Kleinpeter In The News

The Cream Rises

March 31, 2013  :  inRegister Magazine
By Kelli Bozeman

It's good to be a cow—especially if your caretakers are the folks at Kleinpeter Farms Dairy. Just like members of the family, each animal in the herd at the company's 1,500-acre farm in Montpelier is known by a personal name, not just a number on an ear tag.

“It just brings a humane touch,” says dairy President and CEO Jeff Kleinpeter, the latest in a long line of family members to manage the firm. “It's a more personal way to do what we're doing, and I think it helps us all to care for them a little bit more, too.”

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Baby shower for a Kleinpeter cow helps animals

July 8, 2012  :  NBC33 TV News
By Kris Cusanza

Animal lover of all kinds came out to a unique baby shower at Perkins Rowe Sunday. Kleinpeter dairy hosted a party for it's famous "Sweetie Pie" cow. Sweetie Pie gave birth to a brand new calf Tuesday.

Fifth generation dairy farmer Taylor Kleinpeter says the family's Sweetie Pie didn't want gifts to celebrate her new calf instead she just wanted to help the animals.

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New campaign 'moo-ves' Louisianans to improve the lives of homeless animals

July 3, 2012  :  225 Magazine
By Adrian Hirsch

Recently, the American Humane Association awarded Kleinpeter Farms Dairy a perfect score for the care and handling of its 1200-cow herd in Montpelier, La. In the Humane Association's 130-year history, Kleinpeter remains the only farm to receive its highest rating four times in a row.

“Our cows, we think, are under the best care in the world,” says Jeff Kleinpeter, the dairy's president and CEO. “But how about the animals in our community? Today, we're announcing that we will have the largest financial effort ever to help conditions and facilities at the animal shelter. That brings us great pride.”

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Entrepreneur: Jeff Kleinpeter

August 8, 2011  :  Baton Rouge Business Report
By David Jacobs

When fourth-generation dairy farmer Jeff Kleinpeter heard about the explosion at Smith Creamery in Washington Parish, his reaction went from "Oh my God," to "What if that was me?" to "I wonder what we can do for those guys?" in about 30 seconds. It's the sort of response that would have been typical for a family farmer a century ago: If my neighbor down the road has an emergency, I want to help him out, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because next year it might be me who needs a hand. On July 18, less than a month after the explosion, the two dairies announced that Kleinpeter Farms Dairy would package and distribute Smith's milk, half-and-half and heavy cream. Smith Creamery was back in business.

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C'est bon

July 27, 2011  :  Editorial by The Independent (Lafayette) Staff

When Washington Parish-based Smith Creamery's dairy plant exploded a couple of weeks ago, scattering debris for miles, the blast should have been music to the ears of Baton Rouge's Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, Louisiana's largest family-owned operation. Instead, Kleinpeter President Jeff Kleinpeter and Smith Creamery founder Warren Smith announced a week later that the competitors had entered into an agreement whereby Kleinpeter would take over production of Smith's milk, half and half, and heavy cream products.

So is this just a public-relations stunt by Kleinpeter? Hardly. According to the Associated Press, both companies will earn a profit on the arrangement.

And besides, we've met Jeff Kleinpeter. He's a genuinely good guy.

Kleinpeter Dairy lends hand to Smith Creamery

July 19, 2011  :  The Advocate
Skip Descant

When disaster strikes a business, sometimes it’s the competitor who steps up with the helping hand.

Even if that’s not exactly the way Jeff Kleinpeter sees things. His family business, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, will begin processing, packaging and distributing the milk products of fellow south Louisiana dairy company Smith Creamery after an explosion and fire crippled Smith Creamery’s dairy plant on June 22.

“It’s not necessarily that we look at them as competition,” Kleinpeter said during a news conference Monday. “We look at them as partners in an industry.”

The new partnership stems in part from Kleinpeter’s commitment to aid a fledgling Louisiana dairy industry that has shrunk drastically in recent decades as more dairy production moves to other parts of the country or places like Mexico. Kleinpeter stressed — backed up by the Smiths who were on hand for the announcement — that the gesture to get the Smith Creamery milk back on store shelves is simply what neighbors do for each other in times of crisis.

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Kleinpeter dairy teams with competitor after blast

July 18, 2011  :  Forbes Magazine

Baton Rouge, La.-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is packaging and distributing the milk of a one-time competitor whose dairy plant was destroyed by an explosion, with the first products from Smith Creamery set to hit supermarket shelves Tuesday.

Under the arrangement, Smith Creamery's milk, half and half, and heavy cream products will be sold at the 50 stores across southeastern Louisiana where they were stocked before the June explosion shuttered the facility.

Kleinpeter's crème de la crème

July 5, 2011  :  The Independent (Lafayette)
By Leslie Turk

Three years after introducing its ice cream line, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy has kicked it up a notch -- and no doubt a significant number of fat grams -- with Crème de la Kleinpeter, which hits Lafayette grocery store shelves July 19.

We are launching this line because our customers have been asking us for a really rich line, a super premium that incorporates exquisite ingredients from around the world, yet includes some of our Louisiana dessert favorites such as tiramisu and crème brûlée,' says Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.

Kleinpeter builds Lafayette distribution center

April 19, 2011  :  The Independent (Lafayette)
By Leslie Turk

Baton Rouge-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, which expanded to Lafayette in late 2007, is building a distribution center and office in the Lafayette Regional Industrial Park on Pont des Mouton Road.

Acadiana has a wonderful food culture; people there are experts on quality food,' says Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy. 'They have embraced our incorporation of locally produced ingredients in our 28 ice cream flavors, and they want to do business with locally-owned companies, which is especially important to keep jobs and money in Louisiana.

Kleinpeter Farms Dairy Honored by the Louisiana Legislature

May 24, 2010  :  Baton Rouge Business Report

Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, of Baton Rouge, was honored by the Louisiana Legislature today for its contributions to Louisiana's economy, its environmental stewardship, and its community service.

A concurrent resolution passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives commends the dairy for its innovative, award winning pollution prevention programs, its expansion during a time of economic recession, and its use of Louisiana ingredients in its products.

Kleinpeter receives Sustainable Business Institute’s Seal of Sustainability Award

May 24, 2010  :  The Advocate Washington Watch
Column by Gerard Shields

Kleinpeter received the Sustainable Business Institute’s Seal of Sustainability Award given to companies that blend environmentalism into their company operations. Kleinpeter has done it in ways both large and small.

Buying the farm

April 6, 2009  :  2009 Business Awards
by Stephanie Riegel

Jeff Kleinpeter talks enthusiastically about the dairy business his family founded nearly 100 years ago. Really enthusiastically. And then he tells you how he values customer service and his employees and how much he cares about the community, and you feel like you’re listening to a commercial.

But then you realize it’s not just a sales pitch—and the passion Kleinpeter and his sister, Sue Anne Cox, have for the family business they run is genuine. It’s one of the main reasons the dairy has not only endured, but thrived in a day and age when most local dairies have folded or been bought by big conglomerates.

“We’re crazy about this business,” Kleinpeter says. “Actually, we’re insane about it. We live, breathe and sleep it.”

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Vanity Fair features Kleinpeter Farms

May 10, 2008  :  Vanity Fair
by Stephanie Riegel

Vanity Fair features Kleinpeter Farms Dairy in an article about Monsanto Corporation, and the controversy over the use of growth hormones in cows. Kleinpeter Farms does not use artificial bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and makes a point of saying so in its advertising and packaging.

“Our customers don’t want it so we don’t use it. And we don’t want to give the cows an injection every fourteen days to speed up their metabolism to make them give more milk. We just don’t believe that’s the right thing to do for our cows or our customers,” said Jeff Kleinpeter, President, Kleinpeter Farms.

rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) is a genetically engineered hormone that is injected into cows to increase milk production by speeding up the metabolism of cows. Studies are unclear about how rBGH affects humans, but many cows injected with rBGH have chronic cases of mastitis, the inflammation of the udder. Also, levels of saturated fatty acids associated with heart disease have been shown to increase in cows injected with rBGH.

Monsanto, the developer of rBGH, filed a complaint with the FTC accusing Kleinpeter of “falsely claiming there are health and safety risks associated with milk from (rBGH)-supplemented cows.”

“I got an email and a phone call one day from an FTC lawyer saying that they did not like some of the things that were on our website because our website is a form of advertising and you have to follow certain procedures on what you say on your website,” Kleinpeter said.

Kleinpeter says the FTC made Kleinpeter remove from its website a report about rBGH written by a local high school student.

“Her report was based on fact and she received an A+ on it, but the FTC deemed it was not factual enough to meet their standards,” Kleinpeter said.

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