As our global population continues to expand, the importance of both food safety and productivity are increasingly paramount to our continued wellbeing. A number of people and companies in and around Amarillo are a part of this critical food technology industry.
Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center
Balancing the food supply needs with the impact of our environment has long been a global concern. Through this research center in Amarillo, scientists are working to improve productivity, quality, safety and profitability of agricultural products while sustaining or enhancing environmental quality and stewardship.
This local dairy has grown and evolved over the years, just like the city of Amarillo itself. Their recent $10 million expansion added new buildings, cold storage silos and technology upgrades to keep up with the latest federal regulations. The expansion coincided with Plains Dairy’s 80th anniversary, toasted with milk and cookies.
Although in neighboring Dalhart, TX, Hilmar Cheese is an example of how the Amarillo EDC works to best serve the needs of the broader community and of businesses. Through the ongoing advancements in productivity and quality, Hilmar Cheese is able to serve customers in more than 50 countries. Their state-of-the-art Texas facility is strategically positioned in a growing dairy region and provides their company with better access to their east coast customer base. Our steady supply of fresh milk ensures consistent, year-round availability of their cheese products.
Inspired in part by the success of Hilmar Cheese, Pacific Cheese selected Amarillo for an additional production in their portfolio. Their products are widely available throughout the US as they process the cheese on behalf of Sargento as well as Wal-Mart.