The CDIC will feed dairy innovation efforts with collaborations between California dairy producers, processors, and universities.
“The ‘center’ is not a physical building or organization, but rather a cooperative effort to leverage the tremendous brain trust of our California colleges and universities as well as the California dairy industry as a whole to support our mutual goals,” said John Talbot, CEO of the CMAB.
The CMAB is currently in the recruitment process for a CDIC director who will unite industry professionals to meet innovation goals, while providing leadership for the California dairy industry.
The director role will also include coordinating pre-competitive research projects, as well as educational training to meet these goals.
California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt.
California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made exclusively with sustainably produced milk from the state’s dairy farm families.