Stewart’s relief to dairy producers comes with increased competitive premiums, by .50 cents from .10/cwt to .60/cwt for the month of May and could be extended into June. In addition, the company is extending their fuel savings with a decreased hauling charge for the month of May.With schools and restaurants closed, the dairy industry is producing 15% more milk than the American public can consume, leading many dairy producers to have no choice but to dump excess milk.
Chris Koval, of Koval Brothers is a third generation dairy farmer that has been working with Stewart’s his entire life. He said, “As a local farm family, we are proud to work with Stewart’s. Our partnership is a true team effort. We work together to put the best product from our cows out to store shelves. It’s gratifying to be able to supply high quality, fresh product to our friends and neighbors. Stewart’s makes it easy to be proud of what we do.”
The company relies on 25 local dairy farms, while many other retailers purchase their milk from co-ops. Stewart’s is in a unique position sourcing their raw milk from local dairies, picking up the milk with their own haulers, and processing and bottling it themselves at their manufacturing plant in Greenfield, NY. This allows them to have more control and efficiency and pass on savings to both the customer and the dairy producer.
Stewart’s has experienced remarkable growth in their dairy products as consumers are purchasing larger take home packages. The growth has also carried over to the all-American comfort food—ice cream. And the timing is perfect with the annual Spring half gallon ice cream sale beginning May 11th, a sure sign people are carefully starting to get back to normal.
Founded in 1945, Stewart’s Shops is an employee and family-owned convenience store chain based in Saratoga Springs, NY. Stewart’s is known for offering milk, ice cream, coffee, Easy Food, gasoline, and other convenience items. Today there are 336 Stewart’s Shops located in 31 counties across upstate New York and southern Vermont.