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Our Roots

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc. started in 1920 thanks to an impassioned group of dairy farmers determined to supply consumers in our nation’s capitol with farm-fresh milk. They staked their claim on high quality standards and proximity to the market. The first decade was brutal, and the cooperative nearly folded. But, those farmers didn’t quit; they put their heads together and found compromise with the milk dealers that resulted in much needed market stability.

Nearly 100 years later, this vibrant farmer-led cooperative is a growing business, delivering more than 5 billion glasses of milk a year to consumers and food manufacturers worldwide. True to our roots, we’re still owned by farmers, about 1,500 of them in fact. They’re as dedicated to supplying fresh, wholesome and nourishing dairy products today as they were in 1920. We’ve ratcheted up our standards, diversified our product offerings and expanded to serve customers around the world.