The Global Cheese Technology Forum (GCTF) will return to the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nev., Nov. 5-7 for its 5th biennial meeting.

According to the event’s organizers — the American Dairy Products Institute, Dairy Products Technology Center (DPTC) at California Polytechnic State University and the Western Dairy Center at Utah State University — the two-day event is an opportunity for those in the cheese and whey manufacturing industries to learn and discuss their role in today's global economy. It is designed to be a forum for discussing the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry, provide information on current marketing issues related to cheese, and provide an opportunity to network with other stakeholders in the industry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about new ideas and practices in cheese technology and applications, meet friends and colleagues, engage in panel discussions and be treated to a cheese and wine social, organizers said.

The 2019 meeting will feature top-tier speakers and presentations. Agenda highlights include an industry leader panel discussion on cheese and whey challenges, as well as topics focused on the following themes:

  • Production and quality of cheese.
  • Recombined fresh cheeses.
  • New technologies.
  • Whey processing, products, applications.
  • Artisan and specialty cheese.
  • Cheese snacking and nondairy proteins.

A full agenda is available on the GCTF website,

The 2019 meeting will also feature the participation of dairy science students from across the country, with student speakers being spotlighted during some of the technical sessions, as well as a poster session featuring students that will be in attendance at the forum, organizers said.