IDFA Association News

Brownstein to discuss changing face of America at Sweetener Colloquium

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 05, 2016

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's revised FDA inspection guide covers FSMA, recalls

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 05, 2016

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.

Sweetener Colloquium to offer outlooks, tackle trends

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

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. The annual event gathers the key players from all sectors and offers plenty of networking options with time for receptions, golf and private dinners. Learn more.

What does the election mean for dairy processing?

IDFA SmartBrief | Dec 02, 2016

"Now that the election is over, the federal agencies are hyper-focused on preserving President Barack Obama's legacy by finalizing a number of 'midnight regulations,'" explained Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel, in her recent column for Dairy Foods. Several regulations related to the Food Safety Modernization Act, environmental and worker safety, immigration and bioengineering will likely affect dairy processing companies. Learn more.

Dairy Forum 2017 sponsorships offer companies increased visibility

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 30, 2016

From executives of the largest dairy companies and organizations to owners of small- and mid-sized family companies, more than 1,000 key decision-makers participated in Dairy Forum last year. Sponsorship opportunities, which are still available for the upcoming Dairy Forum 2017, provide supplier companies premium opportunities to get their services in front of hundreds of potential customers. Learn more.

Change is watchword for International Sweetener Colloquium

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 28, 2016

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.

FDA food safety head to discuss FSMA, labeling at Dairy Forum 2017

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 28, 2016

Next steps on enforcement of recent food safety rules, changes to the Nutrition Facts label and other hot button issues in dairy regulations are expected to be discussed by the Food and Drug Administration's food safety head at Dairy Forum 2017, Jan. 29-Feb. 1 in Orlando, Fla. Calling for continued partnership to assure the delivery of a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply, Stephen Ostroff, M.D., FDA deputy commissioner of food and veterinary medicine, will join industry leaders for breakfast on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Learn more.

Tell us your ideas for Ice Cream Tech

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2016

IDFA is seeking topic ideas for possible presentations or panel discussions at the Ice Cream Technology Conference, March 7-8, in Henderson, Nev. The conference is the place to learn and share, and to engage in an open exchange among participants and experts on technical and practical processing issues in the ice cream and frozen dessert industry. Topic submission forms were due to IDFA by Nov. 15. IDFA will contact you by Nov. 30 if your recommendation is accepted.

Attendees call Ice Cream Tech collaborative, informative, fun

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 21, 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.

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

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 18, 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.

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

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2016

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.

Earn 16 CPE credits at accounting and finance workshop

IDFA SmartBrief | Nov 07, 2016

IDFA and Herbein + Company will present the Dairy Accounting and Finance Workshop, Nov. 16-17, in Rosemont, Ill., allowing attendees to earn 16 Accounting and Auditing Continuing Professional Education credits. "If you are in a position to handle any aspect of accounting or pricing for a dairy company, this workshop will cover the information you need to benefit your company's bottom line," said Neil Moran, IDFA senior vice president of finance, administration and trade show.

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