Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced the six dairy companies it has selected to participate in its Dairy Accelerator—a program designed to support the dairy industry through tailored coursework and mentorship to budding dairy entrepreneurs. To qualify for consideration, each company was required to utilize dairy as a primary ingredient in their products.
"Our 2018 participating companies span dairy categories, demonstrating the vitality and versatility of dairy. We're excited to support the dairy industry by nurturing these innovators and entrepreneurs in the accelerator program," said Raquel Melo, Vice President of Innovation and New Business Developent, Land O’Lakes.
According to a press release, the selected 2018 Land O'Lakes Dairy Accelerator participants are:
Blue Marble Ice Cream
Founded by two friends in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York, Blue Marble Ice Cream products are made of milk from certified organic, pasture-raised cows. Ice cream and sorbet flavors include classics like vanilla and chocolate, and more unique options like Mexican Chocolate, Pumpkin, and Green Tea.
Darling Pickle Dips
Born out of a love of snacking by its founders, Darling Pickle Dips offers refrigerated dips made from a cream cheese and white bean base, combined with pickled vegetables, herbs, and spices. Flavors include Original Dill Pickle, White Cheddar & Mustard with Dill Pickle, and Spicy Pickle.
Offering Icelandic-style high-protein strained yogurt, Norr Skyr ('skyr' meaning "thickened milk") products are organic and grass-fed and incorporate unique Scandinavian flavors like sea buckthorn, gooseberry, elderflower, and raspberry rosewater.
Numa's Milk Chews are milk-based chewy snacks infused with nuts and dried fruit inspired by Taiwanese nougat, a popular treat in China and Taiwan. Milk powder and butter are core ingredients, achieving the milky flavor profile these treats are known for.
Launched in 2015 by a husband and wife team who aspired to create a healthier version of a protein snack, SmashPack offers protein-packed fruit smoothie and grass-fed pudding in on-the-go squeeze pouches. Flavors include Chocolate and Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pudding as well as Mixed Berry, Tropical Fruit, and Orange Peach Protein Fruit Smoothies, made with MCT oil.
Tulip Tree Creamery
Indianapolis-based Tulip Tree Creamery produces specialty handcrafted cheeses and butter, using traditional European recipes combined with the founders' own twist. All products are made from milk that is sourced from family dairies in Indiana.
Throughout the three-month course, participants will meet with both Land O'Lakes and external business mentors and will attend seminars focused on topics including finance, brand building, sales, and leadership development. The program will be held in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Congratulations to all who were chosen!