Connect with the Next Generation of Dairy Processing at CheeseExpo

Posted By: Grace Atherton WCMA News,

Join young and emerging leaders of the global dairy processing industry for connection and growth at CheeseExpo, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) and the Center for Dairy Research April 16-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Registration is open now at 

"The next generation of industry leaders is here, forging new paths to a more sustainable, more profitable, and more globally competitive future for dairy processors. We’re excited to offer unique opportunities for these young leaders to share ideas and connect at CheeseExpo,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. 

Attendees under 40 will enjoy the chance to catch up with friends and build their networks at WCMA’s Young Professionals gathering. On Tuesday, April 16, join WCMA at 7:00 p.m. (CT) for an evening of fun and networking at Drink Wisconsinbly Pub (320 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee). Tickets for this event must be purchased separately during CheeseExpo registration. 

On Wednesday, April 17, observe the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, where teams of promising undergraduates test their skills in grading cheese, butter, yogurt, milk, and ice cream. Products are first evaluated by a group of industry experts, followed by students using the same methods. The competitors who score closest to the expert evaluations are honored with awards. Since 1916, the Collegiate Contest has helped students across the U.S. showcase their training, achieve recognition alongside their peers, and connect with the larger dairy processing industry. 

On Wednesday evening, don’t miss the chance to celebrate the deserving recipients of WCMA’s Student Scholarships and the graduates of WCMA’s top-rated industry education programs at the lively Novonesis Reception & Championship Cheese Auction. Kick off this energetic event on an inspiring note as WCMA salutes the up-and-coming leaders benefiting from the Association’s annual industry scholarships and educational offerings – funded in part by the auction that follows. 

With nearly 300 exhibits showcasing the latest in dairy processing technology, innovative seminars led by the industry’s brightest minds, and valuable opportunities to grow your network, CheeseExpo is the must-attend event of the year for dairy processing professionals worldwide. Register in advance now through April 8 at!