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April 7, 2021

US dairy giant Dairy Farmers of America reveals accelerator class

By Leonie Barrie

Dairy Farmers of America has revealed the names of businesses taking part in its accelerator programme for 2021.

The Kansas City-based dairy giant’s 2021 DFA CoLab Accelerator, which focuses on innovative dairy products and emerging agricultural technologies, kicks off this week.

This year’s 90-day programme will be attended by start-ups behind concepts including facial recognition software for cows, nanotechnologies to help treat mastitis and a single-serve, snack-sized cheese bar.

Saga Ventures is the name of the fledgling firm behind a cheese snacking bar that DFA said provides “healthy and satiable fuel” between meals. The bars, which have 17g of protein, contain milk, fruits, nuts and spices.

SimpliFed is a second member of the cohort. DFA says the business is developing a “better, personalised organic formula” and nutrition supplements to “bridge the gap between breast milk and infant formula”.

DFA has also selected The Modern Milkman, a start-up that has designed an online platform to offer local products delivered to consumers’ doorsteps on a subscription basis.

Doug Dresslaer, director of innovation at DFA, said: “It’s a very diverse group with some cutting-edge ag-technologies that can help solve problems and benefit our farm family-owners as well as product-focused start-ups that are exploring new possibilities for dairy foods.”

just-food Guide: Hatching new ideas – Big Food’s incubator and accelerator programmes

From the just-food archive, May 2020: Dairy Farmers of America’s Doug Dresslaer on how an accelerator programme can help future-proof US co-op giant

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