Darigold Brings Delivery Fleet In-House to Better Serve Customers

Strategic change enhances focus on local “farm-to-market” delivery

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#UndeniablyDairy–Darigold today announces that it has invested in its future by bringing
its fleet in-house for direct store delivery of finished goods. This
strategic change will facilitate better service to customers and an
increased focus on connecting local farm families with local consumers
of fresh dairy products.

“We are excited to bring this capability in-house, as we will soon
celebrate our 100th anniversary and start our next century of
business,” President and CEO Stan 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, until this summer when that company was sold. This
presented an opportunity for Darigold to make a strategic decision about
the fleet.

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 going forward. 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. 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 with unsurpassed quality, nutrition and flavor to
local consumers.

About Darigold: Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold, Inc.
is the marketing and processing subsidiary of Northwest Dairy
Association (NDA), which is owned by nearly 500 dairy farm families. NDA
members ship approximately 8.4 billion pounds of milk annually from
farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. 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,
processing high-quality milk produced by its dairy farm families. For
more information, see www.darigold.com.


Sarah Taydas, 206-286-6802