3RD annual Dairy Innovation Awards launched

Date: 21.02.2024Source: International Dairy Federation

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

The 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.

Said Caroline Emond, Director General of IDF: “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 catalysing further inventive breakthroughs and enhancing increased participation.”

Added Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Processing Solutions and Equipment, Tetra Pak: “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.”

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 with further support from Tetra Pak, the Headline sponsor of the Awards

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.  For more visit fil-idf.org

David Cox / IDM

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