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Environmentally Friendly Oakhurst Dairy To Supply Seven Maine College Campuses

Portland, Maine (March 01, 2010) - Oakhurst Dairy today announced that it has been chosen as the official supplier of local Maine dairy products to six campuses in the University of Maine system and Northern Maine Community College served by ARAMARK Higher Education. Oakhurst Dairy supports the schools’ commitment to buying local, environmentally friendly products.

Oakhurst Dairy products will be featured at six University of Maine system campuses—Augusta, Farmington, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, Machias, and the University of Southern Maine—and at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle. 

In total, Oakhurst products, which include various types of milk, flavored milk, cottage cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, will be used in food preparation and catering operations in seven residential dining rooms, and sold in approximately 17 retail locations on the campuses. 

“When people think of Oakhurst Dairy, they think local,” said Mark Allen, Senior Food Service Director at the University of Southern Maine.  “That’s a great fit for us because Oakhurst is actively committed to Maine communities and is a recognized leader in reducing its carbon footprint.”

According to Allen, administrators within the university system have set sustainability and social responsibility goals, and cited Oakhurst’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as a key element which will help to support the schools’ pro-environment efforts. 

“It means a lot to us to be chosen as the dairy supplier to these colleges.  We value this opportunity to be a part of daily life on their campuses,” added Oakhurst President Stan Bennett.  “Every Oakhurst employee is committed to producing the freshest dairy products available on the market, and doing so in an environmentally conscious way, and it’s fulfilling to see our commitment in this area recognized in this way.”

In the past 18 months, Oakhurst has installed solar panel arrays on its facilities in Portland and Waterville, deployed the dairy industry’s first fuel-saving hybrid delivery truck, and is outfitting 25 of its large semi-trailer delivery trucks with drag-reducing aerodynamic skirts. 

“In our view, the whole point of buying local is to be better to the environment by reducing the emissions required to produce, package and transport a product.  Oakhurst does that on all fronts,” noted Allen.

The third generation, family-owned company is northern New England’s largest independent dairy, and purchases its milk directly from over 75 local Maine dairy farms.  It currently services other colleges in the state, including Southern Maine Community College, Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin. 

About Oakhurst Dairy

Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 89 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, contributing 10% of profits to local organizations that promote healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com.  

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