Our predecessor cooperatives come from a rich tradition of dairying: Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative in Baraboo, Wis., and Golden Guernsey Dairy Cooperative in Milwaukee, consolidated to create Foremost Farms USA in 1995. Also in 1995, Foremost Farms acquired the Morning Glory Farms Region of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. In 2009, Foremost Farms exited the fluid milk and sour cream business in order to focus on processing and marketing cheese, dairy ingredients and butter to national and international customers and marketing bulk fluid milk in the region.
Wisconsin Dairies was a combination of 38 individual dairy organizations, including some that began operating in the late 1890s. In 1963, Wisconsin Creamery Company Cooperative in Sauk City, Wis., and Wisconsin Cooperative Creamery Association, Union Center, Wis., consolidated to form Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative. Wisconsin Dairies continued to grow through mergers and acquisitions. Today, Foremost Farms’ headquarters is located in Baraboo.
Founded in Milwaukee in 1930, by 1936 the cooperative had grown from one home-delivery route with 85 customers to 85 routes with 20,000 home-delivery customers. It continued to grow and produce milk packaged in cartons for store delivery, phasing out home delivery in the late 1960s. When Golden Guernsey Dairy Cooperative consolidated with Wisconsin Dairies Cooperative on Jan. 1, 1995, the business had two milk packaging plants – one in Wausau, Wis., and one in Waukesha, Wis.; a cheese plant in Chilton, Wis., a drying plant in Sparta, Wis., and a juice packaging plant in Madison, Wis.
The result of a merger of Morning Glory Farms Cooperative (originally organized as Consolidated Badger in Shawano County, Wis., in 1931) and Mid-States AMPI in 1986, Morning Glory Farms Region had members and operations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Both parent organizations had grown through mergers and acquisitions with many cooperatives, including Pure Milk Association in Chicago; Pure Milk Producers Cooperative in Fond du Lac, Wis.; Madison Milk Producers Cooperative in Madison, Wis.; and Central Indiana Dairymen’s Association in Indianapolis. When Foremost Farms acquired the Morning Glory Farms Region of AMPI on Dec. 1, 1995, the cooperative had plants in Appleton, De Pere, Hillsboro, Arena and Abbotsford Wis., a milk transfer station in Eleroy, Ill., a corporate office in Shawano, Wis., and a marketing office in Indianapolis, Ind.