Tillamook, Ore.-based Tillamook
County Creamery Association (TCCA) has
appointed Harold Strunk as its new president and chief executive officer.
With more than 25 years of consumer packaged-goods experience, Strunk has
joined the dairy cooperative from Eagle Family Foods Inc., where he
simultaneously served as executive vice president of sales and
international vice president and general manager of the Canadian division.
As executive vice president of sales, he was responsible for all U.S.
retail, special channel and foodservice sales activities. His duties as
vice president of international included sales, marketing and supply chain
for all international businesses.
Rosemont, Ill.-based National
Dairy Council (NDC), the nutrition
education and research arm of the Dairy Checkoff Program, and the Beef
Checkoff Program teamed up in July for a nutrition symposium to highlight
how they work together to help protect and promote the nutritional benefits
of their products. The symposium was held at the National Cattlemen’s
Beef Association’s (NCBA) Summer Conference in Denver.
The U.S. House of Representatives late last month
passed its version of the 2007 Farm Bill, which contains a compromise dairy
package reflecting a number of initiatives supported by Washington,
D.C.-based International Dairy Foods
(IDFA). The bill essentially
extends dairy programs from the 2002 Farm Bill, but also includes several
key reform ideas, such as dairy forward contracting and a commission to
improve federal milk pricing policies. Also supporting the bill is Kansas
City, Mo.-based Dairy Farmers of America
(DFA). For more information, visit www.idfa.org
Hiram, Ohio-based Great
Lakes Cheese Co. Inc. has announced it
will build a cheese processing plant in New York to replace an existing
plant adjacent to the site. The new plant in Adams, N.Y., will be 142,000
square feet and will employ about 90 people. It will enable the company to
more than double the production capacity at the current plant in Adams,
which Great Lakes Cheese bought in 1984. The company says construction
should be completed by April 2009.
Utica, Ohio-based Velvet
Ice Cream Co. Inc. was recently honored by Columbus Business First as one
of the largest women-owned businesses in the central Ohio region. The
company is majority owned by Luconda Dager, Joanne Dager, Andre Dager and
Tatla Dager, and was ranked 14th on the list of 25 women-owned businesses, according to
2006 company revenues.
After almost a year of construction, LaFarge, Wis.-based Organic
Valley Family of Farms’ new eco-friendly
$17.5 million dollar distribution center is ready for business. A shipment
of Organic Valley butter, the first product to be stored in the warehouse,
arrived June 21. Organic Valley held a grand opening celebration for the
new facility last month.
The Grafton Village Cheese
Co., Grafton, Vt., has announced it is
expanding its award-winning artisanal cheddar cheese business to include
another production plant; the end result will double its production to 3
million pounds of cheese a year. The new plant, which will include a retail
store, is slated to open in early 2008.
The California Dairy
(CDRF), Davis, Calif., is
accepting nominations through September 21 for the 4th annual William C.
Haines Dairy Science Award — a recognition that honors individuals
who work in support of dairy science. U.S. and international scientists who
have made a significant contribution to dairy science and the betterment of
the dairy industry through research and development in the field of
chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, technology, nutrition and/or
engineering are eligible for the award. For more information, visit