Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NEDBIC) was able to support 12 projects being taken on by different farmers and processors throughout the region for a total of $290,540.09. This program helps dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations take actionable steps to improve the safety of dairy products and improve marketabilit
The University of Vermont (UVM) was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center to develop and deliver a dairy farmworker safety training program in conjunction with regional support organizations. The training will be responsive to needs identified by the farmworker community and offered in both English and Spanish
In 2021 the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) retained the food system consultancy KK&P (Karen Karp & Partners) to identify opportunities to strengthen the region’s value-added dairy distribution network and increase value-added dairy producers’ ability to leverage it, in order to bring the region’s unique and delicious products to stores, cafeterias, restaurants, and households throughout New England and the country. The work plan for this project occurred in two phases.
KK&P discusses their key findings and strategies developed through this extensive examination of the Northeast dairy supply chain. Topics of supply chain brittleness, workforce, investments in distributors, marketing as a region, and supporting distribution readiness were discussed in the webinar below.