ADPI Announces New Members to 2019 – 2020 Center of Excellence

ELMHURST, IL – The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) is proud to welcome two additional industry professionals to the ADPI Center of Excellence. Joining this group for 2019-2020 are Dr. David Clark and Dean Tjornehoj, two highly experienced dairy industry professionals, whose experience and skills complement the existing panel of experts comprising our Center of Excellence resources.

The ADPI Center of Excellence is a network of twelve experienced dairy industry professionals with the expertise to answer questions and assist ADPI members on a wide range of topics. The group is a key part of ADPI’s ongoing activities as the “go-to” authority on dairy ingredients. The Center provides ADPI members with an easy and economical way to gain access to industry experts capable of addressing dairy-related questions or concerns they might have.

ADPI Center of Excellence professionals are available to help ADPI members, providing free consultations (up to 2 hours per topic) on a totally confidential basis. They also share their expertise throughout the year by participating in ADPI’s events, i.e. seminars, conferences, symposia, webinars and educational programs.

Dr. David Clark, founded the consultancy company, Bovina Mountain Consulting LLC, specializes in the nutritional and functional aspects of dairy ingredients in high value markets. He can assist ADPI members with projects which involve strategy development, regulatory support (e.g. GRAS notification), new product development, infant and medical nutrition formulation support and market research assistance.

Dr. Clark has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and received his Ph.D. from National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K. He has over 30 years of experience in the dairy industry, and held senior and executive positions at DMV and Friesland Campina. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications on dairy ingredients, and has worked with clients in the US, Europe and Asia.

Dean Tjornehoj is a microbiologist with many years of experience and knowledge in the safe production of dairy foods and ingredients. He is newly retired from California Dairies Inc. where he was responsible for compliance to regulatory and customer requirements, quality control and quality assurance programs across six manufacturing plants. Dean can provide technical support on microbiological and chemistry testing and issues. In addition to his expertise on powdered ingredients, Dean will also support the needs of ADPI members who require assistance for the production and quality control of AMF, churned milkfat, butteroil, various types of butter, cream cheese and and Neufchâtel cheese.

He graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1975. He has been involved with technical committees and working committees in dairy trade associations, and was a past chairman of the Dairy Division of IFT.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome these two new industry professionals to the ADPI Center of Excellence. Their addition to the program reflects ADPI’s commitment to provide our members with reliable, meaningful and useful information,” said Blake B. Anderson, ADPI President and CEO.

The ADPI Center of Excellence resource professionals are always ready to address ADPI member questions or concerns. Current Center of Excellence professionals include Veronique Lagrange, Chair; K.J. Burrington, Michael Culhane, Ph.D., Mike McCully, Dan Meyer, Phil Plourd, Geoffrey W. Smithers, PhD, Dr. Jim Sullivan, Dr. Phil Tong and Purnendu C. Vasavada.

Got a question, issue or opportunity, give the ADPI COE a call. We encourage all ADPI members to contact COE resources with questions and informational needs you may have. Download this “Quick Guide To The COE” to identify which COE resource would best fit your need.

ADPI invites all members to visit the ADPI website at to learn more about our COE members and their areas of expertise.

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