In 2009, three of the largest independently owned and operated dairies in the United States joined forces to bring a new level of quality and reliability to the milk products industry. Today, Idaho Milk Products stands alone as the industry’s leading innovator in state of the art milk processing.
Idaho Milk Products is a wholly owned stand-alone business in which the dairies provide a guaranteed large scale milk supply from the milking operations into the plant operations. Our high quality and technically advanced dairies currently produce over 2.55 billion pounds of milk annually. The Idaho Milk Products plant is designed to bring in and convert 1.1 billion pounds of this annual total amount.
Our milking parlors are within forty five minutes of the production facility. That unique proximity to our massive dedicated milk supply means that under normal operating procedures, Idaho Milk Products can transition from raw milk at our milking parlors to final packaging within approximately twenty-four hours. Many other major suppliers can’t even start processing their raw milk supply before it’s over twenty-four hours old.
From our inception, we’ve adhered to our core belief that the freshest, most consistent milk product ingredients lead to the best tasting end products. To best meet our freshness goals, we worked with the leading designers and builders of dairy processing plants in the United States, as well as top processing equipment suppliers. Today, we continue our partnerships with some of the leading universities in dairy research and education, including: the Western Dairy Research Center at Utah State University, the Hungarian Dairy Research Center, the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
As with all dairy processing, maintaining freshness is key. For Idaho Milk Products, freshness begins on our farms. The milk brought into the plant is split into its macronutrient components: protein, carbohydrates, fat and water through a series of steps utilizing standard dairy technologies but in new and innovative ways. The fat is separated and sold as IdaPro Cream, the protein is concentrated, dried and sold as IdaPro Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) at protein levels of 70 and 80 percent and IdaPro Milk Protein Isolate (MPI) at protein levels of 85 percent and 85 percent low lactose, the carbohydrate is concentrated, crystallized, dried and sold as IdaPro Milk Permeate Powder. – less