Welcome to the California Creamery Operators Association’s 122nd Annual Meeting. I’m especially glad that you could join us as we return to South Lake Tahoe for the first time since 2019. Needless to say, the past few years have been challenging. We experienced unprecedented market volatility, interruptions in supply chain, environmental challenges and rising costs. And all of that while doing our best to keep our families, employees and ourselves healthy and safe during the pandemic. While we have endured a lot we are also gratified and motivated by consumer demand for dairy and the determination of this great industry to persevere and thrive.
This year’s program “MOVING FORWARD. GOING GLOBAL.” will be of great interest to attendees as we explore the current challenges but also look at what lies ahead as we move forward in an increasingly global industry.
On behalf of the CCOA Board of Directors and management, I wish you a successful, productive and enjoyable meeting. I hope you will take the opportunity to network with industry colleagues at our scheduled social events, visit the exhibitor booths and engage with event sponsors. And yes, don’t forget to take time to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of the Lake Tahoe area!