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IDF World Dairy Summit 2019

23 -26 September - Istanbul, Turkey



This year’s theme for the World Dairy Summit was "Milk for Life", representing not only milk being one of the most important foods for human nutrition but also the many socio-economic impacts it has on society.

The event was based at the Hilton Bomonti Hotel & Conference Centre Istanbul, and featured a Dairy Leaders’ Forum, IDF Forum and 8 conferences over the course of four days.

The Welcome Reception took place on the evening of Sunday 22nd and other evening events included a Farmers’ Dinner (Tuesday 24th) and Gala Dinner (Wednesday 25th).  In addition, a number of Technical Tours were being held on Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th.

You can see an overview of the Summit (showing the different events that took place on each day) here.

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2018 held in Daejeon



The  theme for the 2018 World Dairy Summit was "Dairy for the Next Generation!", representing a shared determination to rise to new challenges and advance the dairy industry.


The event was based at the Daejeon Convention Centre (DCC), opening on Monday 15 October and featured a Leaders’ Forum, IDF Forum, 9 conferences, and 3 special sessions over the course of four days. The evening lineup included a Gala Dinner and themed events like a National Day and Farmers’ Dinner. In addition, a number of Technical Tours were held on Friday, 19th October.

For more information, visit http://www.idfwds2018.com/html/main.php 

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2017 held in Belfast


The UK dairy industry brought together the global dairy community to focus on how to Make a Difference with Dairy at the International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit 2017 in Belfast.

Organised by UK-IDF, the UK National Committee of IDF, the 2017 event took place from 29th October to 3rd November 2017 at the Belfast Waterfront conference centre. Over 1,000 dairy experts from across the globe gathered in Belfast to share their in-depth knowledge of dairy and bring the audience up to speed on the latest developments in the industry.

The theme of the Summit was "Making a Difference with Dairy" and it examined the impact a vibrant, efficient and sustainable dairy industry, with nutrient rich and innovative dairy products, can have on the health of current and future generations, animal health, dairy science and technology, the environment and much more.

It featured eight conferences focusing on marketing; nutrition and health; dairy policy and economics; dairy science and technology; food safety; farm management; animal health and welfare; and the environment. The event also included several high profile sessions, including the IDF World Dairy Leaders’ Forum and the IDF Forum, as well as a series of technical tours showcasing the UK industry’s state-of-the-art infrastructures.

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Judith Bryans elected IDF President

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK,, was elected President of the Intern at in al Dairy Federation at the World Dairy Summit held in Rotterdam.

Judith takes over from Dr Jeremy Hill of New Zealand, who has completed his four-year term, having been elected at the 2012 World Dairy Summit in Cape Town. 


Speaking after her appointment, Judith said, ""The work of IDF is essential in creating a positive future for the dairy industry. It has a unique structure and shows what can be accomplished through global cooperation. With an unrivalled network of experts, we can pool our resources and expertise together to ensure the role of dairy is recognised properly at every level. We want to secure a positive and sustainable future for the dairy industry across the world and build on previous successes to put dairy front and centre in the global debate.”

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2016

16 -19 October- Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The 2016 International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 16-19 October followed by two days of optional technical tours.  It had the theme "Dare to Dairy" and looked at how dairy can sustainably contribute to feeding 9 billion people.

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IDF World Dairy Summit 2015

20 -24 September- Vilnius, Lithuania


This year’s International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from September 20-24.

The theme of the Summit was “Closing the Nutritional Gap with Sustainable Dairy” and saw the event return to its traditional format of business meetings followed by three full days of conferences, covering nine different topics (including Dairy Policies and Economics, Nutrition and Health, Animal Health and Welfare, Dairy Farming, Marketing, Environment and Dairy Science and Food Safety). Another strong reason for attending was the World Dairy Leaders Forum, which provided the opportunity to hear the views of some of the key players in the global dairy sector.

Full information is available at http://idfwds2015.com/

Newsletters were issued daily, highlighting the key events of the day, and these can be viewed/downloaded below.

Tuesday 22 September IDF World Dairy Leaders Forum, IDF Dairy Farmers Forum, IDF Forum - Global expertise in dairy, IDF Bulletin on a Common Carbon Footprint Approach for the Dairy Sector, Dairy Sustainability Framework
Wednesday 23 September The World Dairy Situation 2015, Nutrition and Health Conference, Dairy Policies and Economics Conference, Animal Health and Welfare Conference, IDF Animal Health Newsletter No 9
Thursday 24 September Exhibittion, Dairy Science and Technology Conference, IDF Bulletin on School Milk Programmes, Dairy Farming Conference, Marketing Conference, IDF Bulletin on a Common Carbon Footprint Approach for the Dairy Sector
Friday 25 September
IDF Prize of Excellence 2015, IMP Trophy, Analytic Tools Conference, Food Safety Conference, Environment Conference

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