Bloomington, Minn. (March 22, 2016)—Growing milk production on AMPI-member farms, along with increased orders from foodservice customers, combined to push sales for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) to $1.7 billion in 2015. AMPI co-president and CEO Donn DeVelder says milk and cheese production both increased last year.
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Mild cheddar cheese produced at four AMPI manufacturing plants swept the competition at two national contests in 2015. This recognition reaffirms the reputation of the quality milk produced on member farms and the skill of AMPI cheesemakers, says Sheryl Meshke, co-president and CEO.
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Processed cheese production at AMPI’s Portage, Wisconsin plant increased 17 percent last year. AMPI board chairman Steve Schlangen says the high demand and record prices for cream and bulk butter, coupled with the financial impact following a December 2014 fire at the Portage, cheese plant, resulted in a $1.6 million loss in 2015.
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The AMPI Annual Meeting concludes today in Bloomington with delegates considering resolutions and reviewing the cooperative’s legislative priorities for the coming year.
AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,200 Midwest dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members annually market about 5.9 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $1.7 billion in sales for the cooperative.
AMPI owns 10 Midwest-based manufacturing plants where 10 percent of the nation’s American-type cheese, butter, dried whey and sliced American cheese is produced. The cooperative’s award-winning cheese, butter and powdered dairy products are marketed to foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.