Partnership will build environmentally friendly milk separation facility to serve growing Northeast cream market.
DAIRY Farmers of America (DFA) and Craigs Station Ventures (CSV) broke ground Sept. 20 on a $12 million cold milk separation facility in York, N.Y.
At completion, the plant will begin processing nearly 1 million lb. of milk daily, with the capability to increase to 2 million lb. The facility, which will employ 11 full-time staff, also will have the ability to provide value-added production in the future.
The plant will help answer the region's increasing demand for cream that resulted from existing dairy processors expanding production capabilities and new processors entering the marketplace, DFA said, adding that the remaining skim milk will be sold to local yogurt and cheese plants.
"Partnering with farmers allows DFA and our partners to utilize combined capital to develop sound projects that will deliver value to all DFA members," Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer, said. "This investment is consistent with our strategy to deliver value to members by better serving our customers, maintaining markets for our members and developing local plant opportunities."
"This innovative facility will help local dairy farmers meet growing milk demand while creating new jobs," said Kenneth Adams, president, chief executive officer and commissioner for Empire State Development, New York's chief economic development agency.
Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
Built on a dairy, the 14,000 sq. ft. plant will emphasize traceability, sustainability and innovation. In an effort to reduce the facility's carbon footprint, it will be connected to an anaerobic digester, which will convert manure into renewable energy for the facility, the announcement said.
"Consumers want to know who produces their food, but they also want us to demonstrate that their food is produced in a way that minimizes impact on the environment," said Christopher Noble, a dairy farmer with CSV. "We developed this project with those thoughts in mind."
CSV is comprised of eight farmer investors who manage dairy farms located throughout western New York. CSV members collectively milk more than 13,000 cows and produce more than 100,000 gal. of fresh milk daily.