Darigold Expands Capabilities in Mexico

SEATTLE—Darigold Inc. announces the expansion of its operations in Mexico through the addition of in-market sales and logistics leaders. The new team will enhance customer service and integration with its Mexican customers. These key hires include Eugenio Massieu, director – Latin America; Mariana Lezama C., director – Mexico; Alma Leticia Casillas Torres, trade execution manager; and Sophie Gonzalez Revilla, senior execution coordinator.

As part of Darigold’s ongoing initiatives, the team in Mexico furthers the company’s commitment to customer excellence and helps address the increasing worldwide demand for healthy sources of protein for infants, adults and aging populations. In 2018, Mexico imported $1.784 billion of dairy products including skim milk powder/nonfat dry milk, cheese and curd, and whey and modified whey products. Mexico is an important export destination for Darigold and the U.S. dairy industry.

Unlike other trading partners, Mexico is accessible from the U.S. by rail, truck and maritime vessels. This provides an opportunity to better serve customers of Northwest Dairy Association (NDA) member farms around the world including in Latin America.

NDA member owners share a commitment to caring for the land, animals and people that make up their farm. The farmers of NDA operate under a rigorous and comprehensive program to ensure leading edge dairy stewardship and sustainable farm practices. Good labor standards are verified as being practiced across the cooperative with a commitment to continuously improve.

“We’re excited to grow our team in Mexico to deliver services through the addition of these talented individuals,” said Jonathan Spurway, leader of Darigold’s Ingredients business. “Given their experience, we are confident the team in Mexico will be able to help Darigold create and foster direct relationships with our customers in Latin America and thereby better understand and serve their unique needs.”

Massieu joined Darigold last year and, as the director for Latin America, will be leading sales activities in the region. Prior to Darigold, Massieu led sales in Mexico for James Farrell Co. In February 2019, Lezama joined the team as the director – Mexico. Lezama brings a wealth of experience to Darigold after leading the dairy unit in Mexico for Louis Dreyfus Company. Most recently, given their experience in logistics, purchasing, customer service and the dairy industry specifically, Torres and Revilla were selected to join the team to manage and coordinate in-country operations.

“As the company continues to create direct sales, service and distribution networks, Darigold is focusing on strengthening its valued international customer relationships. This will enable greater insight to provide solutions tailored for customer- and country-specific needs,” said Spurway. “The expanded team will help Darigold to provide Northwest dairy products’ unique sustainability, quality, nutrition and taste to the world.”

Darigold is doing business in Mexico as Darigold Mexico and NW Dairy Pioneers. Its office is located at Insurgentes Sur 601, Suite 134, Colonia Napoles, Ciudad de Mexico CP 03810.

About Darigold

Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold, Inc. is the marketing and processing subsidiary of Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), which is owned by more than 430 dairy farm families in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Darigold handles approximately 10 billion pounds of milk annually. Darigold produces a full line of dairy-based products for retail, foodservice, commodity and specialty markets, and is one of the largest U.S. dairy processors. Darigold, Inc. operates 11 plants throughout the Northwest, processing high-quality milk produced by its dairy farm families. For more information, see darigold.com.