Dairy Farmers of America acquires two processing facilities from Smithfoods


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) today announced the acquisition of two extended shelf life (ESL) processing facilities from SmithFoods.

The processing plants, located in Richmond, Indiana, and Pacific, Missouri, produce a variety of dairy and non-dairy extended shelf life beverages, ice cream and shake mixes for customers in the retail and catering. The facilities will be part of the DFA Dairy Brands division and will operate as Richmond Beverage Solutions and Pacific Dairy Solutions.

“Consumers are increasingly interested in extended shelf-life dairy products, and this acquisition is part of our strategy to increase business investment and expand our ownership in this area,” said Pat Panko, vice president. -Executive Chairman of DFA and President of DFA Dairy Brands North. . “With the addition of these plants, we have the opportunity to not only expand our customer base, but also create synergies between our other extended shelf life and aseptic facilities.”

Despite the change in ownership, there will be no disruption to factory operations, and customers can expect the same quality product and superior level of service that they are accustomed to. Additionally, the existing management team will continue to oversee day-to-day operations and facility employees will retain their current positions.

About the Dairy Farmers of America
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative focused on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 11,500 family farm owners, DFA manufactures nearly every form, function and flavor of nutritional dairy products, including fluid milk, cheese, butter, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more that connect the family farms of our cooperative to the family tables. with regional brands such as Alta Dena® Dairy, Meadow Gold® Dairy, Friendly®’s, Borden® Cheese, Plugrá® Premium Butter and Kemps® to name a few. Globally, we work with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop ingredients that provide the best source of nutrition to consumers around the world, while remaining committed to social responsibility and ethical farming. For more information, visit dfamilk.com.


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