The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and Dairy Foods magazine have announced a total of 21 finalists for the third annual IDFA Innovations Awards to be presented at the International Dairy Show this September in Chicago.

According to IDFA, each finalist represents significant achievements in performance, advancement in a technology or its application, innovative design or considerable cost savings.

A team of industry experts and IDFA staff will judge the finalists before the show and select one winner in each of the following categories: Food Safety, Ingredient/Flavoring/Seasoning, Packaging, Processing and Sustainability.

Dairy Show attendees, Dairy Foods readers and others also can vote for their favorite overall innovation in the Attendee Choice Award category. The voting is open now online and will close at noon on September 17 at the show.

"The Innovations Awards offer a great way to bring attention and acclaim to the new products and services revolutionizing the dairy industry," said Robin Cornelison, IDFA trade show director. “The Attendee Choice Award is the industry’s way of recognizing and thanking those who make growth in dairy possible.”

The awards finalists include:

Food Safety

Ecolab, Inc.

Product: Dairy Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)



Product: Eclipse® Dock Shelter


Coperion/Coperion K-Tron

Product: Diverter valve, WYK, CIP version



Prairie Farms Dairy

Product: Prairie Farms PEEPS Milk


Prairie Farms Dairy

Product: Prairie Farms Chef’s Splendor Milk


Noosa Yoghurt

Product: Cranberry Apple Noosa Yoghurt


Glanbia Foods Inc.

Product: Blue J Cheese



Noosa Yoghurt

Product: Noosa Yoghurt


Berry Plastics

Product: Clarified pint container


Berry Plastics

Product: ICONIC


Berry Plastics

Product: Qubic




Product: MilkoStream FT


Caloris Engineering, LLC

Product: Caloris Concentrix Compact Falling Film MVR Evaporator


ProLeiT Corp.

Product: Plant iT Visu-Recorder


Komax Systems, Inc.

Product: Sanitary Static Mixer


Krohne Inc.

Product: Ice cream overrun measurement with the Optimass 7400


Page & Pedersen International, Ltd.

Product: LactiWHEY


Steinfurth, Inc.

Product: Steinfurth Carbolac


Burkert Fluid Control Systems

Product: FLOWave



Ecolab, Inc.

Product: 3D TRASAR



 Product: HP Hood Sacramento, Calif., partnership with CleanWorld