Market Overview

Darigold Expands Global Operations


Strengthens customer relationships through new direct overseas network

. announces it will substantially expand its global customer
service and long-term commitment to growth in international markets. The
company is creating an overseas sales, service and distribution network
to strengthen its valued international relationships. So far, Darigold
has opened offices in Mexico City, Singapore and Shanghai, and expects
to expand to more countries soon.

Darigold projects it will grow from serving roughly 20 countries today
to serve 40 or more countries in the near future. The company will also
offer deeper product customization capabilities along with solutions
tailored for customer and country specific needs. More than 40 percent
of Darigold farm milk production goes into export products today, and
Darigold expects that to surpass 50 percent in coming years, in addition
to overall farm production growth.

Customer needs and expectations for more personalized service and
technically advanced solutions are increasing rapidly with rising global
demand and developing world incomes. Customers expect a long-term,
sustainable supply source through direct relationships with
sophisticated suppliers. Given the sustainable nature of Northwest
agriculture, Darigold's coastal proximity to global ports, and its
owners' long-term commitment to excellence, Darigold is well positioned
to serve these expanding needs.

While Darigold will maintain its headquarters in Seattle, it is hiring
employees overseas to support the development and expansion of its
international network to connect Northwest dairy to the rest of the

"We are excited to expand with new in-house international capabilities
and better serve our customers worldwide through a direct network,"
Darigold President and CEO Stan Ryan said. "With an expanded global
team, Darigold can fully realize the potential of providing Northwest
dairy products' unique sustainability, quality, nutrition and taste to
the world."

Founded in 1918, Darigold is celebrating its 100-year anniversary
by accelerating its multigenerational effort to bring the unique
goodness of Northwest dairy to the world. This expansion of Darigold's
capabilities reinforces its position as a leading global ingredients
provider and sets the company on a path for the next century of growth.

For more information regarding international sales and distribution,
please contact Jonathan Spurway at
For regional sales information, contact Ashwini Law (Asia, Middle East
and North Africa) at,
Eugenio Massieu (Latin America) at
or Michael Feeney (U.S.) at

About Darigold

Headquartered in Seattle, Darigold, Inc. is the marketing and processing
subsidiary of Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), which is owned by
nearly 500 dairy farm families. NDA members ship approximately 10
billion pounds of milk annually from farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho
and Montana. Darigold, Inc. produces a full line of dairy-based products
for retail, foodservice, commodity and specialty markets, and is one of
the largest U.S. dairy processors. Darigold, Inc. operates 11 plants
throughout the Northwest, processing high-quality milk produced by its
dairy farm families. For more information, see

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