Fairlife, the US-based dairy beverage business with a distribution deal with Coca-Cola Co., is adding to its production network.
Chicago-based Fairlife, which supplies what it calls “ultra-filtered milk” that contains more protein and calcium than conventional milk, is planning to build a production and distribution facility in Goodyear, a suburb of the Arizona city of Phoenix.
The company said the site, which would cover 300,000 square feet, is scheduled to start operations “in the back half” of 2020. Last year, Coca-Cola and Fairlife set out plans to build a new dairy plant in Canada ahead of the brand being launched in that market.
Tim Doelman, Fairlife’s chief operating officer, said demand for Fairlife milk had led the business to decide to expand its US manufacturing. It already has a factory in Coopersville in Michigan.
He added: “In choosing a new plant location, it is essential that the new facility be built in an area where dairy farms are willing and able to follow Fairlife’s responsible animal care and sustainable farming practices while producing the highest quality milk. Not only are there amazing dairy farmers in and around Goodyear, its location enables competitive domestic and international production.”
All of Fairlife’s range will be made at the site, including the snack-sized ready-to-drink beverages Smart Snacks.
Fairlife was founded by Mike and Sue McCloskey in 2012 as a venture between Coca-Cola and Select Milk Producers. Select is a dairy cooperative consisting of 99 farms and started by the McCloskeys in 1994. Coca-Cola has an investment in Fairlife.