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Northwest Dairy Association
TypeAgricultural marketing cooperative
Area served
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Utah, Nevada, and Hawaii

Northwest Dairy Association (formerly the Northwest Dairymen's Association; Trading as Darigold, Inc.) is an American dairy agricultural marketing cooperative. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington,[1] it is owned by the nearly 500 dairy farm members of the association located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.


The cooperative was founded in 1918 as the United Dairymen's Association, and it bought the Consolidated Dairy Products Company in 1930. A contest among dairy families produced the cooperative's brand name, "Darigold" in 1920.[2] In 1999 the cooperative, in an effort to improve its marketing position, changed its name to Northwest Dairy Association, while changing the corporate name to WestFarm Foods. In 2006 the corporate name returned to Darigold.[3] In 2010, the cooperative merged with the Montana dairy cooperative Country Classic.[4] The co-op's annual sales are over $2.0 billion,[5] and production is over 8,600,000,000 pounds (3.9×109 kg) of milk a year.


  1. ^ "Contact". Darigold. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. ^ Ferrendelli, Betta. Darigold milks its rich history for all it's worth. Puget Sound Business Journal. 25 June 1999.
  3. ^ Business Wire (2006-07-11). "Darigold, Inc. Retires Its Name WestFarm Foods". Business Wire. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  4. ^ "Darigold announces merger with Montana co-op". Magicvalley.com. Associated Press. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
  5. ^ "NDA: About Us". Nwdairy.coop. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2013-05-08.

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Coordinates: 47°35′35″N 122°18′33″W / 47.593043°N 122.309199°W / 47.593043; -122.309199