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IDF World Dairy Summit 2023 Opened in Chicago Today

Date: October 16, 2023
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Chicago, US, October 16, 2023: The IDF World Dairy Summit 2023 opened today under the theme “BE Dairy: Boundless Potential. Endless Possibilities”. The US, the world’s 2nd largest milk producer, will be hosting 4 days of sessions exploring the latest developments in dairy science, technology, knowledge and innovation from all over the world. The IDF World dairy Summit 2023 will also be an unparalleled opportunity for networking for dairy leaders and experts from all over the world.

Dairy’s premier global gathering returns to the United States for the first time in 30 years and is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experience a dynamic programming, consisting of eight plenary sessions, and twenty-one concurrent break-out sessions, all led by world-renowned experts.

This year, the IDF World dairy summit coincides with IDF’s 120th anniversary. Since 1903, IDF has been acting as the global dairy sector’s voice of scientific and technical. As part of this important milestone, IDF’s General Assembly, representing a broad swath of dairy producing countries from around the world, has issued a statement. This statement aims “to reinforce the importance of working together and empowering the next generation of leaders within the global dairy sector to maximize dairy’s Boundless commitment and Endless ambition to sustainably nourish people and communities and to make a positive difference in the world”. Please, find the full statement here.

Special events and activities were organised to celebrate this momentous occasion, which also coincides with the 60th anniversary of IDF’s collaboration with key stakeholders such as Codex Alimentarius and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). A special session will be dedicated to this relevant joint work.

Also, in the context of the Summit, IDF has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other key stakeholders like ICAR, the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), and IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture).

The IDF World dairy Summit will host the second edition of the IDF Dairy Innovation Awards, aimed at showcasing the most innovative and groundbreaking innovations of global dairy.

Other highly anticipated content includes:

  • Plenary sessions on global economic outlook and marketing trends, successes in international standard setting, nutrition and policy, and challenges and opportunities within dairy farming and processing
  • Multiple concurrent sessions on how to best adapt to and take advantage of opportunities in the rapidly evolving landscape around precision nutrition and sustainability, as well as navigate economic factors, food safety, and dietary guidance; and,
  • Discussions on hot topics, like a panel on dairy science and technology, including how novel cell-based fermentation technologies will impact dairy’s future


IDF WDS 2023 will also offer unparalleled networking opportunities with more than one thousand delegates attending, including nearly 100 c-suite executives, and many more at managing director and other senior executive levels of leading dairy companies, organizations, and institutions. Participants will also have the opportunity to network at evening social events such as the Welcome Reception at Chicago’s House of Blues and the Gala Dinner at the world-renowned Field Museum. Dairy Farmers have a special opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow farmers from around the globe at a dinner hosted at the Chicago Sports Museum.

Following the primary agenda, participants will join sold out technical tours to get a first-hand look at the best of American dairy production, from farms to processing facilities and research centers and labs.

As IDF President Piercristiano Brazzale emphasized: “In the spirit of unity and collaboration, the IDF World Dairy Summit 2023 is an invitation to seize boundless potential and realize endless possibilities. This international congregation of dairy enthusiasts, researchers, policymakers, and industry leaders holds the key to transforming dairy’s promise into a vibrant reality. As the summit unfolds, let us immerse ourselves in the knowledge, connections, and inspiration it offers, ultimately forging a united front in advancing dairy excellence across the globe”.

The IDF World Dairy Summit 2023 in Chicago promises to be a landmark event, fostering collaboration, celebrating innovation, and shaping the future of the global dairy industry. With its robust program and networking opportunities, it offers an unmatched platform for stakeholders to come together, share knowledge, and drive dairy excellence worldwide. You can access the full programme here.

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