Dairy products innovator fairlife is the 2015 Processor of the Year
The company’s motto is ‘believe in better.’ That extends to its dairy products, manufacturing processes and dairy farming practices.
Dairy Foods has selected Chicago-based fairlife LLC as the 2015 Processor of the Year. The reasons include the development of innovative dairy-based products, investments in manufacturing, a focus on health and wellness, and efforts in sustainable manufacturing, said editor-in-chief Jim Carper.
fairlife LLC is owned by the dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers and The Coca-Cola Co. Select Milk Producers markets over 6 billion pounds of milk annually. Some of its milk is sold to milk bottlers and cheesemakers throughout the United States. Co-op members are located primarily in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Indiana.
fairlife created a proprietary ultra-filtration process that boosts the natural protein and calcium found in milk and reduces its natural sugars. A cup of fairlife milk contains 13 grams of protein (compared to 8 in conventional milk) and half the sugar (6 grams instead of 12 grams); it’s also lactose-free.
Other products from fairlife include YUP! (a reduced-sugar flavored milk for teens and young adults), Core Power (a high-protein recovery milkshake for fitness enthusiasts and athletes) and Greek yogurt (sold through foodservice, including Chick-fil-A and others).
The beverages are manufactured at the company’s plant in Coopersville, Mich., where fairlife is adding a third filling line to accommodate consumer demand for the products. The plant operates around the clock, seven days a week.
The company will be featured in the December issue of Dairy Foods. A formal presentation of the award will be made in January during the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Previous recipients of the award include:
• The Dannon Co. (2014)
• HP Hood (2013)
• Chobani (2012)
• Kraft Foods (2011)
• Organic Valley (2010)
• Sargento (2009)
• Publix (2008)
• Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream (2007)