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Firmitlg, Saturday, Juna 17, 1995 Weis Markets Celebrates Bottling 200 Million Gallons Of Milk (Contlnuad from Pag* A 1) with a receiving dock where trucks deliver tankers from the farm. Each tank of milk is given a physical check including odor, the temperature must be no higher, than 40 degrees, and samples are taken and tested in the laboratory to check for growth inhibitors (antibiotics inhibit growth), the freezing point which indicates adulterations, the butterfat content, and bacteria. If the tank load checks out, it is pumped into silo storage tanks and cooler to 35 degrees. Milk that is received at noon gets bottled by midnight. * The plant operates full shifts six This is one of two homogenlzers the Weis Markets dairy plant has operating. The plant double its capacity In 15 years of operation. After the milk le pasteurized and homogenized. It goes through the separator this large stainless valve-looking machine with stainless milk lines attatched. days per week. The dairy operation bottles only drinking milk, includ ing chocolate milk, which pays producers the highest rate. Atlantic Dairy Cooperative has been the sole supplier of milk to the plant and continues to experi ence a strong working relationship with the plant Weis bottles about 350,000 gallons per week. Anywhere from eight to 18 tankers of milk are received per day, with an average of about 12 to 14, said Berry. In a large tile and stainless steel setting, workers all wear hairnets to operate machinery and monitor and clean and maintain equipment. The milk comes from storage and is homogenized. They plant also, or in the traditional paper and has grown, has two homogenizing machines, containers. Weis Markets built its dairy in the fat is separated and it goes on About 60 percent of the milk 1980, and it has expanded the plant its way through the line until it is bottled is in the gallon plastic jugs, twice, adding a second pasteuriz bottled in either plastic gallon jugs Berry said. ing system and a second gallon that are manufacturing in the plant The plant is clean and efficient (Turn to Pago A 27) These milk bottles and containers are on v ~<ay. y , direc tor of dairy manufacturing for Dutch Valley Food Co. Inc., a subsidary of Weis Markets Inc. These just-made plastic gallon milk Jugs travel down the line for finishing. The plant bottles about 350,000 gallons of milk per week, and 60 percent of that Is in the gallon Jugs. Bottling and retailing milk In paper milk containers It a large part of the product marketing done by Weis Markets Inc.