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IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Superior Worker Safety

Sep 21, 2011

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Marti Pupillo             
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(Washington, D.C. – September 21, 2011) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of 144 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the eighth year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The awards, which were on display during the International Dairy Show this week in Atlanta, will be mailed to the recipients next week.

The operations for each nominated company were judged solely on specific data required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the facility's "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" report. This year's award decisions were based on data from OSHA reports for the 2010 calendar year.

"Dean Foods is proud to be recognized as an industry leader in safety," said Shaun Young, vice president of engineering and technical services for Dean Foods. "We appreciate this recognition and know that the greatest reward is a safe workforce."

Mike Ahart, vice president of transportation for Dean Foods agreed. "Quality and safety are our highest priorities, and we strive for continuous improvement – in our plants, on the road, at our customer locations and in our offices."

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 32 processing category award winners, IDFA awarded Achievement Certificates to 24 processing operations for having no injury cases that resulted in lost time away from work. IDFA also recognized 88 trucking operations, more than double the number last year, for having a Zero DART rate – zero cases with days away from work, restriction or job transfer in 2010.

"The number of participants jumped dramatically this year, demonstrating that dairy companies and their employees are proud to receive these awards each year. Their continued positive response just serves to highlight the intense commitment to worker safety within the dairy industry," said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs. "IDFA congratulates all the participants on their hard work, dedication and superior level of achievement."

Processing facilities were judged in four product categories: natural and processed cheese; dry, condensed and evaporated products; ice cream and frozen desserts; and fluid milk. Within each product category, IDFA accepted nominations for small, medium and large facilities that achieved the best overall safety performance rates based on the OSHA data.

The 2011 winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dairy Foods Magazine. IDFA will issue a call for nominations for the next Dairy Industry Safety Awards competition in early 2012.


2011 IDFA Plant Safety Category Award Winners

Agropur Cooperative ~ Luxemburg, WI

BGC Grocery Company ~ Tyler, TX

Cabot/McCadam ~ Agri-Mark ~ Middlebury, VT

DairiConcepts ~ Dalbo, MN

DairiConcepts ~ Greenwood, WI

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Adrian, MI

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Fort Morgan, CO

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Monett, MO

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Turlock, CA

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Zumbrota, MN

Foremost Farms USA ~ Clayton, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Marshfield, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Preston, MN

Foremost Farms USA ~ Waumandee, WI

The Dannon Company, Inc. ~ Minster, OH

Dean Foods Company of California ~ Ice Cream Plant ~ Buena Park, CA

Dean Foods Company ~ WhiteWave Foods ~ Bridgeton, NJ

HP Hood LLC ~ Rosenberger's Dairy ~ Hatfield, PA

Hunter Farms/Harris Teeter ~ High Point, NC

Kemps LLC - Franklin Milk Plant ~ Duluth, MN

The Kroger Co. ~ Layton Dairy ~ Layton, UT

The Kroger Co. ~ Pace Dairy Foods of Indiana ~ Crawfordsville, TN

The Kroger Co. ~ Southern Ice Cream Specialties ~ Marietta, GA

The Kroger Co. ~ Tamarack Farms Dairy ~ Newark, OH

The Kroger Co. ~ Westover Dairy ~ Lynchburg, VA

Nestle Canada Inc. ~ London Manufacturing ~ London, ON

Nestle USA Inc. ~ Dreyer's Ice Cream Salt Lake Operations Center ~ Salt Lake City, UT

Nestle USA Inc. ~ Dreyer's Ice Cream Tulare Operations Center ~ Tulare, CA

Safeway Inc. ~ Phoenix Ice Cream Plant ~ Phoenix, AZ

Saputo Cheese USA Inc. ~ Monroe, WI

Wells Enterprises, Inc. ~ St. George, UT

 

2011 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners - Zero Lost Workdays

DairiConcepts ~ Bruce, WI

DairiConcepts ~ Chili, WI

DairiConcepts ~ Hummelstown, PA

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Beaver, UT

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Hughson, CA

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Houston, TX

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ West Middlesex, PA

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Winthrop, MN

Dean Foods Company of California ~ Milk Plant ~ Buena Park, CA

Deans Foods Company ~ WhiteWave Foods Company ~ Mount Crawford, VA

Foremost Farms USA ~ Alma Center, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Appleton, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Chilton, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Lancaster, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Milan, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Plover, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Richland Center, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Sparta, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Wilson, WI

Glanbia Foods, Inc. ~ Twin Falls Plant ~ Twin Falls, ID

HP Hood LLC ~ Portland, ME

The Kroger Co. ~ Centennial Farms Dairy ~ Atlanta, GA

The Kroger Co. ~ Winchester Farms Dairy ~ Winchester, KY

Publix Super Markets, Inc. ~ Deerfield Beach, FL

Saputo Cheese USA Inc. ~ Paige Plant ~ Tulare, CA

 

2011 IDFA Trucking Safety Award Winners - Zero DART Rate

Cabot Creamery Distribution Center ~ Montpelier, VT

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Concord, NH

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Fair Oaks, IN

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ~ Twin Falls, ID

Dean Foods Company ~ Barber Dairies ~ Dothan, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Barber Dairies ~ Jasper, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Barber Dairies ~ Hanceville, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Barber Dairies ~ Tupelo, MS

Dean Foods Company ~ Berkeley Farms, LLC ~ Castroville, CA

Dean Foods Company ~ Berkeley Farms, LLC ~ Modesto, CA

Dean Foods Company ~ Brown's Dairy ~ Franklinton, LA

Dean Foods Company ~ Foremost Dairies ~ Longview, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Foremost Dairies ~ Shreveport, LA

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ Clovis, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ Fort Stockton, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ Junction, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ Lamesa, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ San Angelo, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Gandy's Dairies, LLC ~ Van Horn, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Fresh Dairy Direct ~ Highland, CA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Albany, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Atlanta, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Bluefield, VA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Jacksonville, NC

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Lenoir, NC

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Lynchburg, VA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ South Boston, VA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Tifton, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Valdosta, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Warsaw, VA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Waycross, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Land-O-Sun Dairies, LLC ~ Wilmington, NC

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms Dairy ~ Denison, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms Dairy ~ Paris, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms Dairy ~ Sweeny, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms Dairy ~ Weatherford, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms Dairy ~ Wichita Falls, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms/Hygeia Dairy ~ Laredo, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Oak Farms/Hygeia Dairy ~ Victoria, TX

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Anderson, SC

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Athens, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Cleveland, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Decatur, GA

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Mobile, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Smiths Station, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Mayfield Dairy Farms, LLC ~ Tuscaloosa, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ McArthur Dairy ~ Ft. Pierce, FL

Dean Foods Company ~ McArthur Dairy ~ Key West, FL

Dean Foods Company ~ McArthur Dairy ~ West Palm Beach, FL

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Brook Dairy ~ Ashtabula, OH

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Cortez, CO

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Craig, CO

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Grand Junction, CO

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Lewiston, ID

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Lihue, HI

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Idaho Falls, ID

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Jackson, WY

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Pocatello, ID

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ St. George, UT

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairies ~ Twin Falls, ID

Dean Foods Company ~ Purity Dairies ~ Clarksville, TN

Dean Foods Company ~ Purity Dairies ~ Cullman, AL

Dean Foods Company ~ Purity Dairies ~ Hohenwald, TN

Dean Foods Company ~ Purity Dairies ~ Lebanon, TN

Dean Foods Company ~ Purity Dairies ~ Waynesboro, TN

Dean Foods Company ~ Robinson Dairy ~ Silverthorne, CO

Dean Foods Company ~ Terrance Dairy ~ Calverton, NY

Dean Foods Company ~ TG Lee Dairy ~ Melbourne, FL

Dean Foods Company ~ TG Lee Dairy ~ Orange City, FL

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Houston, TX

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Minot, ND

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Moorehead, MN

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Thief River Falls, MN

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Broughton Foods ~ Old Washington, OH

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Broughton Foods ~ White Sulphur Springs, WV

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Creamland Dairies ~ Gallup, NM

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Creamland Dairies ~ Santa Fe, NM

Dean Transportation, Inc. ~ Purity Dairies ~ Huntsville, AL

HP Hood LLC ~ Albany, NY

HP Hood LLC ~ LaFargeville, NY

HP Hood LLC ~ Heluva Good Transportation ~ Sodus, NY

HP Hood LLC ~ Penn Maid Dairy ~ Philadelphia, PA

HP Hood LLC ~ Plattsburgh, NY

Kemps LLC ~ LaCrosse Distribution ~ LaCrosse, WI

Kemps LLC ~ Mason City Distribution ~ Mason City, IA

Kemps LLC ~ Merrill Distribution ~ Merrill, WI

Kemps LLC ~ Minneapolis Ice Cream Distribution ~ Minneapolis, MN

Kemps LLC ~ Rochester Distribution ~ Rochester, MN

Wells Enterprises, Inc. ~ Le Mars, IA

 

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. 

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