Eric Peterson/For the Capital Press The Darigold plant in Sunnyside, Wash. The co-op has expanded its operations in Mexico.

SEATTLE — Darigold Inc. has expanded its operations in Mexico by hiring an in-country customer relations, sales and logistics team to help provide the company’s dairy products throughout Latin America.

In 2018, Mexico imported $1.784 billion of dairy products including skim milk powder/nonfat dry milk, cheese and curd, and whey and modified whey products. Mexico is an important export destination for Darigold and the U.S. dairy industry.

Unlike other trading partners, Mexico is accessible from the U.S. by rail, truck and maritime vessels. This provides an opportunity to better serve customers of Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) member farms around the world including in Latin America.

Darigold is doing business in Mexico as Darigold Mexico and NW Dairy Pioneers.

Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold, Inc. is the marketing and processing subsidiary of NDA, which is owned by more than 430 dairy farm families in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Darigold handles approximately 10 billion pounds of milk annually. Darigold 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 plants throughout the Northwest, processing high-quality milk produced by its dairy farm families.

— Dan Wheat

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