Dairy show to become annual event

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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CHICAGO — The International Dairy Foods Association plans to hold an annual trade show beginning next year, Sept. 13-15, 2010, in Dallas. The move will end the setup the I.D.F.A. had for the past 10 years when it co-located its trade show every two years with the American Meat Institute in Chicago. Those two shows collectively are known as the Worldwide Food Expo.

The I.D.F.A. announced its move to an annual show on Oct. 28 during the Worldwide Food Expo. The association’s board of directors accepted the recommendation of its executive committee. Exhibitors and attendees to the Worldwide Food Expo indicated through interviews and surveys that an annual event would create more opportunity to showcase product and packaging innovation and also would provide more frequent interaction between suppliers and processors.

"The launch of the annual International Dairy Show in 2010 gives the dairy industry a great opportunity to focus on industry trends and to keep up with a rapidly changing marketplace," said Gary Vanic, chairman of the I.D.F.A. board and president and chief executive officer of Great Lakes Cheese Co., Hiram, Ohio.

The location of shows after 2010 will be based on competitive pricing and access for exhibitors and attendees.

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