DAIRY Farmers of America (DFA) has acquired Dairy Maid Dairy, a family-owned processor of milk, juice and fruit drinks located in Frederick, Md.
Dairy Maid has been owned and operated by the Vona family since 1946 and is currently led by brothers Jimmy and Jody Vona. The Vona family will continue to manage the day-to-day operations, the announcement said.
"The acquisition of Dairy Maid Dairy aligns with DFA's strategy to increase its commercial footprint and expand ownership in the fluid and fresh dairy category," Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer, said. "The Vonas have built a solid business and earned a reputation for quality products and superior service and is a business our dairy farmer member-owners can be proud of."
Dairy Maid's customers include major grocery chains, schools and government entities such as prisons and military installations. Milk to the facility is supplied by a variety of sources, including DFA, Maryland-Virginia, Lanco, Land O'Lakes, Cumberland Valley and Dairy Marketing Services.
Despite the change in ownership, DFA said there will be no disruption in Dairy Maid's operations. It is anticipated that Dairy Maid's 110 employees will retain their positions, and milk procurement will not be disrupted.
DFA is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 13,000 members on more than 8,000 farms in 48 states. DFA also is a diversified manufacturer of dairy products, food components and ingredients.