 03, 2016

    Call for Nominations: 2016 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

    IDFA is accepting applications for the 12th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities for outstanding worker safety performance. “Year after year, our member companies have demonstrated their efforts to provide a safe and productive work environment for all employees, reinforcing that worker safety is a top priority in the dairy industry,” said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. “We urge all dairy facilities to nominate their processing and trucking operations so IDFA and the industry can recognize and celebrate their success.”
  • Gary Vanic, 2016 NCI Laureate
    January 27, 2016

    Gary Vanic Named 2016 National Cheese Institute Laureate

    The National Cheese Institute has bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Gary Vanic, past president and CEO of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc., in Hiram, Ohio. NCI Chairman Ron Dunford, who is president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., presented the award to Vanic this week during a special ceremony at Dairy Forum. The NCI Laureate Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the cheese industry.
 
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