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From worker shortages to wage pressures, employers across the country are facing labor challenges – and the agricultural industry is no exception. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two guests on the forefront of today’s workforce struggles.First up is Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington state’s fourth congressional district. Rep. Newhouse tells us how his background in agriculture steers his policymaking, particularly with workforce issues. He also sheds light on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and its potential impacts on ag labor.Joining us next is Jackie Klipplenstein, Senior Vice President of Government, Industry and Community Relations with Dairy Farmers of America. She talks about her efforts to ensure the farmer-owned cooperative has an adequate workforce, including working with Congress to adjust and expand visa programs.The episode is sponsored by FOGG.Fogg has been in the dairy industry for more than 65 years. From single-serve to gallons of traditional milk, Fogg can fill it. Check Fogg out at go.foggfiller.com/dairy and see the difference in a Fogg."If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe below.
A new backpack, a fresh pack of pencils and a carton of milk. They’re all essentials for students heading back to school. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two guests about student milk consumption and how shelf-stable products are adding excitement to the landscape.First up is Terry Pallister, Vice President of Manufacturing and Development with Diversified Foods. Pallister talks about the momentum behind shelf-stable milk as firms – and school districts – look to reduce waste and supply chain costs. Pallister also discusses Diversified Foods’ efforts to make shelf-stable dairy a more viable option.Next, we speak with Doug Adams, President and Owner of Prime Consulting. Flavored milk has long been a favorite – but how does fat content and packaging sway student tastes? And how are school-aged children responding to shelf-stable dairy? Adams offers insights on trends in the cafeteria.The episode is sponsored by Infor.“Infor is transforming dairy businesses worldwide with ERP, supply chain, and product lifecycle solutions tailored to fit industry needs. Find out how at infor.com/dairy"If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe below.
From leading the nation’s largest cooperatives to overseeing complex supply chains, women are driving the U.S. dairy industry. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two female CEOs taking their companies to the next level.First up is Amie Gabriel, interim CEO with Cayuga Milk Ingredients. She discusses her leadership style and how she adapts to ups and downs in the dairy industry. She also tells us about her work connecting Cayuga products with consumers around the world.Next, we speak with Sheryl Meshke, Co-President and CEO at Associated Milk Producers Inc. She sheds light on what’s changed at the nation’s largest cheese cooperative during her 32-year career. She also tells us what’s next for the businesses and highlights growth opportunities.The episode is sponsored by Kansas Department of Agriculture.“Ready to expand your dairy processing into the premier dairy frontier? There is room to grow in Kansas, the center of it all. Contact dairyinkansas.com."If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe below.
European milk production declined 1.4% year-over-year in June as heat waves weighed on cow comfort and component levels. Though temperatures are expected to ease in the coming months, milk flows will remain under pressure amid tightening environmental regulations. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two guests keeping an eye on Europe’s output obstacles.First up is Jukka Likitalo, Secretary General with Eucolait. He tells us how the European Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy is impacting the region’s production. He also gives insight on other factors crimping output, from structural issues to supply chain and labor challenges.Next, we talk with Paula O’Dwyer, Senior Business Intelligence Manager for Glanbia Ireland. She sheds light on trends in Irish milk production and the broader European market. And she discusses the impact of higher prices on the region’s dairy demand.The episode is sponsored by Nelson-Jameson.“For decades, Nelson-Jameson has been a leader in the food industry providing manufacturers with the products and services they need to produce safe, quality food."If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
Have you noticed a new type of milk in your local dairy aisle? Did you recently pick up a new yogurt flavor? The way we consume dairy is constantly changing, and companies are evolving their offerings to keep up – especially as consumers put more emphasis on health and wellness. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk to two leaders bringing new goods to a grocery store near you.First up is Niel Sandfort, Chief Innovation Officer with Chobani. “Innovation is a messy sport,” Sandfort says. But that’s not stopping Chobani from introducing new products aimed at making yogurt a staple in Americans’ refrigerators. He gives us the scoop on the brand’s newest offerings and his favorite flavor.Then, we speak with Blake Waltrip, CEO of a2 Milk's USA Region. Developed in New Zealand, Waltrip says a2 milk is easier on the stomachs of dairy consumers. Waltrip sheds light on the product’s success in North America and how he’s hoping to reverse declines in U.S. fluid milk sales. He also gives us a peek at the next a2 dairy products we may spot on shelves.The episode is sponsored by Eurofins. “As part of the Worldwide Eurofins network of analytical laboratories, Eurofins DQCI is proud to be the laboratory serving the dairy industry.”The episode is sponsored by Eurofins.“As part of the Worldwide Eurofins network of analytical laboratories, Eurofins DQCI is proud to be the laboratory serving the dairy industry.”If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe below.
As average U.S. gas prices move toward $5 per gallon and diesel zips toward $6, consumers are feeling the pain in their pocketbooks – and adjusting their spending. At the same time, supply chains are adjusting to ever-mounting fuel costs and passing along the pressure. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, two experts weigh in on record volatility in oil, gas and diesel markets and let us know if relief is in sight. First up is Matt Smith, Lead Oil Analyst – Americas with Kpler, which offers news, forecasts and analysis on commodity markets. While price swings aren’t new in oil markets, they are reaching unprecedented highs. How are Americans adapting to higher costs to fill up their tanks? And what should your strategy be when trading commodities? Smith weighs in.Next, we speak with Craig Fuller, founder and CEO of FreightWaves, a supply chain intelligence platform. Spot trucking rates are easing, and more drivers are climbing behind the wheel. But rising prices at the pump are keeping shipping costs on the upswing. Fuller discusses the state of freight and how technology is shaping the industry of the future.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org. Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
Milk is essential to the healthy diet of children, packing in 13 essential nutrients that children need for growth, development, healthy immune function, and overall wellness. So why are some politicians looking to remove milk options from school meals? On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we dive into the war on school milk being waged in New York City and its implications for school milk across the country.  First up is Dr. Keith Ayoob, a pediatric nutritionist, registered dietitian, and clinical practitioner who served as director of the nutrition clinic at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx for over 30 years. Dr. Ayoob recently published an op-ed in the New York Daily News pushing back against New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed ban on flavored milk in New York City Public Schools. What are the implications of such an action on child health and nutrition? Dr. Ayoob gives us his insight.Next is Rick Naczi, CEO at American Dairy Association North East (ADANE). Rick lays out the importance of school meals for milk consumption and outlines Mayor Adams’ actions to remove flavored milk for NYC school meals and his subsequent backing off from those actions in recent months. How does this effort compare to previous efforts to remove milk from school menus in NYC? And what are the implications for school districts across the country?Find out on the latest episode of The Dairy Download. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts
The U.S. dairy industry is leading with sustainability as processors make ambitious climate commitments and the industry commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. At the same time, the maturation of carbon markets offers dairy producers the potential to diversify their revenue streams. How are these new markets taking shape, and what do they mean for the future of on-farm sustainability? On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two experts with decades of experience helping producers and processors advance their sustainability measures.First up is Patrick Wood, founder and general manager of Ag Methane Advisors, a niche consulting firm that helps livestock producers reap the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What practices are dairy producers using to cut GHG emissions and sequester carbon? And should these climate benefits stay within the dairy supply chain or be sold as offsets for other industries? Patrick gives us his insight.Next is David Darr, chief sustainability officer of Vanguard Renewables, a leading firm in the development of food and dairy waste-to-renewable energy projects. With more than 20 years of experience implementing sustainable and regenerative practices on dairy operations—most recently at Dairy Farmers of America—David brings an experienced and unique perspective when talking about dairy’s climate goals. How can dairy utilize more renewable energy? And how will incentives shape the future of on-farm sustainability?Find out on the latest episode of The Dairy Download. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.Today's episode of The Dairy Download is brought to you by Federal  – The next generation of Federal gravity-level fillers are here. A customizable solution to fit your needs to get the job done right. Check out visit.federalmfg.com/dairydownload to learn more about your next Federal filler.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
Criminal actors—whether they be halfway across the globe or within our own companies—pose significant risks to dairy business operations, food and workplace safety, and our industry’s reputation. They can attack at any time, from anywhere, and through any number of means. On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak to a cybersecurity veteran with a background in the U.S. military and a food defense expert with a background as a Washington, D.C. homicide detective.First up is John Hoffman, senior research fellow at the National Center for Food Protection & Defense, who details the extent to which cybersecurity threats can harm dairy businesses. What motivates cyber criminals? What vulnerabilities are common at food and beverage manufacturing facilities? And how can we each individually support security at our own businesses? John gives us the scoop.Next is Rod Wheeler, founder and CEO of The Global Food Defense Institute — a firm that provides food defense and crisis management training and education to manufacturing and retail operations. With a prolific background in criminal investigations, Rod brings a unique perspective when thinking about intentional adulteration of our food supply, whether that’s from actors within or outside of our businesses.Listen and subscribe to The Dairy Download on your favorite podcast app.Today's episode of The Dairy Download is brought to you by DairyTech – a brand new conference brought to you by IDFA and Dairy.com."DairyTech 2022 will bring together dairy and technology business leaders from around the world this May to form new connections and showcase innovative solutions that will transform the dairy industry. Learn more about the program and register for this new event at dairytechconference.com."If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
From “America’s Dairyland” to America’s largest dairy producing state, regional dairy associations are convening dairy producers and processors to confront some of today’s largest challenges. On the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak to two representatives from dairy associations in Wisconsin and California about the trends and policies impacting dairy production and processing in their respective states.First up is Brad Legreid, executive director of the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association since 1990, who details the changes in Wisconsin’s dairy industry over the past 30 years. How have policymakers in Madison sought to modernize and expand the industry? And what challenges are top of mind for producers and processors in the state? Brad gives us the scoop in pure Brad Legreid form.Next is Anja Raudabaugh, chief executive officer of Western United Dairies—a trade association for dairy producers in California. Anja details the complex water politics playing out in The Golden State and how the resulting policies are affecting everything from feed costs to starting and maintaining a dairy in the state. Listen and subscribe to The Dairy Download on your favorite podcast app.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has roiled markets, upended global food and fuel supply chains, and sparked fears of food insecurity at home and abroad. How will dairy businesses fair, and how can they manage risk? On the Season 5 premiere episode of The Dairy Download, we speak to two experts managing this volatility about how grain markets are reacting to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and how food businesses are planning for continued disruption.First up is Steve Freed, vice president of research with ADM Investor Services, who argues current grain prices are actually running undervalued. How will capital investments in biofuels, government conservation goals, crop insurance policy, and weather affect what’s grown in the United States this year? What’s on the mind of livestock producers and dairy farmers? Steve sheds light on the many factors influencing the price and availability of food and feed this year. Next is Lee Sanders, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs with the American Bakers Association—a trade association for baking companies and suppliers. How are bakers who rely on just-in-time delivery of ingredients dealing with supply chain disruptions and uncertainty around availability of grains and oils? And what are policymakers in Washington doing to help alleviate these issues? Lee answers all of that and more.Listen and subscribe to The Dairy Download on your favorite podcast app.Today's episode of The Dairy Download is brought to you by Fogg. "Fogg has been in the dairy industry for more than 65 years. From traditional milk to drinkable yogurt, Fogg can fill it. Check Fogg out at go.foggfiller.com/dairy and see the difference in a Fogg!"If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
“Change is inevitable.” It’s phrase often used at workplaces to explain transitions and shifts in the way we do business. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we hear from two dairy cooperative CEOs – one taking on a new position, and one retiring – and discuss the changes they’ve made and are making in the industry.First up is Robert Chesler, who took on the CEO role at United Dairymen of Arizona in July 2021. “Everything is fair game for change. … We're looking under every rock, we're questioning every single process and procedure that we do,” he tells our hosts. From exports to new manufacturing opportunities, he sheds light on where he sees opportunities for the cooperative’s growth.Next: Stan Ryan, food industry veteran and outgoing CEO of Darigold Inc. Where does he see the U.S. dairy industry going in the years ahead? What is one of the industry’s big, unique advantages? He answers all of that, and more.Today's episode of The Dairy Download is brought to you by Federal. "The next generation of Federal gravity-level fillers are here. A customizable solution to fit your needs to get the job done right. Check out visit federalmfg.com/dairydownload to learn more about your next Federal filler."If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
Labor struggles, a lack of commodities and supply chain snarls continue to drive product shortages, keeping selection limited and shelves a little less full. These same issues are also leading to a lack of packaging for in-demand goods. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two executives finding new ways to get the right products into consumer hands.Joining us first is Seth Teply, President and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada. From a clamor for paper to a deficit of resin, he sheds light on the products seeing the most demand and the biggest shortages. He also discusses Tetra Pak’s focus on sustainability and how packaging can be used to connect with consumers.Next, we speak with Murray Bain, Vice President of Marketing for Stanpac. From glass milk bottles to ice cream pints, he talks about Stanpac’s evolution in the dairy packaging space. He also talks about what’s driving today’s challenges and when – or if – we’ll see an end of packaging shortages.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
Banking on Dairy

Banking on Dairy

2022-01-2135:50

Cows make milk. Milk makes money. But how do producers build the farms, facilities and herds needed to generate profits and a steady stream of dairy products? In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, two leaders in the agricultural banking space offer their thoughts on today’s lending landscape.First up is Michael Reecy, Vice President – Dairy Industry at Farm Credit Services of America. The South Dakota resident tells us which parts of the dairy industry are growing and where he’s seeing contraction. He also discusses challenges facing dairy producers and how FCSA is helping overcome those obstacles.Next, we speak with Jackson Takach, Chief Economist and Senior Director of Strategy, Research and Analytics with Farmer Mac. He talks about consolidation trends in ag banking and the dairy industry as well as what higher interest rates might mean for the space.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
U.S. dairy exports outperformed in 2021 thus far. While that would have been remarkable in its own right, it was all the more amazing given the port, shipping and trucking obstacles exporting companies encountered along the way. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two experts keeping up a steady flow of shipments despite snarls at U.S. ports.First up is Derik Toy, Director of Supply Chain at DairyAmerica, the world’s largest milk powder marketer. He discusses the company’s struggles with getting products to customers on time, and how DairyAmerica is reconfiguring its supply chain to overcome those issues. He also gives his outlook on when congestion and delays might ease.Next, we speak with Mark Benson, Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Responsibility at Leprino Foods. Utilizing different ports, establishing new logistics hubs and adding labor – all are strategies the company is adopting to help keep its products moving. What else needs to happen to ease port congestion? Benson offers his thoughts.Today's episode is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. "Ready to expand your dairy processing into the premier dairy frontier? There is room to grow in Kansas, the center of it all. Contact dairyinkansas.com." If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org. Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
From strong retail sales to higher prices, from healthy export interest to labor shortages, 2021 presented a number of tailwinds and headwinds for the dairy industry. In a special, year-end episode of The Dairy Download, a panel of experts recaps this year’s dairy markets and gives a sneak peek into 2022.Joining our year-end episode are Sara Dorland, managing partner at Ceres Dairy Risk Management, who gives her outlook on US milk production growth in the year ahead. We also feature Patti Smith, CEO of DairyAmerica, shedding light on export opportunities for US product amid sluggish global milk supplies and logistics snarls. And Mike McCully, owner of The McCully Group, discusses how energy, fertilizer and other international pressures could weigh on domestic dairy prices.They’re joined by hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley. What got them though this volatile and memorable year?  Tune in and subscribe to find out.
Whether they’re picking up produce at a grocery store or a burger at their favorite restaurant, Americans are facing higher food bills. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk to two experts about the factors pushing prices higher.First up is Dr. Ricky Volpe, who teaches courses in food retail, supply chain management, transportation and logistics and data analysis at Cal Poly. While food inflation isn’t a new phenomenon, he tells us why it’s dominating today’s headlines. Volpe also discusses the reasons we have fewer options at our local grocery stores.Next, we speak with Susan Quam, Executive Vice President of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. She discusses food inflation, labor shortages and other challenges facing the nonprofit’s 7,000 members. Quam also talks about Wisconsin’s favorite foods.
From finding enough truck drivers to sourcing ocean containers, overcoming logistics challenges is a daily – and costly – issue. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we speak with two experts who offer insights into how the dairy industry might solve those puzzles.First up is Roger Cryan, Chief Economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. From farm to fork, supply chain and logistics snarls are disrupting the flow of goods and pushing up prices to produce and buy food. Cryan discusses when these headaches might ease – and how much we’ll be paying for holiday meals in the meantime.Next up is Dustin Braun, Vice President of Logistics and Planning at Land O’Lakes. As the cooperative’s top logistician, his role includes collaboration with employees, retail partners, transportation providers and plants. Hear his insights into how that network is ensuring the right product arrives in the right places at the right times.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org. Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
The Deep Dish on Pizza

The Deep Dish on Pizza

2021-11-0530:32

Stuffed crust, extra cheese, no anchovies! Americans place plenty of pizza orders each year, and the pandemic only sharpened our appetites for hot-and-ready pies. In the first episode of The Dairy Download’s fourth season, two experts give us the deep dish on pizza consumption trends.First up is Christopher Thomas-Moore, Vice President of Media, Digital Marketing and Product Development for Domino’s. He tells us how the brand uses technology – including delivery robots – to bring pizza straight to customers’ doorsteps. He also gives us the scoop on Domino’s new, cheesy offerings.Next up is Jonathan Maze, Editor-in-Chief of Restaurant Business Magazine. How much pizza are people really eating? Where are they enjoying a slice? And are they paying a bit extra for their pizza and fast food generally? Maze weighs in on current consumption trends and the next big thing in pizza.Today's episode is sponsored by Spartan Parts. "Spartan Parts also offers a small filler, low to medium speeds requirements. Learn more about the six valve, three head capper gravity filling at spartanparts.com/dairydownload"If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
Butter and ice cream. Sustainability and innovation. Capacity and labor. After a year on the air, The Dairy Download is taking a look back at its most insightful guests and groundbreaking topics.Join hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley for a review of the podcast’s first 23 episodes. Who has the best track record with fearless predictions? What’s the one stat you need to know as we head toward 2022? What did our guests have to say about the best way to enjoy ice cream? We offer our perspectives.The Dairy Download will take a quick break after this episode and return for a fourth season soon! Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and stay up-to-date with extra sharp market and policy insights.If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org. Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
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