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  • Patricia Stroup of Nestlé USA, Inc. accepts the Soaring Eagle Award from Ron Dunford, NCI chairman
    January 27, 2016

    IDFA Honors Outgoing Officers with Soaring Eagle Awards

    IDFA presented 2016 Soaring Eagle Awards to three outgoing officers: Patricia Stroup, chief procurement officer, Nestlé North America Procurement, Nestlé USA, Inc.; Jeffrey Kaneb, executive vice president, HP Hood LLC; and Mike Wells, president and CEO, Wells Enterprises, Inc. The Soaring Eagle awards recognize the extraordinary service of leaders in the dairy industry and those who have provided exemplary leadership to IDFA, the International Ice Cream Association, the Milk Industry Foundation and the National Cheese Institute.
  • Bob Nagel, co-owner of Holsum Dairies, (right) accepts the award from Ron Dunford, NCI chairman.
    January 27, 2016

    Holsum Dairies of Hilbert, Wisconsin, Named 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

    Holsum Dairies of Hilbert, Wis., was named the 2016 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during an awards ceremony this week at Dairy Forum 2016. The award, co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management, recognizes U.S. dairy producers that apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. “Holsum Dairies earned the award because the farms demonstrate responsible land stewardship in creative ways,” said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.
  • January 27, 2016

    IDFA Introduces Annual Food Safety Leadership Award

    As the rolling implementation of the landmark Food Safety Modernization Act continues this year, IDFA believes that maintaining a culture of food safety across the dairy industry has never been more important. That’s why IDFA created the Food Safety Leadership Award. The award, which IDFA announced this week at Dairy Forum 2016, will honor an individual, a group or an organization for providing outstanding leadership that has made a significant contribution to improving or reinforcing the food safety of dairy products.
  • Paul Carbonneau, partner at McKinsey & Company
    January 26, 2016

    McKinsey & Company Study Shows Bold Changes Can Bring Greater Growth for Dairy

    The future is vibrant for U.S. dairy companies willing to make bold changes to pursue high-growth opportunity areas, according to new research from McKinsey & Company released at Dairy Forum 2016. In a presentation to nearly 1,000 dairy executives, McKinsey consultants outlined the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.
  • January 25, 2016

    Connie Tipton, IDFA CEO and President, Bids Farewell to Dairy

    Connie Tipton, the president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and longtime voice of dairy foods companies in Washington, D.C., announced today that she will retire at the end of this year. Tipton, who has led the association since 2004, made the announcement before 1,000 dairy executives and other industry stakeholders at the annual Dairy Forum being held this week at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
  • January 25, 2016

    IDFA Transition Team Launches Search for New CEO

    The International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) board of directors has formed a transition committee that will be tasked with finding a successor to Connie Tipton, current president and CEO of IDFA, who announced today that she will retire at the end of this year after 35 years of service to the dairy industry. The committee of six executives from IDFA member companies will oversee the search process, which will include consideration of both internal and external candidates. Tipton announced her plans to retire at the annual Dairy Forum being held this week at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.
  • January 20, 2016

    IDFA and NMPF Commend Senate Action on Child Nutrition Legislation

    The Senate Agriculture Committee today approved legislation to enhance the quality of nutrition in federal feeding programs, including provisions that would help reverse the decline of milk consumption in schools and improve the health of America’s children. IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praised Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for constructing child nutrition legislation that is inclusive and bipartisan.
  • Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY)
    December 01, 2015

    IDFA, NMPF Applaud Inclusion of Milk Hauling Amendment to Transportation Bill

    IDFA and the National Milk Producers Federation praise Congress for its decision to include in a conference report a dairy-specific amendment that would benefit producers, processors and consumers. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored by Reps. Richard Hanna of New York and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and championed by House Transportation Committee Conferee Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, gives states the option to issue permits allowing milk haulers to increase their truck weights beyond Interstate Highway System limits.
  • November 03, 2015

    More than 70 Leading Agriculture Organizations Call on Congress to Pass the ‘SAFE Trucking Act’

    More than 70 of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations, including IDFA, today sent a letter urging Congress to include the Safe, Flexible and Efficient Trucking Act (SAFE) as an amendment to the highway reauthorization legislation, which is expected to go before the full House this week. “The SAFE Trucking Act would safely modernize truck shipments on Interstate highways by reducing the number of trucks needed to move our commodities and products through better utilization of existing capacity, the letter said. “On behalf of America’s food and agriculture community, we urge you to support Representative Ribble’s common-sense amendment because it is good for taxpayers, consumers, farmers, businesses, highway safety and the environment.”
  • November 03, 2015

    IDFA, Others Urge Congress to Include ‘SAFE Trucking Act’ as Amendment to Highway Bill

    IDFA joined scores of food and agriculture associations in urging Congress to include the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act as an amendment to the highway reauthorization legislation. “Truck weight reform is a key issue for our members and the many other industries relying on trucks to move goods to market, as well as all to of us who share our highways with them. We hope to see it pass the House this week during the highway bill debate,” said Chelsee Woodey, IDFA director of legislative affairs.
  • October 19, 2015

    NMPF, USDEC and IDFA Urge Senate to Solve COOL Labeling Issue to Head Off Tariffs on U.S. Dairy Products

    The dairy industry today said it is “critical” that Congress solve the trade dispute over country-of-origin labeling to head off damaging new tariffs on U.S. dairy exports by Canada and Mexico. In a letter to the Senate, IDFA, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council expressed “growing apprehension” that retaliatory tariffs are drawing closer under a finding that said parts of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law violate World Trade Organization rules.
  • Clay Hough, IDFA Senior Group Vice Presdent
    October 05, 2015

    Dairy Processors Thank U.S. Trade Officials for Efforts on TPP

    “IDFA thanks U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator Darci Vetter and the entire U.S. interagency negotiating team for their hard work in bringing the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to a close,” said Clay Hough, IDFA senior group vice president. “We look forward to reviewing the agreement’s dairy provisions as they become available.”
  • September 24, 2015

    Support and Commitments Continue to Grow for ProFood Tech

    More than 35 industry leaders – including Tetra Pak, GEA Group, Delkor, Sanimatic and Serac – have committed to exhibit at ProFood Tech since its launch less than two weeks ago. ProFood Tech is a collaboration of three trade show powerhouses: PMMI, producer of PACK EXPO; Koelnmesse, known for Anuga; and IDFA. The show, which replaces the International Dairy Show, will debut April 4-6, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, and will continue biennially, in odd numbered years.
  • September 23, 2015

    Industry Suppliers Praise International Dairy Show, Welcome Launch of ProFood Tech

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Peggy Armstrong (202) 220-3508 (Washington, D.C. – September 23, 2015) When the 2015 International Dairy Show ended last week at McCormick Place in Chicago, exhibitors shared their success stories and offered an enthusiastic welcome to the launch of ProFood Tech, a new event that will focus on processing technologies serving the food and beverage industry. ProFood Tech will make its debut April 4-6, 2017, at McCormick Place. One exhibitor with an expansive booth at last week’s show was Serac Inc., which specializes in innovative packaging solutions for liquid filling machines, aseptic filling machines and bottle ...
  • Pictured Left to Right: Connie Tipton, president and CEO of IDFA; Jochen Sprung, business development manager at Coperion; Sharon Nowak, global business development manager, Coperion K-Tron; and Tom Imbordino, publisher of Dairy Foods magazine.
    September 23, 2015

    Six Innovative Companies Honored by IDFA at International Dairy Show

    IDFA announced the winners of the IDFA Innovations Awards at the International Dairy Show last week in Chicago. They are Coperion K-Tron; Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.; Berry Plastics Corporation; FOSS; HP Hood Sacramento; and Glanbia Foods. One winner was selected in each of five categories – food safety, packaging, processing, ingredients/flavorings/seasonings/additives and sustainability – and attendees voted during the show to select Glanbia Foods as the winner of the Attendee Choice Award.
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