The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has today announced the launch of the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2023.
The 2nd annual awards are designed to demonstrate the engagement and dynamism of the dairy sector worldwide, offering a unique platform to showcase innovative processes, practices and products that improve efficiency and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In its inaugural edition, the awards attracted over 140 entries worldwide, with participation from every continent.
“Innovation is certainly one of the dairy sector’s outstanding features and one of the reasons why milk and dairy have remained at the very core of sustainable and healthy nutrition since the beginning of times. This is something that the 2022 edition of the IDF DIA has proven through its amazing set of entries. Now we aim for even more innovative breakthroughs and greater participation in 2023”, says Caroline Emond, Director General of IDF.
“We are excited to sponsor the IDF Dairy Innovation awards once again. Innovation has been a part of our DNA ever since our inception, as we pioneered aseptic technology and integrated solutions to help increase food availability, especially for dairy, without the need for preservatives or refrigeration. Over the past 70 years, we have had a history of breakthroughs and we remain committed to driving collaborative innovation, working with the dairy industry to develop processing and packaging solutions that increase access to safe food, reduce food loss and waste and help build more resilient and sustainable food systems”, says Charles Brand, Executive Vice President Processing Solutions & Equipment, Tetra Pak.
Entries will be invited in nine categories, with a focus on sustainable and community-led initiatives, as well as new product development and innovative practices:
- Innovation in sustainable farming practices: a) environment, b) animal care, c) socio-economic
- Innovation in sustainable processing
- Innovation in sustainable packaging
- Innovation in new product development with a focus on food safety and consumers nutrition
- Innovation in Women empowerment in the dairy sector
- Innovation in Climate Action
- Innovation in Marketing & Communication initiatives building the dairy category
Note that this year, two new categories have been introduced: Innovation in Women empowerment in the dairy sector, which aims to highlight the growing female leadership in the dairy value chain and Innovation in Marketing & Communication initiative building dairy category, seeking to award value generation for the dairy category through Marketing and Communication strategies and campaigns.
The awards will be hosted by the IDF in partnership with Zenith Global, the food and drink experts. Further support comes from Tetra Pak, a world-leading food processing and packaging solutions company, and the Headline sponsor of IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2023.
The IDF World Dairy Innovation Awards 2023 will open for entries from 15 March until 1 June 2023. The award winners will be announced on 16 October in a dedicated awards ceremony at the IDF World Dairy Summit hosted in Chicago, USA.
IDF members are invited to participate in the awards free of charge, with paid entry available to non-members. For further details and to register your interest, please visit the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards section of IDF’s corporate website.
You can also register your interest to participate here.