Monday, September 27, 2021
ADPI/ABI Virtual Joint Annual Conference, Deja Vu!
Friday, August 20, 2021


History repeated this week as the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) and the American Butter Institute (ABI) again joined forces to host their Joint Annual Conference virtually.  This iconic industry annual conference continues to be referred to as “Where the Dairy Industry Does Business TM.”    Dairy ingredients and related products industry stakeholders from some 30+ U.S. States and Canadian provinces, and some 15+ other countries worldwide logged-in and logged-on to virtually engage and participate in various dairy industry centric sessions covering a myriad of topics across both challenges and opportunities, current and future focused.

ADPI Announces Jim Page Memorial Scholarship Recipients for 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021


The American Dairy Products Institute® is pleased to announce that they have selected three recipients for the 2021 ADPI Scholarship Award Program. The three recipients of the Jim Page Memorial Scholarships, Yasmira Alverez of Patterson, California, Mary Greer of Ballwin, Missouri, and Lydia Rockers of Carthage, Missouri, were each presented with $2,000 scholarships at the 2021 ADPI/ABI Joint Virtual Annual Conference.

Jerry O’Dea Honored As 2021 ADPI Award of Merit Recipient
Friday, August 20, 2021


The American Dairy Products Institute® (ADPI) is pleased to announce Jerry O’Dea as the 2021 Recipient of the Award of Merit.  The Award of Merit was established in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the processed dairy products industry.

The Strong Inside® Salutes Team USA Dairy Protein Powered Olympic Athletes
Thursday, August 05, 2021


Becoming an Olympic athlete is no easy feat. It requires passion, dedication and a true competitive edge. Not to mention the thousands of hours of intense training accompanied by a strategic diet. For most Olympians, these diets incorporate carbohydrates, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables and lots of protein. While each diet might look different for every athlete, these Olympians competing in the 2020 Olympic Games share one common diet staple to fuel their bodies: REAL milk.

Dairy Contrary . . . Hope Springs Eternal
Thursday, July 29, 2021


I recently had the good fortune to travel from the inferno of California’s Central Valley to the upper Midwest’s more temperate City of Chicago, and received a complimentary flight status upgrade on the early morning flight.

The trip was already a Win/Win in my mind when yet another “Win” materialized as we approached 10k feet over the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. The flight attendant, smiling and pleasant, asked if I cared for the “breakfast plate/tray” of the day and with low expectations, hunger and hope, I said yes indeed!

ADPI Center of Excellence Quick Bytes - Self-life of Whey Powder - Part 1 of 3
Thursday, July 29, 2021


Join ADPI® Center of Excellence (COE) team member Karen Smith as she shares her insights and opinions.  Whey powder prepared and stored under optimal conditions and in proper packaging can remain free flowing and without color change for 2 years. In commercial situations, however, whey powder can become dark brown and lumpy soon after manufacture. Maillard reaction and water uptake during storage largely are responsible. Understanding factors that influence product quality is necessary so that undesired changes can be delayed or eliminated. 

ADPI Center of Excellence Quick Bytes - Self-life of Whey Powder - Part 2 of 3
Thursday, July 29, 2021


Join ADPI® Center of Excellence (COE) team member Karen Smith as she shares her insights and opinions on Water Uptake During Storage.

Loss of product quality often is a result of moisture uptake by powder resulting in chemical, physical and bacteriological changes.  Whey powders are hygroscopic and controlling the crystallization of lactose is the only way to reduce their hygroscopic nature.  Packaging that provides a greater barrier to moisture transmission reduces the ability of lactose that is in a hygroscopic form to obtain moisture.

ADPI Center of Excellence Quick Bytes - Strategies for retaining and expanding ingredient business in the infant formula sector
Thursday, July 08, 2021


A range of business drivers are bringing change to the infant formula industry. Market growth is slowing and repositioning of manufacturing activity is underway. Divestments and company reorganizations across the sector will result in significant change in the business landscape over next few years.  These factors together with competitive pressures among formula manufacturers will see the demand profile for protein and other ingredients evolve and change.

ADPI Center of Excellence Quick Bytes - Dairy Ingredients Opportunities in Global Maternal (Stage 0) Supplements
Friday, May 28, 2021


During ADPI’s October 2020 webinar, COE’s subject matter expert Dr. David Clark touched upon an emerging segment, which is growing at a 20% annual rate, and estimated to reach $1 billion by 2029, according to global player Nestlé.  We circled back for a follow up interview to get a clearer understanding of what drives this market and is it an opportunity for US and international suppliers of dairy ingredients?


ADPI Center of Excellence Quick Bytes - Potential Defects in Cheese
Thursday, May 13, 2021


The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin has named the month of May “Wisconsin Cheese Month”, so it is timely to commemorate this event with some cheese knowledge from our very own Center of Excellence member and longtime Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker, Terry Lensmire.  Though Wisconsin is considered the “Cheese State”, and the 4th largest producer of cheese in the world, we know it isn’t always easy to make every batch of cheese just perfect.  We all know that losses in cheese quality can translate into losses in sales. For this reason, we have Terry to discuss some potential defects that can occur in cheese and what to do about them. 

Dairy Contrary . . . Milk. . . The sum of the parts is greater than the whole
Friday, May 07, 2021


“Proteins from Milk “are a common denominator in many of the milk derivatives, liquid or dry in form, and today are highly sought after by consumers for their nutritional need-state portfolios. Proteins from milk are naturally “complete,” often imitated by non-dairy “want-to-be’s” who have to add and or fortify their products to get to where “proteins from milk” are naturally.

There are many folks today that shortsightedly judge the health of our dairy industry solely by fluid milk consumption, and that is both unfortunate and an increasingly inaccurate measure.

Inside Perspective: A Matter of Relevance
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

To survive and thrive, dairy industry trade association such as ADPI have to remain relevant to both members and customers....

ADPI President and CEO Blake Anderson provided an "inside prespective" in the February 2021 Dairy Foods Magazine

Dairy Market Outlook - March 12, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021

Over the last month, US dairy market fundamentals have turned more bullish as supply growth slows and a demand recovery gets closer. January milk production was less than expected, and cheese stocks didn’t grow much during the month. Government stimulus and dairy purchases remain a wild card.

Dairy-Contrary™ .   .   . “Rules and Regs”
Monday, March 01, 2021


It is often said, and hopefully most believe, that we are a nation of laws, and that we believe in and adhere to the “rule of law.”  Rules and Regulations are akin to laws in that they frame needed and expected behaviors of citizens who choose to live, work and successfully coexist in society. 

Ignorance of .... is different than Ignoring laws, or rules and regulations. Ignorance, the noun describes a condition i.e., the lack of knowledge or information. Ignoring, the verb, is a chosen action, i.e., refusing to take notice of or acknowledge, disregard intentionally. 

In our food and beverage industry, and the “dairy” segment of it, we have many extremely smart people. Smart people are generally well educated, but still can be ignorant in some ways. This ignorance, if existing, is easily remedied by education in learning and understanding the rules. 

ADPI® Establishes the Phillip Tong Educational Scholarship in 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The American Dairy Products Institute  announced today, the establishment of a scholarship in the name of Phillip Tong Ph.D., to be known as the Phillip Tong Educational Scholarship. “This annual scholarship endowed by ADPI, is in recognition of Dr. Tong’s contributions to the Training, Education and Development of people in the dairy industry and most recently within the scope of Dairy Science & Technology realm and the domain of ADPI member companies,” commented Blake Anderson, President and CEO of ADPI. “Training, Education and Development is a strategic precept for ADPI and this new scholarship, under Dr. Tong’s name, will ensure that his life’s work will continue to contribute to the success of our industry,” Anderson went on to say.

Dairy Contrary™ – Innovation
Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Innovation is defined as “the creation, development and implementation of new products, processes or services, with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness or one’s competitive advantage.”  It is also widely held as a self-evident truth that “innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organization.”