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Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc.

The non-profit Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. (SUDIA) is funded by dairy farm families of the Southeast. We work diligently with dairy farmers, retailers, schools, sports teams, health professionals, local organizations, state leaders, the media and the public to promote dairy foods and knowledge about the dairy industry. Our efforts center in nine states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Dairy foods contain nine essential nutrients that are important for building strong bones and healthy bodies. To that end, SUDIA works with consumers of all ages to provide them with nutritional information, dairy industry news, research and recipes for a healthy lifestyle that includes three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day.

Dairy Foods and Products

Part of SUDIA’s mission is to provide the public with accurate information about dairy foods. We offer insight on how dairy foods are made, including safe farming practices and pasteurization. We provide nutritional information about dairy so the public is aware of its numerous health benefits, as well as information about managing lactose intolerance. Our registered dietitians and nutritionists provide valuable, evidence-based information and research about dairy. Rediscover the benefits of dairy through our many articles and interviews with nutritionists and other health experts.

Dairy Farming

At SUDIA, we work with the public to bring awareness to the amazing job dairy farmers do and the delicious products they produce. The dairy industry can be tough—dairy farmers have a difficult job that is important to the community. Our goal is to inform the community of the work they do and how they do it. What goes into dairy farming? Who owns dairy farms? What is the environmental impact of dairy farming and the dairy industry? Check out our Dairy Farming section for the answers and to hear directly from dairy farmers in your community. Watch our interviews to find out what it’s like to be a dairy farm family and to learn more about the people who work hard to produce the dairy products you love.

Dairy Education

Many children in America don’t get the nutrition they need, either due to lack of options, bad food choices or food insecurity. Dairy foods offer protein, calcium and other essential nutrients children need to grow strong and maintain focus in the classroom. We provide schools and parents with accurate information about dairy nutrition and tips on ways to incorporate dairy into their meal planning. We offer grants to help schools improve access to dairy foods, as well as dairy nutrition lesson plans, posters and worksheets that can be shared in the classroom. We also provide delicious and fun recipes for kids who may be reluctant to try dairy.

Dairy Recipes

Recipes from SUDIA are not only delicious—they provide powerful nutrition to you and your family. Our recipes include a variety of appetizers, sides, main dishes, soups, salads, dairy drinks, and dessert items prepared by SUDIA food professionals as well as a few celebrity chefs. Several of our recipes include instructional videos to make enjoying dairy at home even easier. Every recipe incorporates delicious and nutritious dairy products sure to make your family happy. Visit our Dairy Recipes section to see what your taste buds are missing.