Balford Farms

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Balford Farms
TypePrivate
IndustryFood
Founded1892
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
FounderFrank B. Baldwin
HeadquartersBurlington, New Jersey, United States
Area served
Key people
Laurence E. Bowes (CEO)
ProductsDairy
Websitehttp://balford.com

Balford Farms is an American dairy company located in Burlington, New Jersey. It is the oldest privately-owned and operated independent distributor in the Lehigh Valley region.[1]

Along with their own brands, Balford Farms sells and distributes a wide range of products.[2]

History

Balford Farms was founded in 1892 by a teenager named Frank B. Baldwin, using a horse and wagon to deliver milk to customers throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after school.[3] As his business grew, father Edgar A. Baldwin helped with the management of day-to-day operations and expanded the business into a profitable company called Baldwin Dairies.[4]

In 1965, Baldwin Dairies merged with Frankford Dairies of Philadelphia to become Baldwin-Frankford Dairies, Inc. George H. Baldwin, Sr. and John Baldwin, grandsons of Frank B. Baldwin, changed the name to Balford Farms in 1972.[3]

Expansion of Balford Farms continued in 1980 with the purchase of a 70,000 ft² (6,503 m²) warehouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Over the next few years, the company acquired small independent dairy and food companies to become a major distributor in the Lehigh Valley. Balford Farms merged with another longtime business in Philadelphia, Quality Dairy Products (operating as Breuninger's Dairy) in 1996.[3]

Dairy Farmers of America sold their warehousing and distribution center in Harleysville, Pennsylvania to Balford Farms in 2012, formerly owned by Keller's Creamery, as part of a consolidation project.[5]

The company also acquired Rosenberger's Dairy of Hatfield, Pennsylvania.[6]

Executives

Current corporate executives at Balford Farms:[7]

  • Laurence E. Bowes — CEO
  • Larry Walker - President

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