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Meijer Announces New ‘Purple Cow Creamery’

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A customer scans the expiration date on gallons of milk sitting on a cooler shelf .(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A customer scans the expiration date on gallons of milk sitting on a cooler shelf .(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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GRAND RAPIDS (AP) – Retailer Meijer Inc. plans to move into dairy production with a new “Purple Cow Creamery” that will supply stores in Michigan with its own brand of milk.

The Grand Rapids-based company on Thursday announced it has acquired plant operations at Holland-based Bareman’s Dairy and plans to spend more than $8 million to expand the plant. The “Purple Cow Creamery” gets its name in part from the ice cream shops inside many Meijer stores.

The plant will produce white and chocolate milk in gallon and half-gallon sizes. It’s expected to start shipping to Meijer stores in several months.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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