Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Blake Anderson, president, and CEO of American Dairy Products Institute, located in Elmhurst, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Dairy Industry Trade Association is comprised of 275+ Organization members from all genres of the food and beverage industry, which enable the goodness of natural and nutritious dairy products to reach consumers globally.

Tell us about yourself

Opportunity knocked. Serving/helping members to enable their growth motivates me and my ADPI Staff colleagues.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

99+ Continuous years of relevance and growth in a highly competitive industry.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Labor, supply chain challenges, Geopolitical regulations, and roadblocks, reaching consumers with truth and facts backed by science in a “highly fragmented social media arena where “alternatives to facts” without foundation often proliferate.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Have a passion for your life and your work.
  2. Don’t settle for the ordinary or average.
  3. Keep learning every day.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

We must maintain a healthy level of dissatisfaction with the status quo, the keyword being healthy.

Where can people find you and your business?


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