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).
Start-up brands turn to dairy processors to make their ideas come to life. So do some established dairies that might not have the in-house expertise or the capital to buy and install processing lines. Contract manufacturing is a multibillion-dollar business benefitting both parties.
Fathers' Day is this month, high school and college students will receive their diplomas on graduation day and brides like to tie the knot in June. But the dairy industry celebrates not just one day but the entire month of June.
It's a journalistic crutch to evoke T.S. Eliot and his description of April in his poem "The Wasteland." Nevertheless, it's an apt description of the food recalls that roiled the industry in the last 30 days.