Daryl Larson, former vice president of natural cheese, is the new president and CEO of Bongards Creameries.
Larson, originally from Volga, South Dakota, said he's been fortunate to work with and for a lot of very talented people.
"Those experiences have served me well as I have been asked to take on larger roles during my career," he said.
Larson has been a part of Bongards for several years. Before becoming the president and CEO, he spent four and half years as the plant manager for the Bongards Creameries manufacturing facility in Perham.
Larson started his career with Land O' Lakes in his hometown and has worked for several companies in the dairy industry, including Green Meadows Foods/Agropur, Leprino Foods, and the Dairy Farmers of America.
Larson said he had a strong desire to work for dairy farmers instead of a corporation.
"I knew the people at Bongards were a good solid group of people, and business had significant potential."
Bongards is a farmer owned Cooperative founded in 1908 and is owned by 400 Dairy Farmers. The original site in Bongards, Minnesota is still in operation as a processed cheese plant. Bongards acquired the Perham plant from Land O' Lakes in 2003. After significant upgrades and expansion from 2014-2017, the Perham plant now processes in excess of 1.4 billion pounds of milk per year, nearly double the capacity prior to the expansion.
Bongards purchased a plant in Humboldt Tennessee in 2007 and produces processed cheese and shredded cheese in that facility. That plant is undergoing a large upgrade and expansion to improve efficiency and increase capacity. That project is scheduled to be complete in 2018.
The Perham plant is now managed by Justin Larson, who joined Bongards in 2014.