High Desert Milk Expands Dairy Production to Include Butter
product line will feature the first Idaho-branded butter available in the
Idaho—Monday, February 4, 2013—High Desert Milk, located in Burley, recently expanded
its production of high-quality dairy products to include butter. In addition to its new butter and buttermilk
products, High Desert Milk also produces and distributes bulk nonfat dry milk
and skim milk powders, as well as sweet cream.
Desert Milk was formed in 2001 by six farmers and dairy owners with aspirations
to create a stable market for their milk and an end product of which they and
their customers could be proud. High Desert Milk’s farmers and dairymen work
30,000 acres of farm ground to provide feed for 30,000 cows at dairies located
within a 30-mile radius of the company’s plant – creating a much faster
parlor-to-product timeline using the freshest, most flavorful milk around.
expansion into butter added 50,000 square feet of production and storage
capacity to the High Desert Milk plant.
With its own cream, High Desert Milk will be able to produce a daily
average of 50 metric tons of butter, with the ability to bring in additional
cream from around the area to increase production. The first offerings of butter are in bulk 25
kg boxes in both salted and unsalted varieties.
In the near future, High Desert Milk is working to develop
consumer-sized packaging with the intent of offering an Idaho-branded butter to
consumers. It would be the first
Idaho-branded butter product in the market.
excited to be able to grow from offering high-quality milk powders into butter
and buttermilk powder production, in order to bring more Idaho-produced milk
products to consumers both domestic and international,” Chief Financial Officer
Derik Robinson said.
With the new
product lines, 20 new employees were hired to help meet the demands of churning
and packaging the butter. The butter line
will feature full automation in churning and packaging, along with robotic
palletizing. In addition to High
Desert’s own cooling storage, the company also is working locally with
Americold in Burley to provide customers with options for freezer storage and
rail shipping access.
Desert Milk’s board members hold ownership of the farms and dairies, the trucks
and the milk plant. Through vertical integration, High Desert is able to
control and monitor all aspects of the supply chain and to offer customers the freshest
products on the market.
more about High Desert Milk and their products, please visit their website at: www.highdesertmilk.com