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Food Manufacturing Careers

Happiness, Made with Pride

At United Dairy Farmers, our ice cream is made with a focus on care, attention, quality and craftsmanship. We’ve been making ice cream for more than 80 years, and we make the best. We’re family-run, with a diverse team and a focus on working together to build strong relationships and create quality products. Join us and be part of bringing happiness to people through delicious food.

Why UDF?

  • We offer competitive pay that is benchmarked against the local competition.
  • We provide annual pay increases.
  • Choose from two locations and a variety of shifts.
  • Our facilities are centrally located in Norwood and Blue Ash, both within the I-275 loop.
  • You’re encouraged to develop your skills and learn new and different roles.
  • Stay safe with a focus on good manufacturing practices, training and safety protocols.
  • See your name on the bottom of each pint and container of ice cream you make.
  • Enjoy free ice cream, doughnuts, brownies, cookies and muffins at work!

Room for Growth

It’s simple. If you are willing to show up, work hard and learn well, you will have opportunities to advance. We also welcome candidates who are looking for a second chance in life (those who may have a previous criminal background). The average tenure of the associates in our ice cream plant is 9.4 years. Many started as individual contributors and are now leads, supervisors and managers. You’ll enjoy:

  • On-the-job skills training
  • Cross-training and ample job variety
  • Support for food quality and manufacturing safety
  • Soft-skills training for leadership and personal development
  • Support for specialized skills and/or certifications
  • Ability to advance and explore many roles
  • Members of our Food Manufacturing team can also pursue careers in our Retail, Logistics & Warehousing or Corporate organizations

Abundant Goodness

  • 4,000,000 pounds of cream used each year

  • 115,600 pounds of cocoa powder

  • 255,000 pounds of Oreo cookies (9,000,000 individual Oreos)

  • 132,000,000 peanuts producing 250,000 jars of peanut butter

  • 155,000 pounds of peaches (equivalent to 51,000 peach pies)

  • 85,000 gallons of fudge made — enough to fill 106 bathtubs

  • 5,000,000 donuts and baked goods made by our Bakery

Where Do You Fit?

  • Ice Cream Manufacturing

    • Ingredient Preparation
    • Mix Maker for large batch production
    • Manufacturing Line
    • Tri-Tray roles to support freezing and hardening
    • Palletizing and Post-Production
    • Sanitation and Cleaning
    • Laboratory to test new ingredients, flavors and servings
  • Bakery

    • Bakery Preparation that includes ingredient mixing and dough kneading
    • Bakery Production with doughnut frying/glazing/baking
    • Bakery Finishing such as sprinkles, glaze, jelly filling and preparation for shipping
    • Bakery Cleaning & Sanitation
  • Plant Maintenance

    • Support and Maintenance of the tools, machines and equipment in our ice cream and bakery manufacturing operations
    “As a baker with 41 years of experience, I love that UDF values my creativity and allows me to pass down my knowledge to the next generation of bakers. I get to watch my ideas become reality and be a part of getting new products to our customers.”
    Gary | Bakery R&D
    “At UDF, I love that I am always learning something new. It’s exciting to see our how our products are made from start to finish. It’s a fast-paced environment, but we are always ready to help each other complete tasks and our managers are always there to answer questions.”
    Madison | Yeast Dough Mixer
    “I like working in food manufacturing. This is a diverse environment with a great opportunity to foster new relationships inside and outside of work. I have grown from a production bakery employee to a lead role, and I want to continue to grow my career in the bakery industry.”
    Jose | Production Baking Lead
    “I always feel valued at UDF. I am treated with fairness and respect every day. I love that my team is diverse, respectful, helpful and encouraging. Our benefits are exceptional. And from day one, there have been opportunities worth working toward.”
    Jeff | Milk Dock/Commissary Lead