Hiland Dairy: Norfolk, Nebraska – Hiland Dairy

Hiland Dairy: Norfolk, Nebraska

The only ice cream plant in Nebraska, Hiland Ice Cream began as Gillette Dairy in 1917 and moved to its present location in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1960. Hiland Dairy acquired the facility in 1996. Each day, more than 40,000 gallons of ice cream and 300 different flavors are made – that is about 800,000 gallons a month. Fluid milk is delivered to the plant daily from area dairy farmers, making us highly proud supporters of the agriculture industry in Nebraska. On average, 1.8 million gallons of fresh milk and 974,000 gallons of cream are used during the year to make the ice cream.

Little known fact, we make Husker Ice Cream pails here. Yes, we love to support our Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The state-of-the-art facility has nine ice cream freezers that produce 600 gallons an hour. The seven-story warehouse temperature is cooled to -20 degrees and can store 1,500 pallets of ice cream. Ice cream made in Norfolk ships to retailers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

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Supporting Our Community

  • Music in the Park
  • Christian Cross Festival
  • Norfolk’s 4th of July Celebration “Big, Bang, Boom”
  • Norfolk FFA
  • DFA
  • SKEXL Pool Party
  • Norfolk Easter Egg Hunt
  • Off-Road Speedway
  • National Police Night out
  • Various Northeast Nebraska events, including post-prom, track meets, and more

Our Commitment to Social Responsibility

We have a complete recycling program for metal, aluminum, paper, plastic, and pallets to reduce our carbon footprint. All recycling is tracked and recorded to be as eco-friendly as possible. We also regularly review our electricity use to ensure we are being as efficient as possible. Part of that was the installation of LED lighting which reduces our use of energy.

    What Makes Us Proud

    Number one on the list, is our AMAZING employees and their commitment to producing quality dairy products, their involvement in the community, and their willingness to go that extra mile. Our community is agriculturally based. We believe that gives people here a great work ethic and a passion for everything they do. In addition, we are proud to supply a locally produced product.


    Quality Chekd Plant Assessment Excellence Award
    2018, 2019, 2020

    QCS Purchasing Plant Assessment Award
    2021, 2022


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