Dairy Processors Race to Keep Pace with Milk Production

August 2017

Every year, U.S. dairy farmers produce 3 billion more pounds of milk than the previous year. All of that milk needs to be processed before it makes it to consumers’ homes as fluid milk, cheese, butter, yogurt or an ingredient in a myriad of other foods. Unlike other agricultural commodities, the perishability of milk requires that it be processed almost immediately after being produced. Dairy processors are faced with the challenge of handling an ever-growing supply of milk, while anticipating the right product mix to meet consumer demand.

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