The entire facility will close, affecting approximately 49 employees.
CDI, the largest member-owned cooperative in California, said it will be working closely with impacted employees to assist them and their families with this transition.
President and CEO Brad Anderson said, “The Artesia plant has been a valued facility with a long history that has served California Dairies and its member-owners well. This decision is not a reflection of the hard work of our talented employees in Artesia. As we navigate an ever-evolving marketplace, with shifting regional milk supplies, we continue to evaluate our asset network, and the products we produce, to maximize value to our customers and member-owners.”
The Artesia manufacturing facility was constructed in 1958. In 1980 California Milk Producers operated at the location before merging with Danish Creamery and San Joaquin Valley Dairymen in 1999 to become California Dairies, Inc.
CDI produces 40% of California’s milk. It is co-owned by more than 400 dairy producers, and its dairy products are available in all 50 states and in more than 50 countries.