LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - There is a new, first of its kind dairy facility coming to Laurel County. Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations should be in operation by the end of the year.
They will produce a low-calorie, lactose-free milk, which will be used by another London based company in the coming years.
George and Mary Ann Clark are not from Kentucky. But the Boston based couple said they saw a problem in their daily lives and realized they could solve it in the mountains of eastern Kentucky.
"No matter where you go out to eat, it is like okay, what do you want to drink? Everybody takes a soft drink," said Mary Ann Clark.
What if there was another option? The Clarks tell WYMT that soon there will be.
"FIZZA is a sparkling, dairy, carbonated beverage," said Mary Ann.
FIZZA is not like your average milk that you might find in your refrigerator. Instead, it is a lactose-free, skim milk, which means it has all the nutrients of regular milk without all the calories associated with lactose.
"It gives people who are looking for an alternative to the soft drinks that they are currently drinking," said Mary Ann.
The fruit-flavored, carbonated milk based drink is only 70 calories per eight ounces.
"Most of our market and our growth we felt was going to be centered in the Ohio Valley and in the Midwest. So we began to look at various states and really by luck, we came upon Kentucky," said George Clark.
Prairie Farms Dairy in Somerset will pack the product. When the new facility is up and running, it will create lasting jobs in the region.
"These are jobs that are not transferable. A lot of companies come to a state and they create an electronic company and then the next thing you know it is been sold off. Then it is being produced outside of the US," said George.
The company plans to hire about 20 employees.
Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations will be run by the Clarks' son, Matthew. On the phone, Matthew Clark said he is excited to see what the company will accomplish in the future.
"It is always good to be humble and start small but still have that vision to grow and become bigger and larger," said Matthew Clark.
He hopes the processing plant will be operational by the end of the year.