GDP Bulletin: September 2019

GDP Annual Meeting Set for September 20 in Istanbul

Global Dairy Platform (GDP) has finalized the agendas for the upcoming Marketing Meeting and Annual Meeting in Istanbul on Friday, Sept. 20. Both meetings will be held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center. The Marketing Meeting is from 08:30 to 11:30, followed by a luncheon for all Marketing Meeting and Annual Meeting attendees. GDP’s Annual Meeting will take place in the afternoon from 13:30 to 17:00, followed by a networking reception from 18:30 to 21:30 at the Kilimanjaro Restaurant, which is across the street from the hotel.

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In addition, the Dairy Sustainability Framework Annual Members Meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 08:00 to 15:00 in Room 25 of the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Kazuo Kawamura Joins GDP Board of Directors

GDP is pleased to announce that Mr. Kazuo Kawamura, President of Meiji Holdings Co. Limited, Japan, has joined its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to have Mr. Kawamura on the GDP Board to represent our Japanese members,” said Mr. Rick Smith, GDP Board Chair and Dairy Farmers of America President and Chief Executive Officer. “The dairy industry in Japan is very important and Meiji, along with Morinaga and Megmilk Snow Brands, are key members of GDP. Mr. Kawamura is also the current Chairman of J-Milk, which represents the Japanese dairy sector, and he will bring his vast experience to help drive GDP’s mission to align and support the industry in promoting sustainable dairy nutrition.”

Mr. Kawamura will serve on the board along with Mr. Smith; Mr. Mike Durkin, President & CEO of Leprino Foods; Mr. Miles Hurrell, CEO Fonterra Co-operative Group; Mr. Minfang (Jeffrey) Lu, CEO & Executive Director China Mengniu Dairy Company; Mr. Lino Saputo Jr., Chairman & CEO Saputo Inc.; Mr. Hein Schumacher, CEO Royal FrieslandCampina and Mr. Peder Tuborgh; CEO Arla Foods.

Additional GDP governance members include Dr. Margrethe Jonkman, Deputy Chair of the GDP Board and Chair of the Operational Committee, Corporate Director Research & Development Royal FrieslandCampina; Dr. Judith Bryans, President International Dairy Federation; Jerry Kaminski, Chief Operating Officer Land O’Lakes; Hanne Søndergaard, Chief Marketing Officer Arla Foods; Judith Swales, Chief Operating Officer Transformation & Innovation Fonterra Co-operative Group; Jay Waldvogel, Senior Vice President of Strategy and International Development Dairy Farmers of America.

GDP and IDF Issue Joint
Statement on IPCC Land Use Report

Global Dairy Platform and the International Dairy Federation have issued a joint statement on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on climate change and land use. The report, which recognizes the potential of livestock production in adaptation and mitigation of climate change and does not suggest a shift away from animal-sourced foods, has been misrepresented by some media.


Dairy Sector – A Snapshot


1 billion people strong


600 million people living on farms


400 million additional people are supported by the full time jobs that are created in support of dairy farming


240 million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the dairy sector


133 million dairy farms


37 million farms led by women, 80 million women employed in dairying

Important Dates for the Dairy Diary

September 20

GDP Annual Meeting, Istanbul

September 23 – 26

IDF World Dairy Summit, Istanbul

May 4 – 5

GDP/IMP Marketing Communications Meeting, Zurich

GDP Bulletin September 2019

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