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IDFA Recognizes Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations for Superior Worker Safety

Nov 07, 2013

Contact: Marti Pupillo
(202) 220-3535

(Washington, D.C. – November 7, 2013) The International Dairy Foods Association has announced the names of 47 dairy company operations that will receive IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Awards and Achievement Certificates this year. This is the 10th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker-safety records of U.S. dairy companies. The awards were on display this week during the International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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 2012 calendar year.

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 21 processing category award winners, IDFA awarded Achievement Certificates to 12 processing operations for having no injury cases that resulted in lost time away from work. IDFA also recognized 14 trucking operations for having a Zero DART rate – zero cases with days away from work, restriction or job transfer in 2012.

"We’ve had an extremely positive response to this program for the past decade, and this ongoing interest clearly demonstrates the commitment of dairy companies and the industry overall 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 2013 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 2014.

2013 IDFA Plant Safety Category Award Winners

Agropur Inc. ~ Hull, IA

Darigold ~ Jerome, ID

Darigold ~ Medford, OR

Dean Foods Company ~ Midwest Ice Cream, LLC ~ Belvidere, IL

Dean Foods Company ~ Model Dairy Inc. ~ Reno, NV

Foremost Farms USA ~ Alma Center, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Plover, WI

Kemps LLC - Duluth Milk Plant ~ Duluth, MN

The Kroger Co. ~ Crossroad Farms Dairy ~ Indianapolis, IN

The Kroger Co. ~ Heritage Farms Dairy ~ Murfreesboro, TN

The Kroger Co. ~ Jackson Ice Cream ~ Denver, CO

The Kroger Co. ~ Layton Dairy ~ Layton, UT

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

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

The Kroger Co. ~ Tolleson Dairy ~ Tolleson, AZ

The Kroger Co. ~ Westover Dairy ~ Lynchburg, VA

The Kroger Co. ~ Vandervoort’s Dairy ~ Fort Worth, TX

The WhiteWave Foods Company ~ Dallas, TX

Safeway Ice Cream Plant ~ Phoenix, AZ

Safeway Milk Plant ~ Tempe, AZ

Saputo Cheese USA Inc. ~ Monroe, WI

2013 IDFA Plant Safety Award Winners - Zero Lost Workdays

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Orem, UT

Foremost Farms USA ~ Appleton, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Clayton, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Lancaster, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Marshfield, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Preston, MN

Foremost Farms USA ~ Rothschild, WI

Foremost Farms USA ~ Waumandee, WI

HP Hood LLC ~ Sacramento, CA

Kemps LLC ~ Cedarburg Milk Plant ~ Cedarburg, WI

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc. ~ Maola Milk and Ice Cream ~ New Bern, NC

Saputo Cheese USA Inc. ~ Tulare, CA


2013 IDFA Trucking Safety Award Winners - Zero DART Rate

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Logan, UT

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Price, UT

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Richfield, UT

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Rock Springs, WY

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Salt Lake City, UT

Dean Foods Company ~ Meadow Gold Dairy ~ Vernal, UT

HP Hood LLC ~ Heluva Good DSD Operations ~ Sodus, NY

HP Hood LLC ~ Heluva Good Fleet Operations ~ Sodus, NY

HP Hood LLC ~ Penn Maid Dairy ~ Philadelphia, PA

Kemps LLC ~ Duluth Distribution ~ Duluth, MN

Kemps LLC ~ Farmington Distribution ~ Farmington, MN

Kemps LLC ~ Rochester Distribution ~ Rochester, MN

Southeast Milk Inc. ~ Montezuma, GA

Southeast Milk Inc. ~ Tallahassee, FL


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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 within a $125-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 nearly 200 dairy processing members run nearly 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, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States.

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