With over 100 years of operations, our farmer-owned dairy cooperative is excited to start a new century with a new vision: Leading Dairy Forward. Darigold’s team is spread across 11 dairy processing plants in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and our headquarters is based in Seattle. Our purpose, as an enterprise, is to create value for our member-owners and customers. And our values — modeled by roughly 400 member-owners across the Pacific Northwest — include leadership, stewardship and perseverance. As we look to our next 100 years as an organization, our team is boldly leading our co-operative and the dairy sector towards a new and exciting future.
As one of the largest privately held companies in Washington state, we take seriously our duty to support the communities in which we live, work and play. Which means we not only support various causes in line with our priorities but also encourage our employees to do the same. We’re also proud to offer competitive compensation and benefits to support life in and outside of work. Our team is a humble, hardworking and fun group that doesn’t take itself too seriously and we strive to create a culture of innovation and inclusion.
Thank you for your interest! We can’t wait to welcome you onboard.
Churning out dairy foods since 1918, Darigold is the processing and marketing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA). With 11 processing plants and approximately 400 member-owners, Darigold makes and distributes fluid milk, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, and other cultured dairy products under both private labels and the Darigold brand name. Seattle-based Darigold offers its products to wholesale and retail food companies, as well as foodservice operators; however most of its sales are generated from selling dairy ingredients to other food manufacturers. Albertsons, Fred Meyer, and Safeway are among its retail customers. In 2010 NDA added Montana's Country Classic Dairies to the Darigold fold.
NDA's purchase of Country Classic increases Darigold's footprint in the Northwestern US. Its operations were absorbed into Darigold's network, and its Bozeman, Montana, facility churns out Darigold-branded products. Country Classic's 30 member/farmers became part of NDA, adding about 160 million pounds of milk a year (more than half of Montana's milk supply) to the co-op's total production. NDA and Country Classic's union was the culmination of a longtime working relationship.
Darigold, which in 2006 retired its dba name WestFarm Foods, boasts production plants in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. It owns and operates the largest butter churn in the US that produces more than 28,000 pounds of butter every hour.
As a cooperative, we have five major priorities: stewardship of our natural resources and the animals in our care, taking care of our people, ensuring industry-leading food quality, and supporting the communities in which we live, work, and play. To learn more about our efforts to continuously lead dairy forward, visit The Daily Churn at https://www.darigold.com/the-daily-churn/. – less