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Joint ABI/ADPI Annual Meeting to be held April 28-April 30, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown

April 8, 2013

The 2013 Annual Conference of the American Butter Institute (ABI) & the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) will be held April 28 – April 30, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, where record attendance is expected.

The 2013 conference promises to be educational and informative and will feature two days of speakers and programs on various industry topics. The meeting will kick off Sunday evening with Rick & Teresa Kaepernick, father of San Francisco 49er and Super Bowl Quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Sessions will including a panel discussion on the industry’s current market conditions and outlook with expert panelists from Blimling & Associates, ADM Investor Services, Rabobank International, and T-Storm Weather, LLC., followed by a panel on key challenges and opportunities in the dairy ingredient sector.

A session on traceability, with some of the industry’s leading experts on the topic, will be moderated by Craig Nelson, Food Automation, LLC. Speakers include: Dermot Carey, Darigold; Matt Mathison, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; Marianne Smukowski, Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research; and Vikki Nicholson, U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Tuesday’s program continues with a morning breakfast featuring Richard Field, Orrani Consulting, who will provide information on China’s Dairy Market. This will be followed by a session entitled Dairy Industry 2020 Vision – A CEO’s Perspective. The panelists include top dairy industry chief executives who will discuss what future opportunities lay head for the dairy processing industry over the next several years. Panelists include Clay Galarneau, Michigan Milk Producers Association; Mark Korsmeyer, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; David Lenzmeier, Milk Specialties Global; and Jerry O’Dea, Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredient Technologies.

Additional information about the 2013 ABI/ADPI Conference is available at, including online registration and exhibitor information. Information may also be obtained by contacting the American Butter Institute at 703-243-5630 or