SEBASTOPOL, CALIF. – California-based better-for-you dairy manufacturers Jackson-Mitchell Inc., and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery Inc., announced Nov. 29 they are merging to form Darey Brands Inc.

Jackson-Mitchell produces Meyenberg goat milk and butter. Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery makes its branded goat milk yogurts and kefirs, as well as Green Valley Creamery lactose-free cow milk dairy products and premium, plant-based dairy alternatives.

Switzerland-based Emmi Group owns Darey Brands. The new company will maintain its brands’ production facilities in Sebastopol and Turlock, Calif.

The newly formed company shared that it expects merging the category leaders will help accelerate growth across multiple categories, between its goat, cow and alternative products.

"Our founders were innovative pioneers in healthy eating and sustainable agriculture long before these ideas became center-stage movements," said Bonnie Neulight, chief executive officer and managing director of Darey Brands. "Our new name, Darey Brands, is not only a play on words, but also a nod to our heritage and ethos. We proudly craft dairy that dares to be different."

Jackson-Mitchell was founded in California’s Central Valley in 1934 and Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery began in Sonoma County, Calif., 50 years ago as a 4-H project.

Merging together to become Darey Brands, the company shared it plans to capitalize on offering products with trending benefits, “from environmentally sustainable to easily digestible, nutrient-rich, and indulgent.”

Said Neulight: "Our goal is to bring the 'comfort' back into comfort foods – both nutritional comfort and environmental comfort.”