CDI adding new evaporator
California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the largest dairy processing cooperative in California, will increase its processing capacity with the addition of a third evaporator at its Visalia, Calif. plant.
“Management continues to look for new ways to add value to its member-owners' milk through the expansion and improvement of its assets and product offerings,” said Andrei Mikhalevsky, CEO. “The addition of a new evaporator combines increased capacity and improved capabilities to offer CDI the flexibility to adjust product portfolios as market demands shift, which will grow market share and maximize member-owner profits.”
The largest capital project undertaken since the Visalia plant was built in 2007, the new evaporator will increase CDI’s ability to meet tight export specifications on value-added milk powders. The evaporator is expected to be online February 2016.
CDI members produce about 47% of California’s milk. Co-owned by more than 430 dairy producers who ship 18 billion lbs. of milk annually, it manufactures butter, fluid milk products and milk powders. Visit www.californiadairies.com.
Harrison named Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada administrator
The Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada has named Jenn Harrison as administrator, effective March 1.
A veteran in the industry, Harrison started her work with the Dairy Council in 1997 and was previously the vice president of marketing and finance. She has coordinated community events, conducted media interviews and created social media outlets to increase producer and consumer education.
Through her career, Harrison has conducted hundreds of presentations and coordinated numerous interviews to promote the value of dairy products to schools, businesses and general consumers.
FUTP 60, partners team up for Breakfast Awareness Program
Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) – the nation’s largest in-school health and wellness program, created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League – is helping to increase awareness of the importance of a healthy breakfast, including dairy, during National School Breakfast Week and National Nutrition Month in March.
FUTP 60 is launching the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign with partnership support from Dean Foods and Share Our Strength, a national organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger.
Student access to a healthy breakfast matters. Research shows that healthy students are better students; however, too many kids are showing up to school hungry.