Prairie Farms has announced a handshake with Swiss Valley Farms to combine the two companies. Both farmer-owned dairy cooperatives and recognized dairy industry leaders, the companies said the move will bring together two well-known brands, as well as expand sales opportunities for both.
“The merger with Swiss Valley was driven by our commitment to build value for our cooperative members and is consistent with our growth strategy. Swiss Valley’s contributions will allow us to diversify our product portfolio and expand into new markets,” said Ed Mullins, Executive Vice President and CEO of Prairie Farms.
The agreement merges Swiss Valley Farms assets into Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. assets, according to a press release. This includes five manufacturing plants that produce cheese and whey powder, located in:
Any financial terms were not disclosed in the release. Though the terms of the merger agreement must be approved by cooperative members from both companies, executives seem confident in the strategic move.
"We are very excited to be joining forces with Prairie Farms,” said Swiss Valley Farms CEO Chris Hoeger, who will continue to oversee the operation of the plants under the agreement’s terms. “This merger offers numerous benefits for our cooperative members and is an ideal opportunity to bring together two industry leaders. We will leverage the strengths of both companies to offer a broader range of products and to enhance and expand relationships with customers.”
If approved, the combined company will operate under the name Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. The deal is expected to close mid-2017 if all requirements are met.