Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) might wear a cheesy grin, but it churns up solid sales. The dairy cooperative transforms (a record) about 5.8 billion pounds of milk into butter, cheese, fluid milk, and other dairy products each and every year. A regional co-op with some 3,000 member/farmers from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin, AMPI operates about a dozen manufacturing plants. In addition to its State Brand and Cass-Clay brand, Associated Milk Producers also makes private-label products for food retailers, fast-food restaurants (including McDonald's), and other foodservice operators. It also makes dairy ingredients for food manufacturers.
In late 2012 AMPI sold its aseptic cheese and pudding business to TreeHouse Foods for an undisclosed sum.
The company has expanded its operations through strategic acquisitions, such as one it made in 2007. AMPI bought cheese and milk producing co-op, Cass-Clay Creamery, located in North Dakota. Consisting of farmers in Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin, the acquisition added some 200 members to AMPI. The purchase also enlarged the co-op's product line, adding ice cream, yogurt, dips, sour cream, and juice to AMPI's portfolio of products. – less