fairlife Named 2015 Processor of the Year

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Innovative Chicago-Based Health and Wellness Dairy Company Recognized by Dairy Foods Magazine

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Dairy Foods Magazine announced today that fairlife, LLC, has been named its 2015 Processor of the Year. The recognition comes as fairlife’s ready-to-drink products (fairlife ultra-filtered milk, high protein milkshake Core Power and newly launched flavored milk YUP!) continue to gain awareness and loyalty nationwide. fairlife also makes Greek yogurt, which is sold through foodservice, including Chick-fil-A restaurants and others.

“Reasons for selection include the development of innovative dairy-based products, investments in manufacturing, a focus on health and wellness, and efforts in sustainable manufacturing,” explained Dairy Foods Magazine Editor-in-Chief Jim Carper.

fairlife products are created using the high-quality milk provided by its founding company Select Milk Producers, a progressive dairy co-op that is one of the industry leaders in its commitments to milk quality, animal care and environmental sustainability.

At the heart of the award and serving as the baseline for the value-added dairy products that fairlife makes is its proprietary ultra-filtration process, which boosts the natural protein and calcium found in milk and reduces its natural sugars, therefore creating even more nutritious milk. A cup of fairlife ultra-filtered milk contains 13 grams of protein (compared to eight in conventional milk) and half the sugar (6 grams instead of 12 grams) . The milk, along with the other ready-to-drink products the company produces, is also lactose-free.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award,” remarked Steve Jones, CEO of fairlife, LLC. “In addition to being a true testament to the hard work that our operations, product development and plant teams have put in over the past few years, the award wouldn’t be possible if Select Milk Producers hadn’t decided to go for it and become a processor. This makes us a truly traceable system – hats off to Select for making that move.”

Previous winners of the top honor have included The Dannon Co., HP Hood, Chobani, Kraft Foods and Organic Valley.

The company will be featured with a cover story for the December issue of Dairy Foods Magazine. A formal presentation of the award will be made at the International Dairy Foods Association’s Dairy Forum in January in Scottsdale, AZ.

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About Select Milk Producers, Inc.
Select Milk Producers, Inc. was formed in 1994 by a group of dairy producers with high-quality milk and efficient dairy farm operations. The Select common goal is to provide the highest-quality product in the marketplace and do so with the highest level of service. Select members are based primarily in Texas, New Mexico and the Midwest. Altogether, Select is the 5th largest dairy cooperative in the United States. The co-op’s flagship farm, located in Fair Oaks, Indiana, is open to the public and is recognized as an innovator and leader in sustainable agriculture.

About fairlife, LLC
fairlife, LLC is a health and wellness dairy company that produces and markets premium-quality, value-added nutrition products that start with high-quality milk from independent American family farmers committed to humane animal care and sustainable and traceable agriculture. fairlife, LLC’s patented cold filtration process filters milk to increase natural protein and minerals and decrease lactose and sugar. In 2012, Select Milk Producers entered into a partnership with The Coca-Cola Company to form fairlife, LLC. The Coca-Cola Company is the distribution partner for the products that fairlife, LLC, creates, market and sells. fairlife, LLC owns and operates its own state-of-the-art plant in Michigan. fairlife, LLC, also produces Core Power, a great-tasting high protein drink created for fitness enthusiasts and on-the-go protein seekers, and YUP!, a delicious line of flavored milks currently available in select East Coast markets. For more information on fairlife, visit http://fairlife.com.

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