IDF World Dairy Conference set for Copenhagen

By Jim Cornall contact

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A Changing Climate for Dairy is the subject for the IDF Global Dairy Conference 2021 in Copenhagen in October.
A Changing Climate for Dairy is the subject for the IDF Global Dairy Conference 2021 in Copenhagen in October.

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Titled ‘A Changing Climate for Dairy’, the International Dairy Federation (IDF) will hold its annual meetings in Copenhagen in conjunction with the IDF Global Dairy Conference from October 13 to 15, with 350 dairy people expected to participate together with several hundred additional on-line participants.

The IDF Global Dairy Conference 2021 will take place at Axelborg in the center of Copenhagen, and will be organized by the Danish Dairy Board. Registration for the event has recently opened on the IDF Global Dairy Conference homepage.

The agenda of the conference is scheduled by a working group headed by the director of the Danish Dairy Board Brussels, Kirsten Holm Svendsen.

“The general theme of the conference is ‘A Changing Climate for Dairy’. In other words, it deals with the work on climate solutions carried out by the dairy industry itself, and how the surrounding world – the political and economic conditions – currently changes due to national and international climate goals,”​ said Holm Svendsen.

The conference will open with welcome speeches by Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Rasmus Prehnand and EU Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. This will be followed by the Dairy Leaders Panel, where several CEOs of dairy companies will showcase their visions for the global dairy sector over the coming years and discuss several strategies and visions of their respective companies to supply dairy products.

The panel will begin with CEO Peder Tuborgh, Arla Foods, followed by CEO Phillipe Palazzi, Lactalis, CEO Minfang Lu, Mengniu, and president and CEO Rick Smith, Dairy Farmers of America. The session will end with a panel discussion where dairy managers will discuss the opportunities and challenges within the dairy sector. Dr Judith Bryans, lead of the IDF Task Force on the UN Food Systems Summit will also share the highlights of the summit and the impacts on the dairy sector. The IDF Forum will be an occasion to invite participants to learn about the work of the organization.

The core of the three-day conference will be a range of dairy-related presentations and debates in six sessions: Food Safety, Processing & Technology, Sustainable Diets, Farming, Politics & Economics and Marketing. All sessions revolve around the conference theme ‘A Changing Climate for Dairy’, and all presentations will be available live online for those registered.

IDF director general, Caroline Emond, said, “We look forward connecting with our worldwide dairy community at the IDF Global Dairy Conference 2021 in Copenhagen and virtually. The cancellation of the IDF World Dairy Summit 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic has been difficult and we are thankful to our colleagues in Denmark for accepting to host this year event which will give us the opportunity to share the latest on dairy and discuss the challenges and opportunities for our sector.”

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