The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of a select group of dairy companies that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates.

This is the fifth year that IDFA has sponsored this program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The winning firms, which were named at the association’s fall board meeting in Charleston, S.C., are listed below.

The operations for each nominated company were judged solely on specific data required annually by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the facility’s Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses report. This year’s award decisions were based on data from OSHA reports for the 2007 calendar year.

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 24 processing category award winners, IDFA awarded Achievement Certificates to 29 processing operations for having no injury cases that resulted in lost time away from work. IDFA also recognized 25 trucking operations for zero cases with job transfer, restriction or days away from work in 2007.

“For several years, we’ve had an extremely positive response to this program from dairy companies. This interest truly demonstrates the industry's commitment to worker safety,” said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs. “We congratulate all of the participants on their accomplishments.”

Processing facilities were judged in four product categories: natural and processed cheese; dry, condensed and evaporated products; ice cream and frozen desserts; and fluid milk. Within each product category, IDFA accepted nominations for small, medium and large facilities that achieved the best overall safety performance rates based on the OSHA data.

The 2008 winners will be featured in the Dairy Field Reports section of an upcoming issue of Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA will issue a call for nominations for the next Dairy Industry Safety Awards competition in early 2009.


2008 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners


Pace Dairy Foods of Indiana - Crawfordsville, IN

Leprino Foods - Waverly, NY

Foremost Farms USA - Cochrane, WI

Foremost Farms USA - Clayton, WI

Foremost Farms USA - Chilton, WI

Foremost Farms USA - Waukon, IA

O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative Inc. - Batavia, NY

Coburg Dairy - National Dairy Holdings - North Charleston, SC

The Kroger Co., Centennial Farms Dairy - Atlanta

The Kroger Co., Michigan Dairy, LLC - Livonia, MI

The Kroger Co., Riverside Creamery - Riverside, CA

The Kroger Co., Westover Dairy - Lynchburg, VA

Vandervoort’s Dairy - Fort Worth, TX

BGC Manufacturing Dairy Plant - Tyler, TX

Brown Cow Farm - Antioch, CA

Dean Foods Co. of California, Milk Plant - Buena Park, CA

PET Dairy - Baxley, GA

PET O’Fallon, LLC – O’Fallon, IL

Safeway Inc., Tempe Milk Plant - Tempe, AZ

Unilever North American Ice Cream - Clearwater, FL

Unilever North American Ice Cream - Huntington, IN

Dairy Fresh Ice Cream, National Dairy Holdings - Greensboro, AL

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Salt Lake Operations Center

Georgia Soft Serve Delight, National Dairy Holdings - Decatur, GA


2008 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners - Zero Work Days Lost


Leprino Foods Co. - Fort Morgan, CO

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Farmington, MN

Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Bristol, VA

Foremost Farms USA - Appleton, WI

Foremost Farms USA - Athens, WI

Country Fresh, LLC - Grand Rapids, MI

Velda Farms, National Dairy Holdings - Miami, FL

Milk Products, LLC/Borden Dairy, National Dairy Holdings - Austin, TX

HP Hood, LLC - Oneida, NY

Cream O’Weber, National Dairy Holdings - Salt Lake City

Marva Maid Dairy, LLC - Newport News, VA

Publix Super Markets Inc. - Dacula, GA

Meadow Gold Dairy - Salt Lake City

Whitewave Foods - Bridgeton, NJ

Fairmont Dairy, Dean Foods - Belleville, PA

HP Hood LLC - Portland, ME

HP Hood LLC - Barre, VT

Fullerton Cultured Specialties - Fullerton, CA

HP Hood LLC - Concord, NH

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Laurel Operations Center, MD

Unilever North American Ice Cream - Henderson, NV

Unilever North American Ice Cream - Sikeston, MO

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Houston Operations Center

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream - St. Albans, VT

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream - Waterbury, VT

Mayfield Dairy Farms - Birmingham, AL

Meadow Gold Dairies - Orem, UT

Mile High Ice Cream, Dean Foods - Denver

Dean Foods of California, Ice Cream Plant - Buena Park, CA


2008 IDFA Trucking Safety Awards


Milk Products LLC/Borden Dairy, National Dairy Holdings - Dallas

Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Lafargeville, NY

Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Plattsburgh, NY

Axelrod Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Paterson, NJ

Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Albany, NY

Heluva Good Transportation , Division of HP Hood LLC - Sodus, NY

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Eau Claire, WI

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Lawrenceville, Sales & Distribution

Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Anchorage, Sales & Distribution

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - La Crosse, WI

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Merrill, WI

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Minneapolis

Meadow Gold Dairy - Cheyenne, WY

Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Mason City, IA

Meadow Gold Dairy - Logan, UT

Meadow Gold Dairy - Price, UT

Meadow Gold Dairy - Rawlins, WY

Meadow Gold Dairy - Richfield, UT

Meadow Gold Dairy - Rock Springs, WY

Meadow Gold Dairy - Vernal, UT

Oak Farms Dairy - Sweeny, TX

Oak Farms Ice Cream – Houston

Price’s Creameries - Alamogordo, NM

Price’s Creameries - Roswell, NM

Rosenberger’s Dairies, Division of HP Hood LLC - Levittown, PA