Potential New Buyer For A Handful Of Dropped Pennsylvania Dairies
The Center for Dairy Excellence found a new home for farmers who were dropped by Dean Foods. According to Pennsylvania State Representative Michele Brooks, the buyer is not confirmed yet, but the Center is exploring every possible solution for the producers impacted by Dean’s recent announcement.
“I understand the terrible impact that Walmart’s decision to build a processing plant in the state of Indiana has had on local dairy farmers,” Brooks says. “It’s my hope that the following information assists our farmers and leads to some solution to help offset the concern generated by the recent announcement from Dean’s.”
Pennsylvania state representative Chris Sainato says finding a new home for the orphaned milk would be fantastic because dairy farmers in the state are already stretched.
“Any potential buyer would be great. Dairy farmers are in a very difficult situation. They work hard and the demand for milk is down, and they lost their contracts,” Sainato says. “I know the secretary of agriculture has asked Dean Foods to keep contracts with dairy farmers to the end of the year to give them a chance to find a buyer.”
Dean’s has not responded to Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding’s request for the producers in his state to have additional time to re-home their milk.
For more on the situation in Pennsylvania, read this story from NewCastle News.