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Walmart Announces Plan for New Milk Processing Plant in Valdosta, Georgia

Oct. 12, 2023
Retailer will own and operate the new Georgia facility, which is expected to open in 2025.

Walmart will build a new milk processing facility in Valdosta, Ga., to meet the growing demand of its customers, according to a release published by the company. The new facility will be owned and operated by the retailer, and the company will break ground on it later this year, with an anticipated opening date in 2025.

It is expected to create nearly 400 jobs in the community and help Walmart solidify its supply chain and increase its transparency in sourcing. According to the announcement, the facility will source ingredients from local farmers, then process and bottle a variety of product sizes and types, include gallons, half-gallons, whole milk, 2%, 1%, skim, and 1% chocolate milk — under the Great Value and Member’s Mark brands.

Products from this facility are expected to reach more than 750 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the southeast U.S. Walmart’s first milk processing facility was opened in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2018.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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