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Dairy Facts 2016

IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies for Superior Worker Safety

Sep 29, 2008

Media Contact
Marti Pupillo
(202) 220-3535

(Washington, D.C. — September 29, 2008) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of a select group of dairy companies that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates. This is the fifth year that IDFA has sponsored this program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The winning firms, which were named at the association's fall board meeting in Charleston, S.C. last Friday, are listed below.

The operations for each nominated company were judged solely on specific data required annually 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 2007 calendar year.

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 24 processing category award winners, IDFA awarded Achievement Certificates to 29 processing operations for having no injury cases that resulted in lost time away from work. IDFA also recognized 25 trucking operations for zero cases with job transfer, restriction or days away from work in 2007.

"For several years, we've had an extremely positive response to this program from dairy companies. This interest truly demonstrates the industry's commitment to worker safety," said Clay Detlefsen, IDFA vice president of regulatory affairs. "We congratulate all of the participants on their accomplishments."

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 2008 winners will be featured in the Dairy Field Reports section of an upcoming issue of Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA will issue a call for nominations for the next Dairy Industry Safety Awards competition in early 2009.


2008 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners

Pace Dairy Foods of Indiana - Crawfordsville, IN
Leprino Foods - Waverly, NY
Foremost Farms USA - Cochrane, WI
Foremost Farms USA - Clayton, WI
Foremost Farms USA - Chilton, WI
Foremost Farms USA - Waukon, IA
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. - Batavia, NY
Coburg Dairy, National Dairy Holdings - North Charleston, SC
The Kroger Co., Centennial Farms Dairy - Atlanta, GA
The Kroger Co., Michigan Dairy, LLC - Livonia, MI
The Kroger Co., Riverside Creamery - Riverside, CA
The Kroger Co., Westover Dairy - Lynchburg, VA
Vandervoort's Dairy - Fort Worth, TX
BGC Manufacturing Dairy Plant - Tyler, TX
Brown Cow Farm - Antioch, CA
Dean Foods Company of California, Milk Plant - Buena Park, CA
PET Dairy - Baxley, GA
PET O'Fallon, LLC - O'Fallon, IL
Safeway Inc., Tempe Milk Plant - Tempe, AZ
Unilever North American Ice Cream - Clearwater, FL
Unilever North American Ice Cream - Huntington, IN
Dairy Fresh Ice Cream, National Dairy Holdings - Greensboro, AL
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream - Salt Lake Operations Center
Georgia Soft Serve Delight, National Dairy Holdings - Decatur, GA


2008 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners – Zero Work Days Lost

Leprino Foods Company - Fort Morgan, CO
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Farmington, MN
Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Bristol, VA
Foremost Farms USA - Appleton, WI
Foremost Farms USA - Athens, WI Country Fresh, LLC - Grand Rapids, MI
Velda Farms, National Dairy Holdings - Miami, FL
Milk Products, LLC/Borden Dairy, National Dairy Holdings - Austin, TX
HP Hood, LLC - Oneida, NY
Cream O' Weber, National Dairy Holdings - Salt Lake City, UT
Marva Maid Dairy, LLC - Newport News, VA
Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Dacula, GA
Meadow Gold Dairy - Salt Lake City, UT
Whitewave Foods - Bridgeton, NJ
Fairmont Dairy, Dean Foods - Belleville, PA
HP Hood, LLC - Portland, ME
HP Hood, LLC - Barre, VT
Fullerton Cultured Specialties - Fullerton, CA
HP Hood, LLC - Concord, NH
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream - Laurel Operations Center
Unilever North American Ice Cream - Henderson, NV
Unilever North American Ice Cream - Sikeston, MO
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream - Houston Operations Center
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - St. Albans, VT
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - Waterbury, VT
Mayfield Dairy Farms - Birmingham, AL
Meadow Gold Dairies - Orem, UT
Mile High Ice Cream, Dean Foods - Denver, CO
Dean Foods of California, Ice Cream Plant - Buena Park, CA


2008 IDFA Trucking Safety Awards

Milk Products, LLC/Borden Dairy, National Dairy Holdings - Dallas, TX
Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Lafargeville, NY
Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Plattsburgh, NY
Axelrod Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Paterson, NJ
Crowley Foods, Division of HP Hood LLC - Albany, NY
Heluva Good Transportation, Division of HP Hood LLC - Sodus, NY
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Eau Claire, WI
Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Lawrenceville, Sales & Distribution
Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream - Anchorage, Sales & Distribution
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - La Crosse, WI
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Merrill, WI
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Minneapolis, MN
Meadow Gold Dairy - Cheyenne, WY
Kemps LLC, Subsidiary of HP Hood LLC - Mason City, IA
Meadow Gold Dairy - Logan, UT
Meadow Gold Dairy - Price, UT
Meadow Gold Dairy - Rawlins, WY
Meadow Gold Dairy - Richfield, UT
Meadow Gold Dairy - Rock Springs, WY
Meadow Gold Dairy - Vernal, UT
Oak Farms Dairy - Sweeny, TX
Oak Farms Ice Cream - Houston, TX
Price's Creameries - Alamogordo, NM
Price's Creameries - Roswell, NM
Rosenberger's Dairies, Division of HP Hood LLC - Levittown, PA


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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 530 companies representing a $100-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% of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at


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