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Distribution Capacity Study

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To support the region’s dairy farms and processors in realizing the market opportunity of value-added dairy, the NE-DBIC contracted food system consultancy Karn Karp & Partners (KK&P) in 2021.  

While when fluid milk consumption in the United States has declined steadily for years, overall dairy consumption has grown, and it’s projected to continue to grow, largely due to increased consumption of cheese, butter, and other value-added dairy products.  The regional value-added dairy sector represents a significant opportunity for New England’s dairy industry, which is comprised primarily of small- and mid-size dairy farms. 

KK&P’s research focused on:  

  • Identifying opportunities to strengthen the region’s value-added dairy distribution network 
  • Increasing value-added dairy producers’ ability to leverage that network 
  • Bringing the region’s unique and delicious products to stores, cafeterias, restaurants, and households throughout the Northeast 

You can access the full report and webinar below: 

Northeast DBIC Staff

Laura Ginsburg, Center Lead
(802) 522-2252 

Kathryn Donovan, Regional Programs Manager
(802) 585-4571

Ben Eldredge, Grants Coordinator
(802) 522-9478

Ali Boochever, Grants Coordinator
(802) 261-5740

Katie Spring, Outreach & Content Specialist
(802) 522-3186

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Funding for the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grants AM190100XXXXG081, AM200100XXXXG003, 21DBIVT1004-00, and AM21DBIVT1011-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.