The California Dairy Innovation Center coordinates pre-competitive research and educational training in collaboration with industry, check-off programs, and research/academic institutions throughout the state of California in support of a common set of innovation and productivity goals. A virtual organization created by the California Milk Advisory Board, the CDIC is guided by a Steering Committee that includes California Dairies Inc., California Dairy Research Foundation, California Milk Advisory Board, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dairy Management Inc., Fresno State University, Hilmar Cheese, Leprino Foods, and UC Davis.
The CDIC is primarily funded by California dairy producers through the California Milk Advisory Board.
The Pacific Coast Coalition
The CDIC is the lead partner of the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative’s Pacific Coast Coalition, a collaboration hosted by Fresno State, in cooperation with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of California, Davis, Cal Poly Humboldt, Chapman University, and Chico State in California; as well as Oregon State University, Corvallis, and Washington State University, Pullman. Funded by a multi-million dollar USDA grant, the Pacific Coast Coalition offers competitive funding to qualified dairy businesses (producers and processors) and technical support and training programs for the industry through its network of academic collaborators.
Formulations and Technical Support
Looking for a facility to test a new product formulation, or scale-up to pilot plant your bench-scale prototype? Check the capabilities of CDIC collaborators on our Tech Support Page
Events, Training & Education Opportunities
Offered in collaboration with our academic partners, short-courses provide hands-on training for all levels of education, without pre-requisites.
Register for upcoming programs here.
Grants to Industry
Grants for equipment, training and feasibility studies are available to producers and dairy processors in California through the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative – Pacific Coast Coalition. More information on current grant opportunities is available here.
CDIC offers 10 internships per year to qualified, California-based students, and can also connect talented applicants from outside the state to dairy companies in California. CDIC seeks to offer internships to a wide variety of students with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. More information on our internship programs is available here.
ECDIC is a key partner in the CMAB’s Innovation Ecosystem, offering resources to entrepreneurs seeking to bring new concepts using Real California Milk to life. Discover more here.