Who We Are

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.

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What We Do

The CDIC is designed to stimulate innovation in the California dairy industry, by bringing together producers, processors, and educators around a common set of innovation and productivity goals. The CDIC coordinates pre-competitive research and educational training designed to help achieve those goals.

Academic partners

CDIC’s primary academic partners in California include:

  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University, Fresno
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt
  • Chapman University
  • University of California, Davis

CDIC also collaborates with California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and Long Beach State University.

CDIC Programs​

  • Coordinate primary or applied research leading to product, process/manufacturing, and packaging innovation.
  • Provide training and technical support to the industry’s current workforce on cutting edge food science and technology with a focus on meeting the needs of entrepreneurs, small California dairy businesses, producers, and dairy processors of all sizes.
  • Develop a diversified pipeline for new workforce candidates through educational curricula, internship programs, on-line education, campus job opportunities, collaborations with professional organizations and other tools.


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The Dairy Business Innovation Initiative/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.

The Pacific Coast Coalition is one of four Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives in the United States. The DBI Initiatives support dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products. DBI Initiatives provide direct technical assistance and grants to dairy businesses.

DBI Initiatives specifically focus on:

  • Diversifying dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher-value uses for dairy products.
  • Promoting business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation.
  • Encouraging the use of regional milk production.

Learn more about the DBI Initiatives.

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Dairy Resources

California Dairy Foods Research Centers and National Dairy Foods Research Centers.
This guide features a comprehensive listing of capabilities, equipment, staff and researchers contacts at CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Fresno State and UC Davis. Download the Guide to Research and Innovation Resources (PDF).

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California Milk Advisory Board

The CMAB helps promote increased consumption of dairy products through effective use of:

  • Promotion: The CMAB aggressively promotes dairy products with category advertising utilizing print, television and digital media, in-store promotions, and publicity.
  • Education: The CMAB develops pamphlets, brochures, recipes, and other educational materials to inform the trade and public about California’s dairy industry and the importance of milk and other dairy products in their diets.
  • Research: The CMAB does research around consumer attitudes, opinions, and preferences.

California Milk Advisory Board Headquarters
2156 W. Grant Line Road, Suite 100
Tracy, CA 95377
(209) 883-6455

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California Dairy Research Foundation

For more than 30 years, the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) has supported the California dairy industry through relevant and emergent research, producer education and outreach. CDRF is primarily funded by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), which receives check-off dollars from California dairy producers. CDRF focuses on on-farm innovation, sustainability, and nutrition programs. CDIC and CDRF work closely together to support complementary projects and ensure integration along the supply chain.