Celebrating 100 years of KINDNESS. GOODNESS. MAINENESS.

100 years of giving goodness

For 100 years, we’ve had the great fortune of supporting local farms while providing the best dairy to the people of Maine and beyond. It’s been one heck of a century, we’re pretty excited to make the next one even better.

 

 

Header photo: Collections of City of Portland — Planning and Development

Highlights from
our first 100 years

1921
1922
1940
1954
1970
1976
1980s
1991
1993
1996
2000
2001
2006
2012
2020

1921

The Beginning

Founded—Oakhurst delivers its milk via horse-drawn wagons over two routes.

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1922

On The Move

Oakhurst moves plant to new building on Forest Avenue in Portland.

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1940

Growth Spurt

Oakhurst expands its wholesale business to include Maine General Hospital and the area’s public schools.

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1954

An Even Bigger Growth Spurt

Oakhurst completes an expansion of its processing plant, allowing it to produce up to 40,000 quarts of milk a day, a three-fold increase over its previous capacity.

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1970

Small Screen Debut

Oakhurst’s first television advertisements air!

1976

End of an Era

Oakhurst ends home delivery of milk.

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1980s

Ernest

Oakhurst Dairy—a favorite for many. Imagine our surprise when THE Ernest P. Worrell was included among us! We loved this partnership and miss him dearly.

1991

70th

The early 90s were an interesting time for all of us, fashion-wise. To be honest, we kinda love the look of these old packages—throwback time, anybody?

1993

A Movement For Trees

In 1993, Stanley T. Bennett II, president of Oakhurst Dairy, organizes the “Millennium Tree Challenge” to restore trees in communities throughout Maine.

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1996

First Website

Ahhh yes, the dawn of the internet. Chat rooms. The screech of the modem. The extra. Slow. speeds. Hey, we’re early adopters—not bad for a first site!

2000

The Farmers’ Pledge

In 2000, Oakhurst becomes the first US dairy to label its milk products with the statement: “Our Farmers’ Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones.”

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2001

80th

Gotta say, we looked pretty good for 80. And it’s only been getting better ever since.

2006

Refueling the Fleet

Oakhurst becomes the first dairy in the United States to convert its delivery fleet to biodiesel.

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2012

Award Winners

Oakhurst wins Business of the Year from The Maine Environmental Education Association; and the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing.

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2020

Taking on Child Hunger

Oakhurst launches “Oakhurst After School” to help end child hunger in Maine.

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Farm Fresh to Table

Fresh. Delicious. Nutritious. It’s about more than milk. Oakhurst offers a wide array of great tasting products. What’s your favorite? Try them all and find out!

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