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ADPI/ABI Annual Conference – “Where The Dairy Industry Does Business”

Over 940 professionals hailing from 26 countries and over 300 organizations in the dairy ingredient and related products sector gathered in Chicago for the 2024 ADPI/ABI Annual Conference held April 28-30.

This annual event, widely known as “Where The Dairy Industry Does Business,” highlighted themes based around collaboratively navigating challenges and leveraging opportunities for the collective good of the industry business during the opening sessions of this year’s conference.

Organized by the American Dairy Products Institute® and co-hosted with the American Butter Institute, this year’s meeting featured concurrent technical and commercial session tracks with deep dive sessions, panel discussions and innovative content, covering subjects such as sustainability, modern wellness, dairy economics, food safety best practice, and global trade trends in value-added dairy ingredients.

Additionally, over 30 industry related exhibitors showcased their insights, technology and opportunities to conference attendees to help the industry grow.

ADPI® recognized contributions to the dairy products industry with the presentation of the 2024 C. Earl Gray Award of Merit to Doug Wilke, a long-time board member and CEO of Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. The recipients of the ADPI® Scholarship program were also announced with the presentation of the Philip Tong Education Scholarship to Megan Ratka from the University of Minnesota-Twin Falls; Megan Rupp from Brigham Young University-Idaho and Kylie Konyn from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Jim Page Memorial Scholarship to Danielle Mauhar from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Aidan Ainslie from Cornell University.

ADPI® and ABI would like to thank the conference sponsors for helping make this event a success. Mark your calendars for the 2025 Annual Conference which will be held in Chicago, April 27 – 29, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk.

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