Industry Capability Building

CDRF provides funding to the Dairy Innovation Institute at California Polytechnic State University for their outreach program.  This program provides educational programs that ensure industry personnel are receiving the necessary continuing education to ensure an effective, motivated and productive workforce. Participants across our nation’s dairy processing facilities include:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Marketing specialists
  • Maintenance
  • Sales representatives
  • Operational specialists

In addition to the normal course offerings, the Institute also conducts short-course workshops for artisan/farmstead cheesemakers. The workshops update cheese makers on the latest best practices to ensure the quality and safety of their cheese. These workshops are offered with financial support provided by California Dairy Research Foundation and assistance of Dairy Research Institute.

The Dairy Innovation Institute is a home of faculty, research associates, technicians, educational program manager and administrative support staff who are passionate about dairy science and technology. Its in-house expertise includes but not limited to: dairy ingredients manufacturing/application, dairy foods formulation design/manufacturing, ingredient functionality evaluation, composition analysis, texture and structure characterization, sensory evaluation and food safety. Its scientists and technologists apply diverse expertise in activities which support a sustainable growth of the dairy industry. The Institute is supported by an Industry Associates Advisory Council to provide research and industry outreach direction.  Contact: Dr. Haotian Zheng

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Specialized technical programs (like the annual Dairy Ingredients Symposium) provide a blend of new technology and marketing information to ensure our industry remains at the forefront of innovation in dairy ingredients processing.  The attendees gain valuable information that they can immediately apply to better do their specific job assignments.  The producers benefit by knowing that a better educated workforce leads to improved quality and value during handling and processing their milk.   For more information on the Dairy Innovation Institute’s programs please visit their website:

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