Association holds convention with record attendance.
All Star Dairy Association
Inc. (ASDA) held its 47th annual convention February 9 to 13 at the Desert
Springs Marriott in Pal Desert, Calif. President Larry Kurz, of Readington
Farms in Whitehouse, N.J., and Jeff Sterne, executive director of
Lexington, Ky.-based ASDA, presided over a record attendance of 282 people,
including 51 dairy/water/custom-mold members representing 65 plants.
The convention featured a panel that included
representatives from Costco, Sysco and School Food Service. Other subjects
covered were lowering health insurance costs, hiring practices,
distribution savings, wastewater treatment and current regulation changes.
Introduced at the gathering were newly elected board
members Gale Hackman, Central Dairy; Roger Gifford, Gifford’s Ice
Cream; Robin Schroeder, Schroeder Milk Co.; and Dub Garlington, Plains
The convention also was the venue for recognizing
ASDA-member processors with the following awards:
Dairy of the Year Award — Foster Farms Dairy, Modesto, Calif.
Purchasing Award (large company) — Hunter Farms Dairy, High Point, N.C.
Purchasing Award (small company) — Gifford’s Ice Cream, Skowhegan, Maine.
Quality Assurance Awards: Best Fluid
Plant — Turner Dairy, Pittsburgh; Best Cultured Plant — Louis Trauth Dairy, Newport, Ky.; Best Ice Cream Plant —
Southwest Foods, Tyler, Texas.
Doc Lawrence Award (Most Improved
Plant) — Dairy Maid Dairy,
Thoroughbred Award (Supplier of the
Year) — BP Solvay, Houston, Texas.
The $5,000 John D. Utterback Annual College
Scholarship was awarded evenly to member employees or dependents to be used
toward a Food & Science degree.
Plant operations conference
Innovation, technology and management are the three
watchwords for the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA)
Plant Operations Conference slated for April 26 and 27 in Chicago. This
year’s program will cover a spectrum of topics crucial to dairy plant
operators including the latest technology developments in filtration,
production and product packaging and tracking. In addition, program
participants will receive briefings on important management issues such as
worker safety, diversity in the workplace and the new federal regulations
on recordkeeping. m “The Plant Operations Conference
successfully delivers its ambitious agenda, which looks at the innovative
technologies that can help a dairy plant operate more efficiently, as well
as how to manage a facility’s invaluable human capital,” says
Courtney Waters, IDFA senior manager of educational services. “In
addition, attendees will receive a thorough update on the latest regulatory
challenges for plant operators.” m Among the highlights
of the conference will be the announcement of the winners of the
second-annual IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Awards, which honor firms for
outstanding worker safety performance. This year’s program has been
expanded to include both processing facilities and trucking operations in
the dairy industry.
For more information, visit www.idfa.org or
contact the IDFA educational services group at (202) 737-4332.