Creating
Value
Cooperatively
Creating
Value
Cooperatively
Creating
Value
Cooperatively

Click on each of the six phases of the lifecycle to see our impacts and actions.

F e e d P r o d u c t i o n D a i r y P r o d u c t i o n P r o c e s s i n g S u p p l y C h a i n & H a u l i n g / D i s t r i b u t i o n R e t a i l C o n s u m p t i o n
 

 
 
  • Feed Production

    Environmental Impacts
    • GHG emissions
       
    • Water scarcity
       
    • Fertilizers' and
      agricultural chemicals'
      potential impacts
       
    • Biodiversity effects
       
    • Soil depletion

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

     

    The dairy supply chain begins with growing crops to feed dairy cows. Cows primarily eat corn, alfalfa, and soybeans – but they also, through their special "magic," convert agricultural by-products such as almond hulls and discarded apples that would otherwise be destined for a landfill into nutritious food. Their manure is carefully recycled as nutrients back onto agricultural fields, reducing the need for oil-based fertilizer.

  • Dairy Production

    Environmental Impacts
    • Animal care
    • GHG emissions from cows
    • Manure/Nutrients
    • Biodiversity effects
    • Worker status and conditions
    • Air quality
    • Water quality
    • Rural communities’ economic and social well-being

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

    The Pacific Northwest has among the healthiest cows and highest quality milk in the country. As a result, PNW cows are almost 15% more productive than the national average, and thus have a nearly 15% smaller carbon footprint. Water is re-used in a down cycling process multiple times on many of our co-op’s dairies. The members of our co-op – Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) – employ approximately 3,000 full-time farm workers, providing family wages that help support the economic and social vitality of rural communities.

  • Processing

    Environmental Impacts
    • GHG emissions from electricity and natural gas
    • Waste to landfill
    • Packaging materials
    • Noise
    • Employee satisfaction and engagement

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

    We produce not just fluid milk products but also cheese, powdered milk and milk nutrients. We have been building sustainability-related staffing and infrastructure since 2009. This has helped us improve our environmental compliance. Our continuous improvement efforts focused on both energy and water conser-vation have us on schedule for reducing consumption by more than 25% from 2009 to 2020. Our approximately 1,400 high-wage manufacturing jobs support families and the regional economy.

  • Supply Chain and Hauling/Distribution

    Environmental Impacts
    • Environmental and social impacts in the ingredients supply chain
    • Energy use/GHG in supply chain: energy and refrigerants
    • Packaging materials, percent of virgin materials
    • Materials waste
    • GHG and air emissions from transportation and onboard refrigeration

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

    We distribute our products worldwide via trucks, rail, ships, and air, with a dedicated logistics department working to reduce costs, time, and environmental impact.

  • Retail

    Environmental Impacts
    • GHG emissions from refrigeration and lighting
    • Packaging waste
    • Food waste
    • GHG emissions from consumer travel to retail outlets
    • Deepening relationships with customers

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

    We use both paperboard and plastic packaging, and over the past seven years vigorous collaboration and re-design efforts have enabled us to reduce total volume of packaging by more than 600,000 pounds per year, saving nearly $500,000 annually.

    Darigold products are sold in the U.S. Western states and eight major regions around the world. We also supply almost all the major grocery store chains and many food processors both locally and internationally.

  • Consumption

    Environmental Impacts
    • Nutritional value
    • Food waste
    • GHG emissions from energy use and refrigeration
    • Specialized nutritional and performance enhancements

    Reflections on Darigold Actions

    Dairy products provide about 18% of the total protein Americans receive annually, along with nine essential nutrients for growing children, recovery fuel for high performance athletes, and a wide range of specialty nutrition for consumers across the entire human lifecycle.

 
Here's a Snapshot Of Darigold's Production
  FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16
Number of Member-Owners 547 523 504 486 460
Total Milk Handled in Millions of Pounds 8,737 8,591 8,766 8,992 9,064
Average Daily Production per NDA Member in Pounds 39,363 41,608 43,906 46,603 49,062
Net Sales in Millions 2,464 2,237 2,593 2,554 2,107

Awards

Customers, industry and cooperative associations, business media, and non-profit organizations have honored Darigold with many awards over the past four years, recognizing our commitments to excellence in manufacturing, marketing and communications, sustainability on our farms and plants, and contributions to the community.

2018 Awards

Seattle Business Magazine’s
Community Impact Awards
Sustainability, Gold (1st place)

2017 Awards

  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    SINGLE ISSUE/SPECIAL PURPOSE PUBLICATION,1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    SINGLE ISSUE/SPECIAL PURPOSE PUBLICATION, 3rd PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    COLUMN/EDITORIAL, 3rd PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    WEBSITE, 3rd PLACE

2016 Awards

  • Marketing NW
    Marketing Awards: Creative Publication
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 8, BIG M AWARD

2015 Awards

  • Marketing NW
    Marketing Awards: Creative Publication
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 7, SILVER M WINNER
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 6, BEST OF SHOW
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    ANNUAL REPORT, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Photography
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 7, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Single Issue/Special Publication
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 7, 1ST PLACE
  • Photo District News
    Advertising/Corporate Work
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 7, WINNER
  • PNW Food Industries Circle
    City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Harvest Celebration Ball
    PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
  • Seattle Business Magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards Winner:
    FOOD PROCESSOR OF THE YEAR | LARGE FIRMS

2014 Awards

  • Agricultural FFA Education
    Recognition of Outstanding Support
    National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
  • "FARMALICIOUS" 1ST PLACE
    National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    Best One-Time Publication
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 5, 1ST PLACE
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    Best Website Category
    2ND PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    ANNUAL REPORT, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    SINGLE ISSUE/SPECIAL PURPOSE PUBLICATION, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    SINGLE ISSUE/SPECIAL PURPOSE PUBLICATION, 3RD PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    WEBSITE, 2ND PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 6, WINNER
  • PNW Food Industries Circle
    City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Benefiting City of Hope
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
  • Seattle Business Magazine’s
    Washington Manufacturing Awards Winner:
    FOOD PROCESSOR OF THE YEAR | LARGE FIRMS

2013 Awards

  • Combined Task Force Legion
    "Always First"
    CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Puget
    Sound Health Care System In Recognition of Outstanding Support and Promoting the Employment of Veterans
    CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
  • International Award of Culinary Professionals
    Corporate Marketing Campaign of the Year
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 5
  • Marketing NW
    Best Print Campaign
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 5 & MINI MAGAZINES
  • BIG M AWARD
    National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    Best Marketing Campaign
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 4, 1ST PLACE
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    Best One-Time Publication
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 4, BEST OF SHOW
  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
    Video Category
    "NOURISHING THE WORLD VIDEO," 3RD PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    ANNUAL REPORT, 2ND PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Best Marketing Campaign
    "FARMALICIOUS" 2ND PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    Single Issue/Special Purpose Publication
    "FRESH RECIPE BOOKLETS," 2ND PLACE
  • United Way of King County
    OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN AWARD

2012 Awards

  • Family Room Vendor
    TRUE PARTNER IN SUCCESS
  • International Award of Culinary Professionals
    "FRESH MAGAZINE" VOLUME 4, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
  • Marketing NW
    Marketing Awards: Culture, Direct Marketing Print Category
    "FRESH MAGAZINE," VOLUME 4, MERIT AWARD
  • Marketing NW
    Marketing Awards: Creative Publication
    DARIGOLD CALENDAR, BIG M AWARD
  • McDonald’s USA
    Animal Welfare: Web-Based Surveys to Drive Improvements on Dairy Farms In Recognition of Your Inclusion in the:
    MCDONALD’S GLOBAL BEST OF SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    "FRESH MAGAZINE," VOLUME 4, BEST OF CLASS
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition: Photography
    "FRESH MAGAZINE," VOLUME 4, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    Special Projects: Marketing Campaign
    "FRESH MAGAZINE," VOLUME 4, 1ST PLACE
  • National Milk Producers Federation
    Communications Competition
    Special Projects: Video
    "NOURISHING THE WORLD," 1ST PLACE
  • PNW Food Industries Circle
    City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Harvest Celebration Ball
    PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE
  • United Way of King County
    OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN AWARD
  • U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
    U.S. Dairy Export Council Award for:
    OUTSTANDING DAIRY PROCESSING & MANUFACTURING SUSTAINABILITY
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