Hood is New England’s beloved dairy brand with roots that reach back to 1846 when Harvey Perley Hood founded the company in Derry, N.H. Today, HP Hood LLC, based in Lynnfield, Mass., near Boston, processes branded lines of milk, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products that rank among the best-sellers in the Northeast.
Consumers outside of the Northeast might not know the Hood name, but they certainly know of Heluva Good! sour cream dips and cheese, Lactaid Milk, Hershey’s Milk and MilkShakes, Blue Diamond Almondmilks and Baileys nonalcoholic coffee creamers. Hood produces them all. Its reputation for product development and efficient manufacturing make the company a favorite with licensors and private label accounts.