Schedule of Events

*Times are noted in Central Daylight Time (CDT)

Tuesday, April 6

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10:00–3:00 P.M. CDT
Visit Virtual Exhibits, Video Chat with Colleagues

This is your chance to visit virtual exhibits, chat or request a live video with exhibitors, network with attendees and much more!

10:00–Noon CDT
CDR Experts on Call: Private Consultations with Center for Dairy Research Staff (By Appointment)

Center for Dairy Research staff invite attendees to live, 60-minute private online discussions.  CDR teams will be ready to discuss dairy production, safety issues, product yield, quality defects, brining, and curing, just to name a few.  It’s your chance to for one-on-one time to discuss challenges important to you.

These limited time slots must be scheduled in advance.  Attendees signing up for Full Registration will see a pop-up box offering CDR Experts on Call sessions. Check the box and CDR staff will follow up to schedule a specific time for your appointment

Noon-12:55 P.M. CDT
The RELCO® Opening Keynote: Cheese Industry CEOs Look to the Future

This online panel will feature David Ahlem, CEO and President of Hilmar Cheese Company; Emile Cordeau, CEO of Agropur and Carl Colizza, President and COO of Saputo Dairy USA. These leading cheese producers in the U.S. and globally will reflect on 2020, but focus on learnings and strengths that will guide dairy into the future after the largest global disruption in generations. Phil Plourd, President of Blimling and Associates, will moderate and guide this discussion, hosted by RELCO®, a Koch Separation Solutions Company.

1:00–1:15 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:15–1:30 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:30 –2:20 P.M. CDT
Tuesday Concurrent Seminar: Optimizing Cheese Yield & Mass Balance

Are you trying to find the sweet spot between optimal efficiency and optimal quality?  Learn how to develop a formula to help you identify where you may be having issues and then the techniques for overcoming those yield stealers.

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Moderator: Dean Sommer, Cheese & Food Technologist, CDR

Speakers:

  • Developing the Right Formula to Optimize Cheese Yield

Dr. Mark Johnson, PhD, Distinguished Scientist, CDR

  • Maximizing Cheese Yield Efficiency at the Vat

John Jaeggi, Cheese Industry & Applications Coordinator, CDR

1:30 –2:20 P.M. CDT
Tuesday Concurrent Seminar: Negative PPDs and Positive Change for Federal Milk Marketing Orders

A job that’s never finished – imposing a regulated milk pricing structure on a free market system – will begin anew in 2021 as unprecedented market disruptions in the last year revealed the complexity, the inflexibility, and possibly even the irrelevance of classified milk pricing. Key thinkers in the order reform discussion will highlight potential changes for these controversial milk price formulas.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Speakers:

Mark Stephenson, Professor, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mike McCully, President, The McCully Group

John Newton, PhD, Chief Economist, American Farm Bureau Federation

1:30 –2:20 P.M. CDT
Tuesday Concurrent Seminar: Data Debut: Cheese Usage in Foodservice Channels 2020

Join us for the debut of new Technomic research on cheese usage in the foodservice channel in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin commissions this unique research annually to illuminate the future of this crucial market segment for the cheese industry.

Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Speakers:

Jen Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

David Henkes, Senior Principal, Technomic

1:30 –2:20 P.M. CDT
Tuesday Concurrent Seminar: Crisis Preparedness and Crisis Management: National FARM Program Solutions

No one likes to think about an animal care crisis. The National Dairy FARM Program’s resources can help ensure that you and your teams are prepared in the event that a crisis does hit. This session will not only give attendees the tools needed to prepare for a crisis but will also outline the steps taken by all stakeholders during a crisis, to illustrate the most positive pathway forward for all involved.

Hosted by the National Dairy FARM Program

Speakers:

Emily Yeiser Stepp, VP, National Dairy FARM Program

Angela Anderson, VP, Food Chain Outreach, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

2:30–2:45 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

2:45–3:00 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

3:00–3:45 P.M. CDT
Tetra Pak Spotlight Event

Network with colleagues as Tetra Pak provides a focus on the people that make CheeseExpo Global Online special: You.

Wednesday, April 7

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10:00–3:00 P.M. CDT
Visit Virtual Exhibits, Video Chat with Colleagues

This is your chance to visit virtual exhibits, chat or request a live video with exhibitors, network with attendees and much more!

10:00–Noon CDT
CDR Experts on Call: Private Consultations with Center for Dairy Research Staff (By Appointment)

Center for Dairy Research staff invite attendees to live, 60-minute private online discussions.  CDR teams will be ready to discuss dairy production, safety issues, product yield, quality defects, brining, and curing, just to name a few.  It’s your chance to for one-on-one time to discuss challenges important to you.

These limited time slots must be scheduled in advance.  Attendees signing up for Full Registration will see a pop-up box offering CDR Experts on Call sessions. Check the box and CDR staff will follow up to schedule a specific time for your appointment.

Noon–12:55 P.M. CDT
The DSM Keynote Event: WCMA Recognition Awards

A host of industry leaders earned our thanks and recognition in 2020 and 2021, and we’ll highlight our Cheese Industry Champions, Distinguished Service Award winners, Vanguard Award cheesemakers and Babcock Award educators. Join the ceremony and applaud these greats as they acknowledge their awards in video presentations. Hosted by DSM Food Specialties USA.

1:00–1:15 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:15–1:30 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Wednesday Concurrent Seminar: Practical Application of Process Data in Dairy Plants

Data automation, linking every phase of your operation from raw milk intake and testing through packaging and distribution, holds the promise of paperless reporting, shared data, and analysis to improve safety, traceability and productivity at dairy plants of any size. To take on this broad topic, our expert panel will focus their recommendations on a hypothetical dairy plant taking in 1 million pounds of milk per day and seeking automation on a limited budget. Learn from a leader in equipment installation, a cheese manufacturer who has made a successful migration to data automation, and a leading service provider in the industry.

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Moderator: Dean Sommer, Cheese & Food Technologist, Center for Dairy Research

Speakers:

Steve Ejnik, VP Cheese Equipment RELCO, a Koch Separation Solutions Company

Larry Harris, Director of Operations, Meister Cheese Company

John Fingerson, Software Engineer, Meister Cheese Company

Joe Gardner, Practice Lead for Data Analytics, Wonderware

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Wednesday Concurrent Seminar: Export Market Outlook in a Recovering Global Economy

This year will mark a return to more typical use of dairy foods and dry dairy ingredients in global foodservice, retail and industrial food categories. A disruptive 2020 surprised with strong international interest in U.S. dairy foods and dairy ingredient and now U.S. Dairy Export Council is forecasting how a new normal will impact your export opportunities.  Meanwhile, a new Administration in Washington will bring a shift in multi-national and bilateral trade deals, with a need to keep a focus on USMCA and the protection of common cheese names. Hear it all from the experts!

Hosted by U.S. Dairy Export Council

Speakers:

Shawna Morris, VP Trade Policy, U.S. Dairy Export Council

Jaime Castaneda, SVP Trade Policy, U.S. Dairy Export Council

William Loux, Director, Global Trade Analysis, U.S. Dairy Export Council

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Wednesday Concurrent Seminar: Artisan Focus: Surface Microflora in Cave-Aged Cheeses & CDR’s New Affinage Capabilities

Learn about different rind microflora and their impact on cave-aged cheeses, plus catch a glimpse of CDR’s newest resource: Nine specialty cheese caves in the new Center for Dairy Research building.

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Speakers:

  • Understanding Surface Microbial Communities in Cave-Aged Cheeses

Dr. Ben Wolfe, Associate Professor, Biology, Tufts University

  • Explore CDR’s new cheese caves and its enhanced affinage capabilities

Andy Johnson, Assistant Coordinator, Cheese & Industry Applications, Center for Dairy Research

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Wednesday Concurrent Seminar: Dairy 2050 Environmental Goals and the Net Zero Initiative for Carbon Emissions

In the spring of 2020, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy set new environmental stewardship goals and a vision that U.S. dairy can be a part of environmental solutions. These voluntary, collective goals include 1) becoming carbon-neutral or better, 2) optimizing water use while maximizing recycling, and 3) improving water quality by optimizing the utilization of manure and nutrients by 2050.

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will share how the dairy industry’s Net Zero Initiative is collaborating on sustainability projects to expand research, data, and on-farm projects to close knowledge gaps, improve analysis and demonstrate progress. You’ll learn how dairy supply chain partners can engage in collective impact projects. Insights will focus on assessing and advancing economically viable practices and technologies to help move the needle to reduce dairy’s environmental impact.

Hosted by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Speaker:

Karen Scanlon, SVP, Environmental Stewardship, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

2:30–2:45 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

2:45–3:00 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

3:00–4:00 P.M. CDT
Chr. Hansen Spotlight Event: Championship Cheese Auction

Celebrate craftsmanship and bid high as Chr. Hansen hosts an auction of past Championship Cheese Contest Winners all designated for charitable causes.

Thursday, April 8

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10:00–3:00 P.M. CDT
Visit Virtual Exhibits, Video Chat with Colleagues

This is your chance to visit virtual exhibits, chat or request a live video with exhibitors, network with attendees and much more!

10:00–Noon CDT
CDR Experts on Call: Private Consultations with Center for Dairy Research Staff (By Appointment)

Center for Dairy Research staff invite attendees to live, 60-minute private online discussions.  CDR teams will be ready to discuss dairy production, safety issues, product yield, quality defects, brining, and curing, just to name a few.  It’s your chance to for one-on-one time to discuss challenges important to you.

These limited time slots must be scheduled in advance.  Attendees signing up for Full Registration will see a pop-up box offering CDR Experts on Call sessions. Check the box and CDR staff will follow up to schedule a specific time for your appointment.

Noon–12:55 P.M. CDT
The Amcor Flexibles North America Keynote Address: Moving On – Trends that will Change the Way You Do Dairy

An energetic keynote address from Paul Ziemnisky, Executive Vice President of Global Innovation Partnerships with Dairy Management Inc. and Laurie Demeritt, CEO of The Hartman Group, will explore the consumer and sales channel environment in a marketplace emerging from COVID-19. Data can provide a look back at the shock and disruptions of 2020, but most importantly, research and information offer look forward. Our keynoters will address topics including:

  • How have consumers acted and reacted in the last 12 months?
  • Which of those tendencies and trends will carry into the future – how will they transform the future for dairy?
  • What new business models and actions are emerging in the restaurant trade and grocery trade that may reflect the impact from 2020, and change how and where consumers enjoy cheese and dairy products?
  • What consumer trends and new behaviors are emerging in in-home dining, in snacking?
  • How has major growth in e-commerce impacted dairy and where is that trend headed?
  • What dairy products, new cheese products, might fit with changes in the future?

Amcor Flexibles North America hosts this final keynote event of CheeseExpo Global Online.

1:00–1:15 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:15–1:30 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcases

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Thursday Concurrent Seminar: Microbes that Negatively Impact Cheese Quality and Advances in their Identification

There are more culprits out there than just lactose fermentation which are causing gas formers in cheese.  Learn what they are and how to identify them.

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Moderator:  Dean Sommer, Cheese & Food Technologist, Center for Dairy Research

Speaker: 

  • Identifying New Sources of Gas Formation in Cheese

Dr. Rodrigo Ibáñez, Scientist, Center for Dairy Research

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Thursday Concurrent Seminar: Peer Learning: Strategies to Recruit and Motivate Your Workforce

How are your peer companies innovating in building and motivating their workforce – especially with the challenges of COVID-19? Join a panel of our industry’s human resources leaders as they discuss solutions to workforce challenges of COVID-19, as well as their best strategies to find and develop great talent and build employee loyalty.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Moderator: Rebekah Sweeney, Director, Communications, Education and Policy, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Speakers:

Mara Kamat, VP Human Resources, Great Lakes Cheese

Brian Sandvig, VP Operations & Human Resources, Valley Queen Cheese

Denise Lofquist, VP Human Resources, Emmi Roth USA

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Thursday Concurrent Seminar: Succeeding with Online Dairy Product Sales

Sales of natural cheese online increased $743 million in 2020, a 104% increase over the previous year. Our expert panel will explore the future for dairy in e-commerce, with an emphasis on three market channels:

Retail – learn how a leader in online grocery sales views the potential for dairy and the impact our industry can have on improving retail sales.

Website Direct – dairy manufacturers saw a spike in direct sales to consumers through their website sales platforms, and one successful Wisconsin artisan will describe online positioning and the need to rethink logistics behind the sale.

Food Banks – donations and sales to food banks and food parties emerged as an important pathway to support the dairy industry and feed families in 2020. Learn of a major initiative to create a permanent online marketplace where food manufacturers offer goods for food banks to purchase in secure, online transactions.

Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Moderator: Paul Ziemnisky, EVP Global Innovation Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.

Speakers:

Claudia Knowlton-Chike , Lead, Google Food Supply Chain Coalition, Google Global Logistics

Andy Hatch, Owner, Uplands Cheese

A Retail Grocery Representative

1:30–2:20 P.M. CDT
Thursday Concurrent Seminar: Whey and Dairy Powder Pathogen Control Best Practices

Whey and other dairy powders have grown to become a significant portion of dairy production but they also pose a unique set of food safety challenges.  Controls and mitigation programs need to be tailored for dry dairy operations to minimize the risk of pathogen contamination.  An industry panel of experts will share food safety best practices and answer your questions on controls, tools and approaches to minimize the risks.

Hosted by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Moderator: Chad Galer, VP Food Safety, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Speakers:

Dan Belina, Senior Scientist, Land O Lakes

Dave Cook, President, Commercial Quality & Food Safety Solutions

David Kedzierski, Executive Leader of Food Safety, QA and Regulatory Affairs, Agri-Mark Inc.

Ron Thompson, Director of Food Safety, Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC

2:30–2:45 P.M. CDT
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

2:45–3:00 P.M. CST
Ideas Showcase

Two concurrent, 10-minute, noncompetitive Ideas Showcase presentations, with time for live Q&A.

3:00–3:45 P.M. CST
Spotlight Event: Awards Banquet Highlights

Shorter and sweeter, with fewer calories, this virtual banquet with Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Center for Dairy Research will celebrate 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest Top Winners, WCMA Life Member Honorees, Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers for 2020 and 2021 and salute our Contest Volunteers and Winners.

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