Thursday, March 21, 2019
2019 Webinar Series





ADPI Webinars Feature Dairy Ingredients Industry Products, Services and Expertise! 

ADPI is proud to present a series of webinars for 2019 that offer cutting-edge information, that showcases the value of dairy ingredients.


WHEN: February 6, 2019

TIME: 2:00 pm EST


Facts vs. Fiction: How Do Alternative Proteins Compare With Dairy Proteins?

A nutrition perspective

Cindy Schweitzer
ADPI Center of Excellence Member
Schweitzer Consulting LLC

Cindy Schweitzer founded Schweitzer Consulting LLC to provide nutrition and food science expertise for the food industry, including insights about complex diet-health relationships, translating scientific evidence and identifying research priorities. Schweitzer’s global technical expertise spans more than 30 years in non-profit, ingredient and food service organizations. Most recently Schweitzer was Technical Director for Global Dairy Platform where she facilitated world-wide collaborative efforts on dairy nutrition and health issues and research initiatives to promote dairy foods as nutritious components of healthy sustainable diets. Schweitzer previously worked for McDonald's Corporation driving their worldwide nutrition strategy on regulatory guidelines and labeling standards. As Senior Scientist with Cognis Corporation (formerly Henkel), Cindy led research and regulatory efforts, similar to prior work directing the nutrition research program for the National Livestock and Meat Board. Her career started in dairy food manufacturing as a technical sales representative for Marschall Products Division of Miles Laboratories. Cindy obtained her PhD in human nutrition at Utah State University and BS in food science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.




WHEN: May 23, 2019

TIME: 2:00 pm EST


Industry Hot Topic: Price Discovery & Transportation Update


Mike McCully
ADPI Center of Excellence Member
President, The McCully Group, LLC

Mike McCully is currently the president and owner of The McCully Group, LLC, a strategic consulting firm focusing on dairy and food companies. He has experience in business analysis, long-term strategic planning, purchasing strategies, risk management policies and procedures, and M&A, among other supply chain issues. His past experience includes over 15 years with Kraft Foods where he held management roles in dairy, meat and grain purchasing. His responsibilities included sourcing dairy commodities as well as commodity risk management, dairy policy and industry relations.

While in the Oscar Mayer division of Kraft, he was also responsible for meat commodity risk management and corn purchasing. His knowledge base also reaches into dairy policy and price volatility issues. McCully holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.


Sara Dorland
Managing Partner
Ceres Dairy Risk Management

Sara Dorland specializes in providing risk management services to businesses within the agriculture sector, with a focus on the dairy industry. Sara has represented dairy producers, cooperatives and consumer product companies in risk management dealings nationwide. Prior to starting Ceres Dairy Risk Management, LLC, Sara was the Director of Risk Management for Darigold, Inc. She spent the first 10 years of her career working in both the Ingredients Division and Risk Management teams of Darigold.

Dorland received her Masters of Business Administration from Seattle University and earned her BA from the University of Washington. In 2001, Sara received a certificate from Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in Leadership and Strategy. She is a member of ADPI, IDFA, USDEC and American Agri-Woman. She has also participated in the CME Group’s annual Dairy Forum since its conception.





WHEN: September 4, 2019

TIME: 2:00 pm EST


Growing the Pie: Opportunities for Dairy Ingredients in the Dynamic Pet Food Sector & Emerging Segments?


Deborah Payne
Owner and Partner
Thomas Payne Market Development (TJP)

Deborah Payne learned the appreciation of food as a child by helping out in the family garden and cooking side by side in the kitchen with her grandmother. They talked about food, family, and culture. Preparation became a common shared experience with teaching moments about family values and history. Today Deborah and her husband, Tom, work as a team at Thomas Payne Market Development (TJP), a company they started in 1986. Their first clients were the California Raisin Marketing Board and California Walnut Marketing Board. This was the age of “I heard it through the grapevine” and dancing raisin characters. It was about maintaining market share while seeking and opening new markets in areas like Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as places like Southeast Asia and China. TJP’s work took California Almonds to China in the early 1990s. TJP introduced Canadian flaxseed as an ingredient in USA bakeries and identified what US consumers want in fish products for the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation.

Over the years TJP expanded into new arenas with World Bank projects such as the tea industry in Rwanda and frankincense and myrrh from Somalia. TJP works both domestically and globally, and TJP work has touched more than 50 countries. A current area of interest is finding value added opportunities for non food uses, such as in the pet industry and natural cosmetics for US Highbush Blueberries. Deborah holds a Master of Science degree along with BS and BA degrees in journalism and human resources and development. She and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay Area.





WHEN: December 12, 2019

TIME: 2:00 pm EST


Innovation Spotlight: Fractionation Processes for Successful Dairy Ingredients


Geoff Smithers
ADPI Center of Excellence Member
Owner & Director, Geoffrey Smithers Food Industry Consulting Services

Geoffrey Smithers has a background in both fundamental and applied R&D in the areas of dairy processing and ingredient functionality. During a career with CSIRO and Food Science Australia, Geoffrey successfully built client relationships in critical capability areas, including processing systems, ingredient functionality and delivery, and nutrition science in Australasian, European and North American markets.

Geoffrey formed his own dairy (and food) consulting business in early 2009, operating out of Melbourne, Australia, and has established a global client base. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a PhD in Biochemistry, and nearly 30 years experience in dairy processing, and ingredient science and technology. He has published extensively in the scientific literature, by way of original research articles, reviews and books, and is an inventor on a number of patent applications.


Michael Culhane Ph.D.
ADPI Center of Excellence Member
Owner, Dairy Advance Business Consulting LLC

Michael Culhane is the owner of Dairy Advance Business Consulting LLC which provides multidisciplinary technical expertise and business development services for dairy and food industry organizations. He established his consulting business in 2005 and has over 25 years of experience in dairy sector operations, technical development and business planning.  

Michael started his dairy career in Europe as an employee of Glanbia and transferred to the company’s U.S. operations in 1990. Over the course of fifteen years at Glanbia he held management positions including general manager, executive vice president and president at the company’s North American ingredient division helping during this time to advance business through several stages of growth for commodity and specialty dairy ingredients. His experience of dairy global markets includes many years of direct involvement in the management of business and customer relationships in North & South America, European Union and Asia.

In his consulting business Michael combines business and technical expertise to assist customers with business development and investment evaluations, strategic planning, dairy manufacturing technology, operations design, dairy market/competitive analysis, regulatory guidance.



Enhance your dairy ingredient businss development by sponsoring an ADPI webinar!

As an event sponsor, your brand will be visible throughout the webinar, with dedicated slides that tell attendees who you are and position your company as one dedicated to dairy ingredient development.

Sponsors Receive:
• A 10 to 15 minute slot to provide technical info related to the webinar topic to complement the main speakers.
• Logo recognition on all promotions: print, website, eNewsletters and email blasts
• Logo recognition on the webinar registration page
• List of webinar attendees
• Access to recorded webinar via ADPI website following the event for future use

Limited To One Sponsor Per Webinar - Cost - $2,500

If you would like to sponsor one of the above webinars, contact Beth Holcomb at