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The Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Accepting Applications for Over 4M in Funding

The Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Accepting Applications for Over 4M in Funding


FRESNO, CA
Wednesday, January 31st, 2024

From the Pacific Northwest to Mexico, a call for dairy processors is being made to uplift and diversify the market. $4.1 million in grants are currently available to dairy processors in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon through the fourth round of funding by the Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (PCC-DBII).

“The PCC-DBII, hosted by California State University, Fresno and funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, is dedicated to strengthening and supporting the dairy industry,” the coalition stated in a press release, clarifying that by addressing these goals, it seeks to help diversify the dairy product market, reduce risk, and develop higher value uses for dairy products. In turn, those involved seek to promote business development that diversifies farmer/processor income through innovation while encouraging the use of regionally produced milk.

$4.1 million in grants are currently available to dairy processors in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon through the fourth round of funding by the Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Initiative

This round, accepting applications through February 29, will include pandemic recovery (such as price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.)

Dairy producers and dairy processing businesses in the above states are invited to submit proposals that meet one or more of the PCC-DBII program goals, some which are listed below but can be seen in full here. These include:

  • Developing new dairy value-added products, culturally diverse and ethnic value-added dairy products to meet evolving consumer trends in the region
  • Adapting current dairy products to meet evolving consumer “wants” to meet both domestic and export demand trends
  • Developing new product lines and expanding the dairy product portfolio to meet domestic and/or export demand for fresh milk and milk products
  • Expanding milk usage beyond food and drink, for example packaging/films, edible products for companion animals, cosmetics, and other high-value segments
  • Adding value to milk by increasing its intrinsic value through differentiation production system/feed additives for nutritional enhancement, and fractionation of components

This round will be accepting applications through February 29

Dairy processors along the Pacific Coast are encouraged to apply here for grants.

Once this round closes, the PCC-DBII will have made nearly $9.1 million in grants from the USDA AMS available to regional dairy businesses for innovation-related investments. As a member of the industry who calls the western U.S. home, Deli Market News will be on the lookout for the exciting developments of this initiative.

Pacific Coast Coalition - Dairy Business Innovation Initiative
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