This is the second post of a three part series on my Pure Michigan Michigan Ag Council Blogger tour:Pure Michigan – Dairy Farm Tour Pure Michigan – Milk Processing Plant Pure Michigan – Kroger Store Tour
After leaving the Horning’s Dairy Farm, we moved to the Dairy Processing Plant for Kroger in Livonia, Michigan.
We had to put on our hair nets, hard hats, safety glasses, rubber shoe booties and a lab type jacket. We had to wash our hands also. Not bringing any foreign contamination into the the facility is a high priority. The facility smelled like milk with a hint of sanitizer, because it’s just that clean!
We were not allowed take photos, so you will have to just see the pictures of us outside the plant and all dolled up in our protective garb.
Once the milk leaves the farm, it is taken to a processing plant like the one in Livonia, Michigan (there is also one in Ovid, Michigan and BLANK through the country). The quality control team comes and takes a sample and tests the milk to ensure it meets quality standards. This process takes about 30 minutes.
Once accepted (it is extremely rare for milk to be turned away from all the testing done by the farms before it makes it to the plant), the tanker is approved to complete delivery.
A fact I found super interesting was the milk that comes on the truck in the morning, could be processed and sent out to the Kroger stores that same day, next day at the latest. Talk about Farm Fresh!
We got to sample fresh milk and cottage cheese from the plant (so delicious!).
Quality to the next level at the Processing Plant
The processing plants take pride in the quality of their products. The lab tests every batch that is processed, and continue to check the product for 18 days (what they feel is the average shelf life of their product). I have not heard of such thorough quality checking before, but I was very impressed and the employees in quality are very proud of the product that they produce.
After seeing all the testing and quality control that goes on with milk processed by Kroger, I am confident we are getting delicious, quality milk, while supporting our local farmers.