Our Story

Trusted in the Field of Dairy Foods

Since 1921, when we were first established as the Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association, Land O’Lakes Inc. has become one of the most trusted names in dairy ingredients. Today, with more than 2,400 dairy farmer-owners and an unwavering commitment to quality, service, sustainability and innovation, we’ve become a Fortune 200 company with over $14B in annual sales. We’re now one of America’s premier food and agricultural cooperatives, conducting business in all 50 states in the U.S. and in 60 countries around the globe.
 
Land O'Lakes Ingredients works with customers to develop a wide variety of high-quality dairy products for a range of product applications. We deliver real dairy foods to world-class manufacturers across the globe and bring the resources of Land O’Lakes, Inc. to our customers—working to create dairy solutions that provide a real competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Integrated for Success

We’ve built our success by setting the industry standard for high-quality real dairy ingredients. Along the way, we’ve increased that success by integrating our operations to encompass everything that happens from the cows on the farm to consumers at the table.
Our business units include:

  • Consumer, Foodservice and Dairy Ingredients – Land O’Lakes is a leader in dairy technology and manufacturing
  • WinField Solutions – The No. 1 distributor of crop-protection products and the third-largest farm seed wholesaler
  • Purina Animal Nutrition– The No. 1 brand in livestock and lifestyle feed
  • International Development – Not-for-profit division putting our farm-to-market expertise to work in developing countries around the world. We implement successful, sustainable projects that improve peoples' lives and drive economic growth worldwide.

An Innovation and Production Leader

With extensive research and development assets, Land O’Lakes supports our customers’ development needs from product conception through production. We combine seasoned R&D personnel with state-of-the-art production capabilities, adding significant value to the product development equation that benefits our customers and consumer demand for real dairy flavor.

Sustainability: A Growing Concern

For Land O’Lakes, Inc. and our member-owners, being responsible stewards of the land is something we take very seriously. We develop and use technologies that help members be more productive and good neighbors in our communities. It’s imperative for us to work with our industry associations to develop standards and definitions of sustainability that are uniform and practical for farmers and meaningful to consumers.
 
We have also taken steps to decrease the environmental footprint throughout our dairy-production facilities. Based on a 2008 baseline, Land O’Lakes dairy facilities have collectively reduced consumption of water by nearly 750 million gallons, electricity by nearly 50 million kilowatt hours and gas by nearly 1.2 trillion Btu in the last five years.