$1.1 million awarded to dairy processors for sustainable packaging innovation 

5 Northeast dairy processors to obtain funds for packaging options to cut back virgin plastics

Vermont Enterprise Journal The Northeast Dairy Enterprise Innovation Middle (NE-DBIC), hosted by the Vermont Company of Agriculture, Meals and Markets pronounces 5 recipients of the Dairy Product Packaging Innovation Grant. As client demand grows for sustainable packaging options, the NE-DBIC has prioritized investments in initiatives that may cut back the usage of virgin plastics and the environmental impacts of dairy product and provide chain packaging.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Agri-Mark, Inc./Cabot Creamery Cooperative of Waitsfield, VT will obtain $323,875 to collaborate with a packaging producer to supply a research on a shelf-life and feasibility that compares sustainable cheese packaging choices.
  • Large Image Farm of Townsend, VT will obtain $147,800 to rework their whole line of packaging for his or her farmstead milk cheese and caramels to environmentally pleasant codecs which can be recyclable, compostable, FSC-certified, and/or climate-forward.
  • Cellars at Jasper Hill of Greensboro, VT will obtain $127,442 to work with the College of Vermont to evaluate sustainable packaging choices and their results on sensory qualities and shelf-life. They can even work with a contractor to conduct market analysis to grasp client preferences for branding sustainable packaging.
  • Stonyfield Farm, Inc. (Lactalis US Yogurt) of Londonberry, NH will obtain $300,000 to transition their YoBaby pouches into mono-material movie and light-weight the pouch cap.
  • Vermont Creamery, LLC (Land O’ Lakes) of Websterville, VT will obtain $200,000 to transform its present contemporary goat cheese major retail packaging right into a recycle-ready or compostable construction.

This $1.1 million in funds will help dairy processors at a wide range of scales and product varieties to conduct analysis, packaging growth, and to investigate client receptiveness. The analysis and findings of those grants will probably be shared by all recipients to bolster the information and accessibility of recent sustainable packaging options for the dairy business, particularly for small and medium sized processors.

“I’m so pleased with the unbelievable work performed by the Northeast Dairy Enterprise Innovation Middle, which has supported dairy resilience and modernization since I labored to determine regional facilities throughout the nation within the 2018 Farm Invoice. Challenge awardees like these underscore that the way forward for dairy is correct right here in Vermont and this area,” stated Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts commented; “These investments in dairy packaging look to the long run. Farmers and people making dairy merchandise are all the time fascinated with what’s subsequent.  These {dollars} will assist the atmosphere whereas making these companies extra inexpensive and sustainable. We look ahead to seeing the brand new packaging come to life.”

The Northeast Dairy Enterprise Innovation Middle offers help to dairy companies in the Northeast area, serving eleven states from Maryland to Maine. The NE-DBIC promotes the event, manufacturing, advertising and marketing, and distribution of dairy merchandise by market analysis, technical help, and aggressive grant rounds for dairy farmers and processors. 

“This award will enormously speed up our exploration of greener packaging choices,” famous Invoice Beaton, CEO of Agri-Mark/Cabot.  “The findings will profit our personal farmers’ manufacturers in addition to the broader dairy business in our collective sustainable packaging journeys.”

“Your complete Vermont Creamery group is so honored to obtain this grant, which is able to permit us to pursue our purpose of extra sustainable packaging for our goat cheese extra shortly and expansively than we’d have been in a position to in any other case,” stated Eliza Leeper, Mission and Buyer Supervisor for Vermont Creamery.  “We look ahead to sharing our learnings with our friends within the business so we will broaden the constructive impression of this funding.”

The Northeast Dairy Enterprise Innovation Middle is funded by USDA and hosted by the Vermont Company of Agriculture, Meals and Markets.  Up to now, the NE-DBIC has obtained $31.72 million from the USDA-AMS Dairy Enterprise Innovation Initiative. Extra details about the Northeast Dairy Enterprise Innovation Middle at: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/dbic/ .

August 18, 2022 | Montpelier, VT – Vermont Company of Agriculture, Meals & Markets


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