Who is

DairiConcepts?

DairiConcepts works on the innovative side of the food ingredient industry. We create products and solutions that solve food brands’ most pertinent issues. Better flavors. Creamier textures. Cleaner label foods. As fast as consumers’ tastes change, we’re faster.

Mission / Values

Our mission

DairiConcepts opens possibilities for a better food industry.

 

Our values

  • Exceptional products – we have an uncompromising commitment to quality, consistency, reliability and food safety.
  • Integrity – we do the right thing regardless of the consequence.
  • Creativity – we find new solutions grounded in customer insights.
  • Collaboration – we work together with an attitude of partnership and cooperation.
  • Service – we strive to exceed the expectations of customers, co-workers and the community.

We lean on our values for your satisfaction

We seek to earn the business and trust of innovative food companies by partnering with them to accomplish the extraordinary in making outstanding food. We will lean on our culture of ingenuity, integrity and collaboration to pursue our vision, resulting in absolute satisfaction for our customers.

Event Schedule

DairiConcepts is at the forefront of food technology and demonstrates its global reach at trade shows and expositions. We join hundreds of exhibitors to showcase our ingredients and retail private label grated cheeses to buyers, brokers and distributors.

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Our Company

We’re a large yet nimble company. We operate 10 facilities in the United States, including 8 manufacturing plants and two food laboratories. We serve major food brands, foodservice providers, restaurants and private label food companies. We’re also an international company serving North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

DairiConcepts is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, a national dairy co-op of 14,000 members.

Quality Control

Our processes & controls help ensure your complete satisfaction

DairiConcepts operates an established, well-documented quality and food safety management system backed by a corporate culture devoted to continuous improvement. All eight manufacturing facilities have received the globally-recognized Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code Level 3 certification, the most comprehensive and highest attainable food safety assurance level within the SQF Code.

The scope of this system encompasses industry-standard development, manufacturing and packaging of cheese, cheese and dairy powders, dairy concentrates, cheese analogues, non-dairy creamers, infant formula, nutritional products and other unique dairy products.

DairiConcepts prides itself on superior customer service and technical support but does not provide quality assurance services as a contract business function unrelated to production.

Quality certifications & procedures

DairiConcepts partners with customers and suppliers to ensure quality throughout the entire product lifecycle. Our controls meet or exceed industry standards and include:

  • SQF Code Level 3 certification
  • Documented processes and systems
  • Root cause analyses
  • Vendor certifications
  • USDA approved when required
  • Organic, kosher and halal certification
Vendor requirements

Our vendors are carefully selected based on their conformance to our Supplier Food Safety and Quality Expectations Manual along with risk analysis and auditing per FDA FSMA. Conformance to ingredient specification requirements for sensory, micro, chemical and physical examinations, shelf life and food defense expectations are also evaluated—all focused on the resulting flavor, quality and consistency of our products.

Sustainability

Our philosophy

DairiConcepts is committed to sustainability that promotes a better food industry and the well-being of future generations. As an ingredient supplier, we also work in concert with our customers’ sustainability efforts.

Environmental sustainability

To protect our environment, our manufacturing plants use energy-conserving technologies. We have programs in place to ensure energy and waste-reduction targets are met. These include but are not limited to:

  • Solid waste reduction through recycling of selected materials
  • Energy reduction through the use of high-efficiency lighting, burners, motors and insulated equipment
  • Water conservation and wastewater reduction through plant system improvements
  • Fuel and transportation savings through freight consolidation
  • Emissions reduction through pursuing innovative technologies
Economic sustainability

We build lasting relationships with our customers through reliable, high-quality, safe products. Our eight manufacturing facilities are SQF Code Level 3-certified, the highest attainable food safety assurance level within the SQF Code. Working with our suppliers and customers, we are finding new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable. This creates long-term value for our shareholders and customers and stable employment for our work force.

Social sustainability

Nearly 500 employees in eight locations rely on us for competitive wages, educational opportunities, training for accident-free workplaces and health care and retirement benefits.

Encouraged to give back to their communities, our employees are involved in charities, civic groups, schools and local sports teams. By serving these organizations and directly helping families in need, they are improving their communities for the future.

Food Safety

Food safety is as much of a science here as product innovation. We’re constantly working on advanced food safety and quality assurance. We’re committed to leading the pack in  food safety, product quality and customer satisfaction.

Partnering with Innovative Manufacturers

DairiConcepts offers food manufacturers cheese and dairy powders, concentrated pastes, topical snack seasoning blends and hard Italian cheeses.

Do you have a special flavor and/or function to express? We can customize powders or pastes to meet it and can fine-tune flavor notes.

Need to know how the market will respond to your product? We measure, analyze and interpret sensory responses in a controlled, ASTM-compliant environment with trained panelists.

DairiConcepts’ ingredients are manufactured under a well-documented Quality and Food Safety Management System. Our eight manufacturing facilities have received Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 Certification, the highest level attainable.

To reduce your production costs, we can help you design innovative strategies and ingredients to meet your needs.

Giving Back

Partners in opportunity for others 

We encourage compassion for people in our communities, especially to relieve hunger, abuse and poverty. Though the challenges are great, when we partner with organizations that share our mission, we can and do make a difference. As service to others is a core value of ours, we give back to our communities in two ways: at the corporate level in Springfield, MO and at the community level via our operations across the United States.

 

Giving Back from Headquarters

Our corporate headquarters in Springfield, MO supports Ozarks Food Harvest, The Child Advocacy Center, the SAAF spay neuter clinic and other causes and organizations employees have recommended, such as the Alzheimer’s Association and select educational scholarships and school sports teams.

Individual community giving

Employees at each of our locations have the latitude to support needs in their own communities as they appear. We also partner with charitable organizations to provide them long-term support.

Our various locations collect and organize donations for food pantries, participate in charity walks/runs and sell our products at fairs to benefit fire departments. We support the Angel Tree in Clark County, WI, which provides for families at Christmas, and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Pennsylvania Hospital Service.

Working With DairiConcepts

DairiConcepts is committed to operating with high ethical standards in supplying the global food industry with high-quality, dairy-based ingredients produced in a business culture of integrity, innovation and customer focus.

As a member of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), we share our practices with other Sedex member companies with which we do business. This includes labor standards, health and safety, environment and business ethics. We also participate in SMETA 4-Pillar audits.

Sedex is a not-for-profit, global database that stores information on suppliers in four key areas: labor standards, health and safety, environment and business ethics.

As our growth and impact as a leading supplier of dairy-based solutions continue, we’ll continually monitor and improve our procedures.

California Transparency in Supply Chains Acts

In compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, DairiConcepts addresses below each of the five sections of the Act.

Verification: DairiConcepts does not conduct periodic risk assessments of its supply chain to evaluate the risks of human trafficking and slavery.

Auditing: DairiConcepts does not perform audits of suppliers for the purpose evaluating supplier compliance with company standards for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains.

Certification: As of July 1, 2015, DairiConcepts instructs its direct suppliers, as part of DairiConcepts’ Supplier Code of Conduct, to ensure that materials used in the products purchased by DairiConcepts comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking.

Internal Accountability: DairiConcepts diligently enforces its implied internal policies and procedures to ensure that DairiConcepts employees and contract-employees meet the standards regarding slavery and human trafficking.

Training: DairiConcepts does not at this time conduct periodic training to educate and train employees with direct responsibility for supply chain management of the risks of slavery and human trafficking and ways to mitigate those risks specific to DairiConcepts’ supply chain.

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