IDFA Association News

Peyton Manning to keynote ProFood Tech 2017 conference

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 17, 2017

Five-time National Football League MVP Peyton Manning will give the keynote speech at the first-ever ProFood Tech Conference Program, led by IDFA. "NFL great Peyton Manning will share real world leadership tips and how you can become a winner too by learning to adapt to changing circumstances," said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president. IDFA is one of three trade show leaders powering ProFood Tech, April 4-6 in Chicago, along with PACK EXPO and Anuga. Learn more.

Sweetener Colloquium to offer outlooks, tackle trends

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 15, 2017

The 2017 International Sweetener Colloquium will return to the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif., Feb. 26-March 1. Industry experts will offer in-depth analyses of international, US and Mexican sweetener markets, as well as discussions on consumer trends, hot issues and opportunities facing the industry today. Register here.

Cornell team earns IDFA Food Safety Leadership Award

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 13, 2017

IDFA presented its first Food Safety Leadership Award to the Cornell University Dairy Foods Extension team at Dairy Forum 2017 last week. This award acknowledges the team's long-term investments in dairy food safety and its unwavering support for the dairy industry. Examples of how the team supports and improves food safety across the industry include highly active and innovative industry training programs, onsite support to dairy companies and a pilot plant that allows small and start-up dairy companies to learn how to produce products safely. Watch the award video.

Earn qualifications, expand expertise in ProFood Tech workshops

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 13, 2017

ProFood Tech, a new trade show and conference that will focus on processing technologies and innovations for the food and beverage industry, will make its debut April 4-6 in Chicago. To help attendees make the most of their trip, IDFA is kicking off its conference program with three pre-conference workshops, starting on April 2. Learn more.

Ice cream pros to address labeling challenges at tech conference

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 10, 2017

Ice cream and frozen dessert professionals are facing labeling hurdles driven by new regulations and consumer trends. Responding to mandated serving size changes, added sugar declarations and consumer demands for clean labeling could require major moves in revising label language, serving size recalculations and product reformulation. Several sessions at IDFA's Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 7-8, in Henderson, Nev., will offer strategies, suggestions and sweet solutions to help the industry creatively tackle these challenges. Learn more.

Ostroff, Vilsack, Hayden tackle tough topics at Dairy Forum

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 10, 2017

Dairy Forum 2017 last week in Orlando, Fla., featured speakers with strong credentials and powerful positions, who tackled tough topics in dairy and the country today. Three gave outstanding presentations in the general sessions: Stephen Ostroff, M.D., acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council and former secretary of agriculture; and General Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency. Read more about their message to the industry.

Brownstein to discuss changing face of America at Sweetener Colloquium

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 08, 2017

The International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 27-March 1, will take place approximately one month after the inauguration of Donald Trump. Colloquium attendees will hear from Ron Brownstein, political director of the Atlantic Media Company, about the profound demographic, social and economic changes that are restructuring US politics. Brownstein is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns. Learn more.

Kathleen Glass earns 2017 National Cheese Institute Laureate Award

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2017

The National Cheese Institute bestowed its highest honor, the NCI Laureate Award, on Kathleen Glass, Ph.D., a senior scientist and associate director at the Food Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. NCI Chairman Ron Dunford, who is president, Schreiber US, Schreiber Foods, Inc., presented the award to Glass this week at Dairy Forum. "Her research focuses on improving food safety by eliminating or controlling the growth of pathogenic bacteria," said Dunford. "The findings of her work have influenced changes to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance and are used by product developers and food safety professionals in the cheese and broader dairy industries." View video.

Michael Dykes opens Dairy Forum with call for collaboration

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 03, 2017

Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, addressed more than 1,100 dairy producers, processors, suppliers and other stakeholders on Monday at Dairy Forum with a call for renewed collaboration. "We'll be stronger working together," Dykes said, noting that all segments likely have a shared interest in more than 90% of the issues facing the industry today. Areas for joint efforts will include building relationships with the new administration and new Congress and pursuing common goals on the farm bill, the school lunch program, trade policy, the Nutrition Facts label and GMO disclosure standard. View video.

Call for nominations: 2017 Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards

IDFA SmartBrief | Feb 01, 2017

IDFA is now accepting applications for the 13th annual Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards, a program that honors facilities and trucking operations for outstanding worker safety performance. "We are pleased that we now are able to recognize IDFA members that have implemented proactive safety programs to prevent illness and injuries from occurring in the workplace and that have outstanding safety statistics to verify the programs are working," said Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel. Learn more.

Influential newsmakers to headline Dairy Forum next week

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2017

More than 1,000 attendees will travel next week to IDFA’s premier meeting, Dairy Forum 2017, in Orlando, Fla. With a lineup of national newsmakers, including Stephen Ostroff, M.D., who is the current head of the Food and Drug Administration, and the former heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Central Intelligence and National Security Agencies, this year’s event will provide powerful political perspectives just as the new administration takes its first major actions. Learn more.

Can't attend Dairy Forum? Watch featured sessions online

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2017

Dairy Forum 2017 will bring together a diverse group of industry leaders to discuss issues relevant to the dairy industry and to the success of their businesses. If you're not able to attend in person, you can register at no cost to watch four featured sessions that will be broadcast live online from Orlando. IDFA and Dairy Foods magazine have partnered to offer these broadcasts on Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 1. Learn more.

Jer-Lindy Farms named 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 25, 2017

Jer-Lindy Farms LLC of Brooten, Minn., has been selected as the 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by IDFA and Dairy Herd Management magazine, which co-sponsor the award. Jer-Lindy Farms owners will receive the award later this month at the Celebrating Excellence Luncheon during Dairy Forum in Orlando, Fla. Learn more.

Former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to speak at Dairy Forum

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2017

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will speak at Dairy Forum 2017 on Jan. 31 in Orlando, Fla. Vilsack, who has ended his eight years of service as head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is moving to a career in dairy, will share his perspective on the major issues facing dairy and agriculture including trade agreements, immigration reform and the 2018 Farm Bill. Learn more.

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