USDEC Staff in Action
Mission to Mexico, Costa Rica strengthens partnerships in Latin America
September 27, 2023
Leaders of USDEC and Dairy Management Inc. traveled to Mexico and Costa Rica to strengthen USDEC’s partnerships in Latin America and continue building a robust and mutually beneficial relationship to help grow the dairy sectors in both countries.
They also visited retail outlets and trade shows to learn more about market opportunities for U.S. dairy exports.
In Costa Rica, USDEC and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture renewed a partnership to promote and harmonize science-based standards related to food and agriculture.
In the photo above, USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden, left, visits with Elizabeth Rodriguez of Bluegrass Ingredients at the Food Tech Summit & Expo in Mexico City. Shown next to Harden, left to right, are Rodrigo Fernandez, director of USDEC’s Mexico Office; Martha Scott Poindexter, USDEC Chief Operating Officer, and Alex Peterson, USDEC Interim Chair.
Harden in Indonesia addressing issues important to U.S. dairy exports
August 10, 2023
USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden was in Indonesia in early August, building relationships and addressing issues important to U.S. dairy exporters as part of a trade mission led by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
The coalition met with various government officials including Indonesia's Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Industry (which addresses trade-related issues), as well as with the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia. Harden and the NASDA team held a number of other meetings with private sector actors in Indonesia as well. Those engagements included a Chef's Table Luncheon and California Cheese Tasting Event hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board’s in-country team.
The trip provided Harden the opportunity to elevate the thorny issue of Indonesia's protracted dairy facility registration process, which impedes U.S. dairy exports by taking up to three years or more for facility registration applications to fully move through the approval and listing process. It was also a valuable chance to connect with key players involved in USDEC’s trade policy efforts to reduce tariffs in that market through USDEC’s MFN tariff cut initiative project and to cultivate relationships in a top 10 market for U.S. dairy exports.
July 19, 2023
Angélique Hollister, Senior Vice President of Global Cheese Marketing at USDEC, has been honored by the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers – a prestigious international cheese society – with the esteemed title of “Garde et Juré,” protector of the craft of cheesemaking.
The recognition bolsters the growing awareness and reputation of U.S. cheeses worldwide.
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June 8, 2023
In early June, seven U.S. dairy farmers, the CEO of a state checkoff group and a U.S. dairy journalist accompanied USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden and USDEC Arlington and Southeast Asia staff on a series of activities and meetings with Southeast Asian importers, customers and processors, and USDEC members and partners—with the U.S. Center for Dairy Excellence at the heart of the mission.
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Eucolait meeting culminates with new MOU
May 25, 2023
USDEC staff led by President and CEO Krysta Harden traveled to Warsaw, Poland, in late May for the annual Eucolait General Assembly. The purpose of the trip was twofold: Harden spoke at a May 25 panel presentation, “Who will satisfy the growing global demand for dairy?” and USDEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European dairy trade organization to strengthen innovation and trade, share information and bolster the image of dairy.
April 20, 2023
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March 30, 2023
USDEC organized a Capitol Hill “fly-in” following its Spring Membership Meeting in late March. USDEC President and CEO Krysta Harden, COO Martha Scott Poindexter and the USDEC Trade Policy team (Jaime Castaneda, Shawna Morris and Tony Rice), accompanied nine members of USDEC's Operating Committee as they met with officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, several House members and others.
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U.S. lawmakers and food industry representatives gathered March 1 on Capitol Hill for a bipartisan discussion on common food names in what turned out to be a landmark week in the battle to preserve U.S. food and beverage companies’ rights to use those names. Just two days later, a U.S. appeals court ruled the name “gruyere” is generic, blocking an attempt by Swiss and French consortiums to expropriate a common food name through a U.S. certification mark registration.
USDEC positions U.S. dairy sustainability story and trade with UN environment leaders
February 10, 2023
Four USA Cheese Specialist Certification Programs take place this month
January 19, 2023
Whey Protein Forum highlights dairy protein advantages for Korean thought leaders
World Dairy Summit concludes with event hand-off to U.S.
September 14, 2022
The countdown has begun for the 2023 International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, hosted by the U.S.
During the gala dinner ceremony at this year’s Summit, the 2022 host country, India, handed off the symbolic host key to the US-IDF Organizing Committee Co-chairs Nick Gardner, USDEC Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Multilateral Affairs, center, and Shawna Morris, USDEC Senior Vice President of Trade Policy, second from right.
June 8, 2022
June 1, 2022
Mission to Rome highlights U.S. dairy’s nutrition, environmental contributions to partners and UN decision-makers
May 25, 2022
May 12, 2022