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Date: February 21, 2024
Insights type: News, Press Releases
Categories: News, Press Releases

The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has today announced the launch of the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2024.

The 3rd annual awards are designed to demonstrate the innovation and dynamism of the dairy sector worldwide, offering a unique platform to showcase innovative processes, practices and products that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the global value chain, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In its second annual edition, the awards attracted over 173 entries from 26 countries, with participation from every continent.

“Innovation stands as a defining trait within the dairy sector, a cornerstone that has anchored milk and dairy in the heart of sustainable and healthy nutrition throughout history. The remarkable entries showcased in the 2023 IDF DIA underscore this legacy. Looking ahead to 2024, our focus is set on catalyzing further inventive breakthroughs and enhancing increased participation,” expresses Caroline Emond, Director General of IDF.

“We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Dairy Innovation Awards in 2024. The dairy industry plays an important role in supporting livelihoods, food security, and nutrition. Enabling the transition towards sustainable dairy is one of our core pathways to driving food systems transformation at Tetra Pak, and innovation is at the centre of that transition. It is only by working together to optimise dairy processing and packaging technologies that we will reach our industry’s environmental goals, and the IDF DIA stands out as a moment to take stock of the successes along that journey,” says Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Processing Solutions and Equipment, Tetra Pak.

Entries are invited in ten categories, with a focus on sustainable and community led initiatives, as well as advancements in 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 new product: a) dairy product with focus on human nutrition, b) food safety equipment
  • Innovation in Women empowerment in the dairy sector
  • Innovation in Climate Action
  • Innovation in Marketing & Communication initiative building dairy category.


The awards are 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 Headline sponsor of IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2024.

The IDF World Dairy Innovation Awards 2024 are open for entries from today, 21 February until 1 June 2024. The award winners will be announced in a Special Plenary Session on innovation at the IDF World Dairy Summit hosted in Paris, France on 18 October.

IDF members are invited to participate in the awards free of charge, with paid entry available to non-members. For further details and to proceed with registration, please visit the website or get in touch with us at [email protected]

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