Rob Graves is a dairy farmer and dairy processor who owns Morning Fresh Dairy in Bellvue, Colo. He sells his white and flavored milks up and down the front range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Business was good for the fourth-generation farmer. Demand was growing from home delivery customers, restaurants and Whole Foods. Graves had plans to expand the milk processing plant. That is, until yogurt got in the way.
If you manufacture branded dairy foods, then you should consider taking on private label products if you have the capacity. By manufacturing foods and beverages for other companies, dairy plants can keep their production lines moving.
When Whole Foods said it wanted to carry pints of The Comfy Cow’s super-premium ice cream, the founders invested in a bigger plant and additional equipment. A growing franchise operation also is creating demand.
In 2015, The Comfy Cow invested a reported $2 million in the building it’s leasing in the Regency Pointe Business Center in Louisville’s Jeffersontown neighborhood. Over the next 10 years, the project is expected to create 40 to 50 new jobs. Currently there are 14 employees. The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $350,000.
Consumers looking for foods with a clean label and ‘pure’ attributes often choose organic products. California’s Humboldt Creamery, located in prime dairy country, is serving those consumers with fluid products, ice cream and powders.
April 11, 2016
Humboldt County, California, is a great place to operate an organic dairy farm. The mild temperatures and ample annual rainfall allow cows to be in pasture 200 days or more a year. The county is roughly bounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on the east and Pacific Ocean on the west. Warmed by the ocean currents, Eureka (the county seat) enjoys average temperatures ranging from 41 F (in December and January) to 64 F (in August and September).
In March, the Swiss-based multinational food giant Nestlé said it will invest over 25 million euros ($28.1 million) to expand its research and development center in Askeaton, Ireland. The enhanced facility will be located at Nestlé`s existing plant in the city, which produces a range of premium powdered milk-based products for infants, young children and mothers for export to world markets.
A new day of processing and packaging is about to start in your dairy plant. The first shift has arrived and as the employees walk to their stations, they are pleased by the gleaming stainless steel, shiny walls and clean floors they see.
Sure, the Cheddar from the creamery is sharp, and some is even ‘seriously’ sharp. Investments in equipment, employee safety and sustainable manufacturing processes also enhance the reputation of this Northeast dairy processor.