DAIRY foods' major players will be at the International Dairy Federation world dairy summit, which will be held in Melbourne for the first time this year.
The international forum is an opportunity to meet and share ideas with the world's dairy food leaders.
It will attract more than 900 delegates from November 22-25, who will be addressed by Dean Foods executive vice-president Miguel Calado, Fonterra chief executive officer Andrew Ferrier and Murray Goulburn chief executive officer Stephen O'Rourke.
International and distinguished speakers will discuss a wide range of topics including the:
p Latest in food safety
p Future growth opportunities for dairy
p Value of ROI analysis in determining the best growth
p Establishment of strategic partnerships to facilitate growth
p Strategies for innovation
p World demand projections for dairy
p Emerging trends in nutrition.
The summit social program starts with a reception featuring an extensive exhibition of world-class Australian dairy produce. This will be followed by the presentation of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards on November 24, and culminate in the gala summit dinner the following evening.
A high level of participation is expected from key dairy companies
operating in Australia, as well as dairy farmers from Australia and New Zealand.
The program includes a range of tours and special events offering
insights into the best of Australian dairying including a:
p High-tech tour, with a visit to a robotic dairy to see
grass-fed cows milking themselves
p Quality assurance tour, which follows supply chain quality assurance from farm to factory via the National Milk Harvesting Centre's milk calibration service
p A tour to a biodynamic farm making boutique cheeses as well, as the home of jindi brie.
Registration includes access to social events such as Dairy Downunder, featuring the finest in Australian dairy produce. Guests will enjoy the region's specialty cheeses, feast on savoury and sweet dairy delights, and gather with old friends and new to enjoy all that the dairy industry has to offer.
Numerous companies have shown their support for the event through sponsorship and trade exhibition participation. Supporting companies include Yakult, DSM, VISY, Rabobank, Murray Goulburn and IMP.
For more information on the world dairy summit visit www.idfmelbourne2004.com, and the Australian Grand Dairy Awards visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au/agda