A new dairy facility in Ohio has opened its doors and will supply fresh milk to Danone North America for use in brands such as Activia, Danimals, Dannon, Light & Fit and Oikos.
Called MVP Dairy, the facility is located in Mercer County and is a partnership between McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms.
The dairy is 18 miles from Danone’s yogurt facility in Minster and is home to nearly 4,500 cows. The farm features a patented anaerobic treatment cell system that reduces waste solids and consumption of water.
MVP Dairy is certified by Validus, an independent audit firm with requirements for “socially responsible, scientifically based, economically viable long-term solutions for dairy animal care”.
Mariano Lozano, CEO of Danone North America, said: “We are very pleased that our partnership with the McCarty family, which began almost ten years ago, now includes this state-of-the-art new dairy farm.
“The McCarty VanTilburg dairy is leading the way in highly efficient, sustainable agriculture and best-in-class cow care. The innovative practices employed at this dairy will undoubtedly inspire others to follow.”
Ken McCarty, co-owner of MVP Dairy, said: “We are constantly striving to provide our cows with first-class care. We know our cows’ well-being and sustainable farming practices bring value to the foods produced by Danone that are made with our milk so it’s important that we continue to push ourselves to do even better.”
MVP Dairy co-owner Kyle VanTilburg added: “Our desire to work with Danone started with their commitment to create more healthy and more sustainably produced foods. Our family has been farming here in Celina for more than four generations, and we are passionate about using farming methods to ensure we are conserving the land and improving soil health for generations to come.”
Earlier this month, Danone North America expanded its Two Good Greek yogurt range in the US with three new flavours: black cherry, coconut and plain.
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