DFA partners with Northeast dairies to build new plant

Partnership will serve growing Northeast cream market with environmentally-friendly facility.

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.

"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."

The plant will help answer the region's increasing demand for cream, created by 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.

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 capability to provide value-added production in the future.

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.

Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

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 gallons of high-quality, fresh milk daily.
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