Gold sponsors

  • Bericap
  • ColorMatrix PolyOne

Supported by

  • Ecolean
  • KHS
  • Tetra Pak

Charity partners

  • Send a Cow

Media partners

  • FoodBev Media

Tuesday 6 June


  • Depart from hotel for 45 minute journey to University College Dublin (UCD) Lyons Research Farm in nearby County Kildare. The farm belongs to the University, and has attracted support for recent dairy developments from industry including global ingredients group Glanbia plc.


    UCD Lyons farm consists of 580 acres. It is used for teaching and research activities by the School of Agriculture and Food Science and the School of Veterinary Medicine.


    Tour will include insights into the dairy research programmes which support nutrition, herd management and best practice for maximising milk production potential, plus an opportunity to see afternoon milking. Light refreshments will be served during the tour.


  • Depart from hotel for 45 minute journey to Bord Bia (Irish Food Board) offices in central Dublin. The Thinking House is an integrated state-of-the-art consumer research insight centre. Launched in September 2016, it is designed to help Irish exports compete globally by hosting qualitative focus groups, live streaming sessions and through the provision of access to specialist databases and reports.


    The creative space highlights latest food and drink innovations from around the world, promotes packaging and brand design and showcases a range of work with Irish food and drink brands. Visit will include interactive activities in  specially equipped areas. Light refreshments will be provided during the visit.


    At the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland's most popular tourist attraction. The Guinness story is recounted over seven floors filled with interactive experiences illustrating the brand’s long brewing heritage and providing a taste of Ireland's rich history. Guinness owner Diageo also produces Bailey's Irish Cream, the cream for which is supplied by Glanbia. Delegates will be hosted on a VIP tour, including the chance to sample a pint of the Black Stuff and a Bailey’ Irish Cream in the rooftop Gravity Bar.

  • Return to hotel.

  • -
    Redwood Foyer

    Welcome drinks reception

Wednesday 7 June

  • Redwood Suite


  • Welcome address

    Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine, Ireland

  • Origin Green: sustainability as a driving force for commercial success

    The impact of global forces of change, shifts in consumer attitudes and new approaches to sourcing, producing and consuming food on the development of sustainable business strategies.

    Tara McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of Bord Bia, Ireland

  • Taking a portfolio approach to global nutrition

    Perspectives on the role of dairy in providing smart nutrition solutions to consumers and the importance of performance nutrition in overall market growth.

    Jim Bergin, Chief Executive Officer Designate of Glanbia Ireland

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshments and networking


  • High growth market opportunity

    Ensuring continued growth and market share in a competitive environment where innovation is creating a new market dynamic

    Jayen Mehta, Senior General Manager – Planning & Maketing at Gujurat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, India

  • Maximising opportunities for growth

    China’s leading dairy group comments identifying and responding to emerging market growth potential

    Gerrit Smit, Managing Director of Yili Research and Development Centre, China

  • Re-establishing US market growth

    Doug Glade, Executive Vice President – Commercial Operations at Dairy Farmers of America, United States

  • Questions and discussion

  • Convenient closure solutions for the dairy industry

    Yves Jozefiak, Business Development Director Food at Bericap, Spain

  • Lunch


    Insights into key emerging markets including investment potential, scope for development and future outlook

  • Future growth prospects in a changing world

    Perspectives on the impact of political and economic change on dairy industry growth, international expansion and export development

    Kevin Bellamy, Global Sector Head – Dairy at Rabobank, Netherlands

  • Latin America: a dairy sector in transition

    Ricardo Cotta Ferreira, Director of New Business and Corporate Relations at Itambé, Brazil

  • Analysing the marketing mix in Africa to create competitive advantage

    The importance of scrutinizing the marketing mix, including price point, promotional activity and distribution, when establishing a point of difference in an increasingly competitive market.

    Daryl Gehlig, Group Category Dairy Director for Promasidor, South Africa

  • Questions and discussion

  • Fresh thinking for UHT milk packaging

    A look at trends in dairy packaging, brand recognition using packaging shape and new possibilities for UHT milk packaging

    Azam Khan, Senior Product Manager – Barriers & Additives for ColorMatrix Group, part of  PolyOne Corporation

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Effectively communicating the benefits of dairy

    With a number of dairy companies and industry stakeholders pledging support for global sustainability and improved nutrition, here we discuss how industry can continue to play an active role in implementing change for the better in global food systems of the future.

    Dr Judith Bryans, President of International Dairy Federation and Chief Executive of Dairy UK, United Kingdom

  • Dairy 4.0: investing in the future of dairy

    Shi Dong Wei, Executive President of Mengniu Dairy Group, China

  • Future trends impacting dairy and the growing influence of connected consumers

    Libby Costin, Vice President – Marketing for Tetra Pak, Sweden

  • Questions and discussion

  • Close

  • Drinks reception

  • Gala Industry Dinner

  • World Dairy Innovation Awards

  • Close

Thursday 8 June


  • Reinventing dairy

    Leading company perspectives on expanding, sustaining and reinvigorating dairy product through a commitment to innovation.

    Carmel Collins, General Manager – Dairy & Snacks at Kerry Group EMEA, Ireland

  • A potted history of yogurt in Japan

    Richard Walton, Research & Development Manager at Meiji, Japan

  • Butter is back: How to spread it by unlocking accelerated category growth through innovation

    With butter category resurgence in the USA a leading producer looks at the unique role that innovation has played in driving category growth.

    Raquel Melo, Vice President of Innovation for Land O’Lakes, United States

  • The impact of dairy free on market dynamics

    As sales of non-dairy milk and other alternatives increase, established brand companies are investing in new products, concepts and line extensions to meet this demand. Here we look at how changing food preferences are becoming catalysts of change for the industry.

    Speaker invited

  • Questions and discussion

  • Refreshments and networking


  • Latest themes in global innovation success

    A look at the scope and scale of innovation including market segments, ingredients, packaging occasion and communication

    Yumiko Magara Wilkey, Insight Manager – Commercial Group for Zenith Global Ltd


  • Dairy free opportunities

    Matt Havers, Founder of Peck Drinks

  • The benefits of traditional Bulgarian yogurt

    Teddy Ivanov, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Balkan Treasure

  • Happy cows make healthy products

    Kyle Wehner, Founder of Dreaming Cow

  • Panel feedback

    Panel will comment on innovator presentations, brand building and financing future expansion.
    Raquel Melo, Vice President of Innovation for Land O’Lakes, United States
    Richard Walton, Research and Development Manager for Meiji, Japan
    Brian Reidy, Director Client Coverage, Rabobank International, The Netherlands

  • Lunch and networking



    Round tables will discuss key areas of health concerns, environment agenda, government policy change, consumer communication and value growth.  Feedback will provide priorities for benchmarking on return to office.

  • Close

This 11th annual Global Dairy Congress is tailored for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and advisers with a focus on the latest market trends and thinking on a world-wide scale from top companies in each region, with extensive time for informal networking and discussion.

Despite substantial recent political and economic change, one constant is the need for enjoyable and sustainable nutrition. Under the theme Naturally healthy, the Congress offers an effective forum for seeking to develop dairy’s naturally healthy credentials and driving forward innovation that will bring growth and added value to the sector.

Delegates will hear from both leading international and regional manufacturers on broader market and strategic developments, as well as from smaller industry players and entrepreneurs showcasing a variety of exciting new products and concepts.

The three day event will include:

  • Conference sessions covering key issues of growth, innovation, health and environment
  • Dedicated networking time with leading industry figures
  • Tour of University College Dublin Lyons Research Farm
  • World Dairy Innovation Awards presented at Gala Industry Dinner

Sponsorship: If you would like further information on the range of table top display and other sponsorship opportunities available for the Congress, please contact Linda Leonard e t +44 (0) 1225 327941

Practical details
Visas: The hotel can assist with visas for guests as well as transfers from the airport. Visas may be required from some countries. Zenith will be happy to help with visa support. Please check with your local travel agent documentation where possible.

Dress code: Business suit or smart casual.

Ireland is a global leader in dairy farming, milk processing, dairy nutrition and ingredient exports. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, home to the European headquarters of many global dairy, financial, information, pharmaceutical and technology companies.

Set in parkland, the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport is a 15 minute drive from the city centre. The 4 star hotel offers a range of facilities including a fitness suite, restaurant, bar and dedicated conference centre.

Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport, Northwood Avenue, Northwood Park, Dublin 9, Ireland
t +353 1 862 8888
f +353 1 862 8800

An allocation of rooms is available at negotiated rates for delegates attending the Congress.

Single room per night     €189
Double room per night    €199

Rates are inclusive of full Irish breakfast and 23% VAT. VAT may be subject to change. The negotiated rate is subject to availability. To book your accommodation click here. Room cancellation terms and conditions will be provided by the hotel.

The full Congress rate includes tours, both conference days, the awards dinner and documentation, but excludes accommodation.

  Payment by 5 May
Super saver
Limited availability
Inc VAT   Payment after 5 May
Full Congress          
Single delegate rate € 1,495.00 € 1,838.85   € 1,645.00 € 2,023.35
Separate elements          
6 Jun tour, welcome drinks € 200.00 € 246.00   € 250.00 € 307.50
7 Jun Conference € 900.00 € 1,107.00   € 1,000.00 € 1,230.00
7 Jun Awards Dinner € 150.00 € 184.50   € 200.00 € 246.00
8 Jun Conference € 700.00 € 861.00   € 800.00 € 984.00

Substitutions will be accepted at any time. Cancellations will be subject to a €130 plus VAT administration charge and cannot be made after 5 May. Bookings are subject to Zenith Events terms and conditions, see All delegates must pay Irish VAT at prevailing rate, currently 23%. Rate may be subject to change. VAT reclaim information is available on request.

The World Dairy Innovation Awards are designed to celebrate excellence and innovation across every category of the global dairy industry.

The winners and finalists will be announced at a special gala event at the 11th Global Dairy Congress on the 7th of June.

Being successfully shortlisted provides a hallmark of success that will prevail long after the awards ceremony draws to a close. This trusted brand recognition highlights the contribution that your company’s products and/or services are making to the industry.

To find out more about how to enter and see if you're eligible to participate in this year's awards, please follow the link here.

Entry deadline is 28 April 2017.

Click here for list of 2017 Global Dairy Congress speakers with biographies

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