Kleinpeter Farms Dairy products will soon be available in Mississippi grocery stores. It is the first major expansion of the Baton Rouge based company outside of Louisiana.

Rouses supermarkets in Diamondhead, Gulfport, Long Beach and Ocean Springs will begin carrying Kleinpeter products. In addition, students at the historic St. Stanislaus College Preparatory School in Bay St. Louis, Miss., are now being served Kleinpeter milk.

Kleinpeter said the Mississippi expansion was helped, in part, by the close teamwork between Kleinpeter Dairy and Rouses to help get Smith Creamery back in business following the destruction of Smith’s Washington Parish facility in June. Kleinpeter Dairy is packaging and distributing Smith Creamery’s milk and using its distribution network to help Smith’s get into more supermarkets, including into more Rouses.

“As we worked together to help out the Smiths, our teams got to know each other even better so the move into Mississippi is a natural result of that cooperation,” Jeff Kleinpeter said in a statement.