Oakhurst Dairy: 2012 U.S. Dairy Export Council Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability
The Natural Goodness of Maine
The Bennett family has made caring for the environment a core value of the Portland, Maine-based Oakhurst Dairy for three generations. The company’s commitment to “The Natural Goodness of Maine” is not just a slogan — it’s a real part of every aspect of their business. This includes the Maine farmers who provide their milk, to the employees who run the dairy and the drivers who deliver their delicious milk, cream, cottage cheese and other products to customers around town.
Oakhurst developed a sustainability roadmap with 2014 reduction goals across all aspects of the operation. Over a two-year period (2008-10), Oakhurst reduced its plant energy, greenhouse gas emissions, water use and transportation fuel use by roughly 10 percent each — getting halfway to its goal. Biodiesel fuel now meets 14 percent of the company’s overall fuel needs. Investing in a hybrid delivery truck that uses 25 percent less fuel and hybrid vehicles for 45 percent of the company’s auto fleet (including the sales force) has further helped reduce the company’s dependence on petroleum.
A Visit to Oakhurst Dairy
Portland, Maine-based Oakhurst Dairy’s commitment to preserving the splendor of their home state is more than a slogan. The Bennett family shared some of their sustainable initiatives during a recent visit.
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