Missouri Dairy Business Update  
Volume 7, Number 6
June 2007

Central Dairy Sold to Prairie Farms

By Jeff Haldiman
News Tribune

June 4, 2007

Employees at Central Dairy in Jefferson City were told their company had been bought by Prairie Farms, a dairy company based in Carlinville, Ill.

“I want to emphasize to the public that the company name will not change, the plant will stay open and the same products that they have come to love will still be available,” said Prairie Farms CEO Ed Mullins.

Prairie Farms will take over ownership from the Hackman family, but Chris Hackman will remain with the company as general manager and be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company.“We saw this as a way to strengthen the Central name,” Hackman said.

According to the Prairie Farms Web site, in the past year Prairie Farms has made three other acquisitions. They are: Turner Dairy Holdings, LLC, Covington, Tenn.; Southern Belle Dairy, Somerset, Ky., and LuVel Dairy Products, Kosciusko, Miss. With these locations, Prairie Farms now serves accounts in 15 states.

Prairie Farms began in 1938 and now has over 800 dairy farms. The company manufacturers and markets a full line of dairy food products from its own 17 plants, along with 13 others through subsidiary companies and joint ventures throughout the Midwest.

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