Dean finds organic dairy sales continue to grow
DELAVAN Organic milk is not only showing up in more consumers’ shopping carts these days, it’s an option many dairy producers are choosing as well.
Dean Foods, Inc. has seen annual sales for its WhiteWave-Alpro business, which includes the organic dairy brand Horizon, rise 64 percent over the past five years, compared to a 24 percent increase for its nonorganic milk business, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
WhiteWave sales reached the $2.1 billion mark last year, and account for 40 percent of Dean’s operating profits.
In Delavan, Alder Companies is a distribution partner with Dean Foods.
The growth reflects consumers’ willingness to pay more for organic at the grocery store—and the fact that more dairy farmers are willing to invest in organic farming.
The story noted organic farmer Altfrid Krusenbaum, of Krusengrass Farms near East Troy, has found organic milk prices staying high.
But Krusenbaum conceded the drought is taking a toll on his operating expenses, since he has had to borrow money to buy feed.
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