Exports Are Ripe Opportunity for U.S. Dairy

Three U.S. dairy processing executives today stressed the tremendous opportunity that exports hold for the U.S. dairy industry. Officials with Hilmar Ingredients, Leprino Foods Company and California Dairies Inc. (CDI) each emphasized the importance of foreign markets as they addressed some 120 attendees at Western United Dairymen’s 2012 Convention being held here this week. The processors – each with dairy processing plants in California -- pointed to the world’s growing population, increasing appetite for proteins and limited dairy supplies from other countries as catalysts for U.S. dairy export growth. “World dairy demand cannot be met by current production,” said Mike Reidy, Leprino senior vice president. “The U.S. is in a unique position and needs to capitalize on it to take advantage of the window of opportunity as customers come to our market. We need to make sure we don’t miss out on it.” (more) Feb. 25, 2012 Dairy Today