Weigel’s to Use Only Tennessee Produced Milk – Weigel’s, one of East Tennessee’s largest milk processors, has committed to using milk produced exclusively in Tennessee. #Weigels #TennesseeMilk
“Wiegel’s has a history of being innovative with industry-leading decisions, and their choice to use only Tennessee-produced milk is a great example of that,” Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. said. “We are thankful that Weigel’s is choosing to support Tennessee agriculture. This commitment will truly impact and benefit the bottom line for dairy farmers.”
All of the milk processed by Weigel’s will feature the Tennessee Milk logo (see the logo below). The logo was created to help consumers identify milk that has been entirely produced, processed, and bottled in Tennessee. The branding is administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).
“Milk has been an important part of our heritage for more than 85 years,” Weigel’s chairman Bill Weigel said. “This new logo represents the pride and dedication of our Tennessee farmers, and we are proud to announce that Weigel’s will process and distribute milk only from Tennessee dairy farms.”
With 67 locations throughout East Tennessee, Weigel’s sells more than 2.5 million gallons of Tennessee milk each year. The company was among the first in the region to distribute pasteurized milk.
“The Tennessee Dairy Products Association (TDPA) would like to congratulate Weigel’s on achieving the distinction of producing Dairy products under the Tennessee Milk Logo program,” TDPA representative Beth Farrow said. “The partnership with the TDA and Tennessee dairy farmers to produce milk and dairy products promoting the Tennessee dairy industry embodies the mission of the TDPA. The Tennessee Milk branding will further help consumers find and support local farmers here in Tennessee.”
The New Tennessee Milk Logo
The Middle Tennessee State University Creamery, Sunrise Dairy, Hatcher Family Dairy, and G & G Family Dairy are also using the Tennessee Milk logo. Dairy, and G & G Family Dairy are also using the Tennessee Milk logo.
Consumers now have a way to know that their milk comes from Tennessee dairy farms with the new official Tennessee Milk logo.
Milk labeled as Tennessee Milk must be entirely sourced, processed, and bottled in Tennessee. The program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA).
“This logo allows consumers the opportunity to support Tennessee dairy farmers, who are facing challenging times right now,” Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton said. “We appreciate the Tennessee Dairy Producers Association for supporting the enabling legislation, assisting TDA on the development of the logo, and promoting the program to producers and processors.”
Sunrise Dairy in Crossville and the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Creamery are currently using the Tennessee Milk logo. Weigel’s, Hatcher Family Dairy, and G & G Family Dairy will soon follow.
“Milk has been an important part of our heritage for over 85 years,” Weigel’s chairman Bill Weigel said. “This new milk logo represents the pride and dedication of our Tennessee farmers. Weigel’s is proud to announce that it will only process and distribute milk from East Tennessee dairy farms.”
The 110th General Assembly passed legislation enacting the Tennessee Milk logo. Sen. Frank Niceley and Rep. David Hawk sponsored the bill. TDA will continue working with processors to increase Tennessee Milk participation, giving consumers a broader opportunity to support local farmers.
“Middle Tennessee State University is proud to be one of the first producer/processors to participate in the new Tennessee Milk program,” MTSU Director and Professor of Animal Science Dr. Jessica Carter said. “Being part of this program will allow us to brand our milk as a locally-produced product and enable consumers to confidently purchase dairy products from Tennessee farmers. Our freshly bottled MTSU milk will proudly display the new Tennessee Milk logo to help promote Tennessee’s dairy industry.”
“We believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to support the dairy industry, which is a vital part of our agricultural economy,” Commissioner Templeton said. “We encourage consumers to look for and ask for locally produced milk at their local store. Every little bit helps.”
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