Douglas Wade

Douglas Wade, owner of Wade’s Dairy Inc. in Bridgeport has been honored as the 2021 Industry Person of the Year by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association of Connecticut (SNACT), which recognizes the efforts of an industry member who has demonstrated exemplary support to its members, engages in the sale of products or services to members and has made especially outstanding contributions to the advancement of the child nutrition profession.

A five-generation family-owned and operated business since 1893, Wade’s Dairy began as a horse and buggy home delivery operation in Easton, Connecticut. It has grown to be a leading provider of fresh milk, cheese, butter, eggs and a host of related dairy and beverage products in the four-state region. Wade’s Dairy provides fresh milk, bottled water, juice and yogurt to more than 100 public school systems in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.

“The steadfast service and support led by Douglas Wade has helped local school nutrition programs maintain operations through the pandemic,”according to Groton Public Schools Food Service Director Ernie Koschmieder.

Doug and his team at Wade’s Dairy have demonstrated a level of commitment to SNACT members and been a true partner and asset to school nutrition programs in the state,” said SNACT President Erica Biagetti, director of food and nutrition services, Cheshire Public Schools. 

SNACT is one of the leading nonprofit organizations committed to educating and supporting school nutrition and foodservice professionals to ensure all Connecticut students have access to nutritious school meals. 


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