IN PICTURES: Richlands Dairy announces new creamery as part of million-dollar expansion

By: Contributed Report | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: Mar. 25, 2018 | 4:50 p.m.

DINWIDDIE – The Dinwiddie Department of Economic Development is pleased to welcome Richlands Creamery, LLC as its newest local business. Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement today, which equates to a $1,700,000 investment and 17 new jobs. The business will be located at Richlands Dairy Farm, a longstanding, commercial dairy and agritourism destination in Dinwiddie County.

Regarding the announcement, Governor Northam stated, “Richlands Creamery will soon begin operations in Dinwiddie County, demonstrating the hard work and innovation of Virginia’s farmers and further strengthening our rural economy.”

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Bettina Ring stated “I am thrilled to partner with Dinwiddie County and the Virginia Tobacco Commission to help make this project a reality.”

Coley Jones Drinkwater, President of Richlands Creamery shared “Richlands Creamery will establish production of value-added dairy products, including varieties of fluid milk, half & half, butter and ice cream.” Coley continued, “This business model will allow the Jones family to continue their dairy farming heritage into the next generation and avoid joining the mass exodus of dairy farms across the United States.”

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“Richlands Dairy embodies the heart and soul of Dinwiddie County,” said Dr. Mark E. Moore, Chairman of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors. “It’s agricultural foundation and family-oriented operation enriches the lives of Dinwiddie citizens and those in Nottoway County as well. We are excited about their expansion and look forward to being home to Richlands Creamery, LLC.”

Richlands Creamery, LLC is located at 116 Cox Road, Blackstone, VA.

The Dinwiddie Monitor’s cameras were at the groundbreaking for the new Richlands Creamery facility and, in this week’s edition, News Editor Michael Campbell spoke with local and state leaders about the importance of supporting local agriculture and hear from the Jones family about their historic announcement.

See the full story in the Mar. 28 edition of The Dinwiddie Monitor and online on Mar. 29.

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