Education & Training

Leading the Way

ADPI has long been the resource for organizations in the dairy ingredients industry for training, education, and development resources. On an annual basis, ADPI offers annual conferences and training, along with webinars and focused forums and symposiums, to bring the industry together and to educate the dairy ingredients workforce.

Premier Events

ADPI/ABI Annual Conference:
Where the Dairy Industry Does Business®

April | Chicago, IL

The ADPI/ABI Annual Conference is a gathering that is truly unique in the dairy industry. Co-hosted by the American Dairy Products Institute and the American Butter Institute, this is the premier event for the manufactured dairy products industry. 

This annual conference, Where The Dairy Industry Does Business®, is designed for attendees to meet face-to-face with both leaders of businesses and others empowered to conduct business as either buyers or sellers.  At the same time, the educational and social aspects of the event are extremely rewarding, all in the superb venue of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, typically held in April.

Experience the connective power of an established event for knowledge sharing and networking, gain insight into current dairy trends and projected developments, enhance your industry knowledge and network with over 1,100+ attendees from manufacturers, marketers, suppliers, distributors and brokers of manufactured dairy products, as well as industry analysts, journalists and key government officials.

International Whey Conference

September | Biennially in Chicago, IL and Europe

American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) in collaboration with European Whey Products Association (EWPA) hosts the International Whey Conference (IWC) every two years, alternating between a U.S. location and an European location.  The 2024 International Whey Conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland in September.

The focus of the conference is to highlight the latest industry trends, new applications and most current research related to a wide range of whey products, showcasing whey as a value-added ingredient with tremendous consumer health and nutrition benefits. Research has already established that whey is one of the most highly nutritional and multi-functional proteins available, which can improve almost any food or beverage product.

The IWC Marketplace is a central gathering place for attendees during the conference highlighting innovative whey-based ingredients, processing equipment and products. Here, industry professionals and researchers from all over the world will discuss how to connect the science and technology to real-world commercial applications.

Conference attendees include the world’s top whey researchers and processors, cheese makers and leading food marketers.

Training Courses

Dairy Ingredients 360 Training Course

Are you relatively new to the dairy ingredients industry and seeking basic understanding for how dairy ingredients are manufactured, marketed and used?  Do you wish to have a greater appreciation for the connections between marketing, economics, processing and utilization of dairy ingredients?  Or would you just like to refresh your broader knowledge of this sector? If you have answered yes to any of these questions the ADPI Dairy Ingredients 360 Training Course is for you!

This virtual and interactive educational and development course provides participants with 36 hours of instructional content delivered in 3-course modules through 18 sessions over 9 months. All sessions are recorded and allow participants to watch them on-demand to accommodate any schedule. 

The Class of 2023 will run from February – October with live trainings.

Dairy 101 Training

ADPI offers customized training programs to its Member companies across a number of categories and subject areas to ensure their employees are provided with a solid basis of knowledge and understanding of the dairy ingredient industry. Available as a benefit of ADPI membership, ADPI will provide a customized Dairy 101 basic orientation and training with emphasis on your company’s individual needs. 

In order to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of the training, an ADPI training team composed of one to two ADPI Center of Excellence members will travel to a location of choice. 

Costs and scheduling are developed on a case-by-case basis. For more information on scheduling a Dairy 101, please contact KJ Burrington at

Seminars, Symposiums & Forums

Dairy Ingredients Technology Symposium

March | Santa Barbara, CA

The Dairy Ingredients Technology Symposium, now in its 25th year in 2023, provides learning opportunities on the latest technical developments in dairy ingredients. This symposium is designed for both industry and academic researchers, marketers, product developers, and manufacturers. 

This event is an excellent opportunity to network with current colleagues and develop new relationships in the exciting dairy science and ingredients arena.

Membrane Technology Forum

June | Minneapolis, MN

Backed by Dairy Foods magazine and ADPI, the Membrane Technology Forum is the leading event in the commercial membrane and membrane technology sector. This event covers the most important concepts and ideas from the fundamentals of membrane technology, fouling and cleaning to emerging new technologies and applications with real world case studies discussing the problems, proposed solutions you can use today, and final results.

The Membrane Technology Forum is the go-to source for processors, plant managers, engineers, chemists, equipment manufacturers, research & development, sales & marketing specialists, technicians and many others.

Dairy Ingredients Seminar

September | Santa Barbara, CA

Join the buzz as industry subject matter experts discuss the future market opportunities and challenges for dairy ingredients. 

Find out what will shape the future of the dairy ingredients global marketplace, while hearing about the latest science, technology, and innovations that can provide the tools to improve your products and your ability to compete in the marketplace.

ADPI/CME Dairy Purchasing & Risk Management Seminar

October | Chicago, IL

ADPI and CME Group invite you to attend this new event specifically designed to help dairy industry participants learn the key concepts involved in managing price risk and volatility in the dairy commodity markets. 

Attendees also have the opportunity to attend an Optional Education Session on the Fundamentals of Dairy Risk.

Global Cheese Technology Forum

October | Biennially in Reno, NV

The Global Cheese Technology Forum brings together all aspects of the industry to focus on cheese and whey products. This biennial event is a gathering of cheese industry leaders, including production, R&D, sales/marketing, quality assurance, management and suppliers to address concerns and developments relevant to cheese and whey product manufacturing. This two-day event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking

Dairy Technology Seminar

November | Biennially in Madison, WI

Join scientists, dairy subject matter experts, and fellow professionals to network and learn about the latest updates in dairy product and ingredient research, applications and utilization. Hear about the latest trends for ingredients from across the industry.



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