Milk and ice cream under the name of Deja Moo first came out of the facility in early 2001. The label was created by Jim Odney, who purchased the Bismarck creamery from John E. Schultz in 1997. Financial difficulties forced the creamery to close in November of 2002, and Deja Moo hasn't been in local stores since.
Odney and others with Great Plains are working with retailers now to get the label back on shelves in North Dakota. But even without any deals in place, plenty of milk is already being produced and shipped to Minnesota. Great Plains signed a major deal with a distributor that has regional offices in Minneapolis.
Bon Appetit Management will provide Deja Moo products to college campuses and corporations across the United States.
The contract with Bon Appetit allowed Odney and the new partnership to reopen the Bismarck creamery.