Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30×20 grants for processors

Wisconsin Ag Secretary Ben Brancel announcing more Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30-by-20 Grants for processors this week.  The goal of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Grants is to have the state producing 30 billion pounds annually by the year 2020. Usually granted to help producers improve profitability, these are the first to go to processors.  Secretary Brancel says are designed to help processors meet new environment, food safety and world trade requirements.  Totaling $200,000, the grants were awarded to:

Harmony Specialty Dairy Foods, Stratford – The company focuses on unique and unusual cheeses such as super kosher certified, halal certified or condiment-infused. Harmony Specialty Dairy Foods produces more than 1 million pounds of specialty cheese per year and is working to grow into new markets. The company will use the grant money to seek third-party certification to meet the needs of customers who require that level of food-safety certification.

Marron Foods, Durand – Marron Foods produces customized food ingredients for food-manufacturing companies around the world. The company will use the grant money to seek third-party certification to assure continued growth and employment opportunities.

Dairyvative Technologies, Markesan – Dairyvative Technologies has developed a process for concentrating milk that enables fresh pasteurized lactose-free milk to ship without refrigeration. This novel technology would allow milk once shipped in seven dedicated tankers to be shipped in a single, unrefrigerated shipping container. The technology could reduce shipping costs by 84 percent and greatly expand markets for Wisconsin dairy farmers.

Cedar Valley Cheese, Belgium – Cedar Valley plans a plant expansion to add cheese shredding and dicing equipment. Currently, the company has truckloads of cheese shredded at other plants. Grant money will be used to train current employees on using the new equipment and maintaining food safety in the process. The expansion will allow the company to add four new jobs

Shullsburg Creamery, Shullsburg – The company is building a multimillion-dollar cheese plant that will be attached to its cut and wrap facility. Shullsburg Creamery plans to hire a Safe Quality Food consultant to train staff and help develop a food safety plan and other policies.

Taylor Cheese, Weyauwega – The company will use the grant to upgrade food-quality audit requirements. The company also plans to obtain certification as an organic food processor. These two changes will help the company grow its markets in ways that will allow for increased production, added jobs, better margins, and more profitability.

Specialty Cheese, Reeseville – The company currently produces more Paneer cheese (a non-melting cheese popular in southern Asia) than any other company in the world. Specialty Cheese plans to use the grant money to automate its Paneer production in order to keep prices competitive and increase profitability.

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