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A podcast series presented by the International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates. The Dairy Download is a 25-minute podcast hosted by Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley of Blimling and Associates that covers dairy market news and offers fresh guest commentary on the consumer and policy trends shaping dairy. Breezy and informative, The Dairy Download takes listeners through a top-line report on the CME dairy markets, and then dives into the headlines and trends shaping dairy production, consumption and marketing with industry experts, market analysts, and leaders from across food and beverage. The Dairy Download is available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as for direct download from https://www.idfa.org/thedairydownload.

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A podcast series presented by the International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates. The Dairy Download is a 25-minute podcast hosted by Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley of Blimling and Associates that covers dairy market news and offers fresh guest commentary on the consumer and policy trends shaping dairy. Breezy and informative, The Dairy Download takes listeners through a top-line report on the CME dairy markets, and then dives into the headlines and trends shaping dairy production, consumption and marketing with industry experts, market analysts, and leaders from across food and beverage. The Dairy Download is available wherever you get your podcasts, as well as for direct download from https://www.idfa.org/thedairydownload.

    The Dairy Download Turns One! Celebrating a Year of Great Conversations

    The Dairy Download Turns One! Celebrating a Year of Great Conversations

    Butter and ice cream. Sustainability and innovation. Capacity and labor. After a year on the air, The Dairy Download is taking a look back at its most insightful guests and groundbreaking topics.
    Join hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Noble Wolfley for a review of the podcast’s first 23 episodes. Who has the best track record with fearless predictions? What’s the one stat you need to know as we head toward 2022? What did our guests have to say about the best way to enjoy ice cream? We offer our perspectives.
    The Dairy Download will take a quick break after this episode and return for a fourth season soon! Subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and stay up-to-date with extra sharp market and policy insights.

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
     Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 25 min
    Workforce Woes: What’s Causing Labor Challenges?

    Workforce Woes: What’s Causing Labor Challenges?

    A lack of workers. An increase in COVID cases. An aging labor force. They’re all issues facing US employers as they struggle to fill jobs today and prepare for the labor pool of tomorrow. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two guests about efforts to overcome workforce woes.
    First up is Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute. Her role includes preparing the workforce for an ever-evolving manufacturing industry. She discusses efforts to recruit more women, veterans and youth, and why manufacturing is a desirable career.
    Next, we speak with Dante DeAntonio, Senior Economist with Moody’s Analytics. He dives into recent job reports and what’s kept employees out of the workforce. Will those obstacles clear up anytime soon? DeAntonio weighs in.

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 32 min
    Dairy in Demand: Ramping Up Capacity

    Dairy in Demand: Ramping Up Capacity

    No matter where they eat, Americans love dairy. That’s good news as processors ramp up capacity, bringing additional cheese, butter and milk products to dining rooms and kitchen tables across the country. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two leaders helping satisfy healthy appetites for dairy products.
    First up is Tim Gomez, who was among the founders of Kansas Dairy Ingredients and is CEO of KDI Cheese Company. He discusses how the company’s plant expansion in Hugoton, Kansas, will fill an increase in demand for dairy products – including European-style butter. What’s so great about butter that’s 85% fat? Gomez fills us in.
    Joining us next is George Chappell, Vice President of Dairy Operations at Glanbia Nutritionals. Last year, the company opened its latest venture, WMC, which is now processing about 8 million pounds of milk per day. Chappell talks about the process of creating fresh and delicious cheese at the innovative new plant.

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    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
     Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 28 min
    South Dakota Dairy: A Trip Down I-29

    South Dakota Dairy: A Trip Down I-29

    What do the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and more than 150,000 cows have in common? They all call South Dakota home. On the latest episode The Dairy Download, we talk to two guests encouraging growth in the state’s dairy industry.
    Joining us first is Paul Kosboth, Owner and Manager of A1 Development Solutions. Prior to founding the agricultural development company, Kosboth served as South Dakota’s Director of Ag Development. He joins the show to discuss changes and expansion in the state’s dairy herd, and what makes South Dakota an idea place for milk producers and processors.
    Next up is Jason Mischel, Vice President of Sales and Milk Procurement for Valley Queen Cheese Company. Founded more than 90 years ago, Valley Queen now uses more than 1.8 billion pounds of milk to produce over 200 million pounds of cheese each year. Mischel discusses the company’s growth and how Valley Queen is attracting producers from across the globe to South Dakota.

    You can find The Dairy Download for free wherever you stream podcasts and at www.idfa.org/thedairydownload. Or take the hassle out of download times and subscribe!

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
     Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 21 min
    Beyond Our Borders: A Global Dairy Passport

    Beyond Our Borders: A Global Dairy Passport

    Grab your passport, we’re going globetrotting. How are logistics issues impacting international dairy trade? What does the dairy farming landscape look like in other parts of the world? And why do consumers love butter from Ireland? We find out in the latest jet-setting episode of The Dairy Download.
    Our first stop is Switzerland, where we check in with Patricia Stroup, Global Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer with Nestle. From commodity shortages to efforts around sustainability, she talks about challenges facing the company – and how she’s helping find solutions. She also discusses dairy’s role in the success of the world’s largest food and beverage business.
    Next, we take a trip to Ireland to talk with Colin Kelly, Managing Director of Trading and Member Relations at Ornua. He discusses the cooperative’s evolution as Ireland’s largest dairy exporter. He also sheds light on how Ornua is overcoming obstacles like Brexit and a worldwide container shortage.

    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.

    • 27 min
    Farm Fresh: The Producer's Perspective

    Farm Fresh: The Producer's Perspective

    Americans sure love dairy, and consumers across the world are demanding more high-quality American dairy products than ever before. As milk production increases in the U.S., so too do herd sizes, while the total number of dairy farms continues to decline. What does sustainable growth look like from the farmer’s point of view? This week on “The Dairy Download,” we dive into the opportunities and challenges presented by growth, innovation, and consumer preferences in today’s dairy industry. 
    Our first guest is Mike McCloskey, Co-Founder and CEO of Select Milk Producers. Mike gives us his thoughts on competition between farms, the success of fairlife, and the need for professional people in the dairy business. He also lays out his thoughts on why dairy farms need to needs to be cow-centric, ecosystem-centric, and community-centric to survive and thrive in the future. 
    Next up is Catherine de Ronde, Vice President of Economics and Legislative Affairs at Agri-Mark, Inc. She discusses the farmer-owned cooperative’s opportunities for growth, capitalizing on B-corp certification, and the need to focus on sustainable operations irrespective of their size.
    Questions or comments about the show? We want to hear from you. Send a note to dairydownload@idfa.org and your feedback could be included on a future episode.
    If your company is interested in sponsoring a block of episodes of The Dairy Download, contact IDFA’s Melissa Lembke at mlembke@idfa.org.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Bumpy1971 ,

Great Info

Great info from industry pros.

Playyalp ,

A Spirited Discussion on the Dairy Industry

The Dairy Download podcast will certainly educate us on the dairy industry.

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