A Timeline of the Northwest Dairy Association and Darigold
The United Dairymen's Association of Washington formed.
Consolidated Dairy Products Company is formed as a milk broker and marketer.
The name "Darigold" emerges as a trade name for the products brokered under the United Dairymen's and Consolidated Dairy Products.
The United States patent office issues a trademark for the name "Darigold."
United Dairymen’s Association has grown to over 40 cooperatives across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
The Washington Milk Producer’s association, with over 600 producers, joins the United Dairymen’s Association.
From 1951-1956, a concentrated milk product is developed, excellent for faraway markets like Alaska or Asia and aboard ships at sea.
From 1960-1965, the company’s milk is being delivered directly to supermarkets in a new package called the milk carton.
Darigold producers hit the "Big B," producing 1,054,000,000 pounds of raw milk.
Mayflower Farms, the largest dairy-farmer cooperative in Oregon, merges with NDA (formerly United Dairymen's Association), growing the company by one-third and bringing the number of producers to 1,475.
Darigold is shipping almost 95 million pounds of powdered milk to more than a dozen foreign countries. The company is responsible for almost 50 percent of U.S. dairy exports.
Darigold produces longer-lasting ultra-pasteurized (UP) milk products in Boise, ID. The company changes its name to WestFarm Foods in 1999, but reverts back to Darigold in 2006.
The second phase of the expansion of the cheese plant in Sunnyside, WA is completed. It now processes 4.1 MM lbs of milk into 400K lbs of cheese every day.
Darigold installs a new butter churn at Issaquah, WA, one of the largest vacuum-style churns ever to be imported into the United States.
Darigold commits to producing and selling only milk from cows not treated with rBST.
Darigold is hailed “Exporter of the Year” by Dairy Field magazine.
Darigold re-enters retail cheese business with a premium cheddar cheese.
The company invests over $97 million on further expansion of the Sunnyside, WA, plant to increase milk processing capability of nearby NDA farms’ milk.
As efficiencies have grown, just shy of 500 farmers produce over 8.4 billion pounds of milk annually.