This year’s International Dairy Show, presented by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., gives dairy processors the chance to see new technology, equipment and ingredients right on the show floor, and network with knowledgeable suppliers. Attendees can discover the latest trends in processing, packaging, ingredients, food safety, distribution and more.

The dairy show, in combination with Process Expo reached record attendance in 2013, according to IDFA. This year, more than 20,000 attendees and over 1,000 exhibitors are expected. The Dairy Show is once again co-locating with Process Expo, organized by the Food Processing Suppliers Assn. (FPSA), McLean, Va. And new this year, the show also will be co-locating with InterBev Process, organized by NuernbergMesse North America, Atlanta. Processors will have access to all three shows for the price of one (see page 92 and 94 for more information about Process Expo and Interbev.) Registration is $25 before Sept. 15 and $50 after.

Attendees will have access to 1,000 suppliers in all three show locations with education and networking events occurring both in the exhibition halls and throughout locations in McCormick Place.

The Dairy Show’s opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m, on the show floor.

 The Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest is back this year. The two-day event brings the brightest and best U.S. dairy food students for a competition testing the quality of their sensory skills and a chance to network with industry personnel. Many of the alumni have risen to top corporate positions or have become leading academics in the world. Join to meet some of dairy’s future leaders.

The International Dairy Foods Association will present the 3rd IDFA Dairy Innovations Awards during the show, co-sponsored by Dairy Foods.Online voting has begun. Go to this page on the International Dairy Show website to review the nominees and cast a vote.

Submissions will be on display, in poster format in the Dairy Show Exhibit hall. The award winners will be announced on Friday, Sept. 18, in the iDairyShow Theater in the North Hall of McCormick Place, booth 9413.

In addition, attendees of the show can also vote for the Attendee/Reader Choice Award. Voting will be done on-site and will end at noon, Thursday, Sept. 17.

What’s new?

New on-floor education sessions offer the latest information on topics critical to dairy industry professionals. Topics include consumer trends/nutrition; distribution & supply chain; food safety & traceability; packaging; plant operations; processing/product development and sustainability. See Dairy Foods’ show coverage at for highlights from this year’s educational sessions.

iDairy show demonstrations and technical sessions

Members of the dairy community will meet at iDairyShow to participate in presentations and demonstrations from leading industry experts in food safety and traceability, sustainable practices, consumer research, marketing and more.

This year, attendees can participate in events such as Cheese and Cheers.

Get connected

Once again the Cyber café and Great American Milk lounge are available where attendees can connect on and offline. Attendees can network before the show as well by following @dairyshow on Twitter, liking the International Dairy Show page on Facebook or joining the Dairy Show group on LinkedIn.

To see more program information, to register and for travel information, visit

Dairy Foods presents Plant of the Year Award

Voters on Dairy Foods’ website helped to select Kroger Co.’s Mountain View Foods manufacturing facility in Denver as the 2015 Plant of the Year. On Friday, Dairy Foods will present the Plant of the Year award to Kroger during the Awards Presentation, taking place noon to 1 p.m.

On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon, a team from Kroger will discuss how the plant was designed, engineered and built. 

Must-see educational sessions/events 

Tuesday, Sept. 15

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.                    Collegiate Dairy Contest

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                Cracking the Code to Food Choices: Insight from Moms, Millennials and Foodies

11 a.m.  – 12 p.m.               Dairy Foods Plant of the Year seminar

2:30 pm – 3 p.m.                Innovation – The Core Ingredient in Dairy Market Growth

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                   Collegiate Dairy Contest Awards Presentation

Wednesday, Sept. 16

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.                Designing a Sanitation Program to Optimize Product Quality and Food Safety

11 a.m.  – 12 p.m.               What Do the New EPA Municipal Water Rules Mean to Dairies?    

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.                   Sodium Control: Product Development Strategies and Manufacturing Applications

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.                   Got Proof? The Evidence on the Diverse Benefits of Flavored Milk

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                   Healthy Beverage Trends Can Bring More Shoppers to the Dairy Case

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                   Eating Patterns in America

Thursday, Sept. 17

10:30 a.m.  – 11 a.m.          3 Critical Decisions for Shelf Ready Packaging of Pouches

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.                New Packaging Invigorates Dairy Products – Refreshing the brand image to meet consumer expectations

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.                   How Packaging Can Impact Nutrition

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.            3-A Standards

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                Sugar Reduction in Dairy – Overview, Challenges and Strategies

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.                   Green Dairy: a successful case on how to turn dairy waste into clean energy

Friday, Sept. 18

10:30 a.m.  – 11 a.m.      Inline density and mass flow measurements of frozen ice cream with overrun

11 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.       Impact of food starch on the texture and eating experience of dairy foods

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.               Closing Reception and Awards Presentation 

View the Exhibitor List (PDF) | View the Floor Plan (PDF)