DFA forms new Ingredient Solutions division

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"Working as one team allows us to be customer-focused and provide them with a seamless, efficient experience." Pic: Getty/ddukang
"Working as one team allows us to be customer-focused and provide them with a seamless, efficient experience." Pic: Getty/ddukang

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The Dairy Farmers of America is realigning its portfolio of dairy-based ingredients into a new group, DFA Ingredient Solutions. It says this will provide better support for food manufacturers and operators.

The team leading the new group will include scientists, risk management, customer service and logistics professionals, ultimately working with customers like chefs and food manufacturers.

DFA’s former separate business units like dairy powders, dairy food ingredients, DairiConcepts and Berkshire Dairy will combine into DFA Ingredient Solutions. It will house products like cheese, sweetened condensed milk, butter solutions, milk and nutritional powders, seasoning blends, dairy concentrates and flavors and custom solutions.

Martin Bates, senior VP and COO for DFA Ingredient Solutions, said, "Through our division, we are connecting our family farm-owners to consumers around the world through our portfolio of diverse dairy-based ingredients. Working as one team allows us to be customer-focused and provide them with a seamless, efficient experience."

The group has a new website​ built off DFA, detailing its portfolio offerings, applications, expertise and trend insights. DFA sources its milk from 14,000 family farmers from across the US.

“We're more than an ingredient supplier. We're a solutions partner, with valuable services to enhance your bottom line,” ​DFA said. 

“Improve your forecasting and manage volatility with our industry-leading risk management services.  Our customers trust and depend on us, because safety and quality are always our top priority.”

DFA is still accepting applications for its Spring 2020 accelerator, looking for startups that are dairy-focused or dairy-based with ag tech applications. The dairy value chain is of particular interest to DFA, including product testing, data management and herd health and management.

The program will begin on March 30, 2020 and run for 90 days, combining on-site meetings and virtual programs for training, growth opportunities and mentorship. Applications can be found on the DFA website here​.

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