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Californian is New Chairman of the American Butter Institute Board

November 7, 2014

Irv Holmes, CEO of Challenge Dairy Products, Inc., in Dublin, California, is the new chairman of board of the American Butter Institute. He was elected at ABI’s fall board meeting in Ft. Lauderdale in mid-October.

Holmes noted that butter has gained considerable favorable attention recently and pledged to continue the work of his predecessor, David Riemersma of Butterball Farms, in promoting and protecting the industry.

Also at the board meeting, ABI seated two new officers and welcomed one new board member. Dean Van Tuinen of Darigold was elected first vice president of ABI, and John Ellenberger of Land O’Lakes, Inc. was elected second vice president. Each will serve for two years. The new board member is Doug Glade of Dairy Farmers of America. Glade replaces past ABI President Mark Korsmeyer, who also represented DFA.

ABI is a trade association for manufacturers, processors and distributors of butter and butter products. Its 25 member companies market approximately 90 percent of all the butter manufactured in the United States.