Methods and costs of processing and delivering fresh concentrated milk in rural areas

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1955-11-01
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Utter, K.
Rosenberger, W.
Homme, H.
Shepherd, Geoffrey
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The Department of Dairy Industry of Iowa State College started marketing fresh concentrated milk in rural areas in July, 1951. Five experimental rural delivery routes were established within a four-county area around Ames. The concentrate was sold to a vendor who delivered it to rural customers on a one-delivery per- week basis. Soon after the process was perfected at Iowa State College, Prairie Farms Creamery adapted it to facilities at their Henry, 111., plant. Prairie Farms added fresh concentrate to previously established country cream pickup routes in a 13-county area. The processing procedures and sales experiences in these rural markets in central Iowa and central Illinois are the basis for the present study. The study attempts to ( 1) outline the methods for processing fresh concentrate, (2) discover something about the characteristics of fresh concentrate customers, (3) estimate costs for delivering fresh concentrate to rural areas and (4) estimate the costs of processing fresh concentrate.

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