Tuesday, September 5, 2017
SUNNYSIDE Darigold has addressed its future, by bringing its transport fleet in-house for direct store delivery of finished goods.
This strategic change will facilitate better service to customers, President and Chief Operating Officer Stan Ryan said. It increases focus on connecting local farm families with local consumers of fresh dairy products.
Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold, Inc. is the marketing and processing subsidiary of Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by nearly 500 dairy farm families. One of its largest processing plants is at the Port of Sunnyside.
“We are excited to bring this capability in-house, as we will soon celebrate our 100th anniversary and start our next century of business,” Ryan said.
“We are making this investment to upgrade our local delivery capabilities and maintain control throughout the value chain. Doing so makes us better equipped to more quickly provide farm-to-market delivery.”
Estenson Logistics had been Darigold’s dedicated carrier for finished goods since 2009, and then that company was sold.
This presented an opportunity for Darigold to make a strategic decision about the fleet, Ryan said.
The fleet operates out of Seattle and Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Bozeman, Montana, where Darigold has processing plants. The company is hiring about 200 employees to conduct delivery of finished goods.
According to Ryan, Darigold drivers will be able to provide a better service experience for customers. The change also includes 100 tractors and 180 trailers.
Making this investment allows Darigold to create a more sustainable supply chain and gain better control over its transportation, Ryan said.
The company will maximize utilization of fleet assets and optimize routing and scheduling. Darigold’s professional drivers and modern fleet will provide safe and efficient delivery to customers, who in turn offer fresh dairy products.
Darigold, Inc. produces a full line of dairy-based products for retail, foodservice, commodity and specialty markets, and is one of the largest U.S. dairy processors.
Darigold, Inc. operates 11 processing plants throughout the Northwest.