Cheese production in the United States continued its long-term upward trend in 2007, reaching a record high of 9.7 billion pounds and increasing 1.8 percent over the previous year. This is just one of the many facts included in the 2008 edition ofDairy Facts, which is now available for purchase from the International Dairy Foods Association.

The 2008 edition ofDairy Facts, published by IDFA andDairy Foodsmagazine, provides a comprehensive overview of 2007 sales, consumption and production data for the dairy foods industry. This 120-page booklet offers an excellent summary of the overall health of the U.S. dairy industry and dairy trends.

Delivered in an easy-to-use format,Dairy Factsprovides information from government and private market research sources on the fluid milk, cultured dairy, cheese, and ice cream and frozen desserts markets. It is organized in five quick-reference sections: general product information, production statistics, sales and consumption figures, pricing data and international market data.

The data was compiled and reviewed by IDFA's economic analysis division, led by Vice President Bob Yonkers, Ph.D.

"With its rich data, executive summaries and easy-to-use format, this annual publication serves as a valuable reference tool for IDFA members, researchers, educators, government officials and others interested in the dairy industry," Yonkers said.

TheDairy Facts2008 edition is $30 for IDFA members and $50 for non-members. IDFA members also will receive substantial volume discounts when ordering bulk quantities.

Both electronic and print copies are available for purchase. For complete ordering information, visit

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 530 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI), and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online