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International Dairy Show

Now co-located with PROCESS EXPO! Join us in Chicago, Sept. 15-18, 2015.



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Saturday, January 25th

2:00-5:00 p.m.  Registration

Sunday, January 26th

8:00 a.m. Morning Golf Tournament*
(Shamble Shotgun Start) Valley Course 
Noon Afternoon Golf Tournament*
(Fun Scramble Shotgun Start) Palm Course
Noon-8:30 p.m.


Desert Ballroom Foyer

12:00-3:00 p.m.

Tennis Tournament*

Desert Springs Golf Club

4:00-5:00 p.m.

IDFA Board of Directors Meeting

Desert Springs Ballroom, Salon F

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Lecture

Exports of U.S. dairy products hit an all-time high in 2012 and continue to grow. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the United States, huge potential exists for building on this positive trend. Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative, led negotiations to complete long-pending trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and was on the front lines of enforcing trade rules with China and other foreign competitors. Hear his insider’s view of what it will take for U.S. companies to excel in the global marketplace.

Presiding: Patricia Stroup, Head of Procurement, Global Milk Products, Nestlè S.A, and Chairman, International Dairy Foods Association

Speaker: Ambassador Ron Kirk, Former U.S. Trade Representative

Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Springs Retreat Pool


After Hours Hospitality

San Jacinto

* Additional fee required.


Monday, January 27th

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Desert Ballroom Foyer


7:45-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast:  The  Legacy of Tip Tipton

Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. 

In 1985, Tip Tipton launched the first Dairy Forum as a policy dialogue for dairy leaders. At Dairy Forum 2014, we will honor his lasting legacy of industry growth, creativity and collaboration. 

Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

9:30 a.m.-Noon

Spouse Activity* - Fine Arts and Fashionistas

Transportation departs from the JW

Marriott’s Tour Lobby

9:15-10:15 a.m.

General Session -- Economic Outlook for 2014 and Beyond

Why have commodities exhibited “real” — or inflation-adjusted increases over the past decade? What effect do the growing economies of Latin America and Asia have on this unique occurrence? A respected economist Bruce Scherr will discuss how macroeconomic, demographic and global events will continue to impact commodity values in the years ahead, particularly in the agriculture and food sectors, with some emphasis on dairy.

Introduction: Sander Honingh, Global Sector Head, Dairy, Rabobank

Bruce A. Scherr, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Informa Economics, Inc.


Desert Ballroom, Salon 8-14

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Desert Ballroom Foyer


General Session – Labeling Genetically Modified Foods: What's Next?

Genetically modified food labeling continues to be a hot button issue, with contentious campaigns in more states to pass laws making such labeling mandatory. An expert panel will discuss the science of genetically engineered feed for livestock and its potential implications for the dairy industry, what the law currently requires and how the industry is responding.

Introduction: Mike Brown, Senior Director, Global Market Access, ELANCO

Moderator:  Ruth Saunders, Vice President, Policy & Legislative Affairs International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)


Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law
Director, Center for Business Law & Regulation Case, Western Reserve University School of Law, and author of “How Not to Label Biotech Foods.”

Linda Eatherton, Partner and Director, Global Food and Nutrition Practice, Ketchum Public Relations

Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD ,Cooperative Extension Specialist, Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis 


Desert Ballroom, Salon 8-14


Luncheon: Celebrating Excellence Awards 

The Celebrating Excellence awards program recognizes the contributions of leaders across the industry. The Soaring Eagle Award, the National Cheese Institute’s Laureate Award, the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award, and the Dairy Foods Processor of the Year Award will be presented.

Presiding: Mike Reidy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Leprino Foods Company, and Chairman, National Cheese Institute

Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

1:30-2:20 p.m.

Premier Sponsor Session -- Driving Dairy Innovation at Marketplace: Business Models and Case Studies   

Desert Ballroom, Salon 9-14

2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Premier Sponsor Session - Enough: The Fight for a Food Secure Tomorrow

Desert Ballroom, Salon 9-14

3:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Premier Sponsor Session - Global Dairy - Shifting Sands Reveal Both Treasure and Peril of U.S. Companies

Desert Ballroom, Salon 9-14

3:30-5:00 p.m. Committee Meetings (Invitation Only)
4:30 - 5:20 p.m.

Premier Sponsor Session - Meet the New Silgan - Partnering with You for Growth!

Desert Ballroom, Salon 9-14

5:00-6:00 p.m. Editor's Reception (Invitation Only)
6:00-7:00 p.m. PAC Reception (Invitation Only)

* Additional fee required.


Tuesday, January 28th

7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Desert Ballroom Foyer

7:30-8:45 a.m.

General Session - Breakfast With Supermarket Guru®

All natural? Gluten free? Portion control? What do consumers really want? Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert knows what consumers want and has an impressive track record of predicting what they will demand in the future. He has spent more than 25 years studying consumer behavior, marketing trends, and the changing retail landscape. Join Lempert as he explains some of the latest food trends shaping the marketplace and reveals how to stay on the cutting edge of consumer desires.

Introduction: Michael Zacka, President & CEO, Tetra Pak, US and Canada

Phil Lempert, CEO, The Lempert Report

Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

9:00-10:15 a.m.

General Session - U.S. Dairy Supply Chain Versus the World

As the U.S. dairy industry adapts to its relatively new role as a leading dairy exporter, how will it continue to meet the opportunities and challenges of these new markets?  For decades the industry mostly served our domestic tastes and preferences.  How does our uniquely American dairy marketplace, along with our policies and regulations, help the U.S. meet the growing global demand for our dairy products? Are there ways we need to change to reach our full potential as a global dairy powerhouse?  These experienced panelists will share their insights on how the U.S. dairy supply chain stacks up against other global dairy competitors.

Introduction: Jay Martin, President, Silgan Plastic Closure Solutions

Moderator:    Bob Boynton, Adjunct Professor of Dairy Markets and Policy, Cornell University


Andrei Mikhalevsky, President and CEO, California Dairies, Inc.

Phil Plourd, President, Blimling and Associates, Inc.

Patricia StroupHead of Procurement, Global Milk Products, Nestlè S.A, and Chairman, International Dairy Foods Association

Desert Ballroom, Salon 8-14

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Desert Ballroom Foyer

10:45 a.m.-Noon

Concurrent Sessions


1. Liars and Tweeters and Bloggers, Oh My! Dairy’s Online Image

Today’s social media sites and other online tools have made it very easy for activists and advocates to influence consumer purchasing decisions. By focusing on ingredients many consumers believe to be harmful and demanding to know more about what is in their food, these online influencers are beginning to drive how we talk to consumers about our products. Learn more about effective ways to engage consumers and protect the image of your products.


Moderator:  Lynne Bohan, Vice President, Public Relations & Government Affairs, HP Hood



Linda Eatherton, Partner and Director, Global Food and Nutrition Practice, Ketchum Public Relations

Carrie Mess (aka Dairy Carrie), Dairy Farmer & Blogger,

Don Schindler, Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives, Dairy Management Inc.


Springs Ballroom, Salon C-E


2. Will Food Be Safer? FSMA Revisited

It’s been three years since the president signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law. Though FDA has been very engaged with stakeholders, the rules are far behind where Congress envisioned they would be by this time. To complicate matters, a federal court has imposed an unrealistic timeline for issuing final rules in key areas. Will the complexities and complications experienced to date lessen what FDA can accomplish? Will the rules actually improve food safety? Hear from a former FDA food safety director and a state regulator about how the FSMA rules could play out for dairy.


Moderator: Clay Detlefsen, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, International Dairy Foods Association



David W. K. Acheson, M.D., President and CEO, The Acheson Group

Stephen Beam, Ph.D., Chief, Milk & Dairy Foods, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) 


Springs Ballroom, Salon A-B


3. New MilkPEP Campaign Unveiled! 

Spring is a time of renewal and new life, the perfect time to launch MilkPEP’s bold new creative campaign: Milk Life. Get a sneak peek at the new campaign and hear more about research that led to a compelling new messaging platform anchored by milk’s protein benefit and consumers’ goal to power their potential. Learn why MilkPEP chose this theme and how it will take the next step from making sure consumers “got milk?” to showing them how to truly “milk life.”



Miriam Erickson Brown, President & CEO, Anderson Erickson Dairy Company

Julia Kadison, Interim CEO, Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP)


Bob Aiken: CEO, Feeding America

Thomas Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, Dairy Management Inc.

Ann Ocaña, Consultant, Ann Ocaña Consulting

Jean Ragalie-Carr, President, National Dairy Council 


Springs Ballroom, Salon J-L

Noon-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Session -- The 2014 Political Environment  

Will the factors that dominated the 2012 elections continue to play a major role in 2014? Or will the historical pattern of second-term presidents running into problems favor Republican candidates? Join Charlie Cook, publisher of The Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, for a look at the 2014 political environment and find out which issues will have the most impact on the mid-term elections.


Jeffrey Kaneb, Executive Vice President, HP Hood LLC, and Chairman, Milk Industry Foundation



Charlie Cook - Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report, Columnist for the National Journal


Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

12:30-3:00 p.m.

Spouse Activity* - Clarity, Aroma and Finish: Wine Pairing Luncheon 

Desert Ballroom, Salon 1-7

2:00-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions


4. Animal Care in the Dairy Industry: What’s At Stake?

More and more retailers and their customers are paying attention to animal welfare as part of their purchasing process. Learn how the dairy industry is addressing this heightened interest. Find out what dairy farmers and dairy companies are doing to meet and exceed animal care standards to preserve and protect the welfare of dairy cows.


Moderator:  Pam Hullinger, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology, University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine



Rob Byrne, Director, Industry & Regulatory Affairs, Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Jamie Jonker, Vice President, Sustainability & Scientific Affairs

Mitch Davis, General Manager, Davis Family Dairies, LLC


Springs Ballroom, Salon A-B


5. Milkfat Myths Turned Upside Down…A Move Away From Skim Milk?

Emerging scientific research may challenge the government and health professional recommendations that skim or low-fat milk and dairy products, which contain less saturated fat, are healthier than higher-fat products. There is new evidence that the saturated fat in full fat milk, cheese and yogurt does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and some components of milk fat may have a beneficial impact on reducing risk for type 2 diabetes. Learn how this information squares with practical nutrition advice and what it might take to change government policy.

Moderator:  Gregory D. Miller, Ph.D., President, Dairy Research Institute



Mary Anne Burkman, M.P.H., R.D.N., Senior Director, Program Services, Dairy Council of California

Ronald M. Krauss, M.D., Senior Scientist and Director of Atherosclerosis Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF, and Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Cindy Schweitzer, Ph.D., C.F.S., Technical Director, Global Dairy Platform 


Springs Ballroom, Salon C-E


6. Trade Agreements for the 21st Century

Two 21st century trade agreements are in the works. This panel will discuss recent developments in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Key issues for the dairy industry include increasing market access, reducing tariffs, addressing sanitary and phytosanitary barriers and fighting geographical indications (GIs).

Moderator: Daniel Sumner, Frank H. Buck, Jr., Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis and the Director of the University of California, Agricultural Issues Center.



Jim Murphy, Ph.D., Former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs  

Sue Taylor, Vice President, Dairy Policy & Procurement, Leprino Foods Company

Craig Thorn, Partner, DTB Associates, LLP 


Springs Ballroom, Salon J-L

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.           

International Dairy Show Advisory Committee Meeting Reception and Meeting

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  CEO Reception (Invitation Only)

Closing Reception

The Grove

* Additional fee required.


Wednesday, January 29th

8:00-9:15 a.m.                                    

Coffee with ‘Milk’ and a Little Dairy Policy

With the grueling Farm Bill almost completed, what are the lessons to be learned from the industry’s prolonged fight over supply management? What are the big-picture issues facing Congress leading up to the 2014 elections that could affect dairy? Can dairy manufacturers and producers start working together to enact legislation and resolve challenges that will move the industry forward? A panel of dairy lobbyists will discuss what happened in 2013 and what to expect in 2014.

Moderator: Jerry Slominski, Senior Vice President, International Dairy Foods AssociationLegislative Affairs & Economic Policy



Kelly Bingel, Partner, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.

Randy Russell, President, The Russell Group


Springs Ballroom, Salon F-G

9:20-10:30 a.m.

General Session - Positioning your Business for the Future

Hear from dairy industry leaders about how they are positioning their companies for prosperity by developing the people, processes and products that will meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace.

Moderator: Larry Jensen, President & CEO, Leprino Foods Company



Mike Haddad, President & CEO, Schreiber Foods Inc.

Jeffrey Kaneb, Executive Vice President, HP Hood LLC

Gregg Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Dean Foods Company


Springs Ballroom, Salon F-G

10:30 a.m.