Conveyor systems and robotic palletizers, not people, are moving heavy packages around dairy plants. Robots grab cases and build pallets of dairy products destined for the load-out dock or the warehouse.
There was absolutely no equipment when Nuestro Queso moved into a shuttered cheesemaking facility in Illinois six years ago. As the company continues to grow, it is still buying processing and packaging machines.
The start-up U.S. dairy Nuestro Queso (‘our cheese’ in Spanish) meets the needs of Hispanic buyers on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The company also is building a following for its award-winning products among non-Latinos who appreciate the natural, fresh cheeses.
Dairy Foods' 22nd annual Dairy 100 report identifies the largest dairy processors based in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Three companies are based in Canada and one in Mexico. Wisconsin is home to the most Dairy 100 firms (12), followed by California and Minnesota (each with 10).