Membership Categories

Where Does Your Organization Fit?

Memberships are managed on an annual rolling basis, and each membership category can have an unlimited number of individual employees who benefit. Questions regarding memberships can be directed to Steve Griffin via email sgriffin@adpi.org or by phone at 630.530.8700 x226.

Beginning in early summer 2022, an online application for membership will be available. Members applications are subject to review and approval by the Board of Director’s Executive Committee and confirmation by the Board. 

Processor

Firms processing milk and/or co-products derived from milk into finished marketable and/or intermediate products at a plant located within the United States.

Processor members are voting members and eligible for representation on the ADPI Board of Directors.

Annual membership dues are based on the volume of individual dairy ingredients produced in the United States.

Trading Company Tier I

Firms involved in the marketing and distribution of dairy products produced in the United States.

Trading Company Tier I members are eligible for representation on the ADPI Board of Directors, and have voting rights.

Annual membership dues are based on annual sales of United States-produced dairy ingredients.

Trading Company Tier II

Firms involved in the marketing and distribution of dairy products produced in the United States.

Trading Company Tier II members opt for no representation on the ADPI Board of Directors and no voting rights.

To determine if Tier I or Tier II is the best option for your company, please contact Steve Griffin.

Affiliate

Firms that are manufacturers, distributors, or suppliers of equipment, materials, and/or services to the dairy industry.

Affiliate members are not eligible for representation on the ADPI Board of Directors.

Firms that would qualify for the Processor, Trading Companies or International categories are not eligible to be Affiliate members.

Utilization

Firms using dairy products that do not process milk and/or co-products derived from milk to produce finished marketable and/or intermediate products, nor supply equipment, materials or services to the industry.

Utilization members are not eligible for representation on the ADPI Board of Directors.

International Companies

Firms that process or further process milk and/or co-products derived from milk into finished marketable and/or intermediate products, and do not have a dairy plant located within the United States.

International members are not eligible for representation on the ADPI Board of Directors.

Academic Institutions

Academic institutions with programs doing research in and/or with the dairy industry or programs that are training students to work in the dairy industry are eligible to join ADPI.

Individual

Persons who have been active participants in ADPI for five or more years, and who are retired or semi-retired; or, if otherwise qualified but actively employed in a capacity relating to the industry (i.e., consultant) and their employing firm/partnership contains three (3) or fewer employees.