International Dairy Show Attracts Dairy Decision-Makers to Atlanta
Intarnational Dairy Foods Association
The International Dairy Show kicked off in Atlanta this week, giving dairy professionals an unparalleled opportunity to focus specifically on dairy industry trends and keep up with the rapidly changing marketplace. The show, which ran Monday through Wednesday, featured nearly 300 exhibitors offering the latest packaging, processing and technology solutions in the global dairy market.
With more than 3,400 total attendees and more than 1,200 qualified buyers, the International Dairy Show drew strong participation from the key audiences that IDFA and the exhibitors were seeking to attract: food and beverage processors, food distributors and retail manufacturers.
"Targeting and attracting the right buyers continues to be a top priority for us, and we're pleased to say that the attendance figures show a 30 percent increase in qualified buyers over last year," said Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO.
In addition to discussing technology innovations with exhibitors on the show floor, attendees enjoyed the Signature Sessions and more than 40 educational sessions. They also sampled innovative food and beverage products, including Southern-style cheesy ice cream blended with grits and reformulated chocolate milks. They also found abundant opportunities for networking and social events.
One of the best-attended events at the show was the opening Signature Session on Monday featuring Karl Rove, political strategist and former senior advisor to President George W. Bush. Rove shared highlights of his years as deputy chief of staff to the former president and outlined the political issues that he says will frame the 2012 presidential election. He encouraged attendees to "stay in the game" and "serve in any capacity" to help shape the country's future, saying he is confident that the future in 10 years will be "really, really bright."
IDFA would like to thank the show sponsors for their support. They are Amelia Bay, Inc.; Anuga FoodTec; Burns & McDonnell; Chr. Hansen, Inc.; Dairy Foods Magazine; Ecolab, Inc.; Food Safety Magazine; Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy; Kerry Ingredients & Flavours; Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP); Rabobank; Sidel; and Templar.
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Sales for the 2013 International Dairy Show also opened this week, and the response from exhibitors was immediate.