Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has entered into an agreement to acquire Agropur’s facility in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
The purchase will expand DFA’s extended shelf-life capabilities and introduce aseptic processing into its business portfolio.
The facility manufactures a variety of fresh, extended shelf-life and aseptic dairy products for grocery store chains and organic milk brands.
DFA said employees will retain their current positions and the existing management team will continue to manage all day-to-day operations, including customer relationships, milk procurement and production. It is anticipated the transaction will close early in January.
Pat Panko, chief operating officer for DFA’s fluid milk and ice cream division, said: “This acquisition offers an opportunity to grow our customer base while strengthening our processing capabilities for existing customers and diversifies our product portfolio.”
Agropur president Doug Simon said: “DFA is a tremendous organisation with strong cultural and business ideations that marry well with those of Agropur’s cooperative roots. Our focus has been and will always be meeting the needs of our customers and being strategic in our investments toward complementary growth areas. This transaction is well aligned with long-term strategic plans for both parties.”
Earlier this year, DFA invested in SomaDetect, a dairy technology start-up that aims to help farmers use artificial intelligence to more closely monitor the health of their herd and improve milk quality.
DFA said that with SomaDetect’s technology, farmers can easily evaluate components of interest in raw milk, including fat, protein, somatic cells, progesterone and trace antibiotics.
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