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Our History

  • 1932

    Chas and ElizabethIn October 1932 Charles Catalana was a lamp worker at the Kimble Glass Works in Vineland, NJ. He began a part time job delivering 24 quarts of milk from the back seat of his 1926 Chrysler sedan.

  • 1933

    Henry Street GarageCharles Catalana converts the garage at his South Avenue home into a small processing plant.

  • 1951

    Chas II and Carmine IIICarmine Charles Catalana III returns home from his tour of duty during the Korean War and starts a new partnership with his father and mother.

  • 1956

    80 Edward Ave 1956A new processing plant was constructed on the north side of Bridgeton, which opened in June 1956.

  • 1966

    1933 - Charles and Elizabeth Catalana Formal PhotoCumberland Dairy was faced with its most serious setback to date with the passing of its founder Charles Catalana at the age of 62.

  • 1971

    Cumberland Dairy Truck at McDonalds5Cumberland Dairy began making milkshake mix for a new drive-in restaurant in the area called McDonald’s.

  • 1977

    Cumberland Dairy had outgrown its processing plant by late 1977 and purchased a 36 acre tract of land in Rosenhayn where it built a 7,200 square foot refrigerated warehouse and a 2,000 square foot office. This new warehouse would accommodate all the refrigerated products for McDonald’s and converted the Bridgeton facility back to being a processing plant only.

  • 1985

    DASIIn January 1985, Cumberland Dairy began operation of the first United States installation of the DASI Ultra High Temperature Pasteurization System.

  • 1989-1991

    2001 - RosenhaynAlong with the increased business came a need for further expansions at both facilities. The Bridgeton processing plant was expanded in 1989 and the Rosenhayn distribution warehouse more than doubled in size with a 1991 expansion.

  • 1996

    product-slide8Began producing full line of ESL cream products

  • 2000

    2000 - SilkCumberland Dairy moved into the plant-based milk alternatives as we started production of Silk brand Soymilk at the Edward Ave. processing plant. As volumes of this product began to grow, we converted a portion of our Rosenhayn Ave. dry warehouse to a soy extraction plant.

  • 2001

    With the growth of both dairy and non-dairy business, the Bridgeton processing plant was expanded again in 2001.

  • 2002

    2002 - SOY PLANT As the Silk brand of Soymilk continued to explode, converted our Rosenhayn Ave. dry warehouse into a full production plant for soymilk only. The plant was almost at full capacity the day it opened.

  • 2004

    As the need for extend-shelf life products continued to grow, customers were demanding these products in other packages. To meet our customer demands, we installed a new ESL bottle filler for production of white and flavored milks in 8 and 16 ounce HDPE bottles.

  • 2006

    The single UHT system that had served us so well 20 years finally needed a partner and we installed a new JCS Ultra-Sys UHT processor. This system allowed us to more than double the UHT capacity of the Edward Ave. plant.

  • 2011

    2011 - Carmine Catalana III 0209In December of 2011, the company lost the man who was the driving force behind the company’s tremendous growth. Carmine Catalana III passed away at the age of 81. It was under his leadership that Cumberland Dairy went from a small local dairy, to one of the nation’s premier manufacturers of specialty dairy products.

  • 2017

    2017 - Catalana Brothers

    On November 1, 2017, after operating as a successful family owned business for almost 85 years, Cumberland Dairy became part of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). As a Cooperative owned and governed by family farmers, milk marketing is at the center of DFA’s business. But just a ripple out from that main drop sits our commercial investments, which are focused on high milk utilization and delivering returns to our farmer-members. Cumberland Dairy brings extended shelf-life capabilities and decades of experience to DFA, delivering value across our network and back to our more than 13,000 family farm-owners. 

  • Processing

    Dairy Based Products

    • Flavored Milks
    • Fortified Milks
    • Lactose Reduced Milks
    • Soft Serve Ice Cream and Custard Mixes
    • Flavored or Sweetened Creams
    • Eggnog

    Non-Dairy Based Products

    • Dairy Alternative Beverages
    • Iced Coffee Drinks
    • Meal Replacement Products
    • Coffee Whiteners
    • High-Acid / Juice Dairy Based Products


    • Steam Injection or Steam Infusion Ultra-Pasteurized Processing
    • Homogenization to XXXPSI
    • Ability to process Dairy Based Low Acid, Plant Based, or other Non-Dairy Products
    • Available r-BST Free raw milk supply
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