Donn Develder started his career with Associated Milk Producers, Incorporated in 1985 as a field representative in northern Minnesota. At the end of this week, he’ll retire as the co-op’s co-president and CEO. Thanks to the global demand for dairy products, Develder sees a bright future for the dairy industry. “If you consider the dairy products that are really in demand, which is cheese, butter and whey, the cheese basket of the U.S. is here in the Midwest,” said Develder. “The proximity to the East Coast, the better off you are. The infrastructure here in the Upper Midwest has always been strong and it’s done nothing but get stronger.” Sheryl Meshke, who has been AMPI’s co-president and CEO since 2015, will continue to lead the company moving forward. The full interview with Develder can be found online.
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