Lowville Producers Dairy Co-op renews contract with Kraft

wwny Lowville Producers Dairy Co-op renews contract with Kraft

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - As the Kraft Heinz plant in Lowville decides to stop buying milk from one local dairy co-op, another has secured a new contract.

The Lowville Producers Dairy Co-op has just gotten its contract renewed for another year. The co-op is responsible for nearly half of the plant's milk supply.

The Jefferson County Bulk Milk Cooperative lost its contract with Kraft earlier this month and now 30 farmers are scrambling to find a new buyer for their milk.

The general manager of the Lowville producers says he has been calling around - desperately trying to find a buyer for the other co-op.

"I keep waiting to hear or get a call from them saying, 'Hey, we got a place where we can take our milk.' Otherwise, at least this week, it looks like it's going to go in somebody's pit. No farmer likes to see milk getting dumped," said Brien Tabolt, Lowville Producers Dairy Co-op general manager.

Tabolt says the three truckloads of milk that are now going to waste from the Jefferson Bulk co-op is probably equivalent to $40,000 daily.

He says he’s lucky because if something were to happen to the Lowville producers’ contract they’d have to be finding a buyer for 25 loads of milk, which is 8 times more than the Jefferson County Bulk Co-op is looking to sell.

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