About UDairy Creamery
YouTube Video Link for Behind the scenes at the UDairy Creamery: youtube.com/watch?v=bh40Kr1eYAE
Funded by a grant from the Unidel Foundation and private donations, the UDairy Creamery is a non-profit, student-run entity of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). Students receive a hands-on, immersive education in the principles of food science, safety and production, dairy science, business management, entrepreneurship, and sustainable agriculture.
The UDairy Creamery, funded by a grant from the UNIDEL foundation and private donations, is intended to communicate to our students about the principles of dairy production, food science and safety, environmentally sound agriculture, business management and finance, and – perhaps most important – how we can sustain agriculture in the face of land use change by incorporating all of these principles into a modern dairy farm.
We began our creamery efforts in the summer of 2008 under the supervison of Dan Severson by forming a CANR Creamery committee consisting of faculty, students, and staff from all academic departments and Cooperative Extension. In the fall semester, four CANR students (Dan Meany, Matthew Gow, Myra Gemmill, and Caitlin Sheffer) worked as a planning team with Dr. Carl Toensmeyer in the department of Food and Resource Economics and developed a Strategic Marketing Plan that has provided valuable guidance to our planning efforts for the “UDairy” Creamery.
UDairy Creamery Timeline Through the Years
2008 - Four interns write a business plan
2010 - Break ground with Unidel Grant
2011 - UDairy Open!
2013 - First University to have an ice cream truck
2015 - Undergrad course on Science of Ice cream begins
2017 - Receive 2nd grant to build a cheese production and ice cream processing facility
2019 - Open the Genuardi Food Innvoation lab and start making cheese
2021 - Open UDairy Creamery Cafe on Main Street!