- 814 W Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
- Company Information:
In a state as young as Alaska, which achieved statehood in 1959, it is unusual for companies to have a track record of more than 50 years, that is why the success of the Matanuska Maid brand is so remarkable. It all began in 1935 when the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation moved 202 families from the economically depressed Midwest to south central Alaska in the wilderness of the lush Matanuska Valley. This hardy group of pioneers accepted the federal government's offer of 40 acre homesteads land and proceeded to build what was to be known as the "colony."
In 1936 the Matanuska Valley Farmer's Cooperative Association was formed to process the milk and produce coming from the Valley farms. The name “Matanuska Maid," was born during a contest in the winter of 1935-36. The winner, Dorthy Sheely, a local high school student, received $25 for her entry, a design featuring the name Matanuska Maid and a drawing of a skater. The name and graphic remain to this day, although they have gone through several updates.
By 1940, the year that bottled milk was first sold to the residents of nearby Anchorage, the creamery operation was processing 7,000 pounds of fresh milk daily. In 1964 a new creamery opened in Anchorage to meet growing demand. Today, Matanuska Maid is Alaska's largest local dairy serving a market of more than 550,000 throughout Alaska. Current production is in the neighborhood of 120,000 pounds of fresh milk daily. The raw product comes from dairy