Sustainability & Stewardship

Award-Winning Innovation

The U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards program celebrates excellence in collaborations, partnerships and innovations across the dairy value chain. Here are a few highlights from our award-winning members and others making a difference:

  • Agri-Mark, Inc.-Known for their series of sustainability projects, the dairy-farm families of Agri-Mark dairy cooperative took a closed-loop approach, recycling cow manure, food scraps and food processing byproducts to produce renewable energy.
  • Glanbia Nutritionals-As one of the leading manufacturers of American-style cheese and whey, the company was recognized for its adoption of a global sustainability strategy that promises to "nurture, grow and sustain the lives of our employees, milk producers, customers, consumers and communities."
  • Hilmar-now has 100% of their reclaimed water being recycled and reused, most for crop irrigation. Read about their commitment to sustainability in the ninth annual report.
  • Schreiber Foods-Learn how a collaboration between Schreiber Foods Inc. and Foremost Farms USA created a state-of-the-art water-treatment facility that can treat up to 1.4 million gallons of water per day using anaerobic digesters, serving as a road map for other dairy production facilities wanting to manage waste streams. They also reduced shredded-cheese packaging by 10 percent while keeping the same amount of cheese in the bag.

Latest News and Achievements

Milk Specialties Global unveiled operational and sustainability achievements with plans for the years ahead. Read more in their 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Highlights below:

  • Since 2014, proactive improvements to their supply chain and distribution have reduced their CO2 emissions by 7,800 tons annually. For example, by reducing total truck-miles traveled, they cut our freight-related annual CO2 emissions by 110 metric tons compared with our 2013 starting point.
  • Met rising product demand without increasing energy use by focusing on ways to efficiently expand production capacity. Since 2014, they decreased energy intensity (kWh/unit of end product) by 21 percent.
  • Investments in water recycling technology resulted in annual wastewater savings of 110 million gallons annually.