Dairy Innovates

IDFA’s Dairy Innovates campaign brings to life the stories of innovation, sustainability and smart growth happening throughout the dairy supply chain thanks to industry leaders and big thinkers. Get the inside scoop on what it takes to remain competitive and successful in a quickly-evolving industry. Hear from dairy industry executives, analysts, and thought-leaders about what they're doing to respond to consumer demand, grow markets, modernize operations, deliver sustainable products, and give back to their communities.

Today’s dairy leaders are redefining what it means to be sustainable businesses by elevating good business practices, developing and implementing transportation and logistics solutions, ensuring the highest standards for animal welfare, and committing to and achieving environmental stewardship throughout their supply chains.

Workplace safety and worker well-being are crucial elements for all dairy businesses, and IDFA member companies stand as examples to all employers in the food and beverage industry for their forward-thinking practices. Through use of training and education, data analytics, robotics, and other innovations, IDFA member companies create a safe and productive workplace by incorporating cutting-edge technology from farm to market.

Moreover, IDFA and IDFA member recognize that the future of the dairy industry and our ability to remain globally competitive depends on how we develop the workforce of the future, cultivate the next generation of leaders, and empower and support diversity in leadership roles. Some of today's most innovative dairy industry leaders are also the best places to work in the United States.

Dairy Innovator Dialogues

Dairy Innovator Dialogues is a video and multimedia series presented by IDFA that goes behind the scenes with today's most innovative dairy leaders and companies. Each episode of Dairy Innovator Dialogues, hosted by IDFA President & CEO Michael Dykes, demonstrates how U.S. dairy is leading the world in sustainable business practices, applying data and technology to solve multiple challenges, and connecting with today's consumer at a deeper, more meaningful level than any other category within the food and beverage industry. See for yourself.

Dairy Innovator Dialogues Live

IDFA’s Dairy Innovator Dialogues series has gone live! Join us monthly as we go behind the scenes with today's most respected and innovative dairy leaders. Watch past episodes and register for upcoming dialogues today.

Episode 1: Ed Mullins, Prairie Farms

Ed Mullins, CEO and executive vice president of Prairie Farms Dairy, sat down with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, to discuss Prairie Farms' history of growth and innovation in the dairy business in this episode of Dairy Innovator Dialogues.

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Episode 2: Patrick Criteser of Tillamook Creamery

Patrick Criteser, president and CEO at Tillamook County Creamery Association, sat down with Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of IDFA, to discuss Tillamook’s history of innovation, meeting consumer preferences, and achieving animal welfare and sustainability goals in this episode of Dairy Innovator Dialogues.

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