KANSAS CITY, KA. – The Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has announced the startups that have been chosen to participate in the 2022 DFA CoLAB Accelerator program.
A 90-day collaborative program designed to drive dairy and processing innovations for dairy farms, the DFA CoLAB Accelerator helps give startups an understanding of the dairy industry, in part by preparing them to work with senior DFA executives, as well as other relevant investors and dairy industry leaders.
Two of the companies chosen this year are in the dairy food and dairy processing technology category: Smack’d, based in Lehi, Utah, and Lyras, based in Denmark.
Smack’d is looking to develop “a delicious chocolate milk drink for adults that is high in protein, low in sugar and caffeinated”. Lyras has developed a cold pasteurization technology using UV light, which uses 90% less energy and 60% less water compared to traditional pasteurization.
The DFA also announced four agri-tech startups that will join the accelerator program: Cattle Scan (Canada), The Hago Energetics Company (Camarillo, California), Lemna (Gilbert, Arizona), and ReproHealth Technologies (Indianapolis).
Cattle Scan has real-time monitoring technology that measures the biometrics of each cattle. Hago Energetics aims to help dairy and beef farms convert waste into fuel cell-grade hydrogen. Lemna offers a complete nutrient management solution for agricultural wastewater. ReproHealth has developed a patent-pending device that brings in vitro fertilization technology to the farm.
“It’s always exciting to welcome a new class of startups to our CoLAB Accelerator program, as these companies bring new thinking and ideas to benefit our farm family owners and help grow and further invigorate the case for dairy,” said Doug Dresslaer, Director of Innovation Culture at DFA. “This year, we’re especially excited to take a hybrid approach with the program by bringing back more in-person collaborative sessions while coming together virtually.”
The DFA CoLAB Accelerator program was launched six years ago and has worked with 32 companies to date. Participating startups receive guidance, as well as numerous opportunities to attend educational sessions on critical topics for growth, such as finance, business development, distribution and supply chain, product development, branding, sales and marketing, packaging and pricing.
According to the DFA, 94% of businesses that went through the acceleration program remain in business today.