Monday, September 21, 2020
Dairy, Dairy So Contrary…What Comes After Your Plan B?
Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Most businesses have a Plan A and a Plan B, and some even have a Plan C, albeit in many instances, it is a "paper exercise" that exists in a three-ring binder, and stuffed in the back of a "tick the box" file in offices and cubicles.

So what are Plans A, B, C , and why are most Plan C’s now....not fit for purpose?

ADPI/ABI Joint Annual Conference, Virtually A Big Deal!
Thursday, July 30, 2020


History was made this week as the American Dairy Products Institute(ADPI) and the American Butter Institute (ABI) again joined forces to host their Joint Annual Conference, but unlike years past where over 1,000 registered attendees physically gather in Chicago to “Listen, Learn and Liaise” TM, at the event that has become known as “Where The Dairy Industry Does Business”TM, this year registered attendees did so virtually through the use of technology.

Dairy ingredients and related products industry stakeholders from some 38 states in the US, and some 16 countries worldwide logged-in and logged-on to interactively participate in various informational sessions covering a myriad of topics across both challenges to and opportunities for the dairy industry now and into the future.


ADPI Announces Jim Page Memorial Scholarship Recipients for 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020


The American Dairy Products Institute is pleased to announce that they have selected two recipients for the 2020 Jim Page Memorial Scholarship. Hollie Maccabee of Twin Falls, Idaho and Claire Sipple of Denmark, Wisconsin where presented with $2,000 scholarships at the 2020 ADPI/ABI Joint Virtual Conference on Thursday, July 30th.

Milk Specialties Global Earns Innovation Honor
Wednesday, July 29, 2020


The American Dairy Products Institute would like to congratulate Milk Specialties Global as the recipient of the 2020 Breakthrough Award for Dairy Ingredient Innovation, a competition sponsored by ADPI and Dairy Foods, that honors achievements by members of the American Dairy Products Institute.  

Dave Thomas Honored As 2020 ADPI Award of Merit Recipient
Monday, July 27, 2020


The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) is pleased to announce Dave Thomas as the 2020 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.

Dairy, Dairy So Contrary, How Will The Future Go?
Wednesday, July 01, 2020


“Never let a good crisis (pandemic) go to waste.”

Winston Churchill was quoted in 1940 as saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He was obviously referring to the current state of affairs surrounding the British Empire related to World War II.

Rahm Emanuel, the retired mayor of Chicago and former Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration, was quoted in 2008 as saying “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” He was referring at that time to the looming financial crisis that gripped America, and the fact that government can learn from its mistakes when dealing with crises. More recently during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” he brought back his quote from 2008 and made it applicable to the current crisis we face - COVID-19. “Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” Emanuel said. “Start planning for the future. This has to be the last pandemic that creates an economic depression. We're going to have more pandemics, but this has to be the last economic depression.”

ADPI Announces New Member to 2020 – 2021 Center of Excellence
Friday, June 26, 2020


The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) is proud to welcome Dr. Dustin Dean to the ADPI Center of Excellence. Dr. Dean is an animal nutrition expert, whose experience and skills complement the existing panel of experts comprising its Center of Excellence resources.

Dairy Contrary … Dairy Ingredients … What are they?
Thursday, June 11, 2020


Ingredient……what an interesting word, but what is it?

Merriam-Webster defines it as:
in·gre·di·ent | \ in-ˈgrē-dē-ənt 

Definition of ingredient: something that enters into a compound or is a component part of any combination or mixture 

Synonyms for an ingredient are: building block, component, constituent, element, factor, and member

In our dairy industry, we have finished products that are comprised of a combination of ingredients, but an ingredient can also be, and often is, a finished product in and of itself. 

Dairy Contrary………“Dairy Marketing” …….Do we have a fist full of thumbs and two left feet?”
Thursday, June 04, 2020


Our dairy products segment has some of the hardest working, diligent, and smartest people engaged in all of the broader food and beverage industry.  No question our expertise in supply chain logistics, research, science, food safety, quality assurance, finance, risk management, sales, manufacturing and farming are enviable to the rest of the world.  Milk is one of the most highly regulated products on the planet, more so than alcohol as alcohol is not produced in all countries of the world.  The regulatory rigor surrounding dairy products i.e. milk and ingredients derived from it is quite astonishing to those in other segments of the food and beverage industry. Some of the largest food and beverage companies in the world are heavily engaged and invested in the dairy space, yet when it comes to marketing and messaging to consumers… our collective dairy industry appears in many cases, to be awkward and clumsy.  

ADPI and ABI Announce First Ever Virtual Joint Annual Conference
Tuesday, May 12, 2020


For the first time in 22 years, ADPI and its conference partner ABI will be hosting their traditional Chicago-based Joint Annual Conference via a unique and exciting virtual format.   Don’t worry about travel restrictions, face mask needs, hand sanitizers and groups over 20! ADPI and ABI will be delivering this premier conference and excellent content right to you regardless of your physical location.

ADPI/ABI Annual Conference “Morphs” From a Direct Meeting to “Virtual” in July
Monday, May 04, 2020


The American Dairy Products Institute in conjunction with the American Butter Institute is excited to announce that the 2020 Joint Annual Conference scheduled for July is now going virtual

For the first time in 22 years, ADPI and its conference partner ABI will be hosting their traditional Chicago-based Joint Annual Conference via a unique and exciting virtual format via a computer of your choosing.

Dairy, Dairy so contrary… will the future go? Mile-marker or Milepost . . . a measure of how far we’ve come or . . . of how far we need to go?
Monday, April 27, 2020



In our business, it seems we’ve arrived at a critical point or crossroads, in our journey, and we are being challenged by obstacles here-to-fore never experienced. When we began our journey, you could argue that the challenges faced were more about consumer education of all the positive benefits of dairy products and dairy ingredients relative to availability, application, usage, and diversity.  No one questioned that the nutritional value and health and wellness impacts were positive.  There were some “speed bumps” along the way but mostly due to financial concerns i.e.  development of oleo margarine to compete with butter, or processed cheese to compete with natural cheese.  In these speed bumps, innovation played a role, and you could argue that it resulted from necessity, and was mandated by consumers at the time.

Dairy, Dairy So Contrary…… will the future go? We have a “hard row to hoe,” but since when is anything worthwhile easy?
Thursday, April 16, 2020


Back in the early 1800’s, and ever since in the agricultural southeastern and southwestern regions of the US, the phrase “a hard row to hoe” was and is often heard.  For those who grew up on farms or spent quality time in a garden, you already know what it means.  For those who are less fortunate as to never having worked on a farm or prepared and tended a proper garden, the phrase means that one is in a difficult spot, and/or has a difficult task ahead.  

Member Update: Direct Attendance at Hosted Events & Conferences / Travel Restrictions and Guidance
Thursday, April 02, 2020


The health and safety of ADPI members and attendees during our ADPI hosted events is a critically important goal. We are closely monitoring the potential impact on travel related to COVID-19, and will provide updates as available and deemed necessary. As of now, the CDC, US federal, state, and local public health officials have advised individuals to avoid large gatherings. In addition, several U.S. states have declared states of emergency to be able to access federal assistance, that as a side effect is disrupting travel and events across the country. Many of these events have been cancelled altogether or postponed / rescheduled to future dates in time.

Dairy, Dairy so contrary…… how will the future go? Offense, Defense, Pretense………. Since when do “two wrongs make a right?”
Wednesday, April 01, 2020


Over the last few weeks, I’ve been able to spend quality time, albeit under “social distancing” guidelines, with friends, neighbors and family, and most not directly connected to the dairy industry.  Never the less, all of whom are consumers of food and beverage products and from many different genres. In many of these interactions, conversations eventually turned to dairy and dairy products whether planned or not.  Stimuli for same ranged from comments about the beverages being served at a party, the puddings, pies and cakes serves as dinner deserts, and the widespread diet rationale laments of most everyone, etc.  I also found it interesting that questions often posed in these informal conversations were related to what’s up with this “real vs. fake milk” controversy to “proteins” i.e. and aren’t all proteins the same in the end points of view.


Contamination Controls in the Dairy Ingredients Industry What Exists and What is Needed for the Situation
Monday, March 30, 2020


Our dairy ingredients industry, from processing through to end user, has many practices in place to deal with the hazards of the present COVID-19 crisis. In the crisis we face, we have to account for unknown circumstances, and then take what actions we can to control them. The changes will need to stay in place for several years as hotspots erupt and/or seasonal patterns are discovered.

We need to gain time to find the most effective therapeutic treatments, develop a preventative vaccine, and determine the length of immunity for recovered individuals.

COVID-19 Update - Working Together
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Note to ADPI members from President and CEO, Blake Anderson

Our dairy industry is critical to our food security, and ADPI along with other industry groups including IDFA, NMPF, DMI/USDEC and others, stand ready to do our part to continue to collaborate to ensure food security. We are all appreciative of your work to safeguard dairy from significant supply chain disruptions, to the best of your ability, in the foreseeable future. 

Dairy Contrary: Dairy Ingredients, what are they good for?  ...absolutely everything!
Friday, March 13, 2020


Often, we use the word “ingredient” in our daily dairy lexicon, and depending on the context, it means different things to different people.                              

Did you know that there are some 600+ different products/ingredients that can be derived from a pail of milk, and more evolving through innovation all the time? They range from complete fractions to different specifications for efficacy in use, but never the less…..a whole lot of really good stuff originates with and from “milk.”  Some “ingredients” are easily identifiable as you would not consume them individually i.e. Whey Protein Concentrates (WPC) or Isolates (WPI), or Non-Fat Dry Milk (NFDM) or Anhydrous Milk Fat (AMF).  Others, are ambidextrous so to speak and can be consumed directly as well as perform as ingredients.  Some of these dual-purpose dairy derived products are Cream, Butter, Cheese, Concentrated Milks in the “evaporated or condensed” format, and even regular liquid whole and skim milks.  So how do we as an industry determine what is a finished product as opposed to what is an ingredient?