Courtesy of Walmart

Walmart to Build its Third Milk Processing Facility, in Robinson, Texas

March 7, 2024
New milk plant continues the retailer’s expansion into processing its own products, and will be the third of its kind for the company in the U.S.

Walmart today shared plans to build and open a milk processing plant in Robinson, Texas, in 2026 — its third owned and operated facility in the U.S. The new plant is expected to create nearly 400 jobs for the community and source its milk primarily from Texas dairy farmers, the company release stated. Robinson is a part of the Waco, Texas, metropolitan area, some 100 miles south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Walmart believes the facility will help it increase the transparency and resiliency of its milk supply chain, helping consumers know where their milk is sourced and that it will be available when they need it. The new facility will process gallons and half-gallons of whole, 2%, 1%, skim and 1% chocolate milk for Walmart’s Great Value and Sam’s Club’s Member’s Mark brands, serving more than 750 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

This is not Walmart’s first foray into the food processing space. Walmart opened its first milk processing facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2018 — the second facility is expected to open in Valdosta, Ga., in 2025. In addition, Walmart has moved into case-ready beef processing with a facility already open in Thomasville, Ga., and one on the way in Olathe, Kan. It has made equity investments and long-term commercial agreements with Sustainable Beef LLC and vertical farming company Plenty over the years.

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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