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Got milk? Elmbrook School District says its supply is stable despite Golden Guernsey closing

District received its last order Monday morning

Jan. 7, 2013

Grocery stores aren't the only ones searching for milk after the sudden Golden Guernsey plant closing.

Elmbrook School District is working to secure a temporary milk supplier for its schools after the Waukesha plant closed unexpectedly Saturday.

Cheryl Piel, head of food service for the school district, said Elmbrook schools have enough milk to last through tomorrow, with plans for a temporary supplier already in the works.

"We are fine for now," Piel said. "We had our milk distributed today and our distribution company is looking to secure a contract with a different dairy company, and it looks like it's close to being finalized."

The Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires eight ounces of milk be offered daily with school breakfast and lunch.

"I don't think we will run out," Piel said. "I have a Plan B and C in place just in case. We will have milk to offer each day."

The Waukesha plant has been under new ownership since last year.

Open Gate Capital, a California-based investment firm, bought Golden Guernsey after its former owner, Dean Foods, sold the plant in response to antitrust concerns.

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