On Wednesday, Dairy Farmers of America announced it had acquired Dairy Maid Dairy. Located in Frederick, Md., Dairy Maid is a family-owned processor of milk, juice and fruit drinks.
Dairy Maid has been owned and operated by the Vona family since 1946 and is currently led by brothers Jimmy and Jody Vona. The two will continue to manage day-to-day operations.
"The acquisition of Dairy Maid Dairy aligns with DFA's strategy to increase its commercial footprint and expand ownership in the fluid and fresh dairy category," said Rick Smith, DFA president and chief executive officer. "The Vonas have built a solid business and earned a reputation for quality products and superior service and is business our dairy farmer member-owners can be proud of."
Dairy Maid's customers include major grocery chains, schools and governmental entities, such as prisons and military installations. Milk to the facility is supplied by a variety of sources including DFA, Maryland-Virginia, Lanco, Land O'Lakes, Cumberland Valley and Dairy Marketing Services.
The change may bring a market shift for milk supplied by other dairy cooperatives. But DFA sought Dairy Maid's innovations in product development with aggressive "Grab 'N Go" packaging, fruit juice products and Fifth Quarter fortified milk.
Despite the change in ownership, there will be no disruption in operations, according to Smith. It's anticipated that Dairy Maid's 110 employees will retain their positions and milk procurement will not be disrupted, ensuring quality products and service continue for Dairy Maid's customers.
"We are pleased to be able to become part of the DFA family," notes Jimmy Vona. "DFA shares many of the same values that my family does. This transaction ensures the business we've built over the past four decades will continue to thrive in the future."