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   Prairie Farms Dairy Named St. Louis’ 8th Largest Privately Held Company
by Prairie Farms Dairy
Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 at 3:33PM EDT

div> On Monday, the St. Louis Business Journal released its Top 150+ Privately Held Companies list. Prairie Farms Dairy holds the No. 8 spot for the second year on this exclusive list, which has been expanded to 200 companies. The list profiles and ranks the top privately held companies in the region with revenue, employment totals, leadership, as well as M&A deals and management changes.

"We're proud to retain the No. 8 position on the list of St. Louis’ top privately held companies. Earning this top-spot is particularly meaningful because we are celebrating our 80th anniversary this year,” said Ed Mullins, Prairie Farms CEO. “The recognition reflects our farmer-owners’ principles, values, and commitment to being good neighbors in their communities.”
When asked what’s ahead for 2018, “Renovate and innovate is the Prairie Farms mantra for 2018. The facility expansions and Texas acquisitions put into motion during 2017 have set Prairie Farms up for abundant growth opportunities in the coming year, including the introduction of numerous value-added products in new categories. Local sourcing is top of mind for consumers and b2b customers. Prairie Farms will continue to be the partner of choice for both,” said Mullins.
Several notable achievements from 2017 helped Prairie Farms land within the top 10 spots on the list:
• Relocation to new Edwardsville headquarters in the business park along Interstate 55 and Illinois Route 143.
• Recipient of dozens of awards from the 2017 World Dairy Championship Dairy Product Contest. 
• Product line addition of America’s first Milk Snack. 
• Two significant plant expansions in Battle Creek, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
• Installation of new production and packaging lines at the butter plant in St. Louis. 
• Acquisition of three manufacturing facilities from Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, Texas. 
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful dairy cooperatives in the Midwest, with over 900 farm families, 5700 employees, 44 manufacturing plants, over 100 distribution facilities and annual sales of over $3 billion. Prairie Farms is a nationally recognized leader in the dairy industry and is known for setting the standard for milk flavor innovations and producing award-winning milk, cheese, and cultured dairy products. With headquarters in Edwardsville, Ill., the Prairie Farms distribution footprint covers over 30 percent of the United States; products are available in grocery chains, mass merchandiser stores, club stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, drug stores, schools, food service outlets and warehouse distribution centers. Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations.

Source: Prairie Farms Dairy

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