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Dairy industry leaders share how to succeed

New Dairy Innovator Dialogues goes behind the scenes with today's most innovative dairy leaders and companies.

Today’s dairy leaders are redefining what it means to be sustainable businesses by elevating good business practices, developing and implementing transportation and logistics solutions, ensuring the highest standards for animal welfare and committing to and achieving environmental stewardship throughout their supply chains.

The International Dairy Foods Assn. (IDFA) this week introduced the Dairy Innovator Dialogues, a new video and multimedia series presented by IDFA that goes behind the scenes with today's most innovative dairy leaders and companies. Each episode of Dairy Innovator Dialogues is hosted by IDFA president and chief executive officer Dr. Michael Dykes and underscores stories of innovation, sustainability and smart growth happening throughout the dairy supply chain thanks to industry leaders and forward thinkers.

Viewers will get the inside scoop on what it takes to remain competitive and successful in a quickly evolving industry. Hear from dairy industry executives, analysts and thought leaders about how U.S. dairy is leading the world in sustainable business practices, applying data and technology to solve multiple challenges and connecting with today's consumers at a deeper, more meaningful level than any other category within the food and beverage industry.

“Today’s dairy leaders are redefining what it means to be innovative by elevating data and analytics throughout the supply chain, developing and implementing transportation and logistics solutions, ensuring the highest standards for animal welfare and committing to and achieving environmental stewardship throughout their businesses,” Dykes said. “Dairy Innovator Dialogues is a lesson in show and tell: You’ll see how dairy companies are responding to consumer demand, growing markets, modernizing operations, delivering sustainable products and giving back to their communities. I am so proud of the leadership shown by America’s dairy industry, and this series brings it to life.”

Each week, IDFA will release a new episode of the dialogues. This season’s episodes feature interviews with: Jeff Kaneb, chief operating officer of HP Hood; Doug Wilke, CEO of Valley Queen Cheese Factory; Jerry Kaminski, COO of Land O’Lakes; Ed Mullins, CEO and executive vice president of Prairie Farms Dairy, and Patrick Criteser, president and CEO of the Tillamook County Creamery Assn.

In episode 1, Mullins discusses Prairie Farms Dairy's history of growth and innovation. Prairie Farms Dairy is a cooperative of more than 800 farm families. Founded as a one plant operation, the co-op now owns and manages 44 plants throughout the Midwest. Mullins, who has been with Prairie Farms for 39 years, said the only constant in dairy is change. He has seen a number of significant changes of late that improve production efficiencies: "It's the technologies that have come forward that allow you to produce a product at a more efficient cost, traceability, warehouse management systems where, within five or 10 minutes, you can find out where the product is — in house, in distribution or at what warehouse. Previously, it took four or five hours to do that."

Watch Episode 1.

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