Kleinpeter Farms Dairy will begin packaging and distributing milk products from fellow south Louisiana dairy company Smith Creamery after that company’s crippling explosion and fire on June 22.
Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms, made the offer to Smith in an effort to get the family farm back on its feet, Kleinpeter announced in a joint news conference with Smith Creamery officials Monday.
“We are some kind of excited to be doing this for a Louisiana family,” Kleinpeter said.
Kleinpeter will package Smith’s whole and fat-free milk as well as half-and-half cream and heavy cream. The Smith milk will continue to be processed just as before — with pasteurization, but will not be homogenized. The products will also be loaded onto trucks Monday afternoon ready for distribution to all 50 stores that used to carry the Smith products before the explosion shut down the Mount Hermon plant.
There are no specifics yet regarding how long the partnership agreement would last, Kleinpeter said.
“We’re very appreciative,” Warren Smith, owner of Smith Creamery said in a statement. “We know they don’t have to do this. They’ve given us hope.”