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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tetra Pak Opening Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m. | Room 102

Tetra Pak kicks off the biggest ICTE ever with an elegant reception in the Wisconsin Center.

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WCMA Young Professionals Event

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Dairy’s next generation gathers to plan the future of the dairy industry—or just rock some foosball. Check your ID – must be younger than 40 to join the fun.

Wednesday, April 18

Opening Keynote Address: Secretary Tom Vilsack

8:00-8:45 a.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom

Growing U.S. Dairy in Multiple Global Markets

Secretary Tom Vilsack, President & CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council will discuss opportunities around the globe for U.S. dairy exports.

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Concurrent Sessions

Today’s Challenges and Opportunities in Dairy Trade

9:00-Noon | Room 202

U.S. Dairy Export Council will host an informative morning on the extraordinary array of current dairy trade issues that will reshape international trade for decades to come. Potential topics:

  • Current Trade Policy Updates
  • Opportunities in Asian and MENA Markets
  • USDEC Strategic Efforts to Build the U.S. Dairy Export Sector

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Pathogen Control in Dairy Plants

9:00-Noon | Room 201

Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy will highlight its expertise and efforts in multiple food safety topics impacting dairy manufacturers today. Dairy researchers and industry QA leaders will join Innovation Center, as well as an invited guest from U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Topics include:

  • Findings from Innovation Center Listeria Research Consortium
  • Guidance on Listeria in Dairy Plants
  • Innovation Center Food Safety Focus on Artisan Cheesemakers
  • Panel Discussion: Environmental Monitoring in Dairy Plants

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Limited Enrollment Sessions

Artisan Track: Milk & Cheese Analytics Demystified

9:00-Noon | Room 101

Artisan cheesemakers will enjoy this two-day limited enrollment education track, beginning with a discussion of basic analytic tests that assure cheese safety and quality. A discussion will follow on adding a fresh cheese to your artisanal product line.

Day 1 topics include:

  • Milk and cheese composition and micro values explained
  • Best practices for sampling milk and cheese
  • Overview of fresh cheese manufacture

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Workforce Connections Track: Managing Generations in the Workplace

9:00-Noon | Room 103

This limited enrollment track is must-see education for your Human Resources and workforce staff. There are real differences in the values and needs of Baby Boomers and Millennials in the workplace. An expert trainer from Madison College illuminates this diversity and helps your business create a more productive, positive, and cohesive workplace.

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Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Room 203

Collegiate dairy students from across the U.S. compete for top honors in assessing several dairy product categories. Visit the competition live and see your future dairy quality hires in action!

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ICTE Exhibits & Complimentary Lunch

11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

It’s the largest Expo ever with more than 590 exhibit booths featuring great ideas from 304 companies from around the world. Our Exhibits Only registration remains FREE for all processor attendees and everyone will enjoy complimentary buffet lunch on the exhibit floor.

Ideas Showcase on the Exhibit Floor

1:00-4:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Concise 15-minute presentations highlight the latest technologies, ingredients and ideas in the dairy processing industry.

Collegiate Contest Awards Ceremony

3:30-4:30 p.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom

It’s time to celebrate the winning teams and individuals in the 2018 Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.

Chr. Hansen Reception and Auction of Champion Cheeses

5:00-7:00 p.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom

Chr. Hansen Inc. hosts the exciting Auction of Champion Cheeses from the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest and you’ll enjoy dozens of fourth-place winners.

Be sure to grab a bidder paddle and join the fun as auction proceeds benefit WCMA education programs, student scholarships and our Championship Cheese Contests.

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Thursday, April 19

Industry Recognition Breakfast

8:00-9:15 a.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom

It’s a rousing start to your day: we celebrate great men and women who built and improved the U.S. dairy industry. Educators, cheesemakers, suppliers and business champions accept accolades at this free breakfast open to all attendees.

Artisan Track: “At the Vat” Making Fresh Cheeses

8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Clock Shadow Creamery

The limited-enrollment Artisan Track continues with a real cheese-make at Clock Shadow Creamery in Milwaukee. Center for Dairy Research experts will lead participants in the manufacture of fresh cheeses.

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Concurrent Sessions

Cheese Quality Issues and Solutions

9:30-Noon | Room 202

Center for Dairy Research (CDR) leads a technical session on cheesemaking improvements perfect for cheesemakers everywhere. Topics include:

  • Crazy micro issues – they’re still out there!
    Speaker: Mark Johnson, Ph.D. Distinguished Scientist, CDR
  • Challenges and best practices when using starter cultures and non-starter cultures.
    Speaker: tbd
  • Mastering the make procedure for a great tasting Aged Cheddar.
    Speaker: Dean Sommer, Cheese and Food Technologist Processing Coordinator, CDR
  • My make procedure isn’t working: Using high solids milk in cheesemaking.
    Speaker: John Jaeggi, Cheese Industry & Applications Coordinator, CDR

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Driving Growth of Specialty Cheeses

9:30-Noon | Room 201

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will reveal market data on trends and consumers for specialty cheese marketers and gather a panel of retail and foodservice buyers to describe what the marketplace wants next from your company. WMMB CEO Chad Vincent will lay out the national structure of dairy marketing that supports and accelerates dairy product sales.

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Dairy Ingredients in the Global Food Market

9:30-Noon | Room 101

Center for Dairy Research (CDR) looks at whey and milk proteins, and permeate, from the perspective of competing products and what the global marketplace is seeking. Topics include:

  • Why is my permeate caking?
    Speaker: Karen Smith, Dairy Processing Technologist, CDR
  • Plant vs. Dairy proteins: Functionality and applications.
    Speaker: Kimberlee (KJ) Burrington, Dairy Ingredients Cultured Products and Beverages Coordinator, CDR
  • Plant vs. Dairy proteins: Nutrition attributes
    Speaker: tbd
  • Dairy Foods: Are they part of a Sustainable global dairy supply?
    Speaker: tbd

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Workforce Connections Track: Coaching, Talent Development, and Performance Feedback

9:30-Noon | Room 103

This limited enrollment track for your Human Resources and workforce staff continues as Madison College expert trainers explore how to schedule, structure, and deliver coaching conversations that will engage workers and maximize their productivity.

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ICTE Exhibits & Complimentary Lunch

11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Day 2 for the largest Expo ever with more than 590 exhibit booths featuring great ideas from 304 companies from around the world. Our Exhibits Only registration remains FREE for all processor attendees and everyone will enjoy complimentary buffet lunch on the exhibit floor.

Ideas Showcase on the Exhibit Floor

1:00-3:30 p.m. | Exhibit Hall

Concise 15-minute presentations highlight the latest technologies, ingredients and ideas in the dairy processing industry.

Champions Reception

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom Atrium

Proud cheesemakers and buttermakers from around the world gather for a gala night of celebration.

World Championship Cheese Contest Awards Banquet

6:00-8:30 p.m. | Wisconsin Center Ballroom

The event of a lifetime for manufacturers have earned medals in the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest. Attend and feel the passion that makes the dairy industry great.

Millerbernd Afterglow Reception

8:30 p.m.-Midnight | Crystal Room, Hilton Hotel

The celebration turns to dancing and fun as the global dairy processing community enjoys the closing party of the 2018 ICTE.

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