Episodes
What do the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and more than 150,000 cows have in common? They all call South Dakota home. On the latest episode The Dairy Download, we talk to two guests encouraging growth in the state’s dairy industry. Joining us first is Paul Kosboth, Owner and Manager of A1 Development Solutions. Prior to founding the agricultural development company, Kosboth served as South Dakota’s Director of Ag Development. He joins the show to discuss changes and expansion in the state’s...
Published 07/22/21
Grab your passport, we’re going globetrotting. How are logistics issues impacting international dairy trade? What does the dairy farming landscape look like in other parts of the world? And why do consumers love butter from Ireland? We find out in the latest jet-setting episode of The Dairy Download. Our first stop is Switzerland, where we check in with Patricia Stroup, Global Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer with Nestle. From commodity shortages to efforts around...
Published 07/01/21
Americans sure love dairy, and consumers across the world are demanding more high-quality American dairy products than ever before. As milk production increases in the U.S., so too do herd sizes, while the total number of dairy farms continues to decline. What does sustainable growth look like from the farmer’s point of view? This week on “The Dairy Download,” we dive into the opportunities and challenges presented by growth, innovation, and consumer preferences in today’s dairy...
Published 06/17/21
U.S. dairy exports hit an all-time high in 2020, reaching 2.4 million metric tons. With those numbers in mind, it’s no wonder issues like Trade Promotion Authority are a priority for the dairy and agriculture industries. In the latest episode of “The Dairy Download,” we hear from two advocates looking to pave the way for future trade flows. Joining us first is Gregg Doud, a former Chief Agricultural Negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative. He talks about his work negotiating trade...
Published 06/03/21
Temperatures are warming up. Time for flip flops, swimming pools and your favorite frozen treat. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk about the pints, gallons and other novelties sure to be popular this summer. Visiting us first is Denise Leathers, editor at Frozen and Refrigerated Food Buyer magazine. She discusses the trends and changes she’s seen in ice cream consumption over her 25 years covering the food industry. And she gives us the scoop on plant-based treats. Joining...
Published 05/20/21
As the world’s cheese capital, Wisconsin is home to more than 600 varieties of wheels, sticks, slices, shreds and, of course, curds. Joining the latest episode of The Dairy Download are two guests putting the state’s offerings in coolers across the globe. First up is Kristine Hansen, author of the Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook. Who are the producers and processors behind Wisconsin dairy? What’s a pizza farm? And how do you make apple pie with a cheddar crust? She dishes the details. Next is Jen...
Published 05/06/21
Booming exports and dwindling stocks. Rising inflation and increased ethanol use. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk with two guests who are close to increasingly expensive and volatile grain markets. First up is Steve Freed, Vice President of Grain Research for ADM Investor Services. He talks about global demand for corn, soybeans and other grains, and China’s hunger for US product. He also discusses how factors like inflation and weather are helping push prices to...
Published 04/22/21
From sit-down meals to snacks on-the-go, food manufacturers are working to keep ahead of new and tasty trends. In the latest episode of The Dairy Download, we talk to two executives bringing “disruptive innovation” to consumer palates. First up is Howard Friedman, CEO of Post Consumer Brands. He discusses the age-old question: How do companies preserve legacy brands while staying on top of ever-evolving preferences? He also tells us why it’s been hard to find Grape Nuts and how to enjoy a...
Published 04/08/21
To feed a growing world, some say farmers will have to produce 70% more food over the next 30 years. Doing so in a sustainable fashion is a top priority for the guests on the latest episode of The Dairy Download. Joining us first is Dr. Sara Place, Chief Sustainability Officer for Elanco. She helps define buzzwords like “net-zero” and discusses what they mean for producers and consumers. She also gives a look into Elanco’s global sustainability efforts. Next up is Scott Faber, a spokesman...
Published 03/25/21
The Dairy Download invites listeners to celebrate Women’s History Month with an episode featuring three female founders making inroads in the dairy industry. Joining us first is Julia Joseph, founding partner at Maple Hill Creamery. She helped rebuild the business from the brink of foreclosure and into an organic business working with more than 150 farms. Today, she’s focused on getting Maple Hill’s grass-fed products on more shelves near you. Next up is Anna Landmark and Anna Thomas Bates,...
Published 03/11/21
Click, pay, collect. From gaming consoles to groceries, it’s never been easier to buy online for home delivery. But who’s getting those goodies from stores and warehouses to your doorstep? The latest episode of “The Dairy Download” explores the (often bumpy) pathways that connect products and consumers across the world. We first get a global perspective from DairyAmerica CEO Patti Smith, who offers a look at the way logistics are impacting her business. As head of the world’s largest milk...
Published 02/18/21
From recyclable packaging to waste-free manufacturing, businesses are taking new approaches to sustainability. In the latest episode of “The Dairy Download,” we go green with two guests bringing environmentally friendly practices to the dairy industry. First up is Paul Snyder, who says sustainability is bringing a “wave of innovation” to the way we consume dairy. As executive vice president of stewardship for Tillamook County Creamery Association, he’s helping implement greener practices at...
Published 02/04/21
Where did that gallon of milk come from? And why are there so many ice cream flavors? In the season two premiere of “The Dairy Download,” we hear from two writers working to connect American consumers with the stories behind their favorite dairy products. First up is Donna Berry, whose “Berry on Dairy” blog has become a staple for those keeping a pulse on breakthroughs in dairy innovation. Berry discusses topics ranging from packaging trends to regenerative agriculture. And she gives her...
Published 01/14/21
As we learned in school, cells are the building blocks of all living things. Now, innovators are taking it a step further, using cells as the foundation of your next meal. In a special year-end episode of “The Dairy Download,” co-hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley talk to two guests who are changing the way we look at food. First up is Ryan Pandya, co-founder and CEO of Perfect Day. Six years ago, he combined a love of dairy and a vegan lifestyle into a company that uses cellular...
Published 12/23/20
In the film “Julie & Julia,” author and blogger Julie Powell writes, “The day there's a meteorite heading toward the earth and we have 30 days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.”And judging by recent retail and consumption trends, Americans tend to agree. After all, is there a better way to relieve pandemic fatigue than with cakes, cookies and other butter-filled goodies? In the latest mouthwatering episode of The Dairy Download, co-hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley...
Published 12/10/20
Episode 6 of The Dairy Download looks at the changing landscape for exports and trade in food and agriculture. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted dairy demand and sales around the world as foodservice struggles to get back to pre-COVID levels while food retail continues to overperform. Added to the uncertainty is the incoming Biden Administration: History tells us that a Biden Administration is likely to take a less combative approach to trade and seek to engage with trading partners...
Published 11/25/20
Let’s Go Shopping is not only the title of Episode 5 of The Dairy Download—it’s also a call to action as the nation prepares for the holiday retail rush. How is the pandemic changing America’s shopping for holiday meals? And will growing caseloads stifle the Black Friday tradition this year, or accelerate online shopping habits to break records? Hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley break it all down in their review of retail trends with some of the industry’s best and brightest leaders. But...
Published 11/12/20
Episode 4 of The Dairy Download explores our nation’s rural and urban divide. Is that a real thing? And, if it is, how are leaders in agriculture and rural America working to close the gap? Hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley jump into the dairy...
Published 10/29/20
In Episode 3 of The Dairy Download, hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley examine how market upheaval is affecting parts of the dairy supply chain, from farmers to cheese processors. They talk with Kurt Epprecht, Vice President with Great Lakes Cheese...
Published 10/15/20
EPISODE 2: "Whose Got Milk?" In Episode 2, hosts Phil Plourd and Kathleen Wolfley answer the big question: Whose Got Milk? They talk about how Disney layoffs and RV sales are connected to dairy markets. And, of course, they run down the CME dairy...
Published 10/01/20
Episode 1: “Volatility” In The Dairy Download’s premiere episode, Plourd and Wolfley focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has helped stir up unprecedented volatility, while exposing government’s invisible hand (or perhaps just it’s thumb, resting on the scales of the market) during this unprecedented crisis. Joe Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and former chief economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, breaks down the federal...
Published 09/17/20
Published 08/25/20
A Podcast and Web Video Series Presented by the International Dairy Foods Association and Blimling and Associates  The Dairy Download Podcast is hosted by Phil Plourd of Blimling and Associates that covers dairy market news and offers fresh guest...
Published 08/25/20