DFA and Arla Foods agree to joint venture for cheese plant

DFA and Arla Foods have formalized an agreement to enter into a joint venture that includes construction of a small dairy facility to be used for the production of premium cheddar cheeses.

The plant will be built in western New York at DFA’s Craigs Station Creamery site in Pavilion. DFA, along with eight dairy farm family investors, constructed Craigs Station in 2014. Situated on one of the dairies, the plant allows for the production of top-quality dairy products using the freshest, locally sourced, premium milk available.

The construction of a second plant at the site will allow Arla Foods to expand its brand portfolio in the U.S. market and will enable DFA to introduce a new line of quality cheeses for its Craigs Station brand and for private label customers.

“We are pleased to be entering into this partnership with Arla,” says Rick Smith, president and CEO of DFA. “Arla and DFA share the same passion for providing the highest quality products to consumers, and are even more committed to sourcing these products from dairy farmers who employ sustainable and transparent farm practices.”

Construction on the plant will begin in spring.