Lamers Dairy introduces Easter Eggnog for a Limited Time Only

Lamers Dairy introduces Easter Eggnog for a Limited Time Only

Customers can enjoy traditional holiday eggnog for the upcoming Easter holiday

Lamers Dairy in Appleton, WI, is eager to share the limited release of a classic holiday favorite, eggnog. Just in time for the upcoming Easter holiday, Lamers Dairy is introducing a special run of their well-loved product for customers to enjoy.

Available in half gallons, Lamers Dairy Dairyland’s Best Easter Eggnog will be available directly at our on-site Lamers Dairy Country Store in Appleton and available at select retailers in the region like Woodman’s, Festival Foods and Piggly Wiggly store locations, among other retailers.

The delicious traditional holiday eggnog features hints of nutmeg paired with farm fresh rBGH-free milk.

Lamers Dairy has proudly never bottled milk containing rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormones) artificial hormones. These artificial hormones stimulate the cows to produce more milk. Through additional quality testing, and a required notarized affidavit signed by farmers, Lamers Dairy offers a higher quality, more consistent product.

“Customers near and far have come to love our regular eggnog so we thought offering it during the Easter holiday is another way for them to enjoy it around their family table this upcoming holiday,” shared Mark Lamers, President, Lamers Dairy.

Customers can visit the Lamers Dairy Country Store at N410 Speel School Road in Appleton off of Highway 441 and College Avenue (CE) to find Easter Eggnog for a limited time. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Spectrum News: Lamers Dairy in Appleton celebrates 110 years in business

Spectrum News: Lamers Dairy in Appleton celebrates 110 years in business

APPLETON, Wis. — Wisconsin has lost 64,000 dairy farms in the last five decades, according to the Wisconsin State Farmer. The future of Wisconsin’s dairy production may be under some pressure, but one dairy in northeast Wisconsin is celebrating more than a century in business.

What You Need To Know
  • Since 1913, five generations of the Lamers family have provided the highest quality dairy products to families in Wisconsin and beyond
  • Customers can watch their milk being processed at the Appleton dairy farm
  • Lamers trademark glass bottled milk is the customers favorite product
  • 10,000 plastic bottles and 5,000 glass bottles roll off the assembly line daily

Mark Lamers is the President of Lamers Dairy. Lamers said milk has always been a part of his life. He said Lamers Dairy started when his great-grandfather Jacob Lamers sold his first cans of milk to families in Kimberly, Wisconsin in 1913. Three generations later, Lamers said he was working on his family’s dairy farm.

“I grew up in a family of eight kids. And at one point in the other, everybody in the family worked here, whether it was on the weekends, or they did it for their full-time job,” Mark Lamers said.

The cans eventually gave way to glass bottles. The milk is also no longer processed in the countryside. Lamers said he brought the dairy to customers in Appleton.

“When we built the facility here, we said it’d be nice for our customers to be able to come in and see the milk being bottled. Then they can watch the milk, go right to the filling machines right in your cooler, and buy that same milk right off our store shelf,” Lamers said.

Ten thousand plastic gallons and five thousand glass bottles of milk roll off the assembly lines daily.

Eric McGuire has worked at Lamers for 18 years. He’s currently the vice president of business operations. McGuire said the Lamers trademark glass bottle is a customer favorite.

“They are just a little bit more sustainable. Our customers number one liked the way the product tasted and the glass better,” Eric McGuire said.

It’s no surprise that there’s another popular product at Lamers Dairy.

“Our cheese boxes which you can find in our retail store. We do about 3000 cheese boxes a year,” McGuire said.

While milk may be the golden ticket, Lamers said patience and keeping his shelves stocked with other high-quality dairy products has helped them in business for more than a century.

“A slow steady growth is what my father always taught us growing up in the business and never put too much into one one source,” Lamers said.

Lamers said he’s thankful he’s part of continuing a business started 110 years ago.

“It’s quite an accomplishment that Lamers is a family business that my great grandfather started. There’s not a lot of people that can say that. Being blessed with our operation and what we do, how we do things. It’s been a great joy to do that and we hope we can continue that going forward,” Lamers said.

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Midwest Farm Weekly: Life on the Farm – Lamers Dairy

Midwest Farm Weekly: Life on the Farm – Lamers Dairy

(WFRV) – This week we celebrated “National Milk Day” in honor of the day the first glass bottled milk was delivered to customers.

Lamers Dairy in Appleton still uses glass to package some of its products. They source milk from farms within 30 miles of their plant.

The company is celebrating a milestone 110 years in business.

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WBAY: COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Eggnog for the Holidays

WBAY: COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Eggnog for the Holidays

A fifth-generation family in the Fox Valley is celebrating 110 years in business this year, and every December, thousands of customers enjoy one of their holiday specialties: Eggnog

Lamers Dairy is the largest producer of eggnog in Northeast Wisconsin.

“This is a good time of year because it’s something that we do that’s a little bit special and unique and a little bit different than just fluid dairy milk,” said Eric Mcguire, the VP of Business Operations at Lamers Dairy.

“We’ve been doing it ever since we’ve been in business, it’s a holiday treat and I think this year when I look at the numbers, we’ll be somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 gallons of just eggnog,” said Mark Lamers, the President of Lamers Dairy.

As one of only three fluid milk plants left in the state of Wisconsin, Lamers is all about quality, and it’s found the right formula for a successful business model.

“In our programs with our farmers, what we do is we pay them an extra premium for producing the highest quality milk possible and by doing that our customers have come to recognize that good quality product, so they support us,” said Lamers. “As long as you keep putting out a good quality product, people will keep buying it.”

While the vast majority of milk from dairy farms in the state goes into cheesemaking, Lamers has five farms, all within 30 miles, that supply their award-winning milk.

“It all starts on the farm, until the day I die I’m going to give all the credit to our farmers because I always think it’s like a computer, garbage in, garbage out, so if we don’t get that good quality milk into our processing facility, we can’t make a good product,” said Lamers. “If we can make people’s lives better by producing a good quality product, makes them feel better, then that’s all part of it too.”

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Dairy Star: Bottling milk for over a century

Dairy Star: Bottling milk for over a century

Lamers Dairy supporting local family farms since 1913

The Post Crescent: The secret to success: Kosher milk, glass bottles help Lamers Dairy reach 110 years

The Post Crescent: The secret to success: Kosher milk, glass bottles help Lamers Dairy reach 110 years

Alexandria Bursiek Kloehn Appleton Post-Crescent | USA TODAY NETWORK – WISCONSIN
KIMBERLY — On Dec. 13, 1913 Jacob Lamers Sr. and Petronella Lamers opened Lamers Dairy. 110 years later, the dairy is still bottling milk in the same place it all started in Kimberly. h In 1913, the Lamers sold milk from their own dairy farm, distributing raw milk in preserve cans to Kimberly residents on foot. Only a year later, milk was delivered by horse and buggy in the business’ first milk cart.
Now, Lamers Dairy bottles milk from seven Northeastern Wisconsin farms, the farthest of which is only 30 miles from the Lamers Dairy plant and retail store at N410 Speel School Road in Appleton. The plant is one of only three bottling plants left in Wisconsin, said Mark Lamers, president of Lamers Dairy. According to the Federal Milk Marketing Order Program, there are nine plants left in the upper midwest — only 15 years ago, there were 27. The other Wisconsin plants are owned by Kemps and Kwik Trip, which bottles its own milk products.
Two factors lead to long-term success Lamers attributes the business’s longevity to the quality of the milk they receive from local farms and their dedication to serving niche markets.
Lamers said he is frequently asked, “why is it your milk tastes so much better than the competition?” His answer, “I firmly believe it always starts on the farm, we pay our producers a premium to get us the highest quality milk possible … We try to support the community and support the local family farms.”
Last month, the plant processed roughly 1.8 million pounds of milk, its most ever. For comparison, the plant processed a million pounds for the first time in 2013. Today, Lamers Dairy has 36 full and part-time employees and bottles five days a week. In addition to milk products, the plant also produces other dairy bases for small Wisconsin businesses. For example, the plant premixes the ice cream base for Kelley Country Creamery. The Fond du Lac-area business then adds their own flavoring to the base they received from Lamers.
Twenty percent of Lamers milk products are bottled in glass bottles, something Eric McGuire, the company’s vice president of business operations, says makes them different from other bottlers in the state.
The use of glass bottles allows the company to play on the nostalgia of the past, since plastic and even cardboard milk packaging has been the norm for decades. Additionally, the glass bottles, McGuire said, are more sustainable. Customers who use them are encouraged to return the bottles for a discount on future products and they are cleaned and reused. In May, the plant purchased a new bottle cleaning machine to make the process more efficient.
“It’s developed into a niche market for us,” Lamers said. “People like that they can return it and there’s not empty plastic bottles going back to the landfill.”
Additionally, Lamers said, milk tastes better from a glass bottle.
“For me, I always think milk tastes better in glass,” he said. “It holds its integrity, its flavor, a little bit better.”
Another niche product Lamers offers is kosher milk. The dairy has been selling the product for more than 30 years and still distributes the milk to the Orthodox Jewish community, mostly in the Chicago area but also to Detroit, St. Louis and some western states.
Lamers said niche markets really appeal to Lamers Dairy because of their size, being a small business makes them a great fit for small or unique orders — something that’s been true for decades.
In 1999, Tom Lamers, the then-sales manager for the dairy, was quoted in the Post-Crescent. “ The reason these guys are calling us is because the big guys (in bottling) won’t do it,” he said about the dairy’s sale of glass bottled milk and Kosher milk. “And the little guys aren’t around anymore.”
Five generations push business to more than 200 retail stores
Despite the dairy’s age, the business has remained in the family. Today it’s run by fourth and fifth generation family members.
McGuire, who is a fifth-generation family member, said Lamers reached out to him roughly 18 years ago about working for the family business.
“I thought there’s an opportunity to really contribute to the family history and family legacy,” McGuire said.
Both McGuire and Lamers said they are excited to see the next generation of family members and employees take on the business.
“It’s definitely our intent to keep things in the family and keep growing and focusing on the development of our people,” McGuire said.
Lamers Dairy products are available in more than 200 retail stores in the Midwest or at the retail location in Appleton.
More information can be found at lamersdairyinc. com. The Lamers Dairy retail store is open 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Alexandria Bursiek Kloehn is a business reporter for the Appleton Post-Crescent.
You can reach her at abursiekkloehn@

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