Even a 30-day disruption to China’s dairy supply chain can have lasting, months-long effects. With the region crippled by coronavirus quarantines and no clear end in sight, dairy organizations look to offset the losses.
US President Donald Trump is due to visit India next week, and early reports speculated the announcement of a new trade deal between the two nations. Trump now anticipates a ‘big deal’ later this year.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) wants plant-based dairy alternatives in the US to be barred from using dairy terms in product labeling. But right now it’s not a fair fight, they say, because the focus is not on public health.
A new program from oat-based yogurt alternative brand Hälsa Foods will partner with dairy farms, and support them converting to farmlands for growing organic oats. It will be led by a team of Scandinavian farmers, researchers and environmental experts.
Danone North America is trying to be a leader in US agriculture by converting farms to regenerative practices. New partnerships in 2020 will help Danone’s farmer build ‘economic resilience’ in the face of climate change.
At the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) Dairy Forum this week, president and CEO Michael Dykes spoke of the challenges facing US dairy, including product innovation, milk bankruptcies and setting the industry up for a sustainable future.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) projects that the USMCA bill will pass the Senate soon, followed by a greater focus on agriculture labor, transportation and infrastructure and childhood nutrition this year.