Smith Brothers Farms takes over Alpenrose Dairy


Deal includes only the dairy operations

Alpenrose Dairy trucks, Sept. 26, 2019. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A contentious sale that pitted family members against each other ended Monday when Smith Brothers Farms officially took over the operations of Alpenrose Dairy.

But Smith Brothers will only take over the dairy operations. More than 50 acres of land on Shattuck Road will remain with the current ownership, a press release from Smith Brothers said. That part of the property where there are dairy operations will be leased by Smith Brothers.

The older and younger generation of the Cadonau family — who owned Alpenrose Dairy — faced off in court over the potential sale in September.

An aerial view of Alpenrose Dairy (File)

Carl Cadonau Jr., the former co-president of Alpenrose Dairy, allegedly financed his childrens’ proposal to buy the dairy, his son said. That was an effort to prevent the dairy being sold to Washington-based Smith Brothers.

Smith Brothers Farms of Kent, Washington was founded in 1920. Alpenrose Dairy goes back to 1891.

Dustin Highland, the CEO of Smith Brothers Farms and Alpenrose Dairy, said they’ve “met with and hired nearly all existing employees of Alpenrose Dairy. We look forward to working with them to strengthen the Alpenrose brand and expand the market for the high-quality products made by both dairies.”

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