Dairy industry launches ‘Innovation Center’

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), the organization that manages the national dairy checkoff program, announced creation of a new Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to help dairy producers, processors and manufacturers work together to accelerate industry innovation throughout the supply chain to increase dairy product sales.
Larry Jensen, president of Denver-based Leprino Foods, will serve as board chair. Other members of the executive committee are: vice chair – Richard Clauss, Hilmar Cheese, Hilmar, Calif.; treasurer – Clyde Rutherford, Dairylea Cooperative, East Syracuse, N.Y.; secretary – Miriam Erickson Brown, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Des Moines, Iowa; and at-large members – Chris Policinski, Land O’ Lakes, St. Paul, Minn., and Rick Smith, Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, Mo.
DMI CEO Tom Gallagher is Innovation Center CEO, and DMI will support and staff the Innovation Center.
According to DMI, six priorities of the Innovation Center include: sustainability; health and wellness; product development; information and communications; regulatory issues (excludes pricing); consumer confidence; and globalization.