Dairy Farmers of America Inc., which is the largest company in the Kansas City area by a wide margin, is one step closer to getting even bigger. Dairylea Cooperative Inc. of Syracuse, N.Y., announced that its board of directors has voted to merge with DFA. The merger still requires the approval of Dairylea’s members during a special meeting set for February 2014.
“Today’s dairy industry is undergoing unprecedented change,” Dairylea CEO Greg Wickham said in a statement. “From consolidation in the marketplace and changing farm demographics to a movement toward a global dairy industry, this change presents both challenges and opportunities.” The companies say they expect cost-efficiencies in milk assembly, transportation and marketing to continue and grow following the merger.