High Desert Milk added 50,000 square feet of production and storage capacity to its Burley, Idaho, manufacturing facility to include butter and buttermilk to its line of dairy products.
In addition to its new butter and buttermilk products, High Desert Milk also produces and distributes bulk nonfat dry milk and skim milk powders, as well as sweet cream.
The Idaho Department of Commerce said with its own cream, High Desert Milk will be able to produce a daily average of 50 metric tons of butter, with the ability to bring in additional cream from around the area to increase production. The first offerings of butter are in bulk 25 kg boxes in both salted and unsalted varieties. In the near future, High Desert Milk is working to develop consumer-sized packaging with the intent of offering an Idaho-branded butter to consumers. It would be the first Idaho-branded butter product in the market.
“We are excited to be able to grow from offering high-quality milk powders into butter and buttermilk powder production, in order to bring more Idaho-produced milk products to consumers both domestic and international,” Chief Financial Officer Derik Robinson said.
With the new product lines, 20 new employees were hired to help meet the demands of churning and packaging the butter. The butter line features full automation in churning and packaging, along with robotic palletizing. In addition to High Desert’s own cooling storage, the company also is working locally with Americold in Burley to provide customers with options for freezer storage and rail shipping access.