Maola Milk operations move to Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A milk production plant in North Carolina is closing its doors and sending some of its operations to the Virginia Peninsula.

Maola Milk & Ice Cream Company announced Wednesday it will close its New Bern plant in July and that operations will move to Newport News and High Point, N.C., according to WITN-TV.

“The brand is owned by the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and its products are popular throughout the Southeast grocery stores,” the WITN report said.

A company spokeswoman told WITN the reasons behind the move are threefold:

  • There is a decline in national milk consumption.
  • A competitive market is forcing consolidations and closures of plants across the Southeast.
  • It is more effective to move production facilities closer to population centers and customers.

Plant general manager Danny Lovell told WITN another factor is most of of the company’s raw milk supply comes from the Western part of the state, making it expensive to bring the milk to New Bern for processing just to truck it back for sale.

Maola has not released any information about how many jobs the move will create in Newport News.

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