Drone photo of Byrne's Dewitt, New York plant

Drone photo: Tony Valleriani

Byrne Dairy, Inc.’s Dewitt, N.Y., plant was named the 2022 Dairy Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods Magazine for its many accomplishments in aseptic production, food safety, sustainability and much more. A featured article, plus photos and video, are online now at DairyFoods.com.

“It’s a great privilege to be named Dairy Plant of the Year,” said CEO Carl Byrne. “We are grateful for the last 90 years and are looking forward to the future. We owe our continued success to our longtime customers—many who have been with us for decades— and our dedicated employees. Our team continues to go above and beyond to produce a quality product, and we want to extend our gratitude for their commitment and teamwork—this award is for them.”

The fourth-generation family-owned company opened the Dewitt facility—which produces extended shelf life and shelf stable cream and milk products— in 2004 and has expanded about every four years since. The plant now spans approximately 200,000 square feet, not including the newly opened wastewater treatment facility, and employs 210 people.

The Dairy Plant of the Year is awarded annually by Dairy Foods Magazine to a dairy manufacturer achieving outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following categories: plant expansion/retrofit, new construction, sustainability food safety, employee safety, employee training programs, plant efficiencies, coronavirus-related efforts, new technology and more.

The Byrne legacy dates back to 1933, when Matthew V. Byrne began bottling milk in glass bottles and delivering it (by horse and buggy!) to Central New York families. Today, in addition to the Dewitt plant, the brand operates a Syracuse-based ice cream center and the soon-to-reopen Cortlandville facility, which will also produce extended shelf life and shelf stable dairy. To learn more about working at Byrne, visit our Careers page.