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).
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.