Idaho Falls, Idaho (ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Home delivery of dairy products has increased for an eastern Idaho dairy that's looking to make additional inroads with a new sundae combination of bacon pieces, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream.
"You've got a lot of homes around you that all like ice cream," Reed's Dairy owner Alan Reed told the Idaho Business Review.
He said the company has three drivers taking dairy products to 2,200 customers. The company also delivers to local grocery stores and makes national shipments of its ice cream.
U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show that in 1965 more than one out of every four gallons of milk was delivered, but that's dropped to about one out of every 200 gallons.
Reed attributes the increase for his dairy in part to a desire of consumers to know the source of food.
"I think it's important that we know what we're eating and where it's coming from," he said.
He noted, though, that he has no plans to go organic because that would increase the cost of a gallon of milk by $2.
Despite some home delivery success, experts don't see a big movement in that direction.
"I don't know that that's really feasible for America today," said Cheri Chase, the communications director for the United Dairymen of Idaho.
Reed's Dairy is also looking at new products, including selling non-homogenized milk.
"We tried it with some whole milk, and it turned out to be a positive," Reed said.
The new bacon and maple syrup sundae is also intended to find new customers. The company is holding a naming contest for the new treat.