Joint venture considering new cheese plant in Michigan

by Keith Nunes
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Cheese plant in Michigan
A joint venture is in the planning stages to build a cheese plant in Michigan.

KANSAS CITY — A joint venture involving Glanbia P.L.C., Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Foremost Farms USA is in the planning stages to build a cheese plant in Michigan. As part of the joint venture, Dairy Farmers of America, Michigan Milk Producers and Foremost Farms would supply the milk for production while Glanbia would have full responsibility for the plant.

Brian Phelan, Glanbia
Brian Phelan, c.e.o. of Glanbia Nutritionals

“Glanbia is delighted to announce this exciting proposed project in the state of Michigan with D.F.A., Michigan Milk Producers Association and Foremost Farms,” said Brian Phelan, chief executive officer of Glanbia Nutritionals. “Consistent with Glanbia’s growth strategy, this proposed venture will build on our position as the No. 1 producer of American-style cheddar cheese and simultaneously expand our global position as a supplier of advanced technology whey protein to the nutritional sector. This proposed joint venture is a strategic move by all the partners to benefit from the growing, large-scale milk pool in the state of Michigan.”

Commissioning of the new plant is expected to occur in the second half of 2019, according to Glanbia. Once fully operational, the plant will process approximately 8 million lbs of milk per day. 
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