Idaho Milk Products celebrated the completion of the $30 million expansion and new R&D facility that began in October 2018 with a ribbon-cutting on September 20, 2019. Speakers included Idaho Milk Products’ CEO Daragh Maccabee, Rick Onaindia and Russell Visser representing the owner group, City of Jerome Mayor Dave Davis and Jerome City Administrator Mike Williams and VP of Research and Development, Dr. Chenchaiah Marella. Tours of the new R&D facility were available to the general public.
The expansion took 266 days and 57,220 man-hours to complete. With its completion, Idaho Milk Products will be able to process an additional 1 million pounds of milk per day, resulting in a faster turnaround to keep up with customer demands.
The new R&D facility includes a list of equipment, with the ability to work on and test ready-to-drink beverages, yogurts, ready-to-mix products, ice cream, protein bars, retort processing and more. With this addition, Idaho Milk Products will be able to offer the highest level of formulating possibilities to meet customer needs and keep up with product trends.