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Dr. Eric Bastian joins the United Dairymen of Idaho today as the new vice president of industry relations. He will serve as a vital link between Idaho’s dairy farm families, dairy food processors and regional research universities.
“Eric brings an unmatched passion for the importance of product innovation and research to the success of dairy food and ingredient sales,” noted Karianne Fallow, CEO of United Dairymen of Idaho. “His experience and expertise in dairy food science and his knowledge of dairy food processing and university research systems will complement our goals of inspiring trust and building demand for the dairy industry.”
Before joining United Dairymen of Idaho, Bastian served as vice president of research & development for Glanbia Nutritionals and Glanbia Foods where he built a world-class team of dairy food researchers and innovation experts. Prior to his role at Glanbia, Dr. Bastian was instrumental in building the Midwest Dairy Research Center at the University of Minnesota, where he started in a faculty position in the department of food science and nutrition and, for six years, led a research team focused on milk protein and enzyme chemistry, processed cheese functionality and milk protein fractionation.
Dr. Bastian was born in central Utah and raised on a dairy farm. He has a bachelor of science in dairy science and master and doctorate degrees in nutrition and food sciences. He spent one year as a research fellow with the Danish Government Research Institute for the dairy industry in Hillerod, Denmark. Subsequently, he returned to post-doctoral work at Utah State University, which he completed in 1992.
“I am passionate about dairy food science, product innovation and building a strong, sustainable workforce of future dairy scientists in the Northwest,” said Bastian. “By working directly for our dairy farm families, I can correlate their investment in research with real results that bring them value.”
About United Dairymen of Idaho
The United Dairymen of Idaho protects and promotes the Idaho dairy industry and dairy farm families through outreach, nutrition counseling and partnerships with consumers, dairy processors, retail outlets and farmers and their families. UDI is the parent organization of both the Idaho Dairy Council and the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. Visit UDI’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates and additional information.