Maine organic milk company to stay open

Posted Sept. 03, 2010, at 10:33 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine farmer-owned organic milk company is going to keep processing milk after all.

David Bright, of Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOOMilk, says a number of individuals and foundations have provided enough money to enable the company to sell its product to two Maine food banks.

The Augusta-based MOOMilk had said it would suspend production on Sunday because it was out of money.

Bright said the company didn’t have enough cash on hand to keep processing milk, but it does now.

“The fiscal crisis we underwent at the beginning of this week brought a number of other Maine families to us, as well,” Bright wrote in a commentary. “The public understands that increased milk sales are the key to our survival. Not only have we seen an uptick in consumer sales, people are stepping up to help food banks make our organic milk available to families who otherwise could not afford to buy it.”

MOOMilk was formed last year after Hood didn’t renew its contract for organic milk with 10 Maine farms.

It buys milk from six Maine farms. Its organic milk is distributed to 150 stores in Maine and New Hampshire.

Corrections: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the city in which Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. was based. It is Augusta. The story also misstated the number of stores to which the company distributes. The correct number is 150.

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