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At the fall Board meeting of the American Butter Institute (ABI) held last week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products, Inc. was elected President of ABIABI Elects New President and Officers at October Board Meeting

Irv Holmes, CEO of Challenge Dairy Products, Inc., in Dublin, California, is the new chairman of board of the American Butter Institute.  – Californian is New Chairman of the American Butter Institute Board

At the fall Board meeting of the American Butter Institute (ABI) held in October in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products Inc. was elected as the new president of ABI.  – Dairy people news from ABI, Organic Valley and Schwan Food Co.

Irvin Holmes, CEO of Challenge Dairy, was recently interviewed for an article in the San Francisco Business Times. He discussed how CD’s business trends were a reflection of California’s larger economic climate. In short, he explains that an increase in retail sales stems from individuals and families choosing to cook at home instead of eating out. – Challenge Dairy’s CEO Says Sales Indicate Economic Recovery for Some Industries

ABI worked closely with the CME to recraft the rules and thanks the CME for this effort, according to Irv Holmes, President of ABI. – ABI Approves of Change in Butter Trading Standards at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (article also found at the St. Albans Co-Op Creamery webpage)

Challenge Dairy Products, Inc. Irv HolmesAffiliate Members: California Creamery Operators Association

Welcome: Doug Wilke, President, ADPI; Senior Vice President – Dairy Ingredients, Product Technology and Business Ventures, Foremost Farms, USA and Irv Holmes, President, ABI; CEO & President, Challenge Dairy Products, Inc.– American Dairy Products Institute 2016 Conference Agenda

“All other RUTF products on the market rely on peanuts for some portion of the total protein. Our RUTF is the first peanut- free formula,” says Challenge CEO Irv Holmes.– Challenge Dairy Now Certified UNICEF Supplier for Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food

But Irish butters aren’t consistent, says Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products, a cooperative of 600 dairy farms in California, the largest milk-producing state. The flavor is at the whim of the climate. Plus, if you are buying Kerrygold stateside, that overseas journey could affect the butter’s freshness.– GOING TO IRELAND…FOR THE VIRGIN BUTTER

Irvin Holmes knows how to sell food. The CEO and president of Challenge Dairy Products Inc., distributor of the Western United States’ top butter brand, has more than 25 years in the business, including positions at Dole and Del Monte.– Challenge Dairy plans to bring butter to Midwest

ABI President Irv Holmes of Challenge Dairy Products in Dublin, California, welcomed Dairy Products, Inc., to the 107-year-old association, which promotes and protects the interests of the butter industry. “Dairy products, Inc., joins ABI at a time when U.S. consumer interest in butter is rising,” Holmes said. “Just last year, per-capita butter consumption hit a 40-year high and the news media proclaimed, ‘Butter is back.’ Consumers like that butter is natural with a simple ingredient statement…cream, and recent studies have suggested consuming butter could have positive health benefits.”– Dairy Products, Inc. Joins American Butter Institute

The day ended with a butter industry breakout session focused on “Servicing the Market for Butterfat.” Moderator Tom Suber of the U.S. Dairy Export Council led presenters, Dave Stiefer from U.S. Dairy Export Council, Laura Gottschalk from U.S. Dairy Export Council and Dairy Management Inc.., Irv Holmes from Challenge Dairy Products and Lavonne Dietrich from Dairy Farmers of America.– American Dairy Products Institute & American Butter Institute Host Outstanding Conference

Irv Holmes, CEO of Challenge Dairy Products, has been elected president of the American Butter Institute, a two-year term position: – GAO takes on GMOs — EPA sued over Enlist Duo approval, again — Lucas’ next move? — White House lags on bee report


“Holmes said there are several benefits to eliminating the grade certificate requirement, including added liquidity to the cash spot session, which enhances real price discovery, and a reduction in the cost of selling butter on the CME by eliminating the requirement of a grader. It also recognizes the fact that the vast majority of salted bulk butter sales occur with a COA and not a grading certificate. Holmes said that grading requirements “have been burdensome for some market participants, which means less butter is offered on the CME. This evolution of document requirements moves the butter industry forward and reduces unnecessary costs. It’s a win-win for buyers and sellers, and in an era of increasing price volatility, this change will aid in the efficient marketing of butter.” – CME Amends Spot Butter Contract To Allow More Eligible Loads Of Butter To Be Transacted; ABI Cites Benefits

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Irv Holmes – Challenge Dairy Products– Welcome New Alliance Members! Alliance of Chief Executives

Irv Holmes, CEO of Challenge Dairy Products Inc. in Dublin, Calif., was elected second vice president. – Butter officers rise to top