January 2024 Dairy Meeting

Programming Committee

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th, 2024 @ 6:00 PM

Land O Lakes Headquarters

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On Tuesday, January 16th, the Minnesota Institute of Food Technologists and Land O Lakes will co-host the MNIFT annual dairy meeting! Come and join us to network and learn the newest information on Dairy Sustainability from our Land O Lakes speakers. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Title: Dairy Sustainability and on Farm Practices

Overview: Land O'Lakes team members across Sustainability, Member Relations and R&D functions will walk through Land O'Lakes' sustainability journey, key projects we are doing on our member farms, and how this relates to making our products and ingredients even more sustainable


Erica Duin McDougall
Senior Associate Manager for Sustainability with Dairy Foods
Land O'Lakes

Bio: Erica Duin McDougall is the Senior Associate Manager for Sustainability with Dairy Foods at Land O'Lakes. She has over 15 years of professional experience leading cross-functional teams in corporate, international NGO, and government settings. In her current role, she leads the development of the sustainability strategy and tactics for Dairy Foods, including collaborating with business units across the enterprise to align on approach and execution. Before taking a role in sustainability, Erica worked as a business leader in Dairy Foods, launching nearly 50 new products into new channels and markets during her tenure. Prior to her work in Dairy Foods, Erica worked with Land O'Lakes' international development arm, Venture 37, leading the strategic direction of business development efforts in Asia and West Africa. With Venture 37, she led teams to pursue over 50 proposals for complex agricultural programs and won over $100MM in government funding for new projects over five years. True to her career interests and path, Erica enjoys making elaborate charcuterie boards that feature Land O'Lakes cheese and traveling across the globe.

John McDonald
Director, Ingredient and Foundational Technology Platform, Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods

Bio: John McDonald has been in the food industry for over 35 years and is a highly experienced scientist and innovation leader. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Memphis with a focus in molecular spectroscopy. He began working for Cargill, Inc. at a corn syrup refinery immediately after graduation. At that time, Cargill was ramping up efforts to apply process analytics and chemometrics to complex food system design. Immobilized enzyme technology was relatively new in the early 90’s and John’s first project was designing an inline spectroscopic system for real-time fructose determinations for fast moving high fructose corn syrup refinery streams post enzyme treatment.

His interest in innovation leadership led him to become a Project Manager, R&D Manager, and eventually a Program Leader. He was transferred to the Cargill Global Food Research team in Wayzata, MN in 2003 where he became a Research Fellow and helped to create the Material Characterization Center with a focus on using senior-level scientists and advanced analytical technologies to design novel food systems and develop deeper understanding of ingredient chemistry. His passion at that time was in developing top-to-top relationships with the R&D organizations of strategic customers and using technological capabilities and the latest innovations to further business goals.

In 2011, John moved to Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods R&D. As a Research Fellow at LOL, his initial work was in leading the R&D organization to a deeper understanding of ingredient technology and to develop closer innovation relationships with strategic ingredient supplier partners. In 2016, he became an R&D Director and began forming the research platform - Ingredient and Foundational Technology. Today, this platform has 30 scientists, from technologists to Senior PhDs, that work in four groups, Dairy Seasonings and Ingredients, Ingredient and Information Research, Food Chemistry, and Food Microbiology. This platform is responsible for innovations in incoming ingredient technology, outbound dairy-based ingredients, material characterization, food chemistry, food safety, bio-processes, and information research.

Kristy Miron
Manager- Dairy Sustainability and Animal Care
Land O'Lakes

Bio: Sustainability and Animal Care Execution Manager
Kristy has been with Land O’ Lakes since 2011 serving in various positions in the organization including Winfield and now, Member Relations. She oversees the execution of on farm initiatives surrounding animal care and sustainability. Kristy is the manager of the NMPF FARM program for Land O’ Lakes including the pillars of Animal Care, Environmental Stewardship and now Workforce Development. ensuring all animal care and sustainability projects are executed with the dairy members. She leverages her background in the dairy industry and promotion to advance Land O’ Lakes efforts.

Before joining the Member Relations team at Land O’ Lakes in 2021, she was apart of the Winfield United business unit for 10 years in various parts of the organization including customer service, sales operations, and Crop Protection marketing team. She is a proud Minnesota Golden Gopher and her family also dairy farms at her husband’s family century dairy farm


Registration will stay open until January 11th, at 10:00 PM.

Registration costs will include light refreshments (non-alcoholic) and appetizers.

NOTE: This event is only in person, no virtual registration will be available.

If you have additional questions, please email Sonia Patel (shpatel@umn.edu) or Lindsay Budin (Lindsay.Budin@agropur.com).


Land O’Lakes Headquarters
4001 Lexington Ave N
Arden, Hills MN 55126

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

5:00 - 6:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting**
6:00- 6:45 PM Networking with Appetizers & light refreshments drinks (non-alcoholic)
6:45 - 7:45 PM “Dairy Sustainability and on Farm Practices” by Land O Lake Speakers
7:50 - 8:00PM Closing Remarks
** Zoom link and meeting placeholder will be sent with agenda by MNIFT President for BOD members.


Type Price
In-Person Member $20
In-Person Non-Member $30
In-Person Student $10
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