Some residents of Oregon's largest city have sought to "Keep Portland Weird," a motto based on safeguarding the city's reputation for farmers markets, artisanal craftworks and an eccentric literary/arts scene. But before it became the de facto capital for millennial hipsters, Portland had a long history of industrial production.
A cooperative, by definition, works together for a common goal. But for Seattle-based Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), this idea of prioritizing the greater good extends beyond its business category. The cooperative’s plans for long-term growth include supporting the dairy industry as a whole.
Constantine, Mich., bills itself as the "seed corn capital of the world," producing more than 10% of the United States' supply. But this Southwest Michigan town hasn't completely "gone to seed." It also lays claim to a dairy processing powerhouse operated by the Novi, Mich.-based Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA).
When it comes to monikers for dairy cooperatives, Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) is something of a misnomer. The name somewhat belies the fact that the Novi, Mich.-based operation serves nearly 1,600 dairy farmer-owners residing not only in Michigan, but also in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Sandusky, Ohio, situated on the shores of Lake Erie midway between Cleveland and Toledo, is home to Cedar Point, the renowned amusement park that bills itself as "The Roller Coaster Capital of the World."
There's a welcome change in the air for employees of Borden Dairy Co.'s Dallas milk plant. The company's new commitment to being a "people-first" organization means production is secondary to people, explained Chuck Lacy, plant manager.
The past year brought a sea of positive changes to Borden Dairy Co. The Dallas-based company welcomed a new CEO, Tony Sarsam, who boasts more than three decades of experience in the food industry at major companies that include Frito-Lay, Nestlé and PepsiCo, as well as a handful of other key executives.
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.
You won't find any fancy-looking equipment at the creamery operated by Phoenix-based Danzeisen Dairy LLC. Tucked into a mixture of farm, industrial and residential properties in Phoenix's Laveen neighborhood, the creamery relies on retrofitted vintage milk processing equipment, much of it from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and all of it from U.S. manufacturers, to produce its craft dairy products.