IDFA Association News


Earn qualifications, expand expertise in ProFood Tech workshops

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 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.


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.


Peyton Manning to keynote ProFood Tech 2017 conference

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 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, one of the three trade show leaders powering ProFood Tech, April 4-6, in Chicago, along with PACK EXPO and Anuga. "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. Learn more.


Brownstein to discuss changing face of America at Sweetener Colloquium

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2017

The International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 27-March 1, will take place approximately one month after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the country's 45th president. 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 and what it will take to build consensus and move the country beyond the current partisan impasse. Brownstein is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns. Learn more.


IDFA promotes Heather Soubra to Chief of Staff

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

IDFA has promoted Heather Soubra to the newly created position of chief of staff, effective immediately. In this position, Soubra will manage the office of Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, while working closely with the association's leadership team to help implement the president's 100-day plan for enhancing and expanding member services and collaborating with other stakeholders in the dairy industry. Learn more.


Dairy Forum to offer dairy leaders robust discussion of key issues

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

More than 1,000 dairy leaders are expected to convene at Dairy Forum 2017, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. A slate of seven concurrent sessions at the event will drill down into a wide range of important emerging topics for dairy, including the growing market for nutritional and healthy ingredients, decisions by global organizations that are affecting the dairy industry and ways to keep milk on the menu for kids. Registration is available online.


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

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 16, 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.


PricewaterhouseCoopers to cover consumer trends at Dairy Forum

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

Consumers are demanding more information about food ingredients and many are choosing products that reflect their values. These and other emerging trends are having a big impact on consumer purchasing decisions. To help the dairy industry stay ahead of the curve, the Wednesday morning sessions at Dairy Forum 2017 will provide a better understanding of what consumers want. Dairy Forum 2017 will be held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Learn more.


IDFA's revised FDA inspection guide covers FSMA, recalls

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

IDFA has updated its Food and Drug Administration inspection guide to cover key aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act and to highlight what companies need to do during a recall. The guide is intended to help dairy companies understand their rights and obligations with respect to FDA requirements and inspections, as well as those of the agency's inspectors. Access the guide in the IDFA online bookstore.


ProFood Tech conference to reveal breakthrough research

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 09, 2017

ProFood Tech, a new trade show and conference that will focus on processing technologies and innovations serving the food and beverage industry, will make its debut April 4-6 in Chicago. The dynamic conference program led by IDFA will offer more than 30 program sessions including research and keynote discussions highlighting product reformulation, breakthrough innovations, the underlying reasons surrounding fierce consumer dedication and more. Learn more.


What's on deck at Ice Cream Tech?

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 06, 2017

With top-line industry experts and researchers leading the way, sessions at the Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 7-8, in Henderson, Nev., will take attendees to the front lines of ice cream and frozen dessert innovation and help navigate several of the industry's challenges. IDFA has announced the lineup for this popular annual meeting, which includes recent strides and priorities in food safety, new labeling regulations, clean labeling and other consumer market trends. Learn more.


Farm bill, food policy, FDA priorities on tap for Dairy Forum 2017

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

General and concurrent sessions at Dairy Forum 2017, Jan. 29-Feb 1 in Orlando, Fla., will take on the tough industry topics, cover consumer trends, examine dairy policies and review research results. Starting on Monday, Jan. 30, with "Food Policy and the Farm Bill - What's Next?" and ending on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with "Consumer Ascendancy: Products with a Purpose," each session is designed to spark ideas and provide data you can use to improve your business. Learn more.


Change is watchword for International Sweetener Colloquium

IDFA SmartBrief | Jan 03, 2017

Changes in markets, politics and consumer influence will headline the program now taking shape for the International Sweetener Colloquium, Feb. 26-March 1, in Dana Point, Calif. The Colloquium will offer analyses of international, US and Mexican sweetener markets, as well as discussions on trends, issues and opportunities facing the industry today. Also, Ron Brownstein, political director of the Atlantic Media Company, will examine the demographic, social and economic changes that are restructuring US politics. Learn more.


Where will this election lead us? Find out at Dairy Forum

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 30, 2016

Just days after Donald Trump is sworn in as our 45th president, more than 1,000 dairy professionals will convene at Dairy Forum 2017, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla., to chart a course for the year ahead. To help the industry better understand how Republican control of the executive and legislative branches could lead to new priorities for dairy in business, trade and economic policies, Charlie Cook, a renowned political journalist, will discuss the results of the November election on Jan. 31.


Michael Dykes continues Listening-and-Learning Tour

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

As part of his 100-day plan, Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, recently set out on a nationwide listening-and-learning tour to meet with a variety of IDFA members, visit their state-of-the-art facilities and operations, engage in discussions about strategies to promote the dairy industry and celebrate the hard-working teams that make it all happen. View the Facebook album of photos that chronicle his stops in Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Missouri, Idaho, Minnesota and Illinois.


Attendees call Ice Cream Tech collaborative, informative, fun

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 27, 2016

For more than 25 years, the Ice Cream Technology Conference has been a favorite event for professionals in the ice cream industry wanting to engage with experts and peers on innovations in frozen dessert research, technology and new market trends. Ice cream manufacturer and supplier attendees have praised the conference for its culture of collaboration, networking and partnership, as well as its top-level expertise and overall excitement and fun. Read what two recent participants shared about their experience.




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