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Hunter Farms to Begin Tours for School Children
School classes can take a tour to learn how milk goes to market!
Harris Teeter and Hunter Farms are proud to announce that educational tours are now available at our dairy plant. Children can learn how cow's milk reaches their dinner table, how ice cream is made and what pasteurization and homogenization mean. Classes can also see how Hunter Farms processes 130,000 gallons of milk each day and learn that it takes 22,000 cows to make that much milk!

Started in 1917 by Harvey B. Hunter, Hunter Dairy has been an integral part of Harris Teeter since October 1980. The operation has grown from delivering the raw milk, obtained from a small dairy herd, to one that procures milk from 200 dairy farmers across a five-state area. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is approaching $80 million dollars in sales.

Hunter Farms supplies ice cream, milk, and other dairy products to Harris Teeter stores under the brand names of Hunter Farms, Hunter All-Natural, Hunter Homemade, Highland Crest and Harris Teeter and Denali. Hunter Farms also supplies dairy products to major corporations such as Wendy's and McDonald's.

Hunter Farms plant tours will begin on Wednesday, October 1, 2003. Tours can be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and will last about one hour. The tours are limited to classes of 25 students or less.

School classes will receive a brochure about Hunter Farms which includes a lesson on the history of the company. They will also see a video of how the farmers milk the cows and how that milk ends up in the plant, where the milk is processed and bottled. The group will be able to walk through the plant and see how milk and ice cream are packaged. They can also learn how Hunter Farms makes the delicious Wendy's Frosty Mix. At the end of their tour, kids of all ages will enjoy a bowl of fresh Hunter Farms ice cream and take home a coloring book about their tour adventure, along with crayons and other treats.

Hunter Farms is also giving each child a chance to win a year's supply of ice cream and other prizes in the "Name The Hunter Farms Mascot" contest. The selection process will take place and the winner named by May 1, 2004.

For more information or to sign up for a tour
call Hunter Farms at 336-889-1301
Tours are by appointment only.