The California Dairy Innovation Heart (CDIC) has introduced 5 California winners of Dairy Enterprise Innovation Initiative grants by the Pacific Coast Coalition, the USDA-funded initiative hosted by Fresno State College supporting dairy product, course of and packaging innovation.
The grants are the primary within the US$1.8m DBII award from the USDA that created the Pacific Coast Coalition to help dairy companies in California, Oregon and Washington within the improvement, manufacturing, advertising and marketing, and distribution of dairy merchandise. These are supplemented by extra phases of funding totaling over US$20m introduced in November by USDA.
A second spherical of funding, which is able to award round $4m in grants from US$50,000 to US$1m, might be introduced later in January.
The winners embody Capstone Ranch/Marvel Cow (Madera County), Central Coast Creamery (San Luis Obispo County), Foggy Backside Boys (Humboldt County), Schoch Household Farmstead (Monterey County) and Weststeyn Dairy Farm (Glenn County).
John Talbot, CEO of the California Milk Advisory, commented: “The continued funding in dairy innovation at each the farm and plant degree will assist take our trade to the following degree. And CMAB’s California Dairy Innovation Heart was instrumental on this grant course of and has assets to information certified California dairy companies to take full benefit of those alternatives. We respect Fresno State College, host of the DBII grant. The dedication of Dr Carmen Licon and Dr S. Pheasant and the directors and grant employees at Fresno State have moved this initiative ahead in a big method and created a easy pathway for grants to start out making a distinction.”
DBII grants can be found to those that function a dairy farm or processing plant in California, with a deal with product, course of, packaging innovation for dairy manufacturing.
Proposals can embody requests for funding for certified tools, feasibility research, innovation in packaging in addition to coaching of the workforce. Candidates must current invoices for permitted tasks to obtain reimbursement from this system.
For extra data, go to the initiative’s webpage.
From high-pressure processing to cheese-aging tools
Rob Diepersloot, founding father of WonderCow, Inc., which focuses on bovine colostrum, mentioned the award will enable the corporate to deal with pilot-scale testing of the feasibility and regulatory purposes for a dairy-based beverage. Diepersloot mentioned: “We began WonderCow as a way to harness the useful elements that dairy has to supply and produce them to households in a straightforward and sensible method. This grant will present a lot help to speed up our path to market and add appreciable worth; not solely to our milk-based product, however extra importantly, to the households who will profit from the well being components it is going to deliver.”
Reggie Jones, proprietor of the Paso Robles-based Central Coast Creamery, mentioned that the grant might be a catalyst for a ‘chain of occasions that can profit our workers and all of our dairy companions’. “The grant will allow us to buy processing tools to extend our manufacturing capability by 40%, which interprets to extra revenue for our dairy companions,” Jones added. “This additionally has a big affect on the native economic system.”
Cody Nicholson Stratton, key accomplice of Foggy Backside Boys utilized for funding for tools to fabricate a milk product from the farm’s milk. “With the ability to create additional income from a portion of our whole milk quantity will be sure that our farm stays financially sustainable and operational,” Stratton mentioned.
Schoch Dairy, a small-scale dairy producer from the central coast of California, acquired funding for manufacturing tools for European-style cheese and butter. The group’s Beau Schoch defined the award would ‘strikes us from an area right into a regional provider of revolutionary farmstead dairy merchandise in addition to demonstrating the viability of a smaller-scale dairy working profitably’.
Lastly, Weststeyn Dairy Farm will use the funding to review the feasibility of high-pressure processing (HPP). Stephen Weststeyn, third technology farmer, mentioned the dairy trade is ‘in determined want of innovation’. “There’s a window of alternative right here within the US to use new applied sciences to exploit and milk packaging to reset milk’s picture. Making use of the HPP course of to exploit offers the chance to not solely to refresh milk’s picture, nevertheless it additionally permits the chance to create a greater, more energizing tasting product, enhance shelf life, and open milk to a brand new discipline of chance and improvement with useful drinks.”
This text was edited on January 11, 2023 to take away mentions of the Nicasio Cheese Firm as a grant recipient; the group had been erroneously included within the media launch circulated to the press together with DairyReporter.