New International Dairy Federation boss to focus on science

By Gwen Ridler

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Science will be a core focus for the International Dairy Federation
Science will be a core focus for the International Dairy Federation

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Science will underpin the future of the dairy sector amid a fast-moving media and political climate, according to the International Dairy Federation’s (IDF’s) newly appointed director general.

Speaking on the first day in her new role (February 12), Caroline Emond said the IDF had a record of fostering the development of dairy-related science.

“I am passionate about continuing the IDF’s essential work and communicating these efforts as widely as possible in a compelling fashion,”​ said Emond.

“I will engage proactively with the relevant stakeholders to further the dairy sector’s interests and ensure the IDF provides international policy-makers and influencers with science-based guidance and leadership.”

‘Science-based guidance and leadership’

Emond has replaced Nico van Belzen, who served as director general of the IDF since 2012, providing guidance and leadership throughout his tenure.

She has extensive experience within the industry, including 24 years in senior executive and public affairs roles in the private, public and the not-for-profit sectors. She also served as executive director of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

“I look forward to building on the excellent work undertaken by my predecessor Nico van Belzen and join a dynamic team and engaged community of experts around the world,” ​she added.

‘Authority on global dairy matters’

“I plan to bring energy, dynamism and a wealth of relevant experience to ensure that the IDF maintains and enhances its position as the authority on global dairy matters.”

The IDF represents the global dairy sector and ensures the best scientific expertise is used to support the production of high-quality milk and nutritious, safe and sustainable dairy products.

The organisation engages its stakeholders in productive activities and research projects to further current knowledge and science on a wide range of issues.

Meanwhile, last month, ready meals and processed meat manufacturer Holmesterne Foods hired Shaun Bedford as its new head of operations​.

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