Even though California milk production is down 13 consecutive months, at least one state dairy cooperative is seeking more milk and more members.
California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) announced today it is accepting membership applications to fill 2.5 million pounds of increased processing capacity it now has available. On an annual basis, that’s nearly a billion pounds more milk that’s needed.
“This increased processing capacity combined with improved sales from its core business and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Challenge Dairy Products, has increased CDI’s milk supply needs,” says a CDI news release issued today. New members will be allocated production base associated with CDI’s capacity allocation program.
CDI’s current membership of 390 dairy farmers produces 17 billion pounds of milk annually, or 43% of California’s yearly output. CDI manufactures butter, fluid milk and milk powders, and has sales in all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries. For more information on CDI, go to www.californiadairies.com.