Founded in 1939 Arcadia Dairy Farms, Inc. was a small first generation dairy business with 30 cows and 70 acres in Arden, NC. Today, although it is still a family business, Arcadia has a 200,000 square foot automated facility that supplies club, drug, food, foodservice, mass, and wholesale channels.
Arcadia Dairy Farms got its start in the industry many years ago by selling raw milk to local dairies. Increased local retail and consumer need for milk convinced the Arthur’s to pasteurize their own milk and to start selling it to a variety of retail outlets, as well as, delivering off Arcadia Farms dairy truck routes, to their neighbors and communities in West Asheville.
Next came six dairy stores in Asheville selling ice cream, dairy products, and later general food items. Nathan Arthur fondly remembers working on Saturdays for his parents in the dairy bars that resembled the convenience stores of today.
Nathan and his wife, Carolyn, have guided Arcadia’s growth for the past 40 years, including rebuilding the business after milk wars in the early 1970’s which nearly shut them down. During this time, consumers started buying milk at grocery stores, and home delivery began to disappear. The Arthur’s then shifted their business to primarily selling their milk to independent grocers in Western North Carolina.
Eventually, consumers began requesting Arcadia Farm’s milk at a major grocery chain in the Western North Carolina area, thus Arcadia was able to gain further reach into the grocery channel. During the latter part of the 1970’s, Arcadia’s dairy line included yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, and cheese, as well as milk. However, the Arthur’s were working long hours, seven days a week, so they decided the time was right to get out of the highly competitive milk business. In 1980, Nathan and Carolyn sold all of their milk routes and started bottling juices, fruit flavored drinks, teas, and water. They successfully continue down this path today, supplying a wide variety of non-carbonated juices, drinks, and teas to accounts across the country.
Tradition of Stewardship
Arcadia Farms plant has undergone numerous expansions and equipment upgrades since 1984. The most recent plant renovation was completed in the spring of 2013.
All of Arcadia’s beverages are blended with water pumped through our wells from a mountain aquifer that resides under protected acreage that is adjacent to our plant. After an extensive filtering process, the water is then blended with juices, fruit flavored drinks and punches, and teas to produce finished beverages with “only the best” flavors.
Arcadia’s water purification system is only part of our commitment to excellence and quality. Our plant exceeds cleanliness standards of both the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Arcadia Farms has completed the rigorous Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Safe Quality Foods (SQF) program and testing protocol annually since 2010, finishing each year’s audit certified Level 3 compliant, which is the top level attainable.
Arcadia is fully committed to environmental sustainability through programs that recycle and reuse wastewater, corrugate, plastic, utilize energy consumption conservation processes, and maximize supply chain efficiencies. The Arthur’s grew up utilizing the land, and have a keen understanding of the need to act as sustainability and conservation stewards.