Courtesy of Darigold Inc.
Darigold Rainier plant

Darigold CEO Departs; Chairman Named Interim CEO

Dec. 5, 2023
Board chairman Allan Huttema will take the reins from Joe Coote, who is leaving the company to return to his native Australia.

Darigold Inc. has announced the departure of CEO Joe Coote from the company and the naming of board chairman Allan Huttema to interim CEO effective immediately. Coote, who had spent three years with the company and became CEO of Darigold in January 2022, plans to return to his native Australia, a company release said.

The Seattle-based dairy processor is entrenched in a multi-year transformational journey to modernize and globalize its business, focused on production capacity expansion via a brand new facility under construction in Pasco, Wash. The company also states it is modernizing its systems, reinvesting in its iconic, 100-year-old brand and refocusing its culture on excellence in execution.

Huttema has served on Darigold’s board for nine years and is one of the company’s 300 farmer-owners. He has held the role of chairman for the past three years. This move is just the latest leadership team change for the dairy producer, with the company having named Dan Hofmeister to president of its business-to-consumer division and Chris Rowe to president of its business-to-business division. Dan Bukowski also was named to senior vice president of sales recently.

Darigold is the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association (NDA), which is owned by nearly 300 family-owned farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and handles approximately 10 billion pounds of milk annually. The company produces a full line of dairy products for retail, foodservice, commodity, and specialty markets, and is one of the largest U.S. dairy processors, operating 11 plants throughout the northwest and satellite offices in Mexico City, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. It is currently building the aforementioned 12th plant in Pasco, Wash., which is slated to open in 2024.

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.

Sponsored Recommendations

Learn About: Micro Motion™ 4700 Config I/O Coriolis Transmitter

An Advanced Transmitter that Expands Connectivity

Micro Motion™ G-Series Coriolis Flow and Density Meter

Micro Motion G-Series: market-leading compact design featuring advanced process diagnostic capability.

Embracing Sustainability using Advanced Measurement Instrumentation

A practical guide to greeningyour brewing operationsusing advanced measurementinstrumentation.

Get Hands-On Training in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment

Enhance the training experience and increase retention by training hands-on in Emerson's Interactive Plant Environment. Build skills here so you have them where and when it matters...