You asked for it. We delivered! The ADPI/ABI Annual Conference was bigger and better than ever. With record-breaking attendance, the 2014 conference drew more than 900 industry professionals, making it the largest annual gathering ever.
Co-hosted by the American Dairy Products Institute and the American Butter Institute, this year’s event addressed the manufactured dairy product industry’s latest challenges, obstacles and opportunities with presentations from a wide range of speakers, including industry executives, government officials and academia.
Challenges, Obstacles & Opportunities
The opening panel discussion dove right into the heart of the industry as panelists outlined the isssues to watch for that will have impact for the dairy industry in the areas of weather, global growth, production and pricing.
An outstanding panel discussion addressed the attention GMO’s in food is receiving. This session started with a range of views from the farmer’s perspective to the manufacturer's and association's challenges concluding with the emerging issue management the distributers are faced with.
Top industry chief executives gathered in a round table setting to share their vision of dairy opportunities and challenges that the industry may encounter in future years. Several panelists agreed that the opportunities in the industry are currently everywhere due to the explosion of new products and the globalization nature of the industry and that as CEOs they must be focused and know what opportunities fit their companies best and which ones to pursue.
Other topics covered at the two and half day event included opportunities and challenges in the Middle East and North Africa markets, the Food Safety Modernization Act rulings and impact, addressing dairy risk management and regulations from CFTC mandated by Dodd-Frank, the infant nutrition market and a new Tuesday afternoon session focusing on dairy ingredient plant technology and practices.
Recognitions & Networking
ADPI was proud to recognize the hard work and achievements of industry leader Jerry Kozak as he was honored with the 2014 ADPI Award of Merit. ADPI also highlighted the achievements of two students who are both currently earning their degrees as well as working in the processed dairy industry. Sarah Post and Michael Azevedo were honored as the recipients of the 2014 Jim Page Memorial Scholarship.
Meeting attendees also had the unparalleled opportunity to network with representatives from throughout the domestic and international dairy industry during three evening receptions that featured world championship cheeses and Chicago themed entertainment.
Thank You Sponsors
ADPI and ABI would like to thank all of this year’s sponsors for helping truly make this an unforgettable conference!
We look forward to having everyone join us for the 2015 ADPI/ABI Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on April 26-28, 2015!
Jerry has had an active 41 year professional career ranging from the New Jersey State Health Department to over sixteen years with the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), where he retired as President & Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2013.
At NMPF, Kozak was responsible for providing the strategic management of NMPF’s initiatives in the areas of federal dairy policy, product safety, animal health and well-being, environmental regulations, domestic and international standards, immigration and labor, and international trade policy. Most significantly, he led NMPF’s communications efforts to educate not only government officials, but also the food industry and consumers about the critical importance of dairy farming and dairy cooperatives. Since 2003, Kozak and NMPF also managed and administered the producer self-help program Cooperatives Working Together (CWT).
In addition to his leadership at NMPF, Kozak served until October 2013 as the Executive Director of the American Butter Institute, a position he held for 22 years. He also served as the President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), based in Brussels, Belgium from 1996-2000 -- the first (and thus far, only) American to serve in that capacity. His service to IDF also included serving as Chairman of the U.S. National Committee of the IDF from 1994 to 1996. Prior to his tenure at NMPF, Kozak served as Senior Vice President of the International Dairy Foods Association from 1989 to 1997.
Before beginning his service in private industry, Kozak was an official with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; first, as Chief of the Milk Safety Branch from 1984 to 1988, and then as Director of the Division of Cooperative Programs from 1988 to 1989. At the Milk Safety Branch, he was responsible for management of FDA’s national program on milk and dairy safety. As Director of the Cooperative Programs Division, Kozak oversaw not only the federal government’s Milk Safety function, but also the Retail Food and Shellfish branches of FDA.
His professional career began in 1972, when he joined the New Jersey State Health Department in Trenton, N.J. He served in various capacities during his 12-year tenure there, including Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of Health.
Kozak received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rutgers University in 1972 and a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan in 1975.
He and his wife Gail have been married for 41 years and have two daughters and six grandchildren.
The members of ADPI and the entire dairy industry congratulate Jerry Kozak, the 2014 recipient of ADPI’s Award of Merit.
The PowerPoint portion of selected speakers’ presentations are available online for 90 days following the conference.
All attendees have received an email that contains all the information needed to access the presentations. This information can also be found in the official conference program booklet that all attendees received at registration.
These presentations are located on an “Attendee Only” password protected page of the conference website. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS PRESENTATIONS
If you have any questions or issues accessing the presentations after May 5th, please contact Beth Holcomb at email@example.com.
For additional conference information:
Carl Roode, Conference Coordinator
American Dairy Products Institute
126 N. Addison Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126 USA
Phone: 630.530.8700, Ext. 222