Dairy Foods’ "Let's Talk Dairy" podcast series features enlightening interviews with leaders and experts within the dairy processing industry. Led by Dairy Foods’ editors, the podcast covers a wide variety of topics, including product development, dairy product trends, food safety, plant operations, dairy product marketing, regulatory updates and much more. Listen in to stay informed and up to date!
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Special Episode - A Let’s Talk Dairy interview with Land O’Lakes’ Heather Anfang
Heather Anfang, senior vice president for U.S. Dairy at Arden Hills, Minn.-based Land O’Lakes Inc., joins us for a special edition of our “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast we are presenting exclusively online.
Anfang oversees strategic and commercial activities in Land O’Lakes’ Dairy Retail and Foodservice businesses, partners to drive overall brand health, and encourages the continued engagement and development of team members within the dairy foods business.
Anfang has served Land O’Lakes for more than 20 years, including many years heading Dairy Food Marketing, and more recently, heading enterprise-wide e-commerce efforts.
Episode 23 — Michelle Purvis discusses diversity, equity and inclusion
Michelle Purvis, senior vice president of human resources at Chicago-based Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), joins us for Episode 23 of the “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
DMI, with its related organizations, works to increase sales and demand for dairy through research, education, and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms, and businesses. DMI manages the National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association and founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.
Episode 22 — Samuel Alcaine, Ph.D., Julia Somerdin and Jenn Smith join the “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast
Samuel Alcaine, Ph.D., director of the Northeast Dairy Foods Research Center and an associate professor in the Food Science Department at Cornell University; Julia Somerdin of Labby Inc.; and Jenn Smith, director of Cornell University’s Grow-NY program, join us for Episode 22 of the “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast.
Dr. Samuel Alcaine’s areas of expertise are dairy microbiology, brewing, food safety, microbial fermentations, and protective cultures and enzymes. His research focuses on developing technologies that improve the quality and safety of fermented dairy products.
Labby Inc., an MIT startup, develops milk quality testing right on the farm, helping to replace antiquated methods. Julia Somerdin and her team are building next-generation technology to help the dairy industry transform its milk testing business and provide fast, accurate, and affordable solutions for dairy farms.
Cornell University’s Grow-NY program includes an annual $3 million food and agricultural startup competition, an agricultural tech hardware accelerator, and activities supporting the cultivation of Upstate New York’s regional agrifood ecosystem.
Important to the dairy industry, the Grow-NY program has received funding to help build a runway for dairy product innovators utilizing milk in New York and the Northeast, preparing them to get their products into market, scale, and apply for grants and investment to grow their businesses. The program will launch in 2023.
Episode 21 — CEO of a2 Milk discusses functional dairy
Blake Waltrip, CEO of a2 Milk, joins us for Episode 21 of our “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast.
Waltrip joined the company in May 2016, assuming the role of chief executive of the USA region, which is headquartered in Boulder, Colo. He is responsible for leading its Northern American liquid milk business as well as managing a2’s supply chain partnerships and performance for this region.
Waltrip has a strong marketing and general management skill set. He was previously the CEO of Quinoa Corp. Inc., (The Ancient Harvest Brand). He previously served as vice president and chief marketing officer of the beverage division of the Hain Celestial Group; managing partner of a marketing services and strategy group, Growth Ventures; president Americas of Lowe Alpine; and had an extensive marketing career with Nestlé USA beverage brands.
Episode 20 — Immunity Products
Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Morton Grove, Ill.-based Lifeway Foods, joins us for Episode 20 of our “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast.
At the age of 27, Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she began leading Lifeway Foods in 2002. Since then, Smolyansky has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing to bring kefir, the company’s flagship product, into the U.S. mainstream.
Under her leadership, the company has expanded distribution throughout the United States, Mexico, the UK, Ireland and France, as well as portions of Central and South America and the Caribbean. She is an emeritus member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and was part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
Smolyansky has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries," “The Hunting Ground” and most recently, “On the Record.” In March 2018, Smolyansky released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World.
Episode 19 — Sugar Reduction
Tim Doelman, CEO of Chicago-based fairlife LLC, joins us for episode 19 of the “Let’s Talk Dairy” podcast to discuss challenges associated with sugar reduction.
Doelman has spent more than 25 years in the dairy industry, leading companies, developing products and leveraging technologies to strengthen the nutritional value of dairy while maintaining its natural integrity.
Doelman comes from a family of successful dairy farmers. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Doelman spent time working in his family’s dairies learning how to care for the cows and operate an efficient and profitable operation. He turned his passion for dairy and nutrition into a new business venture when he co-founded the Good Cow Co. in 1999 to develop and market proprietary, ultra-filtered dairy products. The work at Good Cow is the cornerstone of fairlife’s business today.