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SC dairy industry suffering continues

South Carolina Business Review
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The dairy industry has been hit by a double whammy over the past few years with rising costs and lower demand since the number of Americans who drink milk has been steadily dwindling. And it’s just these circumstances that Borden attributes to their recent decision to close their North Charleston facility. Our next guest says it’s just one more negative thing for our state’s dairy industry because it’s one less place South Carolina farmers can take their milk to be processed.

Mike Switzer interviews Adam Kantrovich, assistant director of the Clemson Extension Agribusiness Team at the Sandhills Research and Education Center in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.