Dairy Farmers of America creates ingredient division

by Keith Nunes
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KANSAS CITY — Dairy Farmers of America has formed a new Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing division. The new division will allow the cooperative to be more proactive in the growing dairy ingredients market, according to the company.

"Ingredients is a growth area with real potential, which is why D.F.A. management and the board are dedicating more resources to it," said Mark Korsmeyer, president of D.F.A.’s Dairy Foods division. "This new division will better allow us to meet the growing demands of our customers both domestically and internationally."

Art Farris, currently D.F.A.’s executive vice-president of Dairy Food Products, will lead the new division as its chief operating officer.

"The goal of this new division is to improve returns for our members on milk processed in our facility," Mr. Farris said. "We are working to ensure that we continue to provide quality products and safe operations."

Other executives who will be working in the Ingredients and Contract Manufacturing division include Tim Opper as vice-president of ingredients manufacturing; Lavonne Dietrich as vice-president of sales and marketing; and Rusty Golliher as director of engineering.

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