Employees at Associated Milk Producers Inc.'s (AMPI) Sanborn, Iowa, plant might be seeing double, but that doesn't mean there's anything wrong with their vision. Instead, it’s a reflection of a recent expansion that doubled the facility's cheesemaking capacity.
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) produces upwards of 640 million pounds of cheese, 140 million pounds of butter and 175 million pounds of powdered products each year. Despite those impressive figures, most consumers have never heard of the New Ulm, Minn. based dairy cooperative.
Tony Sarsam has been CEO of Dallas-based Borden Dairy Co. for only a short time; since March. But the veteran food company executive is already knee-deep in plans for three major growth initiatives at the 161-year-old privately held company, which operates 13 dairy plants across the United States.
Breakfast tends to be the most polarizing meal of the day, according to "Breakfast: Convenient Childhood Staples Get a Nutritional Adult Makeover," an August 2018 report from the Packaged Facts division of Rockville, Md.-based MarketResearch.com.
As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once famously noted, "Change is the only constant in life." And dairy processors certainly aren't immune to that reality. Expansions, acquisitions, divestitures, partnerships, new business and lost business bring ups and downs, large and small, to a number of individual companies in any given year.
Our latest Dairy 100 rankings, based on 2017 (or latest available) revenue, reflect those changes.
Dollar sales in the ice cream/sherbet category rose 2.2% during the 52 weeks ending April 22, 2018, to $6.9 billion, according to data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI. Unit sales increased 1.6% to 1.8 billion.
As I strolled the aisles at the Institute of Food Technologists' most recent food expo (IFT18: A Matter of Science + Food, which took place in July at Chicago's McCormick Place), it didn't take long to discern which food and beverage trends ingredient suppliers were betting on to remain top of mind with consumers. And all of them have a place in the dairy industry.
When Lifeway Foods Inc. purchased the former Golden Guernsey fluid milk plant in Waukesha, Wis., at a bankruptcy auction in 2013, it faced an uphill battle in readying it for production of the company’s signature 32-ounce kefir line. Although the 157,000-square-foot, 60-plus-year-old facility had “good bones,” its former tenant had shut down very quickly with no exit plan.