#ThrowbackThursday: Aurora Organic Dairy Invests, Grows in Columbia, Missouri

In the Spring of 2017, Aurora Organic Dairy, a leading producer and processor of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers, announced plans to construct a new dairy processing facility in Columbia, Missouri. The $100 million facility is home to more than 100 employees and counting.

“The decision to build our milk plant in Columbia culminates several years of research and diligence to determine the optimal location for a new processing operation,” said Founder and CEO of Aurora Organic Dairy, Marc Peperzak, at the time. “Columbia was the best choice because it offers a location that expands and improves the efficiency of our total supply chain, from organic feed, to milk, to consumer. Central Missouri also offers a great workforce and attractive access to major interstate highways. We are excited to break ground on our new facility later this spring.”

The company wasted little time getting up and running in Missouri, breaking ground on its new facility less than a month after it was originally announced. Then, less than a year later, Aurora Organic Dairy cut the ribbon on the 127,000 sq. ft. production and storage facility.

“Aurora Organic Dairy is a great company that will ultimately bring more than 160 quality jobs to Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson, at the time. “Missouri’s central location and infrastructure network are two keys to attracting and retaining good businesses here in our state. We look forward to supporting their growth for years to come.”

Aurora Organic Dairy is a leading producer and processor of retailer brand organic milk. The company is unique in that it operates dairy farms and milk bottling facilities, ensuring the highest quality and traceability of any organic milk product in the market. The company grows grows a portion of its own certified organic feed and pasture, raises and milks organic cows at eight farms, and processes and packages milk at two locations (Columbia, MO and Platteville, CO).

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