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Kemps' history of developing new
products and fun frozen flavors has
made it a treasured brand in its region.
by Pamela Accetta Smith | pasmith@sosland.com
S
ince 1914, Kemps has been
delighting families throughout the
upper Midwest with wholesome
and delicious dairy products. Today,
Kemps is a farmer-owned brand and
wholly-owned subsidiary of Dairy
Farmers of America (DFA) with 100%
of its profits going to dairy farmers and
their families.
From its beginnings as a small
creamery in Southeastern Minnesota,
Kemps has extended its roots to include
the manufacture and marketing of fresh
milk, premium ice cream and frozen
yogurt, frozen novelties, sour cream,
and cottage cheese through retail
supermarkets and food service channels.
THE BEGINNING
William Kemps and Walter Lathrop
joined together to form the LathropKemps
Ice Cream Company, at 222
Fifth Street, Minneapolis, in 1914. It is
considered the birthplace of Kemps. By
1916, The Lathrop-Kemps Ice Cream
plant was producing 30 tons of ice
cream per day and averaged 260 gallons
of ice cream per hour.
The Kemps Ice Cream Company was
sold to its St. Paul competitor, Crescent
Creamery, in 1924. By 1961, a merger of
Crescent, Kemps and Marigold Dairies
of Wisconsin would create Marigold
Foods. The merger modernized and
expanded each brand. From 1961 to
1967, Marigold Foods doubled in size.
In 2002, Marigold Foods formally
changed its company name to Kemps.
In 2011, DFA purchased Kemps, giving
the company the resources of its 12,500
members. The following year, Kemps
purchased Cass-Clay, the leading dairy
in North Dakota.
Headquartered today in St.
Paul, Minn., Kemps operates six
manufacturing facilities in Minnesota,
Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa, and
has more than 1,200 employees.
THE KEMPS WAY
Greg Kurr, president of Kemps and
group vice president of DFA Dairy
Brands, said the purpose at Kemps is to
" nourish families. "
" We do this by providing greattasting,
wholesome dairy products that
nourish families and promote happiness;
through the support we provide each
other as a family of employees; through
the engagement of our employees in the
communities we serve; and through the
return we provide for our farmer owners
and their families, " he said.
Kurr said Kemps also empowers
its employees to live by its core
values - integrity, passion,
performance, quality,
innovation and accountability.
" We call this the 'Kemps
Way' and we are committed
to living by these behaviors
each and every day within the
workplace, with our customers
and in the communities in which
DAIRYPROCESSING.COM | MAR-APR 2023 17
Left: A team from
Kemps prepares
donations for its
Giving Cow program.
Below: Greg Kurr,
president of Kemps
and group vice
president of DFA
Dairy Brands.
Kemps
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