Monday, May 2, 2016

Microblog: Careers With Minnesota Companies: Land O Lakes

Land O'Lakes....when we think of that, we think of dairy products.

  • The company is a co-op, which means it is member-owned. It is the 2nd largest co-op in the country. It began in 1921 with representatives from 320 creameries.
  • The co-op developed inspection, grading, and certification standards to insure a quality product. Other large dairies brought their standards up to be the same as Land O'Lakes.
  • Land O'Lakes produces 12 billion pounds of milk every year.
  • The brands Kozy Shack and Alpine Lace are a part of Land O'Lakes as well.
  • The name "Land O'Lakes" was given to the company in 1924 as a reflection of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes.
  • Minnesota Headquarters are in Arden Hills, MN, but Land O'Lakes has locations throughout the U.S. and 60 countries worldwide.
  • Sales for Land O'Lakes were over $15 billion in 2014.
  • Refinement of the Native American maiden logo was done in the 1950s by a member of the Ojibwe Tribe, Patrick DesJarlait.
In addition, Land O'Lakes has two 'partners' in business:
--Purina---animal feed, not only for pets but for farm animals as well; and
--Winfield---A business dedicated to growing good crops, including developing seeds and seed coverings. Winfield helps make grass seed for lawns and:
  • Grass for golf courses
  • Lawn Management
  • Sports turf
 --The company acquired a satellite agency, Geosys, in 2013; it uses satellites to view if crops are doing well.

Land O'Lakes also has a commitment to feeding others in the world. Here's an interesting collection of blogs by interns who have worked with Land O'Lakes in an effort to combat world hunger:

Here are some job titles listed currently available with Land O'Lakes:
  • Equipment Tech
  • Law Clerk
  • Scientist
  • Seed Production
  • Sales
  • Recruiting
  • Human Resources
  • Data Analyst
Dieticians, cooks, bakers, and quality control people are also employed with Land O'Lakes in their test kitchens. Here's some more info on the test kitchens, and recipes using Land O'Lakes products:

Links to careers with Land O'Lakes and its other divisions here:

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