OUR HISTORY

 

A visionary group formed what would one day be a successful dairy cooperative, leading the industry in the Pacific Northwest.

  • 1918

    The United Dairymen's Association of Washington formed.
  • 1920

    Consolidated Dairy Products Company is formed as a milk broker and marketer.
  • 1925

    The name "Darigold" emerges as a trade name for the products brokered under the United Dairymen's and Consolidated Dairy Products.
  • 1930

    United Dairymen’s Association buys all the remaining shares of Consolidated, thereby owning the company as a collective body.
  • 1932

    The United States patent office issues a trademark for the name "Darigold."
  • 1939

    By this time, the company boasts 32 member associations.
  • 1941

    United Dairymen’s Association has grown to over 40 cooperatives across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.
  • 1950

    The Washington Milk Producer’s association, with over 600 producers, joins the United Dairymen’s Association.
  • 1951-1956

    A concentrated milk product developed, excellent for faraway markets like Alaska or Asia, and aboard ships at sea.
  • 1957

    Darigold opens a plant in the Philippines, making it the first to package milk in the country.
  • 1961

    Northwest Dairymen’s Association (NDA) is formed by 10 United Dairymen co-ops. As the Darigold Farms Department grows, it unofficially becomes known as Darigold.
  • 1960-1965

    The company’s milk is being delivered directly to supermarkets in a new package called the milk carton.
  • 1968

    As the Whatcom and Lewis Pacific Dairymen’s Associations merge into Northwest Dairymen's, the co-op's number of producers jumps from 684 to 1,216.
  • 1974

    Darigold producers hit the "Big B," producing 1,054,000,000 pounds of raw milk.
  • 1981

    Mayflower Farms, the largest dairy-farmer cooperative in Oregon, merges with NDA, growing the company by one-third and bringing the number of producers to 1,475.
  • 1984

    Cementing over 65 years of partnership, United Dairymen’s Association and Consolidated Dairy Products officially merge under the name Darigold, Inc.
  • 1991

    Dairymen’s Creamery Association (DCA) merges with NDA, bringing with it 350 members in Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon as well as four operating plants.
  • 1992

    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.
  • 1998

    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.
  • 1999

    Second-phase expansion of the Sunnyside, WA, cheese plant, processing 4.1 million pounds of milk per day, equivalent to about 400,000 pounds of cheese per day.
  • 2002

    First commissioned in 1999, the state-of-the-art Jerome, ID, plant begins production of high-quality milk powder products.
  • 2003

    Darigold installs a new butter churn at Issaquah, WA, one of the largest vacuum-style churns ever to be imported into the United States.
  • 2006

    In response to customer and consumer demand, Darigold commits to producing and selling only milk from cows not treated with rBST.
  • 2007

    Darigold is hailed “Exporter of the Year” by Dairy Field magazine.
  • 2008

    Darigold acquires all the fluid-milk operations owned by Wilcox Family Farms.
  • 2010

    The Boise plant is expanded, equipping it to produce both sour cream and cottage cheese.
  • 2013

    The company constructs a new, state-of-the-art bustle dryer in Lynden, WA., to produce milk powders for domestic and export markets.
  • 2015

    Darigold re-enters retail cheese business with a premium cheddar cheese.
  • 2016

    The company invests over $97 million to expand the Sunnyside, WA, plant to manufacture milk powders in a “high-care” environment.
  • 2017

    As efficiencies have grown, just shy of 500 farmers produce over 8.4 billion pounds of milk annually.