Position title: Co-President and CEO, Associated Milk Producers Inc.
Sheryl Meshke is co-president and chief executive officer of Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), the largest cheese cooperative based in the U.S. Prior to her appointment in 2014, she served as the senior executive vice president charged with establishing strategic initiatives aimed at strengthening the performance and value of the Midwest dairy cooperative with nearly $2 billion in annual sales. Throughout her 30-year career Meshke has held numerous positions in the company, responsible for strategic planning, public affairs, human resources and communications.
Meshke currently serves on the boards of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the National Milk Producers Federation, the U.S. Dairy Export Council and the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council. She is past chairman of the Minnesota Dairy Research, Teaching and Consumer Education Authority, The Cooperative Foundation, Cooperative Communicators Association and the Minnesota FFA Foundation.
Meshke holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in business from the University of St. Thomas. She is a fifth-generation farmer, operating a hog and sheep farm near Lake Crystal, Minn., with her husband Blake Meshke, son Brent and his wife Leslie. Another son Derek and his wife Tori live in Brookings, S.D.
AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members market about 5.5 billion pounds of milk, with annual sales nearing $2 billion. Owning eight Midwest-based manufacturing plants, AMPI makes about 10 percent of the nation’s American-type natural cheese and butter. The cooperative’s award-winning dairy products are marketed to foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.
The co-op launched its Dinner Bell Creamery brand and accompanying Co-op Crafted promise in 2019. That promise highlights more than 50 years as AMPI and illustrates how farm families partner with skilled craftsmen to make great-tasting, award-winning products. Learn more at www.dinnerbellcreamery.coop.