Make plans to join us for the nation’s largest cheese, butter and whey industry event!

April 17-18, 2019

Exhibits: April 17

Alliant Energy Center
Madison, Wisconsin

About CIC

A gathering of over 2,400 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry. Your hosts Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) promise an exciting event.
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The Cheese Industry Conference is nation’s premier cheese, butter and whey industry event! Don’t miss it!

Madison, WI

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Tabletop Exhibits

Wednesday April 17 | 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Cheese Industry Conference Tabletop Exhibit Hall serves as dairy processors’ one-stop source for the best in supplies and services, from packaging to financing to equipment. View the Exhibitor Floorplan and start planning the list of exhibitors who are top on your list!

Event Schedule 2019

All events will take place at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

To view a map of the Alliant Energy Center, click here.

Noon to 7:00 PM
Registration Services Open

Location: Alliant Energy Center Lobby

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pre-Conference Event: Workforce Connections Job Fair

Meet the industry’s next generation at WCMA’s Workforce Connections Job Fair! Dairy processors, manufacturers and suppliers will highlight job opportunities, and students will share their resumes.

Location: Alliant Energy Center Atrium

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pre-Conference Event: Young Professionals

Dairy’s next generation gathers to plot the overthrow of the dairy industry – or just shoot some pool. Check your ID – you must be 40 or younger to join in.

Location: The Brass Ring Bar and Restaurant, 701 E Washington Ave, Madison.

7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Registration Services Open

Location: Alliant Energy Center Lobby

8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote Address: Chris McChesney

Opening Keynote Address: Chris McChesney

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

In a marketplace where retaining and motivating employees is paramount, Chris McChesney has the answers. Chris, Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey, co-developed The 4 Disciplines of Execution, and co-wrote the best-selling book by the same name. Chris has worked directly with Dr. Stephen Covey and is now general manager of FranklinCovey, a global consultancy for strategic execution. “Teach people how to push the envelope on execution, and enthusiasm and engagement naturally blossoms,” Chris told WCMA. Kick off your Cheese Industry Conference with this high-energy education in business execution.

Sponsored by RELCO

Location: Exhibit Hall A

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9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Dry Dairy Foods Safety - Best Practices Panel

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will convene an expert panel to address best practices in food safety for whey and other dry dairy products. Topics will include sanitation, design considerations, environmental monitoring, and an end user perspective.

Moderator: Tim Stubbs, Innovation Center for US Dairy

Panelists:

  • Food Safety Concerns in Dairy Powders Ben Warren, Director Product Safety & Regulatory Affairs, Land O’ Lakes Inc.
  • Sanitary Design & Cleaning Strategies Blake Criswell, Category Manager Powder Ingredients, Tetra Pak Inc
  • Addressing a Positive Environmental or Finished Product Test Karen McCarty, Sr. Director Quality Assurance, Agropur Inc.
  • Perspectives from a Dairy Powders End User Dr. Shantanu Agarwal, Principal Dairy Scientist, Mars Wrigley Confectionary
  • Q&A Panel

Hosted by Innovation Center for U.s. Dairy

Location: Mendota Rooms 1-2

 

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Delving into Quality Swiss Cheese Production

Center for Dairy Research staff and expert guests will explore opportunities for improvement in Swiss cheese as well as innovations in Swiss cheese styles.

  • Swiss Quality Challenges We’re Seeing Dr. Mark Johnson, Assistant Director and Distinguished Scientist, Center for Dairy Research
  • Steps of Swiss Cheesemaking: Chemical and Biochemical Key Indicators Marc Druart, Vice President R&D/ Innovation, Emmi Roth
  • Latest Research on Swiss Cheese Properties Dr. Walter Bisig, Senior Scientist, Agroscope – Food Microbial Systems, Bern, Switzerland

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Location: Mendota 3-4

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Essential Principles of Cheesemaking

This back-to-basics look at cheesemaking is useful to artisans and entrepreneurs, but any and all manufacturers are welcome to this Center for Dairy Research cheesemaking refresher. Includes:

  • How to Establish and Maintain a Starter Culture Program Andy Johnson, Assistant Coord., Cheese Industry and Applications, Center for Dairy Research
  • Controlling Moisture and Acidity During the Cheesemaking Process Gina Mode, Assistant Coord., Cheese Industry and Applications, Center for Dairy Research
  • How and When To Measure Moisture and Acidity Juan Romero, Researcher, Center for Dairy Research

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Location: Monona/Wingra Rooms

9:00-10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Deep Dive

Keynote speaker Chris McChesney will take a deeper dive into each of the 4 disciplines in this breakout session. The 4 disciplines help leaders drive engagement within teams – transforming engagement from leaders pushing strategy, to leaders who capture the hearts and minds of teammates to advance strategic objectives. Audience members will be able to ask questions and Chris will demonstrate how the 4 disciplines can solve issues.

Speaker: Chris McChesney, Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey

Location: Waubesa/Kegonsa Rooms

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

Watch the action: Dairy students from colleges across the U.S. compete for top honors in assessing several dairy product categories. Visit the next generation of dairy industry leaders at the Cheese Industry Conference.

Hosted by Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

Location: Mendota Rooms 6, 7, 8

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Spouse Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Madison’s Capitol Square. Includes Tour of Madison Capitol; Lunch at the The Great Dane, Cheese Board Class at Fromagination, visit to the VomFass tasting room, and history and architecture sprinkled throughout the afternoon.

Location: Depart from Registration Desk

10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CIC Tabletop Expo

Our largest Tabletop Expo ever includes 297 companies offering cutting-edge equipment, software, automation, ingredients, and services. One afternoon only so click here to plan your visits!

Location: Exhibit Hall

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Complimentary Lunch

A delicious complimentary lunch is available as you explore the CIC Tabletop Expo.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Location: Exhibit Hall A

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Recognition of WCMA Leadership Training Participants

Join us as WCMA recognizes those member employees who’ve advanced their knowledge through training in 2018 & 2019.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Location: Exhibit Hall A

12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Ideas Showcase Presentations

Concise 15-minute presentations from industry supply partners showcase the latest technology and innovations in the dairy industry. Location: Exhibit Hall

Showcase A

12:30-12:50       The Probst Group: Alternative Thermal Compliance Options

1:00-1:20          Trilogy Essential ingredients, Inc.Trending New Flavored Cheese Concepts

1:30-1:50           Tetra Pak: Using Data Intelligence to Improve your High-Quality Cheese Production and Boost Yield

2:00-2:20           Kelly Supply: Re-engineered Benzoyl Peroxide for Lower Cost and Greater Application Effectiveness that’s Safe, Non-flammable                                Liquid Solution with no Mixing Required Providing a Consistent Dosing in a Continuous Process with Stable Suspension

2:30-2:50           GEA: Advancements in Membrane Filtration (Dairy Processing) to Achieve Higher Solids

3:00-3:20           Baker Tilly: Using Data and Business Analytics to Shape the Future of the Dairy Industry

3:30-3:50           Bruker Optics: A Novel FT-NIR Analyzer to Measure Cheese, Powders and Fluid Dairy Samples on a Single Instrument

4:00-4:20           Burkert Fluid Control Systems: Ethernet Communications for PMO Valves

Showcase B

12:30-12:50       COPRODEV Plus: Weight Control Strategies for Cheese Cutting Operation

1:00-1:20           Bemis Company: The Right Packaging Matters

1:30-1:50           Diversey: CIP Optimization through Diversey’s CIPTEC

2:00-2:20           DSM: The Importance of Consistent Performance of Cheese Culture Rotations

2:30-2:50           Symbiont: How to Segregate your Wastewater to Reduce Sewer Fees, Treatment Costs, and Offsite Hauling

3:00-3:20           SPX Flow: Improve Profit Potential with the Recovery of Calcium, Lactose, Proteins and Other Side Products from Milk, Cheese                                and Whey to Repurpose Traditional Waste Streams

3:30-3:50           Evoqua Water Technologies: Reducing Sludge, Energy, and Operating Headaches for Cheese and Dairy Processors with a                                          Low-Rate Anaerobic Digester

4:00-4:20           Dairy.com: Plant Design – Using 3D Simulation to Achieve Optimal Results

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3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Collegiate Contest Awards Ceremony

Students and teams earn awards for their dairy grading skill on stage in the exhibit hall.  Listen for the cheering!

Hosted by Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

Location: Exhibit Hall

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Chr. Hansen Reception & Auction of Champion Cheeses

Chr. Hansen Reception & Auction of Champion Cheeses

Chr. Hansen hosts a highlight of the Conference. Energetic and fun, this reception features the Auction of gold-medal cheeses, butters and more from the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest. Grab a bidding paddle and support WCMA industry training programs, scholarships and our ongoing support for dairy universities.

View the Auction Bid Sheet Here!

Hosted by Chr. Hansen

Location: Exhibit Hall

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7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Registration Services Open

Location: Alliant Energy Center Lobby

8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
WCMA Recognition Breakfast

All Conference attendees are invited to celebrate the achievements of industry greats.  WCMA honors leaders, cheesemakers, suppliers and educators that have built the U.S. cheese industry.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Location: Hall A

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions- USDEC Presents Opportunities for Global Cheese Sales

Resources for Value-Added Cheesemakers Interested in Exports

U.S. Dairy Export Council will present current programs in the Middle East, Hong Kong, Japan in and other markets focused on sales of U.S. specialty cheeses and building awareness among consumers and opinion leaders in those markets.

Moderator:

Krista Knigge, Administrator – Division of Agricultural Development, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Speakers :

  • Ross Christieson, Senior Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing, USDEC
  • Angelique Hollister, Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing, USDEC
  • Firas Zahreddine, Key Account Manager – USDEC Middle East

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: Mendota 1

 

Global Cheese Buyer Panel

USDEC will share the stage with cheese buyers from key markets who will explain their interests and needs from U.S. cheese manufacturers.  Don’t miss it!”

Moderator:

Krista Knigge, Administrator – Division of Agricultural Development, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Panelists to date:

  • Alphonse Ndong, Procurement Specialist – Y International USA, Inc./Lulu Supermarkets, Middle East
  • Firas Zahreddine, Key Account Manager – USDEC Middle East
  • Ross Christieson, Senior Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing, USDEC
  • Angelique Hollister, Vice President, Global Cheese Marketing, USDEC

Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Location: Mendota 1

Hosted by USDEC

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session - Innovation Center: Latest Research in Pathogen Control

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will bring the nation’s leading researchers in food safety to deliver findings in control of Listeria in dairy products and dairy plant environments.

Moderator:

Chad Galer, Innovation Center for US Dairy

Speakers to Date:

  • Controlling Listeria in Cheese with High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma Dr. Kevin M. Keener, Professor of Food Process Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Quality and Safety Implications of High Pressure Processing (HPP) on Camembert during Aging Danton Batty, Research Scientist, Lactalis American Group 
  • Strategies to Reduce Risk of Listeria in Cheese: Formulation and Processing Aids Dr. Kathy Glass, UW Food Research Institute
  • Inhibiting Listeria on Cheese Using Lactic Acid Bacteria as a Bio-Control Intervention Dr. David Campos, Texas Tech
  • Q & A Panel

Hosted by Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

Location: Mendota 2

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - CDR: Better Cheddar and Mastering Microfiltration

Quality Improvements for 640-lb Cheddar Block Production

Center for Dairy Research experts will focus on recent findings to assist industry with new strategies to produce the best possible 640-lb block Cheddar and other options for consideration.

  • Strategies to Minimize Moisture Migration in 640s Claire Collins, UW – Madison Graduate Student
  • Use of Concentrated Milks – Problems, Best Practices, Solutions John Jaeggi, Coordinator, Cheese Industry and Applications Program, Center For Dairy Research
  • If Not Cheddar 640s, Then What are Your Options Dean Sommer, Cheese and Food Technologist, Center for Dairy Research

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: Mendota 3

 

Applications of New Cheesemaking Technologies

CDR is the nation’s leader in supporting microfiltration of milk for use in quality cheesemaking.  Learn the latest about this opportunity and other new technologies.

  • What Are the Impacts of Using Microfiltered Milk on Yield, Quality, etc. Dr. Rani Govindasamy-Lucey, Senior Scientist, Center for Dairy Research
  • Use of Waterless Cookers, and Other Ongoing Projects at CDR David Montgomery, Assistant Coordinator, Cheese Industry and Applications, Center for Dairy Research
  • Erin Aversa, UW-Madison Graduate Student

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

Location: Mendota 3

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions - Dairy’s Future: Sanitary Plant Design, Artificial Intelligence & The Industrial Internet

Best Practices in Plant Design & Sanitation

Center for Dairy Research experts and industry guests will discuss the future of plant design to achieve optimal sanitation, product flow and safe food handling.

  • Top 10 Issues We’re Seeing In Plants Today Dean Sommer, Cheese and Food Technologist, Center for Dairy Research
  • Here’s What You Don’t Want To Do In Your Plant Steve Stoner, Environmental Health Services Supervisor, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Proper Plant Layout for Best Food Safety Practices Mike Green, Senior Project Manager, GFS Resource Group

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Mendota 4

 

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & Industrial Internet: The Future is Here

Industry experts will offer a primer on the internet-driven, data-management concepts that are driving productivity and connectivity in industrial manufacturing.  Learn the language of the concepts that are now, and will continue to, transform the dairy industry.

Moderator:

Brian Schauf, Innovation Technology Director, Schreiber Foods

Speakers:

  • AI and Predictive & Prescriptive Analytics Joe Bashta, CEO, Axicor Technology
  • Blockchain in Global Agriculture Regi George, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Biwer and Associates Inc.
  • The Connected Cow and the Internet of Things Steven Wangen, Assistant Scientist, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Time:10:45-11:45 a.m.
Location: Mendota 4

9:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions- Tools for FSMA Compliance and Process Improvement

Intentional Adulteration – What Artisans Need to Know

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin provides an overview of this Food Safety Modernization Act regulation, insight into the guidance document, tips on vulnerability assessments, and resources to help develop a robust food defense plan. A seminar designed for industry novices and experts.

  • The Latest Information from the Food Safety Modernization Act Speaker TBD

Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.  
Location: Waubesa/Kegonsa Rooms (Second Floor)

 

Quality Tools for Artisans

CAPA, RCA, DOE, FMEA – DFW takes on this alphabet soup to provide artisans with tools and resources that they can use to drive product and process improvements throughout their business – from the vat to the sales counter.

  • Navigating the Resources Available for Artisan Dairy Producers Adam Brock, Director of Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Compliance, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

Time: 10:45-11:45 a.m. 
Location: Waubesa/Kegonsa Rooms (Second Floor)

Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Complimentary Lunch

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers joins the Cheese Industry Conference to discuss industry issues and announce a major award for the Center for Dairy Research. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association and Center for Dairy Research follow with highlights of another active year in dairy.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Location: Exhibit Hall A

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Interactive Workshop - Option 1: Ask the Cheese Expert

Center for Dairy Research staff will meet individually with manufacturers to discuss cheese quality or performance issues, food safety questions, ingredient ideas and more.

Hosted by Center for Dairy Research

Location: Monona/Wingra Rooms (Second Floor)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Interactive Workshop - Option 2: Cheese & Butter Grading Clinic

Taste and professionally evaluate cheeses and butters with expert judges from the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

Hosted by Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

Location: Waubesa/Kegonsa Rooms (Second Floor)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Interactive Workshop - Option 3: Wisconsin Dairy Company Support Forum

Stop by and learn about all the marketing, sales and manufacturing support that Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin offers. Experts in public relations, social media, market research, food safety and much more will show you how we can help you grow your brand and increase your business.

This session is open to all Wisconsin dairy product manufacturers.

Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
GEA Champions Reception

GEA Champions Reception

GEA hosts an elegant opening affair as winners gather to celebrate success in the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.

Hosted by GEA

Location: Lobby

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5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
U.S. Champions Awards Banquet

A night to remember for dairy craftsmen from across the nation.  Expect a more brisk affair as we focus on the winners whose hard work has paid off with national acclaim. A must attend for everyone with a passion for the dairy industry.

Location: Exhibit Hall A

8:30 p.m. to Midnight
Cybertrol Engineering Afterglow Reception

Cybertrol Engineering Afterglow Reception

Cybertrol Engineering hosts a joyful afterparty for Contest winners and guests.  Relax and enjoy music and treats as we close the 2019 Cheese Industry Conference.

Hosted by Cybertrol Engineering

Location: Sheraton Hotel Ballroom

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